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Freshman Patrick Dougherty got the rally going with a pick he returned for a touchdown to pull GC back to within 14, 27-13 midway through the fourth quarter. Then a solid drive was capped off by a Kaelin Ammon's pass to Coty Minnis for a touchdown. But with just 55 seconds remaining, it was too little too late as the Crusaders (2-0) got the onsides kick.
The Tigers scored a field goal in the second quarter to break the scoreless tie, but Webber responded with a touchdown drive for the 7-3 lead. Before halftime, the Crusaders added another touchdown for a 14-3 advantage heading into the lockerroom.
The Tigers gave up another touchdown, digging a huge hole, before another GC field goal trimmed it to a 15-point deficit, 21-6. Webber answered that with a touchdown, but missed the extra point for a 27-6 lead.
The Tigers (0-1) have a week off before facing rival University of Cumberlands on the road on Sept. 18. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.