By Eric Balmer
Many people had been looking forward to last Thursday night. Football season had finally arrived. On Sept. 5, the men of the Georgetown College football team had their first game of the season. Going into the game, GC knew it was going to be their toughest game of the season. Unfortunately, they couldn’t start the season off with a victory.
At home, the Tigers battled the Ohio Dominican University Panthers, but were defeated 41-14. No. 6 GC were the first ones to score on their second drive and took a quick 7-0 lead. Then the Panthers erupted, managing to record the next 24 points. Until last week’s game, Georgetown had a 14-game winning streak at home.
Although the score was less than desirable, there were a few standout moments for Georgetown. Early in the second half, the Tigers scored on a pass from Neal Pawsat to Logan Crockett for a 26-yard touchdown. This would be GC’s last points of the game.
The home team had some impressive play from Freshman Bobby Chan-Chan, who returned a ball 70 yards. He also had 82 receiving yards and ended the game with a total of 162 yards, which is quite an impressive first college game. Quarterback Zach Sowder had a good game too, throwing for 244 yards and a touchdown.
Coach Cronin was very vocal about his feelings about how his team played. “I’m not happy about anything,” said the Georgetown football coach. “We had good moments, but not enough of them. We need to grow up and grow up quick” (georgetowncollegeathletics.com).
Ohio Domincan’s quarterback Mark Miller threw two of 20 yard passes late in the fourth quarter to put the nail in the Tigers’ coffin. Their kicker, Brent Whale, recorded two field goals in the second half, including a 38-yard and 46-yard attempt.
Overall, GC and ODC had similar stats. The Panthers had 20 first downs, compared to the Tigers’ 19. Georgetown had the edge on rushing yards: 93 to 69. Penalties usually indicate how a team is doing but not in this game; the home team had 5 while the visitors had 7. The big difference in the affair was the ability to score, and Ohio Dominican had the magic formula.
The Tigers’ next action is next Saturday against NAIA No. 9 Bethel University. GC has to travel to Tennessee for the game.