NORTH BETHESDA — The visiting Gonzaga Purple Eagles reigned supreme over the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas Saturday afternoon in the 16th annual Jesuit Gridiron Classic.
Gonzaga head coach Randy Trivers and his team celebrated a 30-0 road victory in the Great American Rivalry Series.
Following the contest, the Purple Eagles hoisted the Coupe-Kozik Cup and posed for photos with the Great American Rivalry Series trophy.
Gonzaga’s defense pitched its third shutout in four games and the offense showed its mettle against the Interstate Athletic Conference contenders.
The Purple Eagles were led by seniors Dean Engram and Joseph Wete who harassed Georgetown Prep quarterback Peter Davin and zeroed in on running back Jalen Hampton throughout the game.
Hampton, a highly-touted Division I college prospect, was the main focus of Gonzaga’s defensive efforts.
The talented junior was held to 57 yards on 14 carries in the loss, one week after rushing for 224 yards on 24 carries in a 25-point loss to Gilman.
“Jalen’s a really good back,” said Engram. “I’ve never heard of anyone who can break 11 tackles every play.”
Engram, a defensive back, was named the Jesuit Gridiron Classic’s Most Valuable Player.
Meanwhile, Wete, a highly-touted defensive end, has made a name for himself as one of the nation’s top student-athletes on the gridiron.
“Joseph’s a hard-working young man,” said Trivers. “He’s committed to being a great student-athlete and every year in the program he’s gotten better and better and today he helped our defense pitch another shutout.”
Wete was recruited by various Power 5 conference schools in the ACC, Big Ten and SEC but opted for Oklahoma which sits in the Big 12 conference.
“I wanted to be with the best,” Wete said about his pledge to the Sooners. “Oklahoma always wins, literally always wins and I wanted to go somewhere where I can compete.”
The lanky 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior has also made a pledge to compete in the Under Armour All-America Game in January of next year in Orlando.
Since 2004, the Jesuit schools have played each other in this battle of storied football programs.
Gonzaga (4-0) entered Saturday’s matchup in the all-time series with an 11-3 advantage over the Little Hoyas. Georgetown Prep (1-1) had not won a game in the series since 2011.
The Purple Eagles scored touchdowns in the first and second quarters to take a 14-0 halftime advantage.
A mishandled punt by Georgetown Prep gave the Purple Eagles two extra points in the third quarter and quarterback Caleb Williams connected with John Marshall from 18 yards out to extend Gonzaga’s lead to 23-0. A Georgetown Prep turnover resulted in another Gonzaga touchdown for the final margin of victory.
“Of course it’s a big win,” said Engram, a Wisconsin commit. “Second oldest Catholic school rivalry in America. Two great Jesuit schools competing against each other. Overall this game means a lot to us so we try to come out here every year and prove that we’ve been working and that we want to win.”