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Before the two longtime rivals could even settle into the football game, Georgetown College had scored three times in an important road win over No. 16 University of the Cumberlands.
The Tigers (1-1) early lead provided the necessary breathing room all day against Cumberlands (1-2) in a 58-40 win in Williamsburg.
Kaelin Ammons and Adam Schmitz put Georgetown on top on the first drive of the day. Ammons hit his wide receiver for a 13-yard score. Not even two minutes later, the Tigers were back in the end zone on a 10-yard Blake Naylor run, after the Patriots fumbled on their own 21-yard line on their opening drive.
Veteran GC coach Bill Cronin elected to then to capitalize on the early momentum, trying and succeeding in an on-side kick. GC took it in three plays later as Bennett Gatto rushed for a 45-yard score.
With 7:17 remaining in the first quarter, the Tigers were ahead 21-0.
UC battled back, scoring 20 points in the second quarter. But GC's offense never went away. The Tigers scored at least seven points in every quarter as the team amassed 436 yards of offense on 67 plays.
Patriots pulled within 11 with 5:41 remaining, but during an on-side kick attempt GC's Chris Gohman fielded it and returned it for the final score of the day. Gohman also had two catches for 111 yards and a touchdown.
Georgetown stays on the road for the third straight week to play Shorter University next Saturday. Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m.