By Tyler Phillips
After a disappointing loss in their season-opener against Ohio Dominican University (NCAA Division II) last week, Georgetown took the field at Bethel University on Saturday hoping to rebound momentum towards the remainder of the season.
Although the No. 9 Wildcats presented a significant task for the No. 6 Tigers, Georgetown took the field determined to take control of their season— and it showed. The end of the game saw Georgetown secure their first win of the season very definitively, with a final score of 33-14. The game itself got off to a rocky start after an interception and successive rushing touchdown when Bethel’s Travis Smith placed the home team on top by a score of 7-0. Georgetown responded with a 38-yard field goal from kicker Josh Depp, but still found themselves down 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. Fortunately for the Tigers, Bethel’s advantage would prove to be short lived.
Georgetown responded quickly with a rushing touchdown by quarterback Neal Pawsat in the first minute of the second quarter, putting the Tigers on top by a score of 10-7. The team, led by a great performance from Pawsat, would not lose this lead for the remainder of the contest. For the final three quarters of the game, Georgetown displayed a fierce resilience and dominated possession of the ball.
By the game’s end, the Tigers out-performed their competition by a difference of 10 first downs and controlled the ball for nearly two-thirds of the game. Pawsat was crucial in this effort, completing 26 of 45 passes for 325 yards and two passing touchdowns. The quarterback also surprised the opposition with two more touchdowns of his own by leg. Outside of Georgetown’s offensive assault, the Tiger defense played an important role in securing the victory for the squad. In addition to forcing two fumbles and an interception, Georgetown’s defensive effort also limited Bethel to 83 yards rushing and just 126 through the air. Senior Brock Messina played an important role in stopping the Bethel offense, chalking up five unassisted tackles, two of which were sacks.
As the final score indicates, Georgetown is pleased to witness this performance from the team, which appears indicative of a bright future for Tiger football in the 2013 season. After a bye week, Georgetown will take the field looking for victory again on Saturday, Sept. 28 in an away game at Kentucky Christian University.