Georgetown's defense wasn't happy about surrendering a season-high 27 points in last week's loss to previously winless St. James.
The Bulldogs responded Friday night by scoring 27 unanswered points in the first half en route to a 37-7 victory over still-winless North Myrtle Beach.
Contributing to both sides of the ball for the Bulldogs (4-3 overall, 1-1 Region VII-AAA) was receiver/defense back Tarik Tucker, who caught a 60-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and followed with an 82-yard interception return in the second period to spark Georgetown's first-half explosion.
QB Patrick Ward had one of the best games of his career, throwing three TD passes and completing 9 of 14 passes for 163 yards. He said last week's loss had the Bulldogs hungry to get back on the field.
"We normally go no-pads and do a walk-through on Mondays, but we put on the pads and got after it," said Ward, who threw three TD passes despite playing with a slightly fractured right hand. "Everybody was really fired up for this one. We needed a game like this to get it out of our system."
"I felt we needed to turn up the intensity in practice this week," said Georgetown coach Bradley Adams. "I thought our guys responded well."
The Bulldogs got on the board first after Kalliste Lawrence recovered a North Myrtle Beach fumble deep in Chiefs' territory on their opening possession. Ward threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jasmar Heyward on the ensuing play for an early 7-0 lead.
Ward struck again on Georgetown's next possession, hitting Tucker in stride for a 60-yard TD strike. Leonard Leake scored on a 4-yard run early in the second quarter and Tucker capped the first half by picking off Chiefs quarterback Timmy Bellamy and taking it to the house and locker room with a 27-0 advantage.
The Chiefs (0-7 overall, 0-2 region) tried to make it interesting by taking their first possession of the second half and driving for their first score - a 13-yard TD pass from Bellamy to Delonzo Williams.
Their momentum was cut short when Lawrence recovered the ensuing onside kick and capped the short drive by catching a 3-yard TD pass to make it 34-7. Jackson Britt added a field goal to cap the scoring.
Williams later suffered a head and neck injury during the third period and was carted off the field to an awaiting ambulance. There was no immediate word on his condition but he was said to have movement in all his extremities.