GEORGETOWN — Defense set the tone Saturday as sixth-ranked Georgetown spanked No. 24 Kentucky Christian 48-14 at Toyota Stadium.
Dylan Sims and Nick Seither each scored on fumble recoveries as Georgetown (3-0) won its Mid-South Conference East Division opener.
Those scores helped the Tigers to a 35-0 halftime lead. At that point, Kentucky Christian had lost 10 yards on 22 rushing attempts.
"We just play physical and I love it," Seither said. "We just get after people. We have a good scheme. Coach 'House' (defensive coordinator Shan Housekeeper) spends hours coming up with the schemes, and we all do our jobs. We like hurting people."
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On offense, Neal Pawsat passed for two touchdowns and ran for another.
"They did some things to us scheme-wise that kind of made us scratch our heads in the beginning," Pawsat said. "But it (got) solved in the second half. We had a good, long drive and kind of adjusted. We know from here on out, we're going to have to adjust a little quicker."
Kentucky Christian (3-2, 1-1 MSC) played without quarterback Graham Johnston, who has a foot injury.
"We thought maybe we might be able to use him if we could keep things close later on and bring him in," Knights Coach Gene Peterson said. "But when it got kind of out of hand, we thought there wasn't no sense in chancing it whatsoever. When you lose your No. 1 quarterback, it really hurts. You've got to have them all to play a team like Georgetown."
Robert Powell, a freshman, started in Johnston's place.
Sims opened the scoring, recovering a Knights fumble in the end zone. The play began at the 31-yard line, with the ball squirting away from several players.
That was the first of four Tigers fumble recoveries.
Pawsat hooked up with Alan Williams for a 9-yard TD pass late in the first quarter to make it 14-0.
Early in the second quarter, it was Seither's turn to rumble 15 yards to the end zone with a Knights fumble.
"I came clean and the quarterback and running back just had some miscommunication," Seither said. "The ball fell in front of my face, so I got lucky. Just picked it up and ran with it, as simple as that."
Georgetown added second-quarter TDs on a 2-yard run by Clay Kesterson and, with eight seconds left, a 26-yard Pawsat pass to Ben Patenaude.
The Knights scored on the first possession of the second half, on a 14-yard pass from Powell to Tony Prater. That's as close as things would get.
Pawsat scored on a 3-yard bootleg early in the fourth quarter and backup Tanner Evans connected with Alex Slabaugh on a 71-yard touchdown pass with 1:38 left.
Kentucky Christian got a late TD, too, with 1:11 left. Isaac Brabson found Corey Phillips for a 29-yard score.
"It could have been better, but we'll take it. We'll take it any time we can get it," Georgetown Coach Bill Cronin said. "The kids are playing hard. Sometimes too hard — we had some penalties there that concern me a little bit. But a lot of it's young guys and they're gung-ho to be in there and they're just kind of getting their feet wet."
In all, the Tigers were penalized eight times for 98 yards.
"I thought our defense really played well. Start the game off with the scoop to score," Cronin said. "Offensively, we were struggling a little bit. KCU has a great defense. They did a nice job controlling our running game and made it tough on us at times, so I give them a lot of credit."