With last-second field goal, Gonzaga defeats Prep in Jesuit Gridiron Classic
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 7:07 AM
The Jesuit Gridiron Classic and the rivalry of Georgetown Prep and Gonzaga College High School added yet another unbelievable chapter to its 118-year history on Saturday, as Gonzaga just managed to top Prep with a last-second field goal for an incredible 23-20 victory.
Weekend Football Scores
Gonzaga 23, Georgetown Prep 20
McNamara 38, St. Albans 27
O'Connell 35, St. Mary's Ryken 6
Woodberry Forest 43, Ireton 14
Frederick Douglass 40, Paul VI 0
DeMatha 45, Friendship Collegiate 12
Good Counsel 49, Gilman 37
Gonzaga junior Kenny Abod's 28-yard field goal kick went through the uprights successfully as time expired, to give his team the crucial victory, and the Eagles' student section stormed the field in exuberance.
"The excitement is so amazing, I can't even comprehend it right now, it's just incredible," commented an elated Abod after the game. "I want to thank all my teammates and everyone who has helped me get to this point. It was just so much fun."
Gonzaga junior quarterback Kevin Hogan completed 18 of 21 passes for 248 yards and one touchdown, which was a 52-yard strike to James Valeiras to tie the game at 20 in the fourth quarter. Hogan was later named the game's most valuable player.
"It feels unbelievable," said Hogan following the victory. "This is our big rivalry, this is the game we want. We just wanted to come out and have a good game this year, and we did that perfectly."Gonzaga Coach Joe Reyda was happy with the win and all the good that came from the game.
"It's a great win. It was a terrific game and both teams just played so hard," Reyda said. "It's just unfortunate somebody even has to come out on the losing side, but from a spectator's point of view, it was a fun game to watch."
About the same time Abod was hitting the game-winning field goal, Bishop McNamara was rallying to beat St. Albans, 38-27. McNamara senior wide receiver Brandon Coleman's late fourth quarter touchdown reception put the Mustangs up with 1:47 left in the game, and an interception returned 75 yards for a touchdown by safety Nicholas Law iced the game and provided the final score. McNamara quarterback James Joseph was named the WCAC's Player of the Week after completing 23 of 28 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns.
"When it was time to win, he (Joseph) led us in the right direction," said McNamara Coach Bryce Bevill. "Not a lot of quarterbacks have the wherewithal to come back after making mistakes. He showed what type of leader he is."
Conference play begins in the WCAC this weekend with Gonzaga (2-1) hosting McNamara (3-0) in the weekend's most competitive game. In other league action, Paul VI (1-2) hosts DeMatha (3-0), Good Counsel (3-0) travels to O'Connell (3-0), and St. John's (2-1) plays at Archbishop Carroll (1-2). DCSportsFan.com will provide coverage of all games.