Colonels at home Saturday

September 12, 2003|JILL ERWIN

Centre College started classes this week. Now Colonels coach Andy Frye hopes his football team's education continues.

Centre takes on Franklin and Marshall in its home opener Saturday. The Colonels defeated Kenyon 35-7 last week, but have not had as much time to practice since that game because of the start of classes.

Frye said now that his team is out of "preseason" mode, things are starting to get into a regular flow.

"We don't get as much time with them as we did before classes started," Frye said. "One thing we took advantage of was the time we had while they weren't in class yet. We got in some meetings and a lot of film work that was good for the younger kids."

The Colonels (1-0) will put that work to the test against the Diplomats (1-0), the only Division III team to have played 1,000 games.


Franklin and Marshall defeated Oberlin 30-6, holding its opponent to seven first downs and 130 total yards of offense. Lineman Andy Rehring had eight tackles, including two for loss, in the victory.

The Colonels took advantage of Kenyon last week, picking up 422 yards of offense with 271 coming on the ground. Senior Lorenzo Engleman rushed for 189 of those and was named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference player of the week for his efforts.

Frye said he hopes the Colonels' ground game will continue to open up the passing game for junior quarterback Brian Behrendt.

"Lorenzo obviously had an outstanding game," Frye said. "I think we have to feature Lorenzo and at the same time, we also have a wealth of talent in our receiving corps. This should give us an opportunity to take advantage of throwing the football."

Offensively, the Diplomats are led by quarterback Jeff Harner, who was 17-for-33 passing against Oberlin for 226 yards. Scott Stephen scored three times for Franklin and Marshall, picking up 86 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and catching six passes for 52 yards and a score.

"They're not a big-play offense, but they try to methodically drive the football on you, and they're very good at that," Frye said. "They're a good ball-control offense."

Frye is anxious to see how his special teams players perform, considering the punt team didn't get much work against Kenyon.

"I think the big thing here is what we do special-teams wise," Frye said. "There was not a lot of special teams play in our game. I think some of those are question marks and I'm looking forward to seeing how they pan out.

"To win this game, it's going to come down to who makes fewer mistakes. I hope we can take advantage of our preseason work and minimize our mistakes."

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