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On a chilly Oct. 1 afternoon, it did not look good early for the No. 7 Georgetown College Tigers. The football team played in the inaugural home-opener on Kentucky Christian University campus. The Knights jumped out to a 13-0 lead inside the first four minutes. But the Tigers defense eventually settled down into their usual stiff stance, never letting KCU (1-4, 0-1 Mid-South Conference East Division) score again, while GC (4-0, 1-0 MSC East) went to the ground game for almost all of its two dozen points in a 24-13 win in Grayson.
"KCU is very young and very well coached by Mike Furrey," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "The Knights have been in every game late except for their loss to NCAA Division I Morehead State. We knew all week we could not rest and take this team lightly. I thought we had really focused practices, but for whatever reason didn't come out and execute early."
Helping the defense out this week was the running game of Zach Sowder, Logan Osborne, Adam Schmitz and Dominique Carter. With the Tigers losing senior leader and quarterback Kaelin Ammons for the season with a knee injury, it fell to the run game on a wet day in Grayson to take the lead.
Late in the third quarter, and GC trailing 13-10, a 57-yard drive was capped off by Osborne's first touchdown of the season. Cronin elected to stay with the ground and work the youthful Knight defense, eventually wearing them down for the final score.
The Tigers rushed 12 times on a 16-play drive, twice converting on fourth downs, for a two-yard Schmitz touchdown and some breathing room.
"Our rushers did a great job of keeping their feet moving and getting positive yards," Cronin said. "Our offensive line was opening holes and really allowed for us to have a balanced attack between multiple running backs."
Of course, Pawsat did a good job of managing the offense, making several key throws throughout the day. The rookie was 16-of-31 for 218 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Georgetown's first score game following a fourth down conversion off a sweep by Sowder. Pawsat's next snap was a 20-yard strike to Coty Minnis for the Tigers first points of the day.
Just before halftime, Cronin rolled the dice once again deep in KCU territory, but failed to convert. That opportunity to score points may be something on the veteran coach's mind later in the game, as he elected to kick a 22-yard field goal midway through the third quarter on a fourth down. Alex Kreimer connected and the Tigers trailed 13-10.
"It's always good to come out with a win and sometimes you have to find different ways to do that," Cronin said.
GC returns home for a tangle of the Tigers as rival Campbellsville University comes to town next weekend. CU's late rally fell short against Pikeville Saturday, coming to Georgetown off a 37-30 loss.
Kickoff is set for 1:30 pm at Toyota Stadium.