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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."
Excitement is building as football season is around the corner. Georgetown College senior football players return to campus Sunday. Practices begin early next week and the team is less than a month away from teeing it up against Cumberland University on Sept. 1 under the lights in a rare Thursday night game.
Coach Bill Cronin, entering his 20th year at the helm of the Tigers, has decided to open up this year in a new way. The team and coaches are hosting a first ever football kickoff brunch Aug. 20. Along with a meal, attendees will get a chance to hear from Cronin, associate head coach Bruce Owens, defensive coordinator Shan Housekeeper and offensive coordinator Michael Caba.
Georgetown College football has been tabbed preseason Mid-South Conference East Division favorite with five first place votes and 35 total voting points. Reinhardt University has been picked to win the West Division with five first place votes and 25 points.
The Tigers went 5-0 in the East this past year, winning a 19th overall MSC title. They return most of the 2015 6-4 squad with 10 of the 12 all-conference honorees back. Ozzie Mann will enter his second season under center with fellow All-Commonwealth of Kentucky team member JJ Jude in the backfield. He also has his top two favorite targets back in Alan Williams – 33 receptions for 305 yards – and MSC East Co-Rookie of the Year Ross Cox – 25 catches, 401 yards and seven touchdowns.
Josh Harris and Jake Blust, the two GC defensive players on the All-Commonwealth team – return to anchor a defense that finished ranked in the Top 25 nationally in eight different categories including sixth in scoring defense. The team as a whole had three shutout wins and the defense pitched four scoreless games as Union College's lone score came off a turnover. Georgetown finished seventh in opponent first downs, allowing just less than 17 per game.
Georgetown College football standout and NAIA All-American Nick Seither ('14) wasted little time making an impact play for the Cleveland Gladiators. The defensive specialist did something in his first Arena League Football game he did just twice as a Tiger – score.
LA KISS scored three straight times in the third quarter to grab a 56-48 lead. The KISS went for an onside kick, but the ball was batted toward their own 10-yard line. Seither scooped it up and ran it in for six points. The Gladiators missed the two-point conversion and Cleveland eventually lost 63-61.
Georgetown College football finished the 2016 spring season with the 119th annual Orange & Black Scrimmage. Black made several plays late that helped them pull off the 18-7 win, sealed by a quarterback scramble in the final 1:30 of the game. Black now leads the series 60-59.
"We had a nice crowd and gave our fans one more look at us this season," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "This is a rewarding night for the players for all their effort through weights, conditioning and drills."
Black got the scoring going early in the second quarter when Clay McKee hit Ross Cox for a long touchdown strike. On the ensuing drive, Ozzie Mann found Alan Williams for the score and Josh Depp hit the extra point for a 7-6 advantage.