Football - Wed, Nov. 16, 2011
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.
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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."