Football - Sat, Sep. 17, 2011
Georgetown College's football team flexed its defensive
muscle once again in its home-opener Saturday against University of the
The No. 8 Tigers (2-0) picked off the No. 10 Patriots
three times in the third quarter, which translated into 10 points and a 24-14
lead. GC tacked on a final score in the fourth quarter for the 31-14 win.
"It was a good day," said Georgetown coach Bill Cronin. "Our
defense had a game plan and Coach (Shan) Housekeeper and the rest of the coaches
did a great job of executing it. We knew Cumberlands struggled passing the
ball, and we wanted to get them to throw it."
UC had 25 pass attempts on the day, in two previous games
it combined for a total of 30. In two games, the Patriots rushed for 744 yards
and eight rushing touchdowns. The Tigers held them to 67 yards on 33 attempts
and no rushing touchdowns. Cumberlands was also averaging 36.5 points per game,
but managed just 14 at Toyota Stadium.
Georgetown improves to 26-5 in this long-standing,
"This defense continues to grow," Cronin said. "Our first
outing we had to stop the pass and today we did it again against the run. Now
we have to see what happens when we face a team that has both."
Sophomore Patrick Dougherty was one of the first to
really disrupt the Patriots. On the first series out of the half, the defensive
lineman tipped a pass that Jake Conner then snagged out of the air to set up an
Alex Kreimer 36-yard field goal. It broke a 14-14 stalemate and would be all
the points the Tigers needed.
Zach Goebel helped Georgetown add some insurance with a
pick on the very next series. This set up a five-play, 34-yard touchdown drive.
The score came as Kaelin Ammons danced away from not one tackle, but two, all
while staying behind the line of scrimmage to find an open Logan Osborne for a
six-yard strike. GC led 24-14 at that point.
The Tigers final score came late in the fourth when
Ammons hooked up with Coty Minnis for a two-yard touchdown reception. On the
day, the senior signal-caller was 17-of-31 for 161 yards, three touchdowns and
"This was a good day and a good win," Cronin said. "But,
we do have a long way to go. I liked seeing our team come out and really take
control in the third. We sort of grabbed momentum there with a late score in
the second quarter and a lot of good things happened."
That late score came as back-up quarterback Cameron Smyth
had to jump into the fire on a drive in UC territory. Ammons went down with a
knee injury and limped to the sidelines, leaving just a few moments for Smyth
to warm up.
The junior did not waste his opportunity. His first play
under center was a 40-yard lofting touchdown pass for 6-foot-5 Rashad Mason,
who elevated and brought it in for the score. This knotted the game at 14.
"It was great to see Cam come in and good to see him get
his confidence up. He threw it right up there, just like we draw it up," Cronin
said with a smile.
GC jumped out to a lead on the first possession of the
day, when a 14-play, 64-yard drive was capped by a 16-yard Ammons to Minnis
Cumberlands tied it on the ensuing drive and then grabbed
its only lead when Ammons was picked off by Drew Yeargin. The Patriots marched
35-yards on six plays for the 14-7 advantage.
"Our guys competed and played a nice game today," Cronin
said. "Now we have a very tough Shorter University team coming in here next Saturday
for Homecoming. It will be another test."
It could also be the Tigers third straight opponent
ranked inside the Top 25. Ottawa was preseason No. 10 and UC jumped from No. 16
to No. 10 this past week. The Hawks were tied at No. 21 this past week and beat
Pikeville with two late scores to improve to 2-0. Kick-off is set for 1:30 pm
at Toyota Stadium.