Georgetown Football: History & Tradition
Trophy Games

The Axe. The Monon Bell. The Old Oaken Bucket.

An important part of college football tradition is the rivalry game, often symbolized by a trophy that is passed down through the generations. Unfortunately for Georgetown, three different trophy series have been initiated, and none have continued to this day.

  • The Georgetown Club of Detroit Trophy (1931-32)
  • The Steven Dean Memorial Trophy (1976-93)
  • The D.C. Mayor's Cup (2008-09)

 
 
 
 


The Georgetown Club of Detroit Trophy (1931-32)
Rivals: Georgetown, Detroit
First game: 1931
Last game: 1942
Number of games: 3
Overall Record: Detroit, 3-0-0
Trophy Resides With: (Unknown)

After six meetings between 1919-30, the Georgetown Club of Detroit sponsored a trophy to be awarded to the winner of the series. Unfortunately, the series was suspended in 1932, and the schools saw only one more meeting before Georgetown had dropped major college football in 1951 and Detroit ended football entirely after the 1964 season.

11/28/1931 L 0 6 Detroit  Detroit, MI U. D. Stadium  
10/29/1932 L 0 13 Detroit  Washington, DC Griffith Stadium  
10/24/1942 L 0 6 Detroit  Detroit, MI U. D. Stadium

The Steven Dean Memorial Trophy (1976-93)

Rivals: Georgetown, Catholic
First Game: 1976
Last Game: 1993
Number of games: 18
Overall Record: 9-8-0, one game disputed
Trophy Resides With: Georgetown

A trophy series was dedicated in 1976 for named for the late Steven Dean (C'71), a former GU team manager and Catholic University sports information director afflicted with cerebral palsy. The intra-city rivalry was a major date on the Catholic football schedule each season, less so for Georgetown. After three straight Georgetown wins from 1991 through 1993, the two schools ended the series after the 1993 season, with Georgetown having left Division III.

The 1984 game is in dispute between the schools. Catholic won the game 56-6; while Catholic counts it as a win in the series, Georgetown lists the game as a Catholic forfeit over an ineligible player.

9/25/1976 L 35 41 Catholic  Washington, DC Brookland Stadium  
9/24/1977 L 22 27 Catholic  Washington, DC GU Baseball Field  
9/23/1978 W 28 19 Catholic  Washington, DC Brookland Stadium  
11/3/1979 L 6 13 Catholic  Washington, DC Kehoe Field  
11/1/1980 L 8 33 Catholic  Washington, DC Kehoe Field  
10/31/1981 W 6 0 Catholic  Washington, DC Brookland Stadium  
10/30/1982 L 18 19 Catholic  Washington, DC Kehoe Field  
10/29/1983 L 23 40 Catholic  Washington, DC Brookland Stadium  
10/27/1984 Disp. 6 56 Catholic  Washington, DC Kehoe Field  
11/2/1985 W 24 10 Catholic  Washington, DC Cardinal Field  
11/1/1986 W 16 14 Catholic  Washington, DC Kehoe Field  
10/31/1987 W 35 14 Catholic  Washington, DC Cardinal Field  
10/29/1988 W 18 13 Catholic  Washington, DC Kehoe Field  
10/28/1989 L 3 21 Catholic  Washington, DC Cardinal Field  
10/27/1990 L 9 26 Catholic  Washington, DC Kehoe Field  
11/2/1991 W 21 17 Catholic  Washington, DC Cardinal Field  
10/31/1992 W 19 16 Catholic  Washington, DC Kehoe Field  
10/30/1993 W 10 0 Catholic  Washington, DC Cardinal Field

The D.C. Mayor's Cup (2008-09)

Rivals: Georgetown, Howard
First game: 2008
Last game: 2009
Number of Games: 2 Overall Record: Georgetown, 2-1-0
Trophy Resides With: Georgetown

An effort to begin a regular series with cross-town opponents Georgetown and Howard began in 2008 with announcement from the mayor's office of a four year series between the schools. The series did not engender much local interest, with the 2008 game at Howard delayed by a tropical storm and the 2009 game at Georgetown receiving a scant local turnout. The four year series was cancelled by the schools at the conclusion after the 2009 season, and the mayor's office had no comment.

A one game series was held in 2011.

9/7/2008 W 12 7 Howard  Washington, DC Greene Stadium
9/26/2009 L 11 14 Howard  Washington, DC Multi-Sport Field
10/15/11 L 21 3 Howard  Washington, DC Greene Stadium

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