Undefeated Georgetown football rolls Campbellsville

mmaloney@herald-leader.comOctober 6, 2012 

CAMPBELLSVILLE — Sparked by Neal Pawsat's career day, undefeated and second-ranked Georgetown continued to roll Saturday.

In a clash of Mid-South Conference teams nicknamed Tigers, Georgetown tamed Campbellsville 42-13 at Citizens Bank Field.

Because the teams are in opposite divisions, the outcome did not count in the MSC standings.

Pawsat, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound sophomore out of Mason County, hit 26 of 42 passes for 477 yards and four scores. He threw one interception while surpassing his previous best of 415 yards.

"Just the looks the defense gave us. And you've got to trust the guys up front to do what they're supposed to do," Pawsat said in explaining his big game. "We just made plays today. That's what it comes down to and why the score was the way it is."

Georgetown got two touchdowns on the ground — a 7-yard run by Zach Sowder and a 2-yarder by Melvin Posey — in addition to Pawsat's strikes to Blake Naylor (55 yards), Randy Doss (80), Chris Gohman (14) and Brandon Burdette (36).

Georgetown (6-0) gained 638 yards to CU's 209.

"They're No. 2 in the country for a reason," said Perry Thomas, coach of Campbellsville (1-5). "They're a well-coached team. Solid. Execute really well.

"Our secondary's been pretty good for us. We haven't given up more than two touchdowns in a game defensively other than the Belhaven game. They came out and attacked us, didn't do anything complicated. They just got open and made plays. Hats off to them."

Doss caught three balls for 97 yards, Gohman four for 86 and Naylor six for 75.

The visitors might have scored more if not for Darius Skinner, Campbellsville's all-purpose defensive back and kick returner.

Skinner forced two fumbles, recovered one and picked off a Pawsat pass. He was in on six tackles and set a school record of 186 kick-return yards on six chances.

Coming off a 12-1 year, Georgetown is seeking a third conference title in a row.

Bill Cronin, in his 16th year as coach, had his best run when GC won nine league titles in a row, starting in 1998.

"I'm not looking ahead by any means, but I think we've taken a step forward after the last couple years, and I think the players all know what's on the line from week to week," Cronin said. "We haven't performed and executed as well as I'd like to from game to game but, you know, you never do. You're always looking to improve the next week."

Those turnovers, plus eight penalties for 89 yards, are on Cronin's fix-up list.

Attitude is no problem.

"Just keeping each other motivated and positive on the sideline really goes a long way," said free safety Brandon Lawson, a hometown product out of Scott County High. "As long as we play well up front, everything else will go."

Motivation doesn't seem to be a problem, either.

"Last year was the first year in a couple years we've had the taste late in the playoffs," Pawsat said. "We got to the semifinals and we want to get back, and then more."

A big test comes next week, when Georgetown plays host to undefeated Cumberlands (6-0).

"I've got a good bunch of kids and I've got a good balance of senior, junior, sophomore and freshman really helping us out this year," Cronin said. "They're very passionate about what we're doing and goal-oriented. I think the effort and desire's there, and just a lot of good ingredients that will help us have success throughout the year, I think."

Leading 28-6 at halftime Saturday, Georgetown did yield a quick second-half touchdown on Bryan Parnes' 8-yard pass to Demetric Ray.

That was all the home team could do, though.

"Coach 'House' (Shan Housekeeper) and Coach (Brian) Landis and Coach (Bruce) Owen have really got those guys playing hard," Cronin said of his defense. " ... It's easy to call offense and to conduct a ball game when you know your defense is very solid, and they are right now."

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @markmaloneyhl. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com

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