If there ever was a candidate for a football team in love with the new playoff system — that isn’t playing at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 7 — it would be the Georgetown Royals.
Playing a non-playoff November in Division 5, Paul Sobolewski’s club has: “Put up more points in November than we’ve had in a long, long time.
“Winning has reinvigorated the kids,” the coach continued. “They’re excited to show up to practice these days. (Thanksgiving at home with Manchester) is going to be one fun morning.”
Georgetown has gone 2-1 in its last three games, and hung tough in the loss to Greater Lawrence Tech, despite playing without QB Pat Bjork, who had pneumonia.
Bjork is back, and the hopes are high, despite the fact that Manchester took the September meeting between the teams, 28-12.
That was the night that the Royals lost starting QB Colby Ingraham for the season with an ACL, forcing the all-league tight end Bjork to switch positions midseason.
“For us, we get a second chance at a big rival,” said Sobolewski. “When Colby went down in that game, the score was 8-6. We had to put a freshman in the game, and it took a while to recover from that as a team. We’re a different team now.
Of course, Manchester, which qualified for the playoffs by going 3-2 in the CAL small and actually made the Division 5 North semis, will provide a major test.
Halfbacks Chris Dumont, who needs 36 yards to reach 1,000 rushing for the year, and Nate Riehl make the offense go.
Sobolewski says the homefield could provide a huge advantage for the Royals. Manchester plays on a new, pristine home artificial surface. But Thursday morning’s tilt will be played on what should be a murky, muddy mess in Georgetown.
“That has to hurt them a little, and we hope to use it to our advantage,” said Sobolewski.
Did you know: After scoring just 56 points (8.0 per game) during the 0-7 regular season, Georgetown rolled up 101 points (33.7 per game) in a 2-1 November.