Cronin wins 150th game as Tigers’ head coach

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GEORGETOWN – The No. 16 Georgetown College football team (5-0) handed Bethel University (2-3) a 63-21 loss at Toyota Stadium on iHigh Field Saturday, giving Georgetown coach Bill Cronin his 150th win as the Tigers’ head coach.

GC football has been one of the most consistent programs over the past 15 years under the leadership of Cronin and his staff. Assistants Bruce Owens, Craig Mullins and Steve Hill have also been here all 15-plus seasons on the sidelines, while Marty Park started as a player for the first four then joined the coaching staff for the past 12.

“A lot of people are involved in this,” Cronin said. “The coaches have been terrific and stood by me. We don’t have this record without all the players that have come through this program, too many for me to even attempt to name.”

The Tigers opened a 28-7 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back. The Wildcats seemed to gain momentum just before halftime with their second score, but GC quickly put up two touchdowns of its own to end that threat.

“To give up seven and get 14 back, that was huge,” Cronin said. “After they scored we drove the field on a draw play to (Logan) Osborne that went 70 yards. Then we got the ball back and we were thinking field goal, but punched it in then. I think that was the real back breaker.”

Despite giving up three scores, the Tiger defense continued to smother opponents. The unit held BU to 18 first downs, 41 yards on the ground and 212 passing yards. Most of that triple digit mark was the result of a 70-yard touchdown pass from Will Masoud to Cole Delano.

Offensively, the Tigers found their rhythm again putting up the most points since scoring 77 in their season opener. The ground attack accounted for five scores, Neal Pawsat threw for three and the defense found the end zone as well.

One of the sweeter scores for GC’s veteran coach was to see his son Cory Cronin put up six early in the game.

“It was great to see him score his first collegiate touchdown this past week, but his score this week was really special,” Cronin said.

Georgetown hits the road to play Campbellsville University (1-4) Saturday.

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