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Two of the winningest coaches will square off for the first time this weekend in the 2011 NAIA Football Championship Series First Round when No. 3 Georgetown College meets No. 15 Benedictine College.
Kickoff is set for 1:30 pm at Toyota Stadium. For those unable to travel to the game, a broadcast can be found www.ihigh.com/georgetowncollege. Also follow tweets at GCAthletics.
Larry Wilcox and the Ravens bring in a 9-2 record from the Heart of America Athletic Conference, while Bill Cronin and the Tigers went 10-0 in the Mid-South Conference.
For the second straight season GC is the MSC East Champions and went unblemished in divisional play. This is the 17th appearance in the NAIA playoffs and under Cronin have won two national championships (2000 and 2001) and twice been runner-up (1999 and 2002). Under the veteran coach in his 15th season at the helm, Georgetown is 143-34, a record that puts Cronin in among the active winningest coaches. His .808 win percentage is second on the active coaches list as well.
Wilcox has tallied 229 wins with 125 losses in 33 seasons in charge of the Ravens.
BC was ranked as high as seventh earlier this season before a loss to MidAmerica Nazarene dropped them out of the top 10. It is the first time back in the postseason for the Ravens since 2003 and trying to win a playoff game for the first time since 2001.
Both teams come into the game very similar. The staple for each this season has been the defensive side.
Georgetown is ranked fifth, allowing 12.8 points per game, while Benedictine is third at 11.6 ppg.
Both use a balanced approach offensively. The Tigers have compiled 4,125 (2,576 passing and 1,549 rushing), while the Ravens 4,344 (2,113 passing and 2,231 rushing).
"Benedictine is the best team and the best coached team we have played," Cronin said. "The Ravens have proven they can get the job done on the ground or in the air. They will be a very tough match-up for us."