By Harry Lichtman
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Saturday afternoon, the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas (7-1) traveled out of Montgomery County to D.C., to face the St. Albans Bulldogs (1-8) in Interstate Athletic Conference football action. The Bulldogs dominated the first half, and their defense was able to prevent a comeback in a 35-14 victory.
On the very first play from scrimmage, the Little Hoyas took care of business, as junior tailback Jalen Hampton took the handoff and raced down the field for an 80-yard touchdown to give Georgetown Prep an early 7-0 lead.
“It’s nice when on the first play from offense you score,” said Prep head coach Dan Paro. “But watching them execute it, take it all the way. As a coach, it makes you feel good.”
But on the first play of the Little Hoyas’ next drive, senior quarterback Peter Davin fired a deep pass that was intercepted by sophomore Jackson Namian of the Bulldogs. Luckily for Prep, they forced St. Albans to punt.
Hampton found the end zone for the second time from three yards out on Georgetown Prep’s next drive, which began with some nice runs from Hampton. At that point, the Little Hoyas led 14-0 with 4:43 left in the first quarter.
Following an interception, the Little Hoyas’ next drive resulted in a Hampton 36-yard touchdown run. It was Jalen Hampton’s third score of the day as the visitors led 21-0 with 1:47 left in the same quarter.
“I couldn’t do it without my O-linemen,” said Hampton. “The whole offense did great. The O-linemen did great blocking. That’s all you can say.”
However, another Little Hoyas running back joined in on the action. It was senior Christian Steplight, who scored on a 14-yard touchdown run to extend Prep’s lead to 28-0 in the second quarter.
Steplight came through again in the quarter, when he stepped to the outside for a six-yard score to extend the rout to 35-0 at halftime.
But when the second half began with a running clock, the Bulldogs were able to drive downfield, as senior quarterback Nick Beatrice connected with senior receiver Henry Holliday, who leaped over a Georgetown Prep defender in the end zone to snatch the ball Randy Moss-style, as the deficit was cut to 35-7.
Right before the third quarter ended, the Little Hoyas fumbled the ball and St. Albans recovered it, which led to another Beatrice-to-Holliday touchdown connection to cut the deficit to three scores.
There was a possibility that the one-win Bulldogs could upset the one-loss Little Hoyas . However, the Little Hoyas defense forced Beatrice to throw three incomplete passes on the remaining three downs, leading to a turnover on downs with 6:03 left.
“Anytime you get the opportunity to win a game, I think it’s great,” said Paro. “I think the young men did what they needed to do to take care of business.”
Georgetown Prep will play one more game next week when they play the Bullis Bulldogs in Potomac, hoping that they’ll claim the IAC title.
“Anytime you play Bullis, it’s a rivalry,” said Paro. “They’re very well-coached, and the two schools enjoy competing against each other.”