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Georgetown College's football team rolled off 21 unanswered points in the third quarter, opening up a huge lead against University of Virginia College at Wise in a critical Mid-South Conference East Division matchup.
Both teams were undefeated in divisional play. The Tigers (6-2, 5-0 MSC) take control with the 58-29 win Saturday at Toyota Stadium with one interleague opponent left - Lindsey Wilson College.
GC had lost three straight seasons to the Cavaliers, by a touchdown, but left nothing to chance at home.
A blocked extra point by Clay Brown allowed the Tigers to take a momentum swing in the first quarter. DaVon Pitts picked up the block and returned it 90-plus yards for the two points. This tied the score 9-9 with GC receiving the kickoff.
Kaelin Ammons engineered a four-play, 30-yard drive to take a 16-9 advantage the Tigers would never relinquish. The junior was 14-of-23 for 167 yards and five touchdowns.
"It was a good day," GC coach Bill Cronin said. "It was classic smart college football. Our guys really stepped up."
After a slow start defensively, the Tigers flexed its muscle against Wise (3-6, 3-1) in the third quarter. The Cavaliers managed just 85 yards of offense on 20 plays with a fumble coming out of the locker room. They ended the first half on an upswing, scoring a touchdown to be down 37-22 and received the ball to open the second half.
However, the Tigers held them to three yards on three plays that first series and set the tone for the second half.
"I think we came out flat defensively at the beginning," Cronin said. "But we got rolling and our kids gained confidence. It was good ball on both sides."
Part of that defensive stance was the play of Brown. He not only got the block extra point, but he was involved in nine tackles (three solo) with an interception he returned 10 yards.
"He got more depth in his drop," Cronin said of Brown's interception. "It was a completely different approach."
Georgetown returns to action 2:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Lindsey Wilson, a team the veteran coach knows the Tigers cannot take for granted.
"It is definitely someone we can't take lightly," Cronin said. "The Blue Raiders have done well in their inaugural season."
|(RV) Lindsey Wilson at||8:00pm|
|(4) Lindsey Wilson at||6:00pm|
|Cumberland Univ. at||4:00pm|
|(14) Cumberland Univ. at||2:00pm|
|(10) University of Pikeville at||8:00pm|
|(22) University of Pikeville at||6:00pm|
|(18) University of the Cumberlands at||4:00pm|
|University of the Cumberlands at||2:00pm|
|University of Maine at Fort Kent at||7:00pm|