GEORGETOWN, Ky (WKYT) - Senior Day can be filled with emotional pitfalls, but not for No. 2 Georgetown College football Saturday against Union College. The Tigers (9-0) piled up a four-touchdown lead in the first quarter and never looked back in a 77-0 win in the final regular season home game.
“It was a great way to go out for these 26 seniors,” said GC coach Bill Cronin. “For them to go out and secure a share of the Mid-South Conference title is great and now we have to go take care of business next week and win it.
“We came out and hit on all cylinders and played a complete game.”
The defense pitched a shutout while holding the Bulldogs (3-7) to just 52 yards on 53 offensive plays. It is the first shutout since Oct. 22, 2011 against West Virginia Tech.
“A shutout is a complete team effort,” Cronin said. “Our defense has been due a shutout. I was really pleased to see them get one. We played sound, hard and aggressive all day.”
Senior John Carver got into the action with 10 rushes for 54 yards and two touchdowns – one rushing and one receiving. Greg Peebles, another senior, caught a two-point conversion when senior Rob Madon took a bad snap, rolled out and found his teammate.
“These guys play with a lot of heart, pride and character,” Cronin said. “They don’t play much and probably won’t play much the rest of the season, but they come in to practice and work hard and give us everything they have.
“They play hard all the time and when they get a chance they are going to make the most of it. You saw John really work while he was in there, making cuts and moves to get his scores. Jesse Morrell was another guy that really impressed us today. These guys don’t get to play much and so you can’t tell them not to go hard when they get a chance.”
The Tiger offense rolled up the yards, nine shy of 600. Neal Pawsat threw for 231 and one touchdown, while Van Isaac threw for the other passing score. GC’s back field accumulated 356 yards and eight scores. The defense chipped in with a score in the opening minutes of the third quarter. Patrick Dougherty came off Union’s quarterback Mike Brinkley blind side and knocked the ball loose in the endzone. Doug Key, a senior, dove on it for the score.
No. 1 Marian lost to No. 5 Saint Xavier and GC will most likely take the No. 1 spot Monday evening. The Tigers have not been on top of the poll since the first two polls of the 2002 season.