by: Louie Horvath   6/19/2012

2012 Gonzaga Football Schedule

2012 Football Previews
Good Counsel
DeMatha

vs. Coolidge (August 24, 7:30 PM @ Georgetown)

vs. McDonogh (August 30, 7:30 PM @ Maryland)

@ St. Joe’s Prep (September 8, 4:30 PM @ Franklin Field)

@ Georgetown Prep (September 15, 1:30 PM)

vs. Good Counsel (September 22, 2:00 PM)

@ Bishop McNamara (September 29, 2:00 PM)

vs. Carroll (October 6, 2:30 PM)

@ Bishop O’Connell (October 13, 2:00 PM)

vs. DeMatha (October 27, 2:00 PM)

@ St. John’s (November 3, 3:00 PM @ Blair HS)


LAST YEAR’S RECORD

8-4, 5-1 in WCAC, Runner-Up to Good Counsel


KEY PLAYERS

QB: Chris Schultz (Sr.) – Schultz was the quarterback during the six-game win streak that carried the Purple Eagles to the WCAC championship game, and he’ll need to repeat the same magic if they’re going to reach the same heights this season. Last season, he threw for 1,130 yards and 13 touchdowns. 

QB: Connor Ennis (Sr.) – Wait, what? Another quarterback? That’s right. With a passing attack that features senior wideouts Brady Malone, Paris Person and Devin Butler, along with tight end Scott Carpenter, anyone who plans on taking snaps under center for the Purple Eagles is a person of interest for the fortunes of the season. Ennis certainly fits that category.

Gonzaga head coach Aaron Brady sees both of them getting serious time at quarterback.

“They’re both getting recruited by division I colleges, and they both are going to play college football,” Brady said. “They’re both great leaders and they both work really really hard. We’re excited about both of them. It’s going to be interesting to see how it all plays out. We’ll probably play both of them.” 

RB: Robbie Walker (Jr.) – Walker will be counted on to replace Duane McKelvin in the rushing game. Last season, splitting time between slot receiver and running back, Walker rushed for 346 yards and four touchdowns as McKelvin’s more-than-capable backup.


KEY GAMES (3)

August 24th vs. Coolidge at Georgetown

This early season game is a fine opportunity for Gonzaga to show how far it has come since the last time they played Coolidge. In that season (2008), the Purple Eagles lost that season opener 38-36 en route to a 2-8 season. In the two complete seasons under the tutelage of Aaron Brady, they have had two winning seasons. Beating Coolidge, who lost in the DCIAA championship last season, would be a big step towards justifying those higher expectations.

September 15th @ Georgetown Prep

The Jesuit Gridiron Classic is always a big game for these two respective teams. The rivalry, which was rekindled in 2004, has been slightly in favor of Gonzaga so far, as they hold a 5-3 advantage in the game. They would love nothing more than to expand that lead ever further. 

September 22nd vs. Good Counsel

Gonzaga hosts Good Counsel this season, and after losing the WCAC championship 42-0, the Purple Eagles will definitely be looking for some measure of revenge, even if that means just getting closer.

“It’s a big game,” Brady said. “They’ve got a lot of talent this year, and we’d like to play better against them.”


GOALS FOR THE SEASON

“The goal is to improve on last year. We had a good season, I just think there are still things that need to get done. Around the league, players are getting better, and the coaches are fantastic. We’ve got a good class coming back, and this is our third year in the program, so everyone is familiar with the system and we expect to win.”

-Aaron Brady, Gonzaga Head Coach

GONZAGA ON THE NEXT LEVEL

Dating all the way back to 2003, the Purple Eagles have not had more than one player ranked as three stars or higher by national recruiting sites. With schools like Connecticut, Virginia Tech, Stanford and Ohio State checking in on Brady Malone, along with Devin Butler already committed to the Golden Domers at Notre Dame, a big season for Malone could break this streak. 

SPOTLIGHT

“Miles Taylor started for us last year at safety, played special teams, and he’s a guy that I think can be a really really good football player. He is going to have a big year for us,  defensively. That’s so important to us and our defensive front.”

-Aaron Brady

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