Josh Harris cruises into the end zone for the Tigers first score. Photo by Richard Davis
Football - Sat, Nov. 5, 2016
Josh Harris intercepted Josiah Robbins and returned it 21-yards for the score. This ignited Georgetown College football as the No. 17 Tigers (7-3, 5-0) stayed unbeaten in Mid-South Conference East Division play with a 31-7 win over University of the Cumberlands.
Through the first quarter it seemed as though UC might get its first win at Toyota Stadium since 1996. The Patriots (4-6, 3-3) had nothing to lose and pulled out all the stops. Their average starting point was the Georgetown 44. However, the Tigers bend but do not break defense held the visitors to just one score, biding time for the offense to come to life.
Harris' snatch and score was the only GC points in the first half, but behind JJ Jude the offense got rolling and special teams pitched in with a touchdown, a field goal and several big blocks.
"JJ had a great game. He really got us going," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "The offensive line worked hard to get us back on track. I thought Sam White and Mitchell Wessel did a nice job, and Demarius Stewart was playing center for the first time all year."
Jude rushed 18 times for 130 yards and the score that broke it open. Midway through the third quarter Josh Depp kicked a 24-yard field goal for a lead the home team never relinquished. Seven minutes later Jude went two-yards to cap off a nine-play, 66-yard drive and score. This made it 17-7 Georgetown.
Riley Hall connected on his touchdown strike not two minutes into the fourth quarter. He hit Ross Cox in stride for a 31-yard score and a three score advantage.
The rookie was 15-of-25 for 208 yards and a touchdown in his second start under center.
"Riley took another step forward," Cronin said. "He's grown up a lot in the short amount of time. Everybody's getting more and more comfortable with him."
Dylan Haraway and Blake Ellis helped to put the icing on the cake. Haraway blocked Jonathan Huttson's punt and as it rolled into the end zone Ellis was there to fall on it.
Georgetown hosts University of Pikeville 1:30 pm Saturday for Senior Day with a chance to secure a 20th MSC title and a bid into postseason play.
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