GEORGETOWN — Loris put 14 points on the scoreboard Friday night in a non-region battle at Tommy Smith Stadium, but no thanks to the Georgetown Bulldogs defense.
The Georgetown defensive line controlled the line of scrimmage, limiting the visiting Lions to 102 yards and four first downs in the Bulldogs 24-14 victory.
Most importantly, the Bulldogs (3-2) didn’t allow any points to the Loris offense. Lions’ back Ryan Bellamy accounted for both Loris touchdowns, on a 88-yard kickoff return on the game’s opening kickoff and then on a 35-yard fumble return in the third quarter.
“We knew that coming in that was going to be a challenge,” said Loris coach Jamie Snider. “They lined up a little different - they basically lined up with five defensive linemen and we didn’t really have an answer for that.:
Georgetown, which piled up a huge advantage of 348 yards to 102 in total offense, completely dominated the rest of the first half after Bellamy’s TD return, reeling off 24 unanswered points for a 24-7 halftime lead.
Bulldogs’ quarterback Caleb Hughes completed 18 of 28 passes for 146 yards and ran for a touchdown while Michael Billings carried 16 times for 100 yards and Julian Lunsford 25 times for 80 yards to lead the Georgetown offense
“Our defensive line is the whole ticket to what we’re doing right now,” said Georgetown coach Bradley Adams. “They’re very strong and they played a great game again tonight – they controlled the game. We talked at halftime that we just wanted to try to establish the run game and just let our defense keep playing.”
Loris pulled within the final margin of 10 points midway through the third quarter when Bellamy scooped up Tarik Tucker’s fumble and scampered 35 yards for his second touchdown, cutting the Georgetown lead to 24-14.
But the Lions turned the ball over twice, punted and turned the ball over on downs on their final four possessions of the game.
“That’s a credit to our defense, they played hard all night,” said Snider. “They gave up 24 points in the first half and they didn’t give up a point in the second half. That’s an encouraging thing.”
Adams, a Class of 1998 graduate of Loris High School, downplayed the fact he was facing his alma mater in the game. Instead, he was happy to see his team bounce back from last week’s disappointing loss to county rival Carvers Bay.
“It’s not really a big deal, it’s just another football game,” said Adams of facing his alma mater. “We’re just glad to get back in the win column right now.”
L-Ryan Bellamy 90 kickoff return (Orlin Meja kick)
G-Julian Lunsford 10 run (Josh Huneault kick)
G-Huneault 27 field goal
G-Juwan Gibbs 1 run (Huneault kick)
L-Bellamy 35 fumble return (Meja kick)
RUSHING—Loris: Levi Moody 8-57, Hemmingway 10-16, Soles 3-4, Williams 2-(-11). Georgetown: Billings 15-96, Lunsford 25-81, Hughes 6-29, Gibbs 2-0, Ford 1-(-4).
PASSING—Loris: Soles 4-7-22 0, Williams 4-6-19 0. Georgetown: Hughes 19-28-133 0.
RECEIVING—Loris: Long 4-4, Moody 2-20, Bellamy 1-17, Jackson 1-0. Georgetown: Walker 7-54, Tucker 6-18, Gamble 2-26, Gibson 2-7, Ballard 1-28, Billings 1-0.