Georgetown moves on to NAIA semis

No. 3 Georgetown stopped one of the NAIA's top offenses and advanced to the national semifinals with a 26-14 victory over No. 9 Saint Francis (Ind.) on Saturday.

The Tigers will head to Helena, Mont., next week to face No. 2 Carroll College. The other semifinal is No. 5 St. Xavier (Ill.) at No. 1 Marian University (Ind.).

Host Georgetown's defense held Saint Francis to 239 yards, intercepted a pass, recovered two fumbles and recorded a safety. The Cougars were averaging 39.6 points a game.

The defense also made arguably the key play of the game. Trailing 10-0 and facing a fourth-and-1 from its own 14-yard line late in the third quarter, Saint Francis (9-3) attempted a fake punt. But the Tigers (12-0) dropped Kyle Mathewson for a 1-yard loss, and on the next play Neal Pawsat connected with Chris Gohman on a 13-yard touchdown pass.

Pawsat passed for 227 yards and three touchdowns.

Rashad Mason caught three passes for 112 yards, including a 74-yard strike from Pawsat early in the third quarter to give Georgetown a 10-0 lead. It was 3-0 at the half.

Saint Francis is coached by former Georgetown coach Kevin Donley, who led the Tigers from 1982-92. Donley trails only Bill Cronin, the Tigers' current coach, on the all-time wins list at Georgetown.

Mount Union 30, Centre 10: Host Mount Union built an early 16-0 lead and rolled past Centre to advance to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals.

Matt Piloto passed for 189 yards and two touchdowns for Mount Union (12-0), and Blair Skilliter had 78 yards rushing and a touchdown on 18 carries.

Trailing 16-3 in the third quarter, Centre (9-2) scored its only touchdown on a 17-yard pass from Tyler Osterman to Jason Osterman.