Football - Sat, Sep. 3, 2011
Heading into the 2011 football season a lot of the
accolades and talk for Georgetown College was about the prolific offense
returning. But, Saturday in Ottawa, Kan., it was a stellar defensive effort as
the Tigers (1-0) escaped with a 21-19 win.
Ottawa University (0-2) opened the second half with a
10-play scoring drive. Georgetown then blocked its second extra point to
maintain a 21-19 lead.
On the ensuing drive, the Tigers fumbled the ball. Ottawa
recovered at the GC 1-yard line.
This was the first of two goalline stances for
Georgetown's defense in the second half. The Tigers stood OU up three straight
plays and then blocked the field goal attempt.
GC's offense returned to the field with the ball on its 6-yard
line. After a three and out series, Cody Parker was forced to punt from his own
Ottawa was on the move again, starting at the Tiger 35. Two
plays into that drive, the Braves were perched on the GC 2-yard line. Another
three plays and no score forced OU's coach Kent Kessinger to roll the dice on
fourth and goal, not wanting to bring out the kicking team once again.
Bobby Adamson put the ball in the air and the Tigers intercepted
it for another squelched offensive attempt.
Georgetown's offense came to life, driving into Brave
territory for the first time in the second half. It stalled and the teams
traded punts, pushing the game late into the fourth quarter. GC had the ball
and appeared on its way to a two-score lead.
Back-to-back dropped passes by Rashad Mason ended that
drive, however, and gave the Braves hope. OU slowly worked the ball up the
field with a mixture of rushes and short passes. The hope vanished on the
eighth play of the drive when Clarence Anderson fumbled. Georgetown recovered
with 2:53 remaining.
The Tigers attempted to drain the clock, but were forced
to punt after a false start had them facing a fourth and six. Ottawa was down
to its last gasp and despite a few completions, could not convert and overcome
the two-point deficit.
In the first half, the Tiger offense seemed to be living
up to its preseason billing. On the opening drive of the game, GC had
back-to-back shaky plays to set up a third and 16. But, Kaelin Ammons found
Mason for a big gain. In a gutsy move on the road, GC coach Bill Cronin decided
to go for it on fourth and short. GC converted and took the ball down for a
1-yard rushing touchdown by Zach Sowder.
Both offenses stalled at that point, but Ottawa seemed
sure to knot it up early in the second half with a first and goal on the six.
Shane Gimzo carried the ball into the endzone, but fumbled the ball before
crossing the line. GC recovered and responded with three straight rushing
plays, the last a 65-yard scamper for Sowder and a 14-0 advantage.
Cronin's special teams had a mix bag of plus and minuses in
the season-opener. They blocked two extra points and a field goal attempt, but
too many men on the field when Ottawa was punting deep in its territory
eventually led to the Braves first score. Adamson to Anderson made it a 14-6
game late in the second quarter.
Two series later, the Tigers responded with a 5-play,
44-yard drive for a 23-yard Blake Naylor touchdown from Ammons.
Then came the next special team breakdown as Anderson
took the kickoff 85-yards for a touchdown and a 21-13 game.
Georgetown tried two plays and got nowhere, so it ran out
the clock and took the eight-point advantage into the halftime.
Ammons finished the game 16-for-30 for 208 yards and one
touchdown. He spread it around to 10 different receivers, none with more than
three catches. Randy Doss' one grab netted a receiving high 39 yards, while
Chris Gohman and Brandon Burdette had 27 yards each and Naylor and Coty Minnis
each had 23.
GC's ground game garnered 171 yards on 41 attempts.
Sowder led the charge with nine carries for 80 yards and two scores.
OU's Adamson was 31-for-47 for 392 yards and two scores.
His favorite target was Anderson, who had 13 receptions for 132 yards and a