Football - Sat, Sep. 22, 2012
Good Knight the No. 3 Tigers had a fight early with
Kentucky Christian University, but took the pop in the mouth and fought back to
Georgetown College (4-0, 1-0 Mid-South Conference East)
fumbled the opening kickoff that the Knights (2-2, 0-1 MSC East) eventually set
up for a field goal and their only lead all day Saturday on iHigh Field in
Georgetown. The Tigers took the ensuing drive the distance for a 7-3 lead. KCU
would make it uncomfortable, 7-6, late in the first quarter, but got no closer.
"Let's give credit to our defensive," said GC coach Bill
Cronin. "They played well all day and never broke against a team that
completely changed its offensive scheme for us. They were running series we had
never seen and I thought coach (Shan) Housekeeper and his staff did a great job
of adjusting on the run."
The Knights did a lot of sneak and hidden ball tricks
with quarterback Graham Johnston. The sophomore held the ball as he and the
running backs approached the line of scrimmage together before making the
decision as to who would rush. The signal caller had 20 yards on 29 attempts,
while Deonte Merricks netted 52 yards on 10 attempts.
GC's defense, which forced No. 24 Lindsey Wilson to
negative three yards rushing, gave up 67 on 48 attempts to KCU.
"Our defense had to be more disciplined today," Cronin
said. "When you are waiting on a delay hand-off you can't bust in there, which
equalizes our speed. I thought Patrick Dougherty, Brock Messina, Jake Conner
and DJ Lemons did a really good job of being patient.
"Johnston is a good player and tough kid. Every time we
knocked him down he was getting back up and even in the end, trailing 21
points, he was still competing. He's a really nice player."
The Tigers return to iHigh Field next Saturday to host
Bethel University. GC is on a 13-game home and 21-game regular season win
streaks. Saturday's win was coach Cronin's 149th in the Orange & Black.