Georgetown News
Football - Sat, Sep. 23, 2006

The Georgetown College Tigers 40-13 win today over Belhaven College was more than a mark in the win column today - it added a highlight in the career of Head Coach Bill Cronin, win number 100 to be exact.

The Georgetown College Tigers 40-13 win today over Belhaven College was more than a mark in the win column today - it added a highlight in the career of Head Coach Bill Cronin, win number 100 to be exact.

Cronin, who achieved the win in 117 total games, joins a small group of football coaches who have achieved such a milestone in under ten complete seasons or less. Cronin joined the club in his tenth season, third game, while coaches like Steve Spurrier achieved it in his tenth season, eight game at the University of Florida and the legendary Oakland Raiders Coach John Madden crossed the hurdle at the end of his tenth season.

"I'm thrilled for the staff and players," said Cronin. "I hope that the ten years worth of kids and coaches that have come through this program all feel a part of this milestone."

Cronin shares this 100th mark with four assistants that have been with him for each win, Dave Campbell, Steve Hill, Craig Mullins and Bruce Owens. "It is so unusual not just for him to reach this goal so early in his career, but that he has had four assistants that have been a part of each win as well," said Georgetown Director of Athletics Eric Ward.

Georgetown was behind for the first time this season as the Blazers came out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter but it wasn't for long. "We had to change our game plan and make some adjustments, particularly on the offensive line," said Cronin. "Our young line wasn't being protective enough and we needed to give Jeff (Smith) more time (at quarterback)."

The time seemed to be enough as Smith finished the day with 151 passing yards on the day, as well as a keeper from 15 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to make it 35-7 at halftime.

The Tiger defense added five interceptions as Georgetown moved to 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in the Mid-South Conference, while Belhaven ended the game 0-4 and 0-1.
 
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