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Resilient. Georgetown College football has weathered storms early this season, but keeps coming back – highlighted by a 35-21 win Saturday over No. 19 Faulkner University.
"They just don't quit," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "This team has been through so much and are learning through it all you have to start over the next day, the next play."
The No. 14 Tigers (3-1) had their fair share of bad moments Saturday against No. 19 Faulkner University (2-2). But 14 points in one minute and nine seconds was the difference in the game. Tied 21-21 following a fumble on the previous possession as J.J. Jude tried to stretch for extra yards, Cronin went right back to the senior.
Jude caught a bubble screen and took it 44 yards to put GC in business late in the fourth quarter. The next play Kyle Longworth rushed for 11 yards and Zach Harris finished it off with a nine-yard touchdown run.
Georgetown College football got back to its winning ways in a road win over Mid-South Conference and college football newcomer Cincinnati Christian University. The Eagles are the seventh team in the MSC to restart or start a football program since 2001. The youthful bunch have had a tough go around early and the woes continued Saturday in Cincinnati.
The No. 18 Tigers (2-1, 1-0 MSC East) scored three times in the first 30 minutes and left with a 35-7 victory.
"It's great to get back on a win streak. I was pleased with our play in the first half," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "I thought we moved the ball well, found ways to score and defensively kept them off the field.
"This is a new program with a lot of young players and young coaches, but down the road they will be a competitive team. It just takes time."
The even quarters were Georgetown College's undoing Saturday afternoon in Columbia, Ky. The No. 18 Tigers (1-1) gave up five touchdowns to No. 12 Lindsey Wilson College (3-0) in the second and fourth quarters as the home team rolled, 49-35.
It is the first time since 2013 the GC defense has allowed 49 points. The unit came in as one of the biggest assets, but also with one of the most youthful secondaries in years. Georgetown is playing four freshman in the cornerback and safety spots, a green area the Blue Raiders exploited.
Dylan Beasley connected on 20 passes for 368 yards and six touchdowns. Tyrone Stallard hit his only pass for 56 yards. They combine for 424 yards. Three of Beasley's scoring tosses went for 45-plus yards, 63, 48 and 49.
However, as uncharacteristic as the defensive day was for Georgetown, the heart was not. Despite trailing 28-14 late in the second quarter, the Tigers responded to LWC's fourth score with a long drive and a score of their own.
A near perfect defensive effort helped Georgetown College football to a 28-7 season-opening win Thursday at Toyota Stadium, helping to honor the team's fallen teammate Colson Machlitt.
Cumberland University (0-2) broke one play, late in the game, for a 92-yard score. The No. 18 Tigers (1-0) responded right back and it was all over from there. GC's defense caused three turnovers by way of fumble or interception and two more on downs.
"Pretty good defense tonight," said Tiger coach Bill Cronin. "We can't let that big play happen, but it is a very coachable moment and this was a good first game.
"There are just things in practice you can't prepare for and tonight allowed us the opportunity to see some of the breakdowns. We get right back to it tomorrow. I think we will make big strides."
Georgetown College football continues to garner respect, jumping five spots in the NAIA Coaches' Poll heading into the preseason. In the spring poll, the Tigers were sitting at No. 23. Teams across the nation return for practices with the 2016 season kicking off in late August. National raters, using conference polls, made predictions and Georgetown is No. 18. The first regular season poll comes out Sept. 12, two games into the Tigers' season.
GC had an unusual start to the 2015 year – four straight losses – a first under coach Bill Cronin, who is entering his 20th season at the helm. The Tigers started 0-4 in 1994 under Bob Brush as the most recent similar start. However, the team found a rhythm offensively mixed with a dominate defense to win six straight and a 19th Mid-South Conference title. The team returns 10 all-conference players along with a lot of depth.
"We are excited heading into this season," Cronin said. "The respect for what we do here is nice, but now we need to go prove it on the field. What matters is what happens between those lines.
"Everyone came back mid-week so we start putting on the pads and are hitting the ground running. We have a big game less than a month away."
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