Greetings Gonzaga Football Family!
We are halfway through the regular season and it’s exciting to know that the Eagles are 5-0! Our season began with 4 decisive victories on Buchanan Field. Two of those wins occurred since the release of the previous newsletter.
We defeated Georgetown Prep in the Jesuit Gridiron Classic 28-0. The series began in 1891 and we have increased our overall lead with 37 victories 28 losses and 3 ties. This game was also chosen to be a part of the U.S. Army Great American Rivalry Series recognizing it as one of the nation’s top rivalries. The Eagles were able to stand tall with wings spread with both the Kozik Cup and the Great American Rivalry Series Trophy following the game. Tyree Randolph ‘17; selected as the game’s MVP, led the offensive attack by scoring 3 touchdowns and rushing for over 150 yards. Joseph Zuccari ’17 spearheaded the defensive shutout with 2 interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. Luke McCaleb ’16 added and interception, Jake Gally ‘18 recorded a dozen tackles, Matt Mulligan ‘17 had a big sack on the quarterback, and Nick McEvoy ’16 delivered a few of his signature bone-crushing hits!
A week later, the Eagles earned the 1st WCAC victory of the season with a win over Bishop McNamara. The defense did a fine job of neutralizing McNamara’s potent offense which features the one of the area’s most prolific passers in history. Captain Kyle Taylor ’16 returned to the lineup recording 9 tackles and a quarterback sack while infusing the defense with an increased level of intensity. This was evident in the play of Mitchell Johns ’17 who had the play of the day with an explosive sack-fumble, Nasheed Bridgeman ’16 with multiple tackles for loss, Jomah Boakai ’17 with a sack, William Lyke ‘18 with an interception, and Mulligan who added 14 tackles. The offense was led by a punishing ground attack as the offensive line of Johnny Jordan ’17, Cameron Warfield ’17, Dante Lopresti ’16, Antwon Walker ’17, Derek Frahm, ’17, and Matthew Calderon ’17 paved the way for over 250 rushing yards. Randolph and Mark Lewis ’17 provided the ground attack with a potent 1-2 punch as Lewis ran for over 70 yards and a touchdown, and Randolph recorded another 100 yard day, 2 rushing touchdowns and a 3rd on an air strike from Sam Brown ’17.
Our 5th victory was hard earned as the Eagles traveled to Leonardtown, Maryland to face new WCAC foe St. Mary’s Ryken. It was a low scoring affair with the Eagles prevailing 14-7. Max Fisher ‘17 caught a touchdown pass from Sam Brown and Tyree Randolph had another big day on the ground rushing for nearly 200 yards. The defense was dominant with Nick McEvoy recording 9 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFLs, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Additionally, Joe Zuccari had an interception and a fumble recovery, Nasheed Bridgeman 7 tackles and a fumble recovery, and Luke McCaleb had an interception.
Huge challenges lie ahead for the Eagles in the month of October. We travel to O’Connell to start the 2nd half of the season this Saturday, October 10th – kickoff is at 1pm. That game is followed by a showdown with DeMatha at the PG Sports & Learning Complex which will be televised by ESPN 2 on Friday, October 16th. That game will be followed by a trip to Olney, Maryland to play Good Counsel on Friday, October 23rd. Our last game of the month will be played on Halloween against Carroll, Senior Day and our final regular season game on Buchanan Field. We will honor our seniors before the game and hope to have a strong crowd to support them, so please mark your calendars for the 2pm kickoff on the brand new Eye Street campus!
Gonzaga Football will once again raise awareness for Breast Cancer during October with all funds raised going to “Food & Friends”. This relationship with Gonzaga Football and the local charity was championed by Sr. Seton Cuneen a few years ago. Each family will make a small donation for the pink “AMDG” wristbands that will be worn during the games this month.
Finally, I’d like to recognize our Freshman squad who is off to a fine 4-1 start. I believe their performance foreshadows future success! Thanks for your love and loyalty to the Purple! We will continue to do our very best to represent Gonzaga the right way both on and off the field.
Coach Randy Trivers
Regardless of the outcome of the game, every Gonzaga Football player is held accountable for their academic performance through the “Scholar Baller” program. Every week, there is a team that earns the collective win and there is an “Academic Scholar” of the week.
Additionally, following each Eagles victory, Coach Trivers names at least six outstanding players of the week.
Gonzaga Shuts Out Prep in Gridiron Classic by: Derrell Bouknight 9/19/2015 Game Photos Just before halftime, Gonzaga defensive back Joe Zuccari found himself defending a short bubble screen against a Prep wide receiver. The ball arrived on time, enabling the receiver to turn and run upfield. One on one with no other players in the immediate area, Zuccari anticipated a …
“Tyree Randolph plays big in Gonzaga’s win over McNamara” via AllMetSports.com No. 18 Gonzaga takes down McNamara on homecoming, 34-24. Tyree Randolph’s three touchdowns help keep Eagles unbeaten By Mark Giannotto September 26 Gonzaga junior Tyree Randolph spent last season looking up to standout tailback Reggie Corbin, who is now playing at Illinois. What Randolph is only beginning to realize, …
The Eagles traveled to Leonardtown, MD for the first time in school history. Gonzaga defeated the newest member of the WCAC, the St. Mary’s Ryken Knights (2-2, 0-1) by a score of 14-7 in a hard fought game. The game was played on Sunday, October 4th at 4pm due to inclement weather. **** Click here, here, and here to see …