COLUMBIA – Neal Pawsat to Rob Madon helped the No. 3 Georgetown College football team keep No. 24 Lindsey Wilson College winless against ranked opponents Saturday, winning 33-7.
The sophomore quarterback hit the senior wide receiver for three touchdowns and multiple big plays as the passing game came to life in the NAIA Game of the Week.
Early both teams traded punts, but on the third Georgetown College drive the tandem hooked up for the first score. The Tigers (3-0) were knocking again but settled for the first of two Alex Kreimer field goals for all the points they would need.
The Blue Raiders (2-2) appeared to be heading into the locker room just trailing by 10, but Brandon Lawson’s interception gave GC one last drive in the first half. Pawsat hit Madon again for the 17-0 lead.
LWC started with the ball in the second half and made it interesting with a scoring drive off a fourth and goal from the one that infused life back into the game.
The Tigers needed a few series, but finally Pawsat hit Madon for the third time. Kreimer’s extra point was blocked, but it was 23-7 at this point.
“Rob did a great job finding the holes,” said GC coach Bill Cronin. “We found him on the fade behind the defense and I think that broke the ice for us. Lindsey was forcing us to throw the short stuff and over the middle. If people want to take away the run, we have to be ready to rely on the pass and let them take away the run.”
The Tigers have relied heavily on the run the first two games, but Pawsat had a solid game directing the offense. He was 22-of-37 for 237 yards.
His four touchdown tosses were two shy from his career-high, which happened against Lindsey Wilson a season ago. It also doubles his current touchdown pass total, as he has thrown one in each of the first two games.
Pawsat’s fourth strike Saturday was to Randy Doss late in the fourth quarter for the final margin of victory.
“Let’s give Lindsey some credit,” Cronin said. “They held us for a while. (Coach) Chris (Oliver) had a nice game plan, keeping us off balance. We had some penalties that hurt us, but I see us coming together. Not as quickly as I would like, but we are getting there.”
Defensively it was another stellar night for the Tigers. LWC was coming off the program’s best rushing game against University of Pikeville. Georgetown held them to six yards on 25 attempts.
“Awesome job by our defense,” Cronin said. “We had great speed on the perimeter and forced them to throw the ball.”
Patrick Dougherty picked up where Josh Downing left off, coming up with two early sacks to squash any momentum the Blue Raiders were trying to create. Brock Messina got into the backfield in the second half with two sacks in one series alone.
“It did set the tempo,” Cronin said of Dougherty’s sacks. “We felt comfortable coming out after halftime. They hit a couple of plays in that opening drive, but you have to expect teams will do that against you.”
Georgetown returns home for the next two weeks, first for homecoming against Kentucky Christian University this Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Toyota Stadium on iHigh Field.