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Georgetown College football went with the rookie quarterback and had No. 3 Reinhardt reeling for a bit Saturday in Waleska, Ga.
Riley Hall got his first start under center and on the second offensive series hooked up with Kyle Longworth for a 31-yard strike at the back of the end zone. The No. 15 Tigers (6-3) held the lead twice, but gave up three scores in the second half to fall 28-9.
It is rare in the Bill Cronin era to see Georgetown lose a game after leading at halftime. It has only happened eight other times before Saturday. However, holding down the nation's best scoring team was daunting.
GC did keep Reinhardt well below its national leading 57 points per game average and more than 200-yards below its national leading rushing yards per game average of 399.
The Eagles (9-0) ran its home winning streak to 10 with three second half touchdowns to erase a two-point deficit at the break. They answered Hall's strike to Longworth with a 26-yard pass – only the 13th passing touchdown on the season. RU is a team that has scored 64 times this season.
Reinhardt broke one long run – 60 yards for a touchdown to start the second half and added two more passing touchdowns.
Josh Depp helped to give the Tigers its last lead with a 37-yard field goal. The senior missed a 21-yarder that could have made it 12-9 at the break and his extra point try was blocked following Longworth's touchdown.
Hall finished 14-of-28 for 124 yards. He was sacked six times and threw three interceptions. He caught one pass on a trick play with wide receiver Bart Bell. Bell was 1-of-1 for 11 yards on the trick play.
JJ Jude led the rushing attack with 66 yards on 19 carries.
Georgetown returns to action 1:30 pm Saturday hosting University of the Cumberlands.
|(RV) Lindsey Wilson at||8:00pm|
|(4) Lindsey Wilson at||6:00pm|
|Cumberland Univ. at||4:00pm|
|(15) Cumberland Univ. at||2:00pm|
|(12) University of Pikeville at||8:00pm|
|(23) University of Pikeville at||6:00pm|
|(20) University of the Cumberlands at||4:00pm|
|University of the Cumberlands at||2:00pm|
|University of Maine at Fort Kent at||7:00pm|