BETHESDA — Georgetown Prep backup quarterback Peter Davin, filling in for injured starter John Ridgway, led the Little Hoyas to a dominant 41-0 victory on Saturday over the St. Albans Bulldogs in his first career start.
“It was scary at first,” Davin said of getting his first start. “I had butterflies in my stomach at first. But then, you just take the first snap and you become really comfortable. Everything you practiced comes easily…Everything just started clicking, we started hitting passes, started hitting the holes, and everything just worked out.”
Early on in the game, Georgetown Prep leaned on the run, like they also do with star running back Jalen Hampton, but they did not hide their backup quarterback. Davin was given many chances to throw the ball, and it was on his arm that Georgetown Prep scored its first points.
On the first play of the second quarter, Davin threw downfield to Jacob Hagy who was cutting towards the sideline. Davin’s throw was right on the money. Hagy made the catch, and turned upfield. Hagy burst past the Bulldogs defense, and found the end zone for a near 70-yard score. Georgetown Prep would miss the extra point, but held a 6-0 lead.
St. Albans would lose a fumble on its ensuing possession. Georgetown Prep recovered and started at near midfield. Hampton led the Little Hoyas towards the end zone with multiple long, tackle-breaking carries, including a 30-yard rush down to the two-yard line. Hampton punched it in on the next play, and Davin ran in himself for a two-point conversion to give the Little Hoyas a 14-0 lead.
On the first play of the ensuing St. Albans possession, Georgetown Prep defensive back Justin Clark picked off St. Albans quarterback Nick Beatrice, and ran back 35 yards for a pick-six. Following the extra point, Georgetown Prep held a 21-0 lead. Georgetown Prep led by the same score as the game went to halftime.
Davin made his best throw of the day early on in the second half, as he lofted a perfect ball 40 yards downfield to Thomas Muldoon in the corner of the end zone. Muldoon made the catch for the score, and put his team up 28-0 following the extra point.
Georgetown Prep tacked on another touchdown in the third quarter via a 39-yard Drew Askew Black touchdown run, and a touchdown in the fourth quarter as Matthew Jenkins muscled in on a run from three yards out.
When the dust had settled, the Little Hoyas beat St. Albans 41-0.
Between Davin’s arm and Hampton’s leg, the Little Hoyas look ready for their pivotal game against Bullis this coming Saturday. It was Davin’s first career start, but he played very well. Davin completed eight passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Davin made a number of excellent throws in the win, especially the touchdown pass to Muldoon.
“I thought it was better than I thought it would be,” Davin said of his performance. “I was scared I was going to come out and throw an interception on the first pass. Once I settled down, I was able to make reads, and I felt like I did much better than I thought I would.”
Georgetown Prep head coach Dan Paro was impressed with the performance of Davin. “I thought he did a great job,” Paro said. “He got out, did a nice job, got the offense moving. He did an excellent job.”
Behind Davin, running back Jalen Hampton had yet another great game. Hampton finished with 100 yards on 15 carries and a rushing score. The sophomore is now comfortably over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season, one of just 19 players in the D.C. area to hit that milestone according to The Washington Post’s stats.
The Little Hoyas defense proved to be equally impressive as it dominated up front. The St. Albans line was completely unable to control the Georgetown Prep front, as the Little Hoyas stuffed nearly every running play right at the line of scrimmage.
The win improved Georgetown Prep’s record to 7-2, and set up a pivotal matchup this coming Saturday, as Bullis makes the trip down to Bethesda to face the Little Hoyas. With a win over Bullis, Georgetown Prep would vault itself into the top two of the Interstate Athletic Conference. Paro knows that he will have the full attention of his team in practice this week given the stakes of the upcoming battle, and he knows that his team will be facing an excellent Bullis squad which is second in the IAC in both points scored and points allowed. The game will be played at 4:00 on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Georgetown Prep.
St. Albans dropped to 2-7 with the loss, and will face 8-1 Landon next week at home.