GEORGETOWN — Early turnovers by both teams did little to slow down Georgetown, as they easily beat Ellison 35-14 in Ellison coach Trent Gregory’s debut.
Georgetown (1-0) looked to repeat on the success of last year, with only nine returning players from its state runner-up team.
Meanwhile, Ellison (0-1) expanded its losing streak to 21 games.
Georgetown quarterback Ben Bottlinger’s early fumble was quickly erased after an Ellison fumble that led to a quarterback keeper by Bottlinger, taking Georgetown to an early 7-0 lead.
Ellison countered by marching down the field and scoring with a 5-yard pass from quarterback Trenton Jones to wide receiver Hayward Clay to tie the game at 7.
But two second-quarter scores quickly put Georgetown up 21-7 at the half.
The second half saw Georgetown’s offense methodically march down the field for two more scores, and even though Jones had a fantastic 75-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Jackson, it was not enough to stop the Georgetown running attack, led by Tyler Moody’s bruising downhill running style.
Moody led all rushers with 124 yards on 19 carries.
To add to Ellison’s troubles, Georgetown defensive lineman Jake Blankenship terrorized Jones, sacking him three times in the first half.
Jones was under duress the entire game, with the Ellison offensive line struggling to match up with Georgetown’s defensive line.
Penalties plagued both teams throughout, with Georgetown racking up more than 100 yards in penalties in the season opener.
Ellison played a much cleaner game, but had a costly block in the back wipe out a 95-yard kickoff return by Clay in the second half.