BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union closed out the game scoring 21 unanswered points, but the damage had already been done as visiting No. 14 Georgetown (Ky.) left with the 42-21 Mid-South Conference East victory on Saturday.
With the loss, Union falls to 3-7 overall and 2-3 in the MSC East. Georgetown is now 6-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
It was a tale of two halves as the Tigers amassed 394 of their 486 yards in total offense during the first 30 minutes. Quarterback Cody Wolfe completed 10-of-15 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns, while Zach Sowder ran for 101 yards and two more scores as Georgetown built a 42-0 halftime cushion.
Tigers led 14-0 after the first thanks to a Greg Raglin 10-yard scoring run and a Jesse Morrell 8-yard touchdown run. Georgetown erupted for 28 second-quarter points with Wolfe connecting with Ben Patenaude on a 46-yard scoring pass and on a 16-yard touchdown toss to Joe Ganci. Sowder's touchdown runs covered 42 and 24 yards.
In the second half, Union showed some fight. The Bulldogs got on the board with 3:48 left in the third when Domonique Jefferson hauled in a 44-yard pass to make it 42-7.
Chandler Whittlesey threw his second touchdown of the day with 5:06 to play when he hooked up with Jared Smith, cutting the margin to 42-14.
The Union defense then got in on the act as Alonzo Collins picked off Boo Crabtree and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown. After Alex Sigmon's PAT, the score was 42-21 Georgetown with 3:43 remaining.
The interception returned for a touchdown was the second of the season for Collins. He also returned one for 27 yards and a score against Webber International (Fla.) on Sept. 21.
Georgetown finished the game outgaining Union 486-272 in total offense. Wolfe finished the game completing 12-of-20 passes for 229 yards, while Sowder ended with 101 yards rushing. Defensively, Brock Messina led the way with 10 tackles and four sacks and two forced fumbles.
Whittlesey finished the game with 181 yards on 12-of-25 passing. He also led the team in rushing with 46 yards on 13 carries. Jefferson hauled in three passes for 72 yards, while Smith caught two for 43 yards.
Defensively, Jake Johnston led the way 13 total stops, and Ryan Shipley followed with 11. Shipley became the 13th player in program history to record 100 tackles in a season and the first to do so since 2008. He now has 106 on the year, ranking him seventh.
By the Numbers
- Shipley now has eight double-digit tackle outings this season.
- Jefferson became the 11th player in program history to amass 90 career receptions. He ranks 11th with 90 catches and is third all-time with 18 career receiving touchdowns. His 1,677 receiving yards place him fourth all-time.
- Jefferson also has 840 receiving yards on the season, 59 shy of tying the single-season record held by Shawn Kelly when he caught 69 passes for 899 yards in 2007.
- This was the final home game for Union this season. Before the game, Union honored seniors Shipley, Smith, Chris Pinnock, Jose Avina, Nick Garofalo, Daniel Greene, Marcus Ford, Cody Sapcut and Seth Jones.
Union will close out the season at Pikeville (Ky.) for another MSC East showdown next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.