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September 29, 2013

No. 6 Georgetown too much for KCU

GRAYSON — The Georgetown College defense spent a lot of time in Kentucky Christian’s backfield Saturday afternoon.

The Tiger defense only gave up 52 yards of total offense and seven points as they defeated the Knights 49-7 in Grayson. Head Coach Bill Cronin tipped his hat to his defensive unit after the win.

“They did an outstanding job,” Cronin said.  “All week long we saw a different look in their eye. …These guys were ready to get in a routine not only in practice but on Saturday afternoons.”

The Tigers took advantage of a depleted KCU depth chart with its top three quarterbacks out with injuries. Fourth-stringer Issac Brabson took snaps under center, but the offense as a whole struggled against Georgetown’s front seven.

“We felt like we had to come in here and play physical,” Cronin said.  “In past years, Kentucky Christian really got physical with us and I thought they slowed us up.  …It was good to see our guys step up for the challenge.”

Cronin added:  “It was a tough day for a young quarterback to take on our front. They’ve been having a good year up to this point.”

On the day, the Knights had negative yards on the ground with minus 78 including sacks. 

“Not being able to run the ball really hindered us,” KCU Coach Gene Peterson said.  “We had to rely on our freshman quarterback who did well but we didn’t know how he was going to do.”

Georgetown (2-1) had 386 yards of total offense, including quarterback Neal Pawsat’s 11-for-23 passing for 232 yards. He completed scoring passes of 19, 16 and 19 yards.

The Tigers scored on two rushing touchdowns with Zach Sowder (one yard), Mike Marrow (10 yards).

“We got tested (Saturday) and we just need to go back to work and learn how to play against that type of defense,” Peterson said.  “We didn’t have much in our ground game and it’s something we’ll learn from.”

KCU got its only score at the start of the second quarter when Brabson connected with Jalen Simmons on a 20-yarder.

Peterson hopes his players learn from the lopsided defeat and rebound next week against Campbellsville.

“We just have to go back and check the film and re-evaluate and get back at it on Tuesday,” Peterson said.

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