Football - Sat, Nov. 19, 2011
Two of the Top 5 defenses clashed in Georgetown, KY
Saturday afternoon in the 2011 NAIA Football Championship Series First Round.
No. 3 Georgetown College (11-0) took a late drive in the
second quarter to go up 14-7 and never looked back. Neal Pawsat hit Rob Maden on
26-yard strike and the Tigers won a defensive battle, 21-7, over No. 15
Benedictine College (9-3).
The Ravens struck first when Pawsat's first play from
scrimmage was intercepted by Nick Rudolph and returned 22-yards 21 seconds into
the game. The rookie quarterback calmed down and led an 80-yard ensuing drive
for the equalizer. Pawsat hit Chris Gohman for the 12-yard score and a 7-7
Both defenses flexed their muscles. BC came in the game
as the third best defense, allowing just 11.6 points per game, while GC was
fifth with 12.8 ppg, and a stalemate occurred for the rest of the first and
most of the second quarter.
The third quarter was back and forth as the teams traded
punts, but Georgetown put together the decisive drive early in the fourth. The
Tigers drained 7:55 off the clock and Adam Schmitz did a one-yard dive on a
third and goal play.
The 14 points were too much to overcome for the Ravens.
Benedictine came in averaging just less than 400 yards per game, but managed
just 278, while Georgetown averages 412.5 and got 366.
Offensive Player of the Game was Pawsat, going 23-of-39
with 267 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Winston Hines was the
Defensive Player of the Game with two interceptions.
Georgetown returns to action next Saturday in a
post-Thanksgiving game. The opponent and place for the 2011 NAIA FCS Second
Round will be determined Sunday afternoon.