by David Fatzinger
Sitting in his office on the day before the annual Jesuit Gridiron Classic between Georgetown Prep and Gonzaga College, Georgetown Prep Head Coach Dan Pero said, “In order for us to win, this cannot be a track meet.” On game day, it turned out to be the track meet that Coach Pero feared, with Gonzaga and their high powered offense going up and down the field on their way to a 41-21 Gonzaga victory.
The rivalry game between these two Jesuit Prepatory schools helps raise money each year for the Washington Jesuit Academy through ticket sales and fundraising activities. And on this beautiful Saturday afternoon in September, it was Gonzaga, led by Stanford bound Senior Quarterback and Great American Rivalry Series Game Most Valuable Player Kevin Hogan, that raised their level of performance and overpowered Georgetown.
First Year Gonzaga College Head Coach Aaron Brady used Hogan’s precision passing all day long, along with the running from D’Lante Martino and his four touchdown runs to easily over-power a Georgetown team who could never get their offense moving after scoring on their first drive of the game. And when College scored again to make the game 13-7 halfway through the first quarter, Gonzaga used a stifling defense to force Prep into punting on three straight series throughout the first half as Gonzaga continued their offensive show. And by halftime with the scoreboard reading 27-7, the game had become what Coach Pero did not want it to become, all about speed.
The second half started with a well balanced scoring drive from Georgetown and the Bulldogs narrowing the score to 27-14. But Hogan’s incredible arm and his orchestration of the College offense lead Gonzaga right back and pushed the game out of reach on Martino’s third touchdown of the game. In the end, Hogan gave all the credit to his team and especially to Martino by choosing to share the MVP Trophy with him after the final whistle had blown. “This belongs to you,” he said as the two of them stood together for photos with the MVP trophy.
And as Head Coach Brady stood with both the Jesuit Cup and the Great American Rivalry Series Trophy, he could not have been more proud of his team and his stars. “We are going to be tough to beat,” he said. Coach, we agree, you sure are going to be.
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