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Georgetown College football came into the weekend ranked No. 3 and it is no surprise that the Tigers finish the same way following a 33-7 victory Saturday.
Staying undefeated helped the Orange & Black (10-0) to steadily move up the polls after a preseason No. 9 rank. It also secured them at least a first round playoff game this Saturday as Benedictine College (Kansas) comes to town for a 1:30 pm kickoff. An undefeated season and hosting is a first since 2006.
Tickets will be on sale Tuesday-Friday outside the cafeteria. General admission is $5, bleacher backs $12 and $15 for chair backs. All ticket prices will double on day of the game, $10, $24 and $30 respectively.
"We are thrilled to be in the playoffs for the second consecutive year as MSC East champions," said offensive coordinator Craig Mullins. "The big difference from this past year is that we open the first round at home."
This is the first meeting between these two teams. The Ravens finished 9-2, losing two of their last four games - MidAmerica Nazarene (49-39) and Baker University (10-7).
Under Bill Cronin, the Tigers are twice national champions and twice national champion runners-up. Georgetown's playoff record is 20-8 since 1997, but is 6-6 since 2002. In 2005, the team advanced to the second round. The past two times, 2006 and 2010, the Tigers have been one and done.
BC is 4-11 all-time in postseason play and first appearance since 2003. It was an at-large qualifier out of the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
Both head coaches are in the Top 5 in active coaches' win list. Ravens' Larry Wilcox came into the season as third and Cronin was fifth. Cronin is also second on win percentage list, with a .808 mark.
Georgetown is making its 17th appearance overall in the postseason, second most trips all-time in the NAIA. The team has a 22-13 mark overall. The 22 wins is fifth all-time.
The cliché says defense wins championships. Now Saturday it will be which defense. The Tigers are fifth nationally allowing just 12.8 points per game, while the Ravens are third with 11.6 ppg.
Georgetown also ranks third in opponent fourth down conversion - 23.3; second in total sacks - 35.5; and first in sacks by - 3.6.
Benedictine has not won a postseason game since 2001. It has been since 2005 for the Tigers.
Other playoff match-ups are:2011 NAIA Football Championship Series
|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|
|(17) Middle Georgia State College||EST|
|(17) Middle Georgia State College||2|