Some thoughts following
13-8 win over
1. His Name Was Rocky Reid: This loss wasn't about the rain, wasn't about missed field goals, wasn't even about the all too predictable fourth quarter turnovers that bite
as much as
anyone. This loss was about Georgetown Campbell running back Rocky Reid; namely, they have a player
like Reid and
does not. Georgetown
Most, OK, all
fans did not have a clue who Rocky Reid was and most still don't... unless he
was some 6-7 forward from a fly-by-night prep school with his own YouTube
Channel. Rocky Reid is a 6-0 230 lb.
running back from Georgetown who tore apart his school's rushing
records with 7,700 rushing yards and 90 touchdowns, but was still rated no more
than a three star recruit. per the Concord, NC media notes,
"carried the ball 300 times for 2,734 yards and 38 touchdowns as a senior."
If you're doing the match , that's a 9.1 yard average. Attracting some initial interest from Campbell Louisville and West Virginia,
he committed closer to home at in 2014, and
therein began a pattern all to familiar to major college football. Wake
Reid could have played as a freshman, but an ankle injury led to a redshirt for the 2015 season. In 2017, he rushed 16 times for 47 yards against
in week three of the season but only six carries for seven yards the remainder
of the season. Delaware
Rocky saw the writing on the wall. Wrote a columnist at SB Nation:
"Reid could not break out in 2016, as Wake’s duo of Cade Carney and Matt Colburn carried the load, and both were underclassmen. The staff is also very high on Arkeem Byrd, who redshirted this year and should make a strong impact in 2017, which makes it difficult to see Reid getting significant playing time in 2017."
Staying close to home, he signed up for Campbell, which was giving out scholarships for the first time in 2017, but it came with a catch: because the Camels were still in the Pioneer in 2017, it had to redshirt all its scholarship adds, so Reid sat a second time and effectively lost a year of eligibility.
Reid made his debut in the Camel's walkover with Chowan, rushing 14 times for 59 yards. But with the Camels' offense in first gear following a 6-3 halftime score, coach Mike Minter let Reid loose and he simply wore down the
defense in the second. Georgetown
Reid carried 29 times for 115 yards, much of it in the second half. (By contrast, no
player has rushed as many times in a game the last 13 seasons.) Here's the play
by on Georgetown 's
last scoring drive. Campbell
1st and 10: Reid for three.
2nd and 7: Reid for seven, first down.
1st and 10: Reid for three.
2nd and 7: QB Daniel Smith for 11, first down.
1st and 10: Reid for five.
2nd and 5: Reid for two.
3rd and 3: Reid for six, first down.
1st and 10: Reid for five.
2nd and 5: Reid for three.
3rd and 3: Reid, no gain.
4th and 2: Field goal at 7:06.
Nine of ten carries by Reid ground out 36 yards but more importantly, 6:36 off the clock. It's what running backs do, except at
Since the start of the 2016 season, Georgetown as a team has rushed for 100 or more yards just four times: 148 yards versus Davidson in the 2016 opener (won), 150 yards against Marist the next week (won), 118 versus Harvard in 2016 (lost), and 135 yards against Bucknell in 2017 (loss).
Two and two? Not bad. And in games where
has rushed for 100 or fewer yards since
the 2016 season, the record is 3-17. One would presume, therefore, that a power
running back would have been a priority for the Hoyas in 2018 given the absence
of Alex Valles and Isaac Ellsworth to
graduation, and Christian Bermudez's pass on his senior season. Georgetown
I have no idea if
ever recruited Rocky Reid - we do not
know his grades, his interest in leaving the state, or just that transfers
rarely make an impact at ,
assuming they get on the team (e.g., Jon Coppens). In any case, Georgetown 's game was yet
another example, that depth and recruiting weighs heavily on this program, one
where the defense keeps the team close, the special teams gives them hope, but
the offense does neither. Campbell
must rely on outcomes where Gunther Johnson can get a break, as was the case
with Marist. Georgetown
But there are no more Marists on the schedule, and
Dartmouth knows that there are no Rocky Reids in the backfield. Georgetown
2. Around the Patriot League: Well, it wasn't fun.
Holy Cross visited Boston College for the first time in 32 years en route to a 62-14 walkover, one so convincing that the Boston Globe called the Crusaders "a combination punching bag and sparring partner" for the homestanding Eagles. BC running back A.J. Dillon gained 149 yards on his first six carries and sat the remainder of the game. BC led 28-0 and brought in reserves as early as the second quarter.
Fordham was clocked at
52-7, rushing for a net -3 yards and being outgained 585-188. Richmond
William & Mary defeated Bucknell, 14-7. Per the post-game notes, the Tribe is 6-0 all-time vs. Bucknell and 25-9 against the PL as a whole.
It wasn't any better down the road, where Lehigh dropped to 0-2 in a 31-9 loss to Villanova before just 5,100 at Murray Goodman Stadium. Of immediate concern: RB Dom Bragalone was knocked out of the game. Assuming he is cleared for next week, the Engineers now travel to Navy.
The lone PL win was Colgate over
, 10-3. The Red Raiders
traditionally start slow, so its start has to be a good sign for Colgate this
fall amidst a resolutely poor week for the league. New Hampshire
What hath scholarships wrought? Better opponents, but not better results.
3. Around The Ivy League: It's week three for the rest of college football but week one for the Ivies, with
Dartmouth hosting in the final
game of a two game series. Georgetown
is not on any future schedules for the Indians through at least 2023. Georgetown Dartmouth was picked sixth in the eight team pre-season
poll but Ivy teams don't ever seem to be concerned over anymore. Since 2005, Georgetown is a combined
4-24 versus the Ancient Eight. Georgetown
4. Announced Attendance: Saturday's attendance at Cooper Field, less any seating whatsoever on the west side, was announced at 1,837.
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