Tigers take down Lindsey WilsonBy ANDY RUSSELL
This season has been nothing but success for the GC football team and they want more. They have one game left after Saturday’s thrashing of Lindsey Wilson, 48-0, but they still don’t know if they will make the postseason tournament.
Coach Cronin wasn’t worried about this after the win. In a quote on georgetownathletics.com, Cronin said, “It’s good to see those kids enjoy a conference title. We secured the division title today. We have another step to take this week, but we are going to enjoy this one today.” Cronin was very proud of his guys as they took one step closer to the postseason.
This game was a blowout on the scoreboard and the stat sheet. Kaelin Ammons led the GC passing attack again and played an outstanding game: 17-for-32 for 195 yards and one touchdown. The real gem of the day was the GC run game, which racked up 173 yards and five touchdowns.
Bennett Gatto was the main ball carrier for the Tigers and had 44 yards on eight attempts with two touchdowns. Logan Osborne, Adam Schmitz and Dominique Carter each had one touchdown in the victory. The GC defense, which has given up big play after big play this season, came to play this weekend. They held Lindsey Wilson to 11 first downs and 218 yards on offense. They also forced four turnovers and got off the field on third down, which is something they haven’t been able to do.
Coach Cronin was quick to give credit to his defensive coaches, Shan Housekeeper, Brian Landis, Bruce Owens and Dwayne Ellison. This was a big game for the Tigers and it gave them the Mid-South Conference Eastern Division title. Their last game of the season is at home against Belhaven on Saturday. Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m.
By DEVIN ROGERS
season begins with wins
The Lady Tigers Basketball team got off to an impressive start this year by winning both of their games in the 17th Annual Habitat Classic. On Friday night, the Lady Tigers took on the Lady Bulldogs of Cumberland University (Tenn.). The game was tight, but thanks to a late rally by Junior Guard Mikkah Rogers, Georgetown was able to pull away with a 62-51 victory over the Lady Bulldogs. Although it was a win for the Tigers, Coach Susan Johnson saw some things that still needed improvement. “It wasn’t pretty,” Johnson said. “They got the better of us rebounding and really pushed us around down low. I know we probably won the overall rebounding total, but it just didn’t look like that to me.” In the win Rogers led all Georgetown scorers with 17 points along with seven rebounds and four assists. Other Tigers to get in on the action were sophomore Kourtney Tyra with 15 going 10-13 from the free throw line. Juniors Jessica Waddle and Gina Beining added 13 and nine points respectively in the win.
On Saturday, the Georgetown Lady Tigers faced another Lady Bulldogs squad from Union College out of Barbourville, Ky. Making a return trip home was Georgetown native Rebecca Gray who had stints at North Carolina and The University of Kentucky after receiving Miss Basketball Honors at Scott County High. Georgetown seemed to have command of the game from the beginning, but thanks to a 20-point rally in the beginning of the second half, the game became of reach for the Lady Bulldogs. Redshirt Freshman Lindsay Fultz, who was sidelined last season after an ankle injury, gave a spark off the bench with a career high 11 point, eight board effort in the win. Tyra and Rogers continued their impressive play with 15 points, nine boards and 13 points, nine boards respectively. Sophmore Devon Golden added eight points of her own in the 82-61 win. Leading scorers for the Bulldogs were Gray with 15, Wendi Messer with 11 and Kara Pile chipped in 10 in the loss. Georgetown returns to action in the 2nd Annual Andrew Elswick Classic next Friday and Saturday playing each day at 6 p.m.
By ANDY RUSSELL
starts season play
As the GC men’s football team finishes up their regular season this weekend, the basketball team has tipped-off their 2010-11 campaign in style. This year’s roster features some old faces and some new additions. This year’s team is led by a handful of notable seniors: Eddie Gray, Matt Walls, Dillon Boggs, Rodney Haddix and Vincent Crutcher will bring a veteran presence to the floor and the locker room and will lead this team on the court.
The juniors are Tyrone Shelley, Johonne Hamilton, Vic Moses, Aaron Morris and Maurice Pearson. This core group of guys is going to be a big contributor to the team and has played well in the season thus far. The sophomores round out the roster with Steven McFarland, Russ Middleton and Adam Johnson.
Head coach Happy Osborne enters his 15th season with the Tigers and has a lot to build on this year, with some great guys returning and some fresh faces that have transferred in. He is helped in his coaching duties by fourth-year assistant Chris Briggs and newcomer Andre Mahorn.
The season started on a good note with a 109-66 win over Davis and Elkins College, a Division II team, but before they handled this team in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym, the team took a trip down to a little school called University of Florida; perhaps you have heard of it.
This wasn’t a game that will count on the record, but the 88-62 loss in Gainesville to the Gators will benefit GC in the long run with experience, poise and grit.
It’s hard to continue to play with heart when you are down 44-19 after the first half. The Gators played tenacious defense and were able to force 17 turnovers in the half and limit GC to 19 points. GC was able to find some offensive rhythm in the second half, but it was too late and they were down too far. The final score doesn’t reflect GC’s effort, as they fought very hard. Vic Moses led the Tigers with 15 points, while Vincent Crutcher added 12. Eddie Gray had a good game with eight points and four assists.
This was just an exhibition, but GC wanted to come out on Sunday and prove that they were better than that. They all but wiped the Gators loss out of people’s minds with their stunning performance on Sunday, a 109-66 victory. Talk about an offensive explosion, GC was almost able to score more points in the first half (60) than Davis and Elkins was able to score in the entire game.
Coach Osborne was able to play 10 guys in the game and almost all had double digit minutes. This gave the bench players a lot of experience and time to practice ingame scenarios and help the team chemistry.
Aaron Morris led GC in the scoring column with 19 points and eight rebounds in his first game with the Orange and Black. Eddie Gray had 16 points with six assists and ran the point guard position to a T with just one turnover. GC’s whole team had a performance to remember: Tyrone Shelley had 14 points, Vincent Crutcher had 11, Vic Moses and Johonne Hamilton both had 10, Rodney Haddix had nine and Dillon Boggs finished with eight.
This team is built for a great season and a long postseason run, especially if they keep this effort up. Their next game is scheduled for tomorrow night against St. Catharine, another team from the Mid- South Conference in the Andrew Elswick Classic. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.
Andy’s cornerBy ANDY RUSSELL
Going into week ten of the 2010-11 NFL season, there is one thing that you can count on: nothing is for sure. Going into this year there were some givens: the Bills were going to be horrible, the Raiders were going to struggle, the Cowboys were going to the Super Bowl, and the Jets were going to have a lot of players that have rap sheets. Here’s where we stand right now: the Raiders are surprising people and stand at 5-4, the Bills are 0-8, enough said, the Cowboys are heading to the toilet bowl (if they are lucky) and the Jets are good because they were able to take their playbook to their jail cell. So as you can see, anything goes this season, but here are my top surprises of the NFL season.
1. The Chiefs. If I asked you who the last undefeated team was in the NFL, you would definitely not take the Red Wave at Arrowhead Stadium. However, that is correct. The Chiefs stood tall at 3-0 going into their by week in week 4, then lost a close one to Indianapolis, 19-9. Matt Cassel is starting to prove that he is an NFL starter, but the real gem in that offense is the Chiefs running game. The running back tandem of Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones has been unstoppable. They have produced 1,289 yards this season and five touchdowns while splitting time in the backfield. They just lost to the division rival Raiders but are looking to bounce back against a reeling Denver team. Are the Chiefs for real? I think so.
2. Fines. This is a big theme this season as helmet-to-helmet hits have come to the forefront of the NFL this season because there have been a lot of them. The most recent of these fines was Packers safety Nick Collins, who hit Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams with helmet-to-helmet contact, which earned him a hefty $50,000 dollar fine. James Harrison, a linebacker for the Steelers, has been fined a combined amount of $100,000 dollars this season and has threatened retirement. What has the game come to when linebackers and safeties are scared to hit people?
3. Brett Favre. The epic saga continues. As Favre continues to get beat up on the field, his Vikings continue to get rocked on the field. The Vikings are sitting at 3-5 on the season and are coming off a huge win over the Cardinals. However they have struggled this season: they are 16th overall in the league in passing yards per game and have killed themselves in penalties and off-field issues. Moving away from the organization, Brett Favre seems to continue to distance himself from his teammates and his coaches. I would too if my coach threw me under the bus. Favre recently had two rods inserted in his ankle, but played nevertheless. Give the guy some credit, he’s still playing. However his coach doesn’t support him. Zigy Wilf, the owner of the Vikings needs to make a decision. Favre of Brad Childress, the coach. Get Zigy with it.
These are just a few of the things that have made this NFL season one of the most interesting ones of the past few years. NFL fans are in for a wild ride heading into the last seven games of the season.