For a team in uncharted territory, the Georgetown Bulldogs sure looked right at home in the second round of the AAA playoffs.
Georgetown, a week after earning its first home playoff victory, scored on its first two drives of the game to jump on visiting Brookland-Cayce early and cruised to a 33-13 victory over the Bearcats on Friday night to move into the Lower State semifinals for the first time in program history.
“We played a very good first half,” Georgetown coach Bradley Adams said. “… Our defense is just playing very well right now, and if we can continue to play that way we feel like we will always have a chance.”
Deakidd Anderson caught two first-half touchdown passes from Jarvis Brown and junior Tony Lara scored on two short runs as the Bulldogs built a 27-7 halftime lead. Anderson added a third receiving score on the Bulldogs’ opening drive of the second half before the game turned sloppy for both teams.
“I thought in the second half we didn’t execute,” Adams said. “We missed quite a few things that were there. As a result, we kind of shot ourselves in the foot and kind of had to play stronger defense all night long in the second half.”
The Georgetown defense held the Bearcats (5-7) to 232 yards of offense and came up with four turnovers. Aside from two long drives by Brookland-Cayce, the Bulldogs controlled the Bearcats throughout. It’s a unit that has hit its stride over the last three games, limiting those foes to an average of 11 points per game.
“When you are on the road this far, we know you can’t turn the ball over and you can’t give up home runs, and that is what we did,” Brookland-Cayce coach Rusty Charpia said. “All the credit to Georgetown and their staff and their players, they played a good game. They outplayed us tonight.”
Brown, Georgetown’s senior quarterback, connected on 9-of-10 passes in the first half for 122 yards and two touchdowns, but hit on only two of his 10 second-half throws to finish 11-for-20 for 189 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Jordan Manigault led the team in rushing with 52 yards on 11 carries while Lara had 51 yards and scoring runs of 1 and 11 yards on 13 touches. Anderson, a sophomore, had six catches for 140 yards and the three scores.
“Jarvis just found me in open spots, and that is what you have to do,” Anderson said. “We wanted to put them away early.”
Anderson’s touchdown catches came from 26, 24, and 55 yards.
“Our game plan on defense was to sort of bend but not break and don’t give up the home run, and we did,” Charpia said. “We let them throw it over our heads for at least two touchdowns, might have been a third, and when we didn’t answer those scores it made it tough.”
Senior running back Charles Balkcom was the lone bright spot for Brookland-Cayce with 76 yards on 11 carries and both of his team’s touchdowns. He also completed a pass for 16 yards on one of the Bearcats’ scoring drives.
The game also had five personal fouls – two on Georgetown, which was flagged 11 times for 95 yards.
“It was just a sloppy game all around,” Adams said. “There were so many penalties on both sides of the ball. It was very chippy early on, and I think that started before the game. There was a lot of talking.”
Now, Adams and his Bulldogs can turn their attention to next Friday's showdown at Midland Valley, the Region V-AAA champion that handled St. James on Friday night and topped Brookland-Cayce 21-7 during the regular season.
“I think it will be a very good game,” Charpia said. “[Georgetown] matches up well with Midland Valley. … I think Georgetown will have a good chance. Unfortunately they have to go on the road so that is a long trip. That is about as far as you can go in the state from one place to another.”
It’s just another test for a Bulldogs squad that rewrites history each week.
“We get to do things people haven’t done (at Georgetown) so it means a lot to us,” Anderson said.
G—Tony Lara 1 run (Lorenzo Drayton kick), 8:05
G—Deakidd Anderson 26 pass from Jarvis Brown (Drayton kick), 1:02
BC—Charles Balkcom 9 run (Jonathan Edwards kick), 7:58
G—Anderson 24 pass from Jarvis Brown (Drayton kick), 5:23
G—Lara 11 run (kick blocked), 1:18
G—Anderson 55 pass from Jarvis Brown (pass failed), 10:15
BC—Balkcom 1 run (kick failed), 1:47
▪ RUSHING: Brookland-Cayce, A.J. Brown 11-31, Charles Balkcom 11-76, Kozie Brown 2-3, Sammy Lykes 1-0, Tay Pringle 1-0, Reed Charpia 2-(-18), Team 2-(-6). Georgetown, Jordan Manigault 11-52, Christian Anderson 2-14, Jarvis Brown 6-11, Tony Lara 13-51, Deakidd Anderson 1-0, Eric Johnson 2-4.
▪ PASSING: Brookland-Cayce, Charpia 5-13-1-57, Balkcom 1-1-0-16, Brown 8-18-1-67. Georgetown, Brown 11-20-1-189.
▪ RECEIVING: Brookland-Cayce, Sammy Lykes 4-29, Balkcom 4-19, Quinton Hook 1-16, Dominick Byars 1-9, Ray Ray Hemingway 1-30, Justice Mills 2-27, Brown 1-10. Georgetown, Cavonte Gamble 5-49, Deakidd Anderson 6-140.