Courtesy of the Patriot League
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - For the third week in a row, Georgetown has a pair of players with awards from the Patriot League as junior quarterback Scott Darby earned the Offensive Player of the Week honor and freshman punter Matt MacZura was named Rookie of the Week, it was announced on Monday.
Joining Darby and MacZura as award winners were Holy Cross junior linebacker Ricky Otis as the Defensive Player of the Week and Lafayette senior placekicker Davis Rodriguez as the Special Teams Player of the Week.
Darby completed 26-of-44 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown and also ran for 98 yards in Georgetown's 17-7 win over Holy Cross, while MacZura averaged 40.3 yards on seven punts in the victory. With three Offensive Player of the Week awards this season, the Hoyas have equaled their total from the previous five years combined. The six overall honors this year are the most in school history.
Otis made a career-high 16 tackles in the Crusaders' defeat, while Rodriguez became the first Lafayette placekicker since 1990 to connect on four field goals in a game in a 36-33 double overtime loss at Princeton.
Patriot League Football Weekly Awards (Sept. 25)
Offensive Player of the Week
Scott Darby, QB, Georgetown Jr., 6-3, 212 (Tewksbury, Mass./St. John's Prep)
Darby won the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honor for the second time in the last three weeks after leading the Hoyas past Holy Cross, 17-7, on Saturday. He completed 26-of-44 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown without an interception, and also ran for 98 yards. The Hoyas rallied with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, including Darby's eight-yard strike to John O'Leary to seal the win in the final minutes. The junior quarterback engineered three second-half scoring drives after the Hoyas fell behind by a touchdown. Georgetown is at 2-0 in the Patriot League for the first time, and ended a 10-game losing skid against Holy Cross. A Hoya player has won the Offensive honor for three consecutive weeks after the program went nine years without back-to-back honorees.
Defensive Player of the Week
Ricky Otis, LB, Holy Cross Jr., 6'1, 214 (Cleves, Ohio/Elder)
Otis made a career-high 16 tackles to lead a Crusader defense that kept Georgetown out of the endzone for the first three quarters in a 17-7 loss to the Hoyas on Saturday. He recorded 10 solo stops and also broke up a pass. Otis is tied for fourth on the Crusaders with 28 tackles despite playing only two games so far this season. He earns his first Defensive Player of the Week award.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Davis Rodriguez, K, Lafayette Sr., 5'11, 210 (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg Catholic)
Rodriguez hit all four of his field goal attempts, with each coming in the second half or overtime, and connected on all three extra point tries in Lafayette's 36-33 double overtime loss at Princeton on Saturday. After making field goals in regulation to put Lafayette up 24-16 and 27-24, he extended the game to a second overtime by making a 35-yarder to even the score at 30-30. Rodrgiuez capped his night by making a 26-yard kick on Lafayette's possession in the second overtime. He is the first Lafayette kicker to make four field goals in a game since Jim Hodson on Sept. 8, 1990. Rodriguez is up to 210 career points, which stands seventh all-time among Patriot League kickers. He earns his first Special Teams honor of the season, and extends his Patriot League record of career special teams awards to six.
Rookie of the Week
Matt MacZura, P, Georgetown Fr., 6'2, 200 (Cranberry Township, Pa./Central Catholic)
In a contest that evolved into a field position battle for the first three quarters, MacZura punted seven times for a 40.3 average in Georgetown's 17-7 win over Holy Cross on Saturday. He tallied a long of 59 and pinned a pair of kicks inside the 20. MacZura earns his first Rookie of the Week award.