Washington edges Springside Chestnut Hill

Posted: September 02, 2012

It was the first game of the first season that George Washington quarterback Dave Gavrilov would be starting and playing the entire game instead of rotating possessions.

He was a bit more nervous than usual.

Then he got over the butterflies, and led his team to a 16-12 victory over Springside Chestnut Hill in Saturday's nonleague matchup at Northeast.

"We are a young football team and we made a lot of mistakes, but we still won the game. But that is all that counts for now," coach Ron Cohen said.

A fumble and two big penalties by the Eagles led to the first touchdown of the game for Springside Chestnut Hill.

After junior running back Ken Everage fumbled, the Blue Devils recovered on their own 45-yard line. A pass-interference call on senior cornerback Brandon Sykes followed, giving the SCH offense a first down on Washington's 40. A face-mask penalty negated what would have been a Washington sack, and the Blue Devils had another first down, this time on the Eagles' 32.

From there, it was all senior quarterback Michael Hayes.

The SCH signal-caller scrambled for 13 yards, evading standout defensive lineman Justin Moody. Hayes used his legs again a few plays later, rushing for 19 yards and reaching the end zone in the Blue Devils' second offensive possession. After a failed extra point, they led, 6-0.

But Washington took its first offensive drive of the second quarter the distance, after Donald Smith returned a punt to the SCH 42. Gavrilov threw two passes for 34 yards. Then on fourth down from the 1, he snuck it into the end zone. An extra point by Jake Wright gave Washington the lead, 7-6, with three minutes remaining in the first quarter.

In the third quarter, Gavrilov completed a 55-yard touchdown pass to Rene Villafane, and Wright converted the extra point. When they got the ball back, the Eagles took to their ground game, chewing chunks of time off the clock.

A 61-yard pass-and-run from Hayes to senior wide receiver Jamil Poole brought the Blue Devils within two points, but they couldn't find the end zone for the two-point conversion. On the play, Hayes barely got a throw off, with Villafane and senior Shaquon Allen chasing after him.

"We knew he [Hayes] was a double threat, but our defense is pretty locked down," Gavrilov said.

A deliberate safety gave George Washington two points and the ball at its own 35 with 3:52 left in the game.

Sophomore Paul Dooley intercepted a pass in the second half for Springside Chestnut Hill, and senior Melvin Gonzalez picked off one of Hayes' passes. In the third quarter, senior Marquis Edwards intercepted a pass from Hayes at the 1-yard line.

George Washington   7 0 7 2 – 16

Springside Chestnut Hill   6 0 0 6 – 12

SCH: Michael Hayes 19 run (kick failed)

GW: Dave Gavrilov 1 run (Jake Wright kick)

GW: Rene Villafane 55 pass from Gavrilov (Wright kick)

SCH: Jamil Poole 61 pass from Hayes (pass failed)

GW: Safety

Contact Kate Harman at rallysports@phillynews.com.

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