Tigers scramble for a loose ball on the ground against ABU. Photo by Richard Davis
Football - Sun, Oct. 23, 2016
Alderson Broaddus University scored 31 unanswered points on its way to victory Saturday. The Battlers (6-2) beat the No. 10 Tigers (6-2) 38-13. This is second most lopsided loss at Toyota Stadium for Georgetown College football since 2013 when another NCAA Division II school, Ohio Dominican University, came to town.
"They're a good football team. They were able to shut us down in the passing game," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "They played up in our face and forced us to throw the ball, and we had a tough time doing that."
Georgetown managed just 96 yards of total offense on 48 plays from scrimmage, while ABU had 423 yards on 96 plays.
The Tigers had relied mainly on the ground attack the past two games without starting quarterback Ozzie Mann – out for the season. However, Alderson Broaddus was ready for that, stalling the rush for just 39 yards on 23 carries. JJ Jude, who averaged more than a 100 yards the past two games, had just 10 on seven rushes.
This forced sophomore Clay McKee to look to pass more. He completed just five attempts for 44 yards and one late score.
"We weren't able to stretch the field vertically," Cronin said. "We did a good job of that last year at their place, and it opened up some lanes for us to run the ball. We have to figure out some ways to do that."
GC's defense has been its staple most of the season, but playing nearly 100 snaps and defending short fields for more than 45 minutes of the game proved a tall challenge.
McKee's first interception put the Battlers on the GC 25 yard line. It took nine plays, but the visitors finally pushed in a one-yard run almost midway through the first quarter. Four minutes later they had it on the Tiger 39 and used nine plays to set up another one-yard score.
ABU added a touchdown and a field goal in the second quarter to blow open the game.
"They're just a better football team in a lot of ways," Cronin said. "They have size, speed and their quarterback does a nice job managing the offense."
Georgetown continued to fight and found the end zone twice in the fourth quarter for some positives to take into next week. The Tigers will travel to No. 3 Reinhardt University for a final Mid-South Conference West showdown.
"There's no question we have to step it up again next week against a very good football team in Reinhardt," Cronin said. "They're aggressive, much like this team. They probably don't have the size of ABU, but their speed might even be a little better."