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Monday was the first business day of the new year and Georgetown College football was pleased to learn one of its own will be shaping and molding the foundation of Lexington's newly opening Frederick Douglass High School football program. Brian Landis, a staple on the Tigers' defense during Georgetown's 2000 national title run, was named the Stallions head coach.
"At the end of the day, what's the most important thing? Always in my heart, the most important thing is my family," Landis said. "This decision is for my family and the city of Lexington. I've been a member of this city for 16 years, and it's time for me to give back my knowledge to these young men I will work with and give back to the community and make a champion Frederick Douglass High School will be proud of."
FDHS will be opening in the fall of 2017 as the sixth public high school in Lexington and will help the overcrowding of current Bryan Station and Henry Clay high schools.
In 2015, Mid-South Conference officials renamed the league's offensive player of the year award to honor former Georgetown College great Craig Mullins – outstanding quarterback at Georgetown as well as a legendary offensive coordinator for the Tigers.
This season JJ Jude became the first GC player to earn the Craig Mullins MSC East Offensive Player of the Year. The senior rushed for 772 yards on 150 carries with nine touchdowns. He was three-time MSC East Offensive Player of the Week this past season while helping Georgetown to a 7-4 mark and a 20th conference title.
He also earned first-team all-conference honors for his efforts. Joining him were teammates: Mitchell Wessel, Kyle Longworth, Cade O'Bryan, Cameron Oshodi, Max Nussbaum and Josh Harris. The Tigers finished with seven players of the 29 honored on the first team.
A 16-yard passing route with less than a minute remaining set up visiting University of Pikeville for a game-winning field goal at Georgetown College Saturday. It was third and four and the Bears (6-5, 5-1) came out of their first timeout of the half on GC's 40-yardline. Bowen Smith worked the pocket a bit before Austin Pray came wide open in the middle near the Tigers' (7-4, 5-1) 24-yard line.
UPike coach Allan Holland, Jr. then used a dive to get on the hash mark he wanted and wasted the clock until it showed 3.4. He called another timeout and ran Damir Karapandzic onto the field.
The kicker hit it low but long enough as it sailed through the uprights with no time left. This gave Pikeville a 10-7 win, its first ever over Georgetown.
Georgetown College football improved to 7-3 and 5-0 with at least a share of the Mid-South Conference East Divisional championship this past Saturday with a 31-7 win over University of the Cumberlands.
Along the way the No. 17 Tigers also swept the weekly MSC East Divisional honors.
Cade O'Bryan dominated with 12 tackles – six solo. He 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 of those were sacks, as he helped force the Patriots back 17 yards. He received his first MSC East Divisional Defensive Player of the Week honors of the season and his career.
Josh Harris intercepted Josiah Robbins and returned it 21-yards for the score. This ignited Georgetown College football as the No. 17 Tigers (7-3, 5-0) stayed unbeaten in Mid-South Conference East Division play with a 31-7 win over University of the Cumberlands.
Through the first quarter it seemed as though UC might get its first win at Toyota Stadium since 1996. The Patriots (4-6, 3-3) had nothing to lose and pulled out all the stops. Their average starting point was the Georgetown 44. However, the Tigers bend but do not break defense held the visitors to just one score, biding time for the offense to come to life.
Harris' snatch and score was the only GC points in the first half, but behind JJ Jude the offense got rolling and special teams pitched in with a touchdown, a field goal and several big blocks.