GEORGETOWN — The good ol' days seem to be back at Georgetown College.
With Saturday's 31-6 rout of Campbellsville, the sixth-ranked Tigers improved to 5-0 overall, 2-0 in the Mid-South Conference East.
Such outings were the norm when Georgetown won nine consecutive MSC championships, 1998 through 2006, with two national titles and four other national semifinal berths. Then came three also-ran years in the MSC.
Back on track with a title in 2010, Georgetown hasoutscored foes this year 128-66.
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Leading the way Saturday were freshman quarterback Neal Pawsat, who threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns, and Randy Doss, who ran for a TD and caught passes for two scores.
The home-team Tigers, led by Grant Keller with eight tackles, held the visiting Tigers to a pair of field goals.
"These guys are playing well defensively. I give a lot of credit to Shan Housekeeper, our defensive coordinator, and our defensive staff," Coach Bill Cronin said. "They've really got control of the defense right now. The guys are listening to them, and I think the sky's the limit for them."
Cronin also was pleased with special-team coverage. Cody Parker averaged 42.5 yards for eight punts, while Alex Kreimer kicked a 24-yard field goal, was 4-for-4 on PATs and handled kickoffs.
Pawsat, from Mason County, is starting in place of pre-season All-American Kaelin Ammons, who suffered a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago.
"After getting on campus about two months ago, I really did not think these would be the circumstances," Pawsat said. "Kaelin's a great guy. I have a lot of respect for him. And he's still teaching me a lot on and off the field.
"My focus is 'improve each week.' ... If we do that, that will keep our offense going."
Campbellsville's quarterback situation is even more dire. Those Tigers (3-3, 1-2) are missing their top three QBs because of injuries.
Fourth-stringer Will Warf threw for 129 yards Saturday. Fifth-stringer Patrick Henry passed for 29 yards.
"It makes your offense a little challenging, especially against a very good defense," Coach Perry Thomas said. "But all the credit goes to Georgetown. They're just better than us right now, and we've just got to keep working and find a way to overcome the injuries we have and make this a good season."
Georgetown scored the first two times it had the ball. Both came on third-down passes from Pawsat to Doss, covering 15 and 9 yards.
On the first, Doss caught the ball on the left hash mark, at the 4-yard line.
"It was a 'read six' play, and we knew their defense was going to be like that the whole week," Doss said. "The safety was back behind me and our freshman quarterback got me the ball, and I just split the defenders and got in the end zone."
The second score was designed for a receiver, but Pawsat checked down and again found his running back.
David Hon hit field goals of 34 and 35 yards to pull Campbellsville within 14-6, but Kreimer's 24-yarder made it 17-6 at intermission.
Doss made it 24-6 late in the third quarter, taking an end-around 32 yards down the left (visiting) sideline.
A junior from Cincinnati, he finished with four catches for 34 yards and three runs for 43 yards.
Campbellsville notched 78 of its 224 total yards in the fourth quarter. The visitors' best chance to score came with less than four minutes left, driving from its 14 to the Georgetown 33. Georgetown's Brock Messina broke through to force a fumble by Warf, which Georgetown's Jackson Tolle returned 42 yards to the Campbellsville 15.
That set up the last TD, as Pawsat hooked up with Coty Minnis for a 13-yarder.
Campbellsville was held to 70 yards rushing, and pre-season All-America receiver Stan Warrenhuffman had only three catches for 73 yards.
"I want to demoralize every team we play," said Jake Connor, a linebacker out of Lexington Catholic who was in on four tackles, including one of his team's four sacks. "That's the attitude you've got to bring on defense if you want to win."
Campbellsville linebacker Dwight Houston, a senior from St. Louis, was outstanding with eight unassisted tackles and five assists. Included were three sacks that totaled 20 yards in losses.