GEORGETOWN, Ky. – After a promising start, the defense of No. 17 Georgetown (Ky.) took over, helping its offense top the University of Pikeville 48-13 on Saturday at Toyota Stadium.
Neither offense waited long to put points on the board.
Georgetown (4-3, 2-1 MSC East) struck first with a seven-play, 65-yard drive capped off by a two-yard run by Jesse Morrell. UPIKE (4-4, 1-3 MSC East) answered on the third play of the next drive with a 67-yard bomb from A.J. Graham to Nu’Keese Richardson.
The extra-point was blocked, but the longest reception of the season made it a 7-6 game with less than five minutes gone in the first quarter. Two minutes later, Georgetown had already scored again, using a 27-yard strike from Neal Pawsat to Logan Crockett to go up 14-6.
UPIKE’s offense hit a snag on its next possession, as a fake-punt run by Hunter Stocker was stopped on forward progress, despite him never going down and making it past the first-down marker.
Instead, the Tigers took over in Bear territory and scored again on an 11-yard scramble by Pawsat to take control of the game for good.
Graham went 17-of-37 for 229 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Richardson led the receivers with 89 yards on three catches. Seth Millar was the Bears’ leading rusher with 80 yards on 12 carries, an average of 6.7 yards per carry.
Georgetown outgained UPIKE 561-327, behind a 20-of-31 performance by Pawsat for 232 yards and a touchdown. Zach Sowder led the Tigers’ rushing attack with 76 yards in 10 carries.
Pikeville was penalized nine times for 92 yards, while Georgetown was flagged eight times for 65 yards.
After the teams combined for five empty drives, Pawsat was responsible for the next touchdown as well, scrambling 11-yards before extending the ball over the end zone as he fell out of bounds.
Like Ryan Wilson on the Bears’ first score, Josh Depp missed the extra point, making it a 27-6 lead with 5:31 left in the first half.
Pikeville got on the board again before halftime as Graham finished a 10-play drive with a 14-yard pass to Jordan Amis to get within two scores of the Tigers.
Georgetown had plans on offense of its own though as a two-minute drill ended with Morrell fumbling at the goal line and Zach Sowder falling on it for the touchdown to end the half up 34-13.
Pawsat went out with an injury in the third quarter and sophomore Tanner Evans stepped in and threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Alan Williams on his first pass attempt. It was a nine-play drive with three completions by Pawsat before Evans took over at the Pikeville 21.
It was only Evans’ fourth pass attempt of the season, but second touchdown.
Freshman Joe Ganci ran in another Georgetown touchdown on the next drive to make it 48-13 with the UPIKE offense stalled since Amis’ catch before halftime. Both teams came up empty in the fourth quarter.
Pikeville goes on the road again next week, taking on Kentucky Christian at 1:30 p.m. ET in Grayson, Ky.