On the third play of the second half, Gonzaga defensive end Joseph Wete had a wide open lane to Georgetown Prep quarterback Peter Davin. Davin pump-faked in an attempt to escape the pressure, but Wete didn’t bite, sacking Davin for a 15-yard loss. On the next play, Georgetown Prep surrendered a safety on a botched punt snap that went out of the end zone.
It was that type of day for host Georgetown Prep; nothing went right, and it was consistently stuffed by the Eagles’ defense. Second-ranked Gonzaga forced another turnover on the following defensive series, recovering a fumble that put away its eventual 30-0 victory against the Little Hoyas.
The Eagles have shut out three of their four opponents and allowed just seven points in last week’s game against Don Bosco (N.J.).
“Our big focus this week was getting turnovers because we got zero last week, so getting two is plus two in turnovers, and we’re normally going to win the game,” said wide receiver and defensive back Dean Engram, who was awarded the Jesuit Gridiron Classic MVP award.
Proceeds from the game support the Washington Jesuit Academy — a tuition-free school for boys in fourth through eighth grades from low-income communities in Washington.
“I’d like to say it’s like brothers who grow up and compete against each other,” Gonzaga Coach Randy Trivers said. “You never want to lose to your brother in anything.”
If the two schools are like brothers, Gonzaga can call itself the big brother for at least for one more year.
The Eagles (4-0) have shut out the Little Hoyas (1-1) in consecutive years. Gonzaga has not lost this matchup since 2011.
Led by Wete, an Oklahoma commit, the Eagles limited Georgetown Prep star running back Jalen Hampton to just 43 yards on 15 carries.
“Our first must as a defense every week is we have to stop the run,” Wete said. “For another team to have the idea that they’re going to come and play us ever, no matter who they have back there — [NFL star] Marshawn Lynch, I don’t care — we’re not going to let them run. That’s our defensive mentality.”
Quarterback Caleb Williams connected with John Marshall twice for touchdowns to lead Gonzaga’s offense.
Despite the dominant win, Trivers acknowledged his team can still make improvements.
“I was pleased, but there’s some things I want to watch on tape — some opportunities that we had with interceptions. . . . I’d like to see us convert third downs and finish drives,” he said.