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It will be a colorful night Thursday as Georgetown College football celebrates the culmination of spring practice in a scrimmage. The 117th Orange & Black game will be adding a bit of Greene and Rasberry to the mix. Helping as honorary coaches for the evening will be GC's 24th President, Dr. M. Dwaine Greene and new Vice President of Advancement Dr. Todd Rasberry. While most days these two will work harmoniously to advance the college, Thursday night at 7 pm on iHigh.com Field we might see their competitive sides take over.
"I've had one year experience with football on my junior varsity team in high school, add that to my college baseball days and I'm ready for this game," Dr. Greene said with a smile. "I'm pleased to be on the winning side of the Orange & Black scrimmage game."
It is yet to be determined which team either will be coaching as the draft will take place Tuesday evening. Coach Bill Cronin allows his seniors to pick teams and possibly the honorary coach that will be on their side, calling several plays early in the game.
Spring football practice is in full gear with the culmination in hard work set for the 117th annual Orange & Black Scrimmage April 24. Toyota Stadium will open at 6 pm with the kickoff set for 7 pm and the grudge match deadlocked at 58 wins for the Orange and 58 wins for the Black.
"This is an exciting time for everyone," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "Our players have been hitting the work outs hard and now we are getting out on the field. We had a really good first full practice the other day. We will add pads and it will all build to our scrimmage at the end of April.
"We will have a burger or some pork, chips and a drink as we do every year. Cost for the food and admission is just five dollars. Our incoming class will be on hand so our fans can meet them. This whole event is just really exciting, and we are looking forward to packing the stands that night."
Georgetown College football wrapped up another great season with its banquet recently. The team went 7-4 and advanced to the NAIA Football Championship Series Opening Round for the fourth straight season. Seniors Zach Sowder and Brock Messina headlined the event, much as they did the 2013 season.
Sowder, who is in the Top 10 in seven career and one single-season records, earned the Tiger Offensive Award. The senior led the team in rushing this past season.
Messina, who is in the Top 10 in four career and three single-season records, earned the Tiger Defensive Award. The senior was the team's leading tackler for 2013. He also received the Tiger Hammer award for all his great hits.
The Georgetown Tiger football staff is proud to announce the 29 members of the 2014 recruiting class, which all ink their commitment on national Signing Day this past week. The staff worked tirelessly in securing this next class and is excited that four states are represented: Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Alabama.
GC Coach Bill Cronin is pleased with the balance of the class, signing 17 offensive players and 12 defensive players. The most impressive stat of the day is that the class not only gets it done on the field, but in the classroom as well. The average grade point average is a 3.35 and the average ACT score is a 23 for the 2014 rookie class.
"We went after kids that fit the Tiger Tradition. First, we wanted good students. Second, we sought out the guys who have great character and a competitive spirit. Finally, we looked for strong football players that come from winning programs. We succeeded in doing that," Cronin said.
Georgetown College football has set its schedule for the 2014 season. Along with the full slate of Mid-South Conference East and West action, the Tigers have added Lindenwood University to the mix.
The Orange & Black open at home for the second straight season, hosting Bethel University at 1:30 pm on Sept. 13. The Wildcats ended GC's season in 2012, handing the home team its first every loss on iHigh.com Field.
The Tigers follow that up with the trip to Lindenwood, an NCAA Division II opponent. These two teams last squared off in 2007. The Lions won 58-30, the only time they have ever beaten Georgetown. GC leads the series 2-1.