Centre opens with 35-7 win over Kenyon

September 07, 2003

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Lorenzo Engleman accounted for 263 yards and scored three times Saturday to lead Centre College to a 35-7 win over Kenyon in its season opener.

Engleman rushed 18 times for 189 yards and two touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 74 yards and another score.

"He had a career game," Centre coach Andy Frye said. "You just couldn't ask for anything more."

Brian Behrendt also scored a pair of touchdowns for the Colonels, who rolled up 422 offensive yards in an easy win at Mount Vernon High School.

"I was pleased with our offense," Frye said. "Basically we just rushed the ball, and our of-fensive line did an outstanding job of really opening up the holes."

Centre had 271 net yards on the ground, and Behrendt was 21-for-31 for 151 yards, completing passes to seven different receivers.


The Colonels' first points of the season came on a safety, and they made it 9-0 when Engleman scored on a 49-yard run late in the first period.

Engleman and Behrendt ran for scores in the second quarter, staking Centre to a 22-0 halftime lead. Engleman's touchdown catch came in the third quarter, and Behrendt scored again in the fourth.

Centre's defense allowed 305 yards, but Kenyon's only score came on a 75-yard pass play in the third quarter, after the Colonels had built a 29-0 lead.

"We bent a lot," Frye said of his defense. "I was a little disappointed. But we're just young defensively."

Kenyon converted only three of 12 third-down plays, while Centre was 7-for-16 on third down and 3-for-4 on fourth down.

Centre prevented six more points when John Ortega and Brian Downs blocked field-goal attempts.

Centre was facing a Kenyon team that had gone 1-9 last year and was in its first game under a new coach.

"They're a much improved team, obviously, and we got a lot out of the game," Frye said. "I was pleased by how well we played."

But Frye said there is much work to be done before Centre faces Franklin & Marshall in its home opener Saturday.

"Most of your improvement happens in the next two weeks," Frye said.

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