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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 remain undefeated.
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.
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