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It was a battle inside the Mid-South Conference between unlikely foes when Georgetown College and Shorter University took the field Saturday in Rome, Ga.
While only playing for the third time, it has been a lopsided affair in the previous two meetings. The Tigers (1-2), who were receiving votes for the Top 25 after defeating No. 16 University of the Cumberlands this past Saturday, had outscored Shorter 113-8 since starting the series in 2005.
However, GC veteran coach Bill Cronin knew his team would be in for a good game. The Hawks (2-2), playing their season home-opener, came out and struck first and through the see-saw battle of eight lead changes hung on for the eventual 47-46 victory in overtime.
"It's a tough loss," Cronin said. "Our guys fought hard, and there are an awful lot of positive things to come out of today. A lot of our players really excelled to help us get a lead, and to then come down on that last drive and tie the game up."
That knotted the score at 40. Shorter won the toss and elected to be on offense to start the first extra session. Several plays later the Hawks punched it in for the 47-40 lead. Georgetown only needed one play, a 25-yard strike from Ammons to Gohman, to score six of the necessary seven points for another tie. But, a mishandled snap on the ensuing extra point attempt ended the Tigers hopes of forcing a second overtime.
Ammons, the Franklin County native, had a big day, going 24-of-40 for 396 yards and five touchdowns with one interception.
Georgetown has a short week to prepare for its season home-opener when it welcomes Kentucky Christian (0-4) Thursday night at Toyota Stadium. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
"We are excited to be home. It'll be under the lights, and now we have to focus on our divisional play," Cronin said.
This will be the first of six straight MSC East matches for the Tigers.