College football in Northwest D.C. is officially underway

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The Georgetown Hoyas cruised to a 39-14 victory over Marist on Saturday. Photo courtesy of guhoyas.com.

By: Bijan C. Bayne

College football is officially back. The Georgetown Hoyas and Howard Bison are looking to improve this season. Both teams only played one game, so let’s see how both school’s are doing so far.

Georgetown Hoyas (1-0)

The Georgetown Hoyas finished 2017 with a disappointing 1-10 record. But the Hoyas are off to a good start in 2018. They cruised to a 39-14 victory over Marist on Saturday. 

Furthermore, one Hoya to keep an eye on is junior wide receiver Michael Dereus. He collected five passes for 94 yards and a touchdown against Marist. Dereus was named second team All-Patriot League in 2017, corralling 46 passes for 696 yards and five touchdowns. He also caught an 83-yard touchdown at Columbia and had an 80-yard reception against Lehigh. Those are two of the five longest catches in school history. Indeed, Dereus Georgetown’s big-play receiver.

Defensively, the Hoyas’ incoming freshman class includes six new linebacker recruits. Current sophomore Wes Bowers led the unit last season with 57 tackles. Even though this defense is young, you couldn’t tell against Marist. The Hoyas’ defense amassed three interceptions. Marist finished the game with only 215 yards of total offense.

Yes, it’s still early in the season. But Georgetown is making some noise. Georgetown’s next matchup is against Campbell University on Saturday, September 8 at 12:30 p.m. This game will take place at Cooper Field.

Howard University (0-1)

The Howard Bison enter their 125th season of football. Head coach Mike London is in his second season at the helm, and his Bison are picked by many experts to finish as high as second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

The Bison finished with a 7-4 record in 2017, and several players who were on that squad returned for 2018. Unfortunately, though, the Bison lost their opener in a closely contested 38-32 battle against Ohio University. But the competitiveness of the game bodes well for the Howard faithful.

Sophomore quarterback Caylin Newton threw for 439 yards to go along with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also did damage with his legs, racking up 110 rushing yards and a touchdown. Newton is poised to have another big season, so you must keep your eyes on him.

However, the Bison committed four turnovers against Ohio University, which was one of the main reasons why they fell to defeat. Howard fans, you shouldn’t worry about your beloved Bison. It’s still the beginning of the season. Howard’s next matchup is against Kent State on Saturday, September 8 at 3:30 p.m. This game will take place at Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio.