Football: Georgetown opens region with 28-21 win

  • Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Zaire Barron of Georgetown drags down Jamarius Faulkner of St. James during the Bulldogs’ 28-21 win on Oct. 1. PHOTOS BY CHRIS SOKOLOSKI/SOUTH STRAND NEWS


Georgetown battled St. James and the weather on Oct. 1, but came out on top to win its first game of the region season.

“It’s very important just to get a region win overall, these things are so hard fought,” said Bulldogs’ Coach Bradley Adams. “This region is just so good and the coaches in it are so good, you’ve got to come to fight every single Friday night. It’s a big deal for us.”

“It gave us the opportunity to show what we can do in this tough region,” said senior Malik Walker. “All we’ve got to do is go out there and … play hard.”

The game was rescheduled from Oct. 2 to avoid the rain that swamped the area for the entire weekend.

“It was very tough,” Adams said. “We had to face a lot of adversity to overcome, but we talked about it … and said we just have to overcome it and that’s what we were able to do.”

The Bulldogs drove deep into Sharks territory on their first possession of the game, but turned the ball over on downs.

After Georgetown’s next possession ended with a punt, St. James got on the board first on a 30-yard touchdown run from Jay-Mion Pressley early in the second quarter.

That lead didn’t last as Reggie Point took the ensuing kickoff and raced 98 yards for the touchdown. Lorenzo Drayton’s extra point tied the game at 7-7.

After a St. James punt, Georgetown drove 81 yards on 11 plays, capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by Jarvis Brown.

Drayton’s extra point gave the Bulldogs a 14-7 lead with 4:50 left in the half.

St. James then drove 73 yards on 13 plays to tie the score on a Zach Werba 2-yard touchdown plunge.

Georgetown took the lead back on the opening possession of the second half.

The Bulldogs drove 62 yards on 10 plays, finishing with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Brown to Cavonte Gamble.

Drayton’s extra point gave the Bulldogs a 21-14 lead.

St. James needed only 2:23 to tie the game again, as Jamarius Faulkner raced 65 yards for a touchdown with 5:23 left in the third quarter.

The teams traded punts, and then St. James missed a field goal with 5:25 left in the game.

Georgetown scored the game-winner on its next possession, as Deakidd Anderson grabbed a Brown pass and outran the St. James defense for 76 yards and a touchdown.

Georgetown’s Ahmaud Swinton intercepted a Werba pass to end the Sharks’ last scoring threat and preserve the Bulldogs’ 28-21 victory.

“We’re just a bunch of fighters, that’s what we train for,” Adams said. “We’re overachievers. We feel like if we’re in the ballgame in the end ... we’re going to find a way to win.”

Georgetown had 292 yards of offense (193 passing, 99 rushing). St. James had 393 yards of offense (241 rushing, 152 passing).

Brown was 13-for-23 passing for 193 yards.

Anderson was the leading receiver with 90 yards. Gamble had 50 yards, Swinton had 23 and Alex Smith added 12.

Tony Lara led the Georgetown ground game with 64 yards. Christian Johnson had 22 and Brown added 12.

Justin Reed led the Bulldogs’ defense with 12 tackles and a sack.

Markel Guiles had 11 tackles; Jordan Manigault had 10 tackles; Sheldon Billings had eight tackles and a sack; Zaire Barron had seven tackles and a sack; Swinton had seven tackles and an interception; Demario Walker had seven tackles; Gamble had five tackles; and Johnson had four tackles.

“We’ve been struggling a little bit on the defensive side of the ball,” Adams said. “But we made the plays when we needed to.”

“All our defense (has) to do is go out there and play,” Walker said. “If we play to the potential that our coaches know we can play, we can do a lot better.”

Georgetown (5-1) hosts North Myrtle Beach (4-2) on Oct. 9 in the Homecoming game.

“We’re going into the region 1-0 so we have a chance at taking the whole region now,” Gamble said.

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