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"It's always scary coming off a win like last week," the veteran coach said. "It doesn't matter who your opponent is. You relax, have your mind on other things, it's just scary."
But despite all the surrounding distractions of Homecoming, the Tigers (4-2, 3-0 Mid-South Conference) stayed focused and stuck with the game plan to pull out a 70-58 win over Pikeville (0-7, 0-3 MSC).
Kaelin Ammons threw for 480 yards and five touchdowns. It is his second game of the season with five touchdowns and he has thrown for 1,747 yards through six games.
"He's just a competitor," Cronin said of this quarterback. "He's not out there to get first downs, but to score touchdowns."
The Bears controlled the game for much of the game when they scored two touchdowns and kicked a field goal for a 17-7 lead early in the second quarter. However, Georgetown never panicked and when the moment presented itself, took care of business.
Down 52-49 late in the third quarter in the seesaw battle, Cronin rolled the dice with an onsides kick. The Tigers recovered and marched 42 yards for the score to take their first lead since 7-0 in the first quarter.
"I credit my coaching staff," Cronin said. "They did a great job of keeping the players positive and focused throughout the game."
Following that score for a 56-52 lead, GC's defense forced Pikeville into its first punt of the day. Then a 10-play, 40-yard drive was capped off by Bennett Gatto's 3-yard rushing touchdown.
The Bears drove deep into Tiger territory on the ensuing drive, but a tipped pass in the endzone was hauled in by Brandon Lawson. Ammons led GC on a five-play, 80-yard scoring drive capped off by a 31-yard touchdown reception by Rashad Mason.
The junior receiver had five catches for 81 yards and two scores. Chris Gohman also had two scores on four catches for 81 yards. Ammons did a good job of spreading the ball around as Rob Madon had seven grabs for 85 yards and Coty Minnis had four for 76 yards and a score.
Georgetown rushed the ball well for 218 yards on 47 carries. Ammons led the attack with six carries for 65 yards and a touchdown. Adam Schmitz had seven carries for 64 yards. Blake Naylor had 10 carries for 62 yards and a score.
The Tigers hit the road next week for a match up with another MSC East Divisional opponent, West Virginia Tech. Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m. in Montgomery, WVa.