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Georgetown College football played in spurts, but the inconsistency led to a rough night against NCAA Division II Ohio Dominican University.
The No. 6 Tigers (0-1) took the early lead, 7-0, on its second drive. Then The Panthers (1-0) scored the next 24 points to hold off Georgetown and end the regular-season home stand at 14 straight, 41-14.
"I'm not happy about anything," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "We had good moments, but not enough of them. We need to grow up and grow up quick."
Georgetown had several opportunities and after two quick scores in the second half for ODU's 24-7 lead, responded with an explosive return that ignited the home crowd.
Freshman Bobby Chan-Chan returned the ball 70 yards, only being stopped by cramping as he hit the 29-yard line of Ohio Dominican. The Tigers used two plays as Neal Pawsat hit Logan Crockett to seem to retake the momentum.
"We have young kids and you don't know how they will respond until you put them in the fire," Cronin said. "Bobby Chan-Chan had some good catches and a nice return. It was close until the end."
The Panthers needed just 59 seconds to regain the three-score lead. Their final two scores came late in the game to seal the deal.
Georgetown returns to NAIA competition next Saturday against No. 9 Bethel University. The Tigers will travel to Mackenzie, Tenn. for the 1:30 pm kickoff.
"Right now, what we need to do, is focus on our guys," Cronin said. "We have to get them back up. We need to grow up and grow up fast."
The Tiger defense held ODU to just 98 yards on the ground and had several goal line stances that either turned the Panthers away, got turnovers or held them to just three points. Pawsat threw for 244 yards with one touchdown. Zach Sowder led the way on the ground with 78 yards on 20 carries and one score.
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