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GC football heads west for playoffs

By Tyler Phillips
Sports Writer

headerTigerIn the aftermath of a hard fought game, the No. 13 Tigers (7-3) emerged victorious over No. 15 Lindsey Wilson College. The final score of the competition, 20-10, signified many things for Georgetown football. The game proved the Tigers’ tenacity to come back from a two possession deficit, affirmed the team’s capacity to overcome high-caliber competition and solidified a four-game win streak for the squad.

Finally, this Saturday’s match proved to end the Tigers’ regular season competition on a high note by securing Georgetown’s appearance in this year’s NAIA playoffs.

The game itself began with Lindsey Wilson dominating the scoreboard. Capitalizing on an interception, the Blue Raiders attained a first quarter field goal, and returned to score again in the second quarter with an eight yard rushing touchdown. These two scores placed Lindsey Wilson on top by a score of 10-0; the Blue Raiders would not score again for the remainder of the game. From here, the Tigers asserted their status as a contender with a 20-0 scoring streak to close out the day.

Quarterback Neal Pawsat completed a pass to receiver Bobby Chan-Chan with eight seconds remaining in the second half to bring the Tigers within 3 points of their competition. Into the second half of play, the Tigers secured the lead on a one yard carry from running back Zack Sowder, which capitalized on an impressive drive of third and fourth down conversions.

Finally, the team received assurance points from a fourth-quarter, 17-yard bomb to Branden Burdette, bringing the game to its final score of 20-10. The game proved to be an impressive day for the Tiger’s both offensively and defensively. Zack Sowder rushed for 82 yards on 17 carries, netting an average of 4.8 yards while Neal Pawsat completed nearly 60 percent of his passes. Off of the ball, Patrick Dougherty accumulated five unassisted tackles, while Brock Messina managed three sacks on the day.

Having secured Georgetown a slot in this year’s playoff competition, the Tigers received their official postseason placement this Sunday. After rank deliberation, the No. 13 Tigers have been paired up against No. 3 Carroll College.

This matchup is nothing new to GC; the Tigers have maintained a strong, competitive relationship with Carroll. Between 2000 and 2005, the two colleges maintained a monopoly on national titles, with the two teams actually meeting face to face during the championship in 2002. The game will take place this Saturday at Carroll College in Helena, Montana at 2 p.m. EST.