Extra points prove critical as Bulldogs take down Tigers

Extra points proved to be the difference in Friday night’s season opener between Georgetown and Conway as the Tigers were knocked off by the host Bulldogs 24-18.

Georgetown scored three touchdowns, two by running back Michael Billings, and converted 2-point conversions after each one, while Conway also had three TDs but failed to convert a single PAT attempt. It all added up to a six-point difference in a game in which the Tigers had trouble moving the ball on the ground.

After Billings got the Bulldogs on top early with his first TD run and 2-pointer, Conway’s DeAndre Hickman powered his way into the endzone on fourth-and-goal from the 1, but the Tigers couldn’t tie it up. Georgetown Jordon Ward added a touchdown and the 2 before the half for a 16-6 edge at the break.

Conway turned to running back Cortez Brown to take over the quarterback reins from Ethan Smith, but offense was still hard to come by. After a scoreless third period, Billings ran in his second TD of the game for a 24-6 advantage.

But the Tigers didn’t throw in the towel. Instead, they threw the ball. After moving the ball downfield through the air, Brown ran in from 5 yards out to cut the deficit in half. Conway wide receiver Bryan Edwards caught 15 passes for 180 yards and a late touchdown from Smith, who completed 26-for-46 for 249 yards.

The Tigers were threatening to score the game-tying touchdown in the waning moments but Ward jarred forced a fumble near the goal line and the Bulldogs recovered to preserve the victory.

The Tigers face an even tougher test next week when they face New Hanover (NC) in the Surf and Turf Classic at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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