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Tigers fall short in NAIA first-round national tournament game

Staff Writer

Source: www.georgetowncollegeathletics.com
The Tigers look on in their defensive stance.

In a nail biter, Georgetown College’s Tigers lost to Bethel University’s Wildcats 45-44 on Saturday Nov 17. The two teams had met earlier in the season on September 29th, Georgetown winning 63-21 at home. The tale of this game though, was the four costly turnovers in the second half and the last big play from Jahron Reynolds.

GC excelled at the pass with 330 yards, while Bethel had control of the ground with 227 running yards. Georgetown’s 500 total yards were more than Bethel’s 364, but they went along with five unrecovered fumbles. Neal Pawsat threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Logan Osborne anchored GC’s running game with 65 yards and two touchdowns.

On our last drive, Neal Pawsat was picked off on third down by Bethel. The defender tried to lateral the ball to another Bethel player, Darian Jones, when Blake Naylor grabbed the ball away from him and got to the redzone. Logan Osborne scored a couple plays later and Alex Kreimer hit the extra point to make it 39-44 Georgetown with 26 seconds left.
What seemed to be the decisive drive was derailed by a 92-yard kickoff returned by Jahron Reynolds with less than 11 seconds to go. This was Bethel’s seventh straight win and Georgetown’s first loss since last year’s playoffs in Kansas. The Tigers will retain plenty of talent with hopes of another brilliant run next year.