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(16)Georgetown College
Football - Sat, Sep. 16, 2017

GEORGETOWN, Ky. – The 16th-ranked Georgetown College Tigers (2-0) defeated Point University (1-2), 25-7, in Saturday, Sept. 16 Mid-South Conference inter-divisional football action at Toyota Stadium in Georgetown, Ky.


Georgetown won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kick-off.  After a 28-yard return by Jake Johnson, the Tigers drove 58 yards in 1:31, scoring on a four-yard rushing touchdown by running back Daric Pugh, and after successfully connecting on the extra point, Georgetown led the Skyhawks, 7-0, with 13:29 left in the first quarter.


After a three and out by Point on its ensuing possession, the Tigers received the punt, calling for a fair catch on the Point 47-yard line.  Georgetown wasted no time in adding to its lead as it put together a seven-play, 53-yard drive, capped off by the second rushing touchdown by Pugh, this time for 11 yards.  The extra point attempt was successful and Georgetown held a two-touchdown lead over Point with 8:36 remaining in the first quarter, 14-0.


Point's next possession resulted in another three and out, and after a mishandled snap was fumbled on fourth down, Georgetown found itself in great field position, regaining possession at the 10-yard line of Point.  Three plays later, the Tigers found themselves in a fourth-down situation and came up short on an incomplete pass, with Point taking over on downs at its own nine-yard line with 6:02 left in the first quarter.


Neither offense could seem to find any success for the rest of the quarter or most of the second quarter, but Georgetown managed to find itself creeping into Point territory near the end of the first half, but it would miss a field goal wide right with 3:43 left in the first half.


After regaining possession, Point was forced to punt after a five-play drive, and the Tigers once again found themselves deep in Point territory, this time with a chance to score from the Skyhawks' 16-yard line with three second left in the half.  The Georgetown quarterback took the snap and scrambled around, looking for an open receiver as the last seconds of the half ticked away.  He tried to zip a pass into the front corner of the end zone right above the pylon, but Point senior cornerback Devonte Ellington (Macon, GA) jumped the route and intercepted the pass to close out the first half, with Point trailing 14-0.


Point received the second-half kick-off and were forced to punt after a three and out, but the Skyhawks regained possession quickly after the Georgetown quarterback threw his second interception of the game on the first play of its first possession of the second half, picked off by sophomore safety Micah Oglesby (Toccoa, GA) with 13:08 left in the third quarter.


The Skyhawks put points on the scoreboard for the first time in the game in the third quarter when junior quarterback Derek Bellard (Lake Charles, LA) connected with senior wide receiver Charles Ducksworth (Mt. Olive, MS) for a 39-yard passing touchdown with 4:19 left in the third quarter, and dual-sport athlete and new Point kicker Thristen Jackson (JR/Temple, GA) connected on his first extra-point attempt of his collegiate career to cut the Tiger lead to one score, 14-7.


The score would remain 14-7 in the Tigers' favor going into the fourth quarter, and the Tigers offense would make the game a two-possession affair with a passing touchdown with 11:01 left, and after a successful extra point, Georgetown would lead Point, 21-7.


The Skyhawks tried to shrink the Georgetown by attempting a field goal with 8:49 left in the contest, but holder and backup quarterback Nicholas Petrosky (JR/Lithia Springs, GA) misplayed the snap and the Tigers took over on downs after recovering the muffed hold attempt.


Georgetown would go on to force Point into committing two safeties late in the game en route to a 25-7 win over the visiting Skyhawks.


Wide receiver Ducksworth finished with a team-high four receptions for 146 yards and one touchdown.  Ducksworth entered the game needing eight receiving yards to become Point's all-time receiving yard leader and now sits alone atop of the list.  Bellard completed seven of his 18 passing attempts for 158 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and senior running back La'Darrius Mathis (Riverdale, GA) carried the ball 17 times for 45 yards.


Sophomore linebacker Jason Gartrell (Lincolnton, GA) led all Skyhawks with 10 tackles, sophomore defensive back Javon Horton (Duluth, GA) made nine tackles and senior linebacker K.J. Minniefield (Spanish Fort, AL) totaled eight tackles with two and a half for a loss. 


Next Game: Coached Julius Dixon, the Skyhawks travel to face Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) opponent Charleston Southern University, at Buccaneer Field in North Charleston, S.C. on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time.