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Football is a month away from season-opener

Contributed by admin on Aug 20, 2015 - 11:31 PM
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Georgetown College football opens the 2015 season in one month, Sept. 5 in Lebanon, Tenn. The Tigers will battle Cumberland University for the first time since 2009. Kickoff is set for 2:30 pm EST.

Follow the game live with a 2 pm GC broadcast streaming live on 93.3 with Chris Labar doing the play-by-play. This game will be a Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Game, an initiative started by GC assistant coach Dwayne Ellison.

"Our spring practices went well, and we are excited to get going," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "Both teams will be ready after spending the previous month or so in preseason practices."

The two teams squared off 13 times in 15 years, but additional teams joining the Mid-South Conference has shifted this series to the backburner the past five seasons. Cronin is 9-2 all-time against the Bulldogs, including a 4-2 record on the road.

This will start a season where the Tigers will need to be road warriors, six of the 10 regular season games are away from Toyota Stadium including a three-game stretch at the end.

Georgetown is 10-3 all-time against the Bulldogs, but dropped the 2009 meeting 31-21 in Lebanon. The Tigers won the previous seven meetings. The series started out as one of the most competitive in the GC history books, 2-2 before the seven straight wins for the Orange & Black.

"This is a tough battle and hopefully something that helps us focus our guys once we get to practicing," Cronin said. "This is an unknown opponent to all our student-athletes and an important road game to start the season."

Game updates can also be followed through live tweeting by following GCAthletics. Following the Sept. 5 game in Lebanon, the Tigers return to Georgetown for the lone home stand playing Lindsey Wilson College on Sept. 12 and Reinhardt University on Sept. 19.

MSC East coaches pick GC as preseason favorite

Contributed by admin on Aug 20, 2015 - 11:34 PM
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Preseason Mid-South Conference poll has Georgetown College Tigers the heavy favorite for the East Divisional crown announced by the league Wednesday afternoon.

Five of the six head coaches picked the Orange & Black, which finished second the past two seasons, to take the league for a 19th time and first since 2012. University of the Cumberlands, the 2013 champions, picked up the lone other first-place vote.

The Tigers garnered 25 points. The next closest team was University of Pikeville with 18. UC and Kentucky Christian University each received 14 voting points to tie for third. Union College was picked fifth with 12 points and Bluefield College rounds out the division with seven voting points.

Georgetown's 18 titles is the best in the league and five of those are MSC East crowns.

It was much tighter in the other division as Lindsey Wilson College, the 2014 East champion, moved back to the West.

Campbellsville University and Reinhardt University were co-leaders with 21 points and two first-place votes each. Hot on their tails was LWC and Faulkner University tied for third with 17 points and a first-place nod to each.

Finally, Bethel University and Cumberland University finished tied for fifth with seven points each.

Football Tigers picked preseason No. 11 in NAIA Coaches' Poll

Contributed by admin on Aug 20, 2015 - 11:36 PM
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Georgetown College has been in the postseason mix for the past five seasons straight – which basically equates to being ranked in the Top 20 of the final NAIA Coaches' Poll. The Tigers, which finished 8-3 a season ago, have been tabbed to be right back in the playoffs when middle of November rolls around.

The national office recently released the preseason 2015 poll, putting Georgetown at No. 11.

"We have some big shoes to fill with graduation," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "I like what we have coming in, it is just a matter of seeing how it comes together. Our mantra this season is 'Excellence in Everything'. This starts with how we approach classes, film study, preparing for practice, working in practice and so on. We have high expectations for ourselves and see no reason why we can't achieve those goals."

The Tigers will need to be road warriors most of the season with six games outside of Toyota Stadium. The last time that happened was in 2010. Georgetown went 8-3 that season with a return to postseason play for the first time in several years.

Cronin, entering his 19th season at the helm of the Tigers, returns a solid group of players mixed with some exciting transfers and freshmen that could once again take this team to a national title. Georgetown has won three championships since 1991, including back-to-back crowns in 2000 and 2001.  Michael Caba, a player during those championship years, returns to the sidelines this season as offensive coordinator after Eddie Eviston left this spring to coach Covington Catholic.

Shan Housekeeper will start his eighth season as defensive coordinator. Opposing teams are managing just 20.8 points per game against the Tiger defense in the past seven seasons. During the impressive 2011 season run to the national semifinals, teams averaged 14.2 ppg – the lowest a Housekeeper unit has held opponents.

Four seasons teams have scored less than 20 points a game, and the most ever allowed in the past seven years was 27.9 ppg in 2008.

"Practice has begun," Cronin said. "We are excited about what is ahead of us and ready to put in the work it takes to achieve that."

Georgetown kicks off the season Sept. 5 against Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn.