GEORGETOWN — Neal Pawsat passed for five touchdowns and 378 yards Saturday as No. 9 Georgetown bounced back from its first loss of the season by pasting Cumberlands 42-13 on homecoming day in Toyota Stadium.
"I think it was probably his best day," Coach Bill Cronin said of Pawsat, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound senior from Mason County. "Threw the ball well, and under control. He didn't make as many big decisions as he has been in the past. But they pretty much did what we thought they were going to do. So we just stuck to the game plan and Neal executed like he's supposed to."
Georgetown (5-1, 2-0 Mid-South Conference East), coming off a 28-24 loss to Campbellsville, clicked on all cylinders early.
The Tigers led 14-0 through one quarter as Alan Williams scored on a 4-yard run and again on an 8-yard pass from Pawsat.
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Cumberlands was on track to halve the deficit in the second quarter. The Patriots ran 16 plays and benefited from two Georgetown penalties to move from their own 15 to the Georgetown 2, only to fumble the ball away to the Tigers' Jerry Williams III.
"I saw the ball and just had to get on it," Williams said. "Had to get on it to give our offense a chance to score. We didn't want them to cross our goal line."
Two plays later, Pawsat found Ben Patenaude over the middle near midfield for what would be a 94-yard scoring play.
"That was good play-calling by our offensive coordinator, Eddie Eviston, and the kids just executed what we asked them to do," Cronin said. "That was a big play by the defense to stop them right there and get that fumble."
"We had a 'go' move and Ben did a good job just selling it," Pawsat said. "The safety bit just like we thought he would."
Pawsat aired it out and Patenaude ran under the ball.
"It was first set up by the offensive line," Patenaude said. "Did a great job of protecting, gave Neal enough time to find me and luckily we've been practicing our routes all week."
After a Cumberlands punt, Pawsat and Patenaude hooked up again on a 10-yard score to take a 28-0 lead.
Patenaude later left the game because of a sprained knee and was on crutches afterward, but he said he didn't think the injury was serious.
More serious was an apparent broken leg suffered by Kody Kasey. The defensive back, injured late in the third quarter, was taken from the stadium by ambulance.
The Patriots (1-5, 0-4) got on the board when Blake Ingleton returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards to the end zone. That made it 28-7 at halftime.
Pawsat added third-quarter TD strikes of 39 and 28 yards to Austin Sheehan.
"They take a lot of chances and we knew that we had to really stretch out the field and take advantage of that," Pawsat said. "... and we did."
Cumberlands got a fourth-quarter touchdown run of 17 yards by D.J. Dozier.
Georgetown finished with 494 yards of total offense, holding the Patriots to 248.
Patenaude gained 139 yards on four catches, while Sheehan had 92 on four grabs.
Jake Blust and Kreigh Holstine shared defensive honors with eight tackles each.
"We can improve in a lot of things," Cronin said. "I think our offensive line continues to improve. I think our receivers, as you can see, they're pretty explosive at times and we had three or four guys score touchdowns, which is a good deal."
A very good deal.