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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.
National football signing day has Georgetown College gearing up for another exciting season this fall. Tiger coach Bill Cronin has 27 freshmen signed to come build on the tradition of excellence.
GC advanced for the 19th time, fourth straight, to the NAIA Football Championship Series this past season. The Tigers lost to eventual semifinalist Carroll College in Helena, Mt. in a game that was decided in the fourth quarter.
He is soft spoken, but his play on the field speaks loud and clear. Linebacker Brock Messina continues to pile up the post-season accolades, headlining the American Football Coaches' Association's NAIA All-American team. The AFCA gave top billing to the Georgetown senior defender and Morningside's wide receiver Kyle Schuck.
Messina earned All-America Defensive Team, finishing among the Top 11 defenders, Top 4 linebackers, of 2013.
The Louisville, Ky. native compiled 75 tackles, 49 of which were solo. He led the Mid-South Conference in sacks (15.5) tackles for loss (24.5), sacks per game (1.4), tackles for loss per game (2.2) and forced fumbles per game (0.4).
His sacks per game, total sacks, tackles for loss per game and forced fumbles per game also ranked in the Top 5 for the NAIA. His tackles for loss is sixth best in the NAIA.
He had three games of double-digit tackles and four multi-sack games.