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Georgetown College comes off one of the toughest opening months of the season with an impressive 37-0 home win over Kentucky Christian University.
It was not a pretty start as the Tiger defense put Georgetown in scoring position with an interception on the Knights first possession. However, the team moved backwards and the next series it was GC tossing a pick. Then team settled down as the defense continued to stonewall KCU (0-5).
Terry Johnson capped an 11-play, 77-yard drive with a three-yard rushing touchdown. It was all Georgetown from there.
The Tigers (1-4) have faced three teams ranked in the Top 15 the past three weeks and coming off the first blanking since 1996. Saturday, they scored 24 points in the middle quarters and put the game on ice to hand out its first shutout since 2012.
Georgetown College football finishes up the brutal month of September with a loss to No. 4 Faulkner University. For the fourth straight season these opposite divisional foes meet and thus far it is the home team holding ground each time. Faulkner scored just more than three minutes into the game off a 20-yard Hunter Kennamer field goal.
In the first time of the coach Bill Cronin era that would be all the opposing team needed. The Eagles won 44-0, handing the Tigers (0-4) its first shutout since 1996 – the season before Cronin took over.
GC has faced three ranked opponents the past three weeks, two inside the Top 10.
For the first time under coach Bill Cronin and not since 1994 have the Georgetown College football Tigers been 0-3. The Tigers faced one of the best scoring teams in the nation in Reinhardt University (3-0). They held the Eagles to half their average, but came up short scoring wise in a 36-25 loss at Toyota Stadium.
"I thought our defense played pretty decent," Cronin said. "They had a hard time with those long drives. That's tough. Our offense didn't get enough time on the field to give them ample rest."
Reinhardt broke the game open in the second half, outscoring GC 22-6. The Eagles marched straight down the field to open the third for a score and the two-point conversion. This gave them a 22-19 edge it never relinquished.
Saturday's inaugural showdown between No. 24 Reinhardt University and receiving votes Georgetown College might be a clash of strengths. Kick-off is set for 1:30 pm at Toyota Stadium.
The Eagles, who are averaging 62.5 points per game this season, are stacking up the yards on the ground. The Tigers have been very stingy in that department through two games, allowing just 119 yards on 55 attempts just more than two yards per carry.
RU has two big play backs in Sam Jones and L.J. Stegall. Both have rushed from more than a 100 yards and neither has carried it more than 11 times. Jones has a team-high 135 yards on eight carries, while Stegall has 129 on 11 touches.
The Mid-South Conference is once again helping to get the message out about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The league began to champion the effort this past year after the unfortunate effects of this mysterious death touched the lives of Georgetown College assistant coach Dwayne Ellison and his family in May of 2013.
The hurt felt of the passing of Finley Ellison, just three and a half months old, was not only felt by the GC Tigers, but Campbellsville University Tigers as well. Ellison and his wife Crissy both graduated from CU and Finley was named after long-time Campbellsville coach Ron Finley.
"When one hurts, we all hurt," said MSC Commissioner Eric Ward. "As Dwayne and Coach (Bill) Cronin approached me about helping to ramp up the effort to spread the word, I felt it was a great idea for the league.
"Both Georgetown and Campbellsville played in a SIDS Awareness Game in 2013. We decided that this could be an effort expanded in 2014 by getting all league teams involved in such a game during October – SIDS Awareness Month. This continues in 2015 with a bit more freedom for our conference coaches to set this individually."
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