Georgetown News
Football - Sat, Oct. 17, 2009

The 25th-ranked Georgetown College Tigers handed No. 6 University of the Cumberlands (6-1, 2-1) their first loss of the season on Saturday, 23-20, in high style and in front of a homecoming crowd at Toyota Stadium.

The 25th-ranked Georgetown College Tigers handed No. 6 University of the Cumberlands (6-1, 2-1) their first loss of the season on Saturday, 23-20, in high style and in front of a homecoming crowd at Toyota Stadium.

At the end of the first drive of the game, Georgetown's Mike Cox fumbled a punt that was picked up by Cumberlands' Desrick Jones, who took it six yards for a touchdown.

But the Tigers (5-2, 2-1) scored on the very next drive, when a 1-yard run by Ted Sberna, capped off an 11 play, 65 yard drive, to begin a controlled-possession strategy that would prove crucial in the outcome of the game. 

"Our lengthy offense was the key to the game, no doubt about it," said head coach Bill Cronin, in his 13th season with the Tigers.  "While that can't always be your game plan, we felt like it would be a good option for us this week if we could do it."

Georgetown opened the second quarter with another long drive, this time traveling 62 yards in 13 plays before freshman Alex Kreimer capitalized on a 42-yard field goal.

It was then Cumberlands' turn to answer, and after a 35-yard connection between quarterback Jay Bright and Willie Gibson, Justin Pritchett carried the ball two yards to put his team up 13-10 after a missed extra point by Justin Dyer.

One the next possession of the yo-yo first half,  on third and four, Tiger quarterback Mike Lewis, found Sberna for a 21-yard grab to get into Patriots' territory.  Six plays later, this time on fourth and two, Lewis kept the ball and ran it in for a 16-yard touchdown. Cole Richards added the extra point and the Tigers took control of the lead once again, 17-13.

The second half started with an exchange of interceptions, as the Cumberlands' Brian Abshire intercepted Lewis during the Tigers' first drive of the third quarter. The Patriots then found themselves on the receiving end of the turnover, when Georgetown senior defensive back Nick Schickel intercepted a pass intended for Gibson in the endzone for a touchback, eventualy setting up a 40-yard field goal by Kreimer to extend the Tigers' lead 20-13.

But a quick Patriots' possession with just 12 seconds left in the third tied the game up for the second time (20-20) this time on a successful pass to Gibson in the end zone.

The foot of Kreimer proved valuable yet again, when he gave his team the lead for good with a 29-yarder with 7:07 left to go in the rival game.

Georgetown's defense proved solid during the Patriots' last drive of the game, when after getting a second set of downs, Cumberlands was forced to punt.

It looked as though Georgetown, too, would punt on their next drive, but after lining up and trying to draw Cumberlands offsides and calling two timeouts, Cronin made a gutsy call to go for it on fourth and one at the Tigers' own 34-yard line.  Sberna made it worthwhile, gaining four yards and, more importantly, the first down, enabling his team to run the remaining time off the clock.

"We knew we were going to go for it, but we had three timeouts to waste and and it gave me a little more time to think about the situation and decide what was best for us," said Cronin.

The win shakes things up in the Mid-South Conference East Division, where now UVA-Wise leads 3-1, with Georgetown, Cumberlands and the Tigers' next opponent, Campbellsville, are all knotted up at 2-1.  Georgetown will face Campbellsville on the road, Saturday and kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. 

Mills and Chinn Presented Crowns

During the halftime homecoming presentation, Ciera Mills, a junior from Belfry, Ky., was named the 2009 Georgetown College Homecoming Queen, while Sam Chinn, a senior from Louisville, was named king.

Phi Mu took both the Best Bench Award and overall female homecoming festivities winner. The men of Lambda Chi Alpha was honored as the best overall male winner.

Tiger Volleyball Makes It a Homecoming Sweep

The seventh-ranked Tiger Volleyball team made it a homecoming sweep, as Georgetown beat Cumberlands 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-17) in a match following the football game.

The Tigers improved to 29-2 on the year and a perfect 10-0 in Mid-South Conference play.  They were led by Kyla Welch, who tallied 14 kills on 15 attempts for a hitting average of .933.  Defensively, senior Amy Barmore tallied 12 digs.  Senior Allie Bertke added four aces for the Tigers.

 
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