Winless opponent worries Centre coach

September 26, 2003|JILL ERWIN

Centre College coach Andy Frye doesn't put much stock in Washington and Lee's scores so far this season going into Saturday's game in Lexington, Va.

The Generals (0-2) have lost to Johns Hopkins and Sewanee by a combined 73-20 and have just 116 yards rushing.

Frye said the 37-13 loss to Sewanee was closer than it looks. Washington and Lee had the ball on the Sewanee 2-yard-line with less than a minute to play in the first half, trailing 16-6. But the Tigers' Mike Glanton picked off a pass and returned it 98 yards for a 23-6 halftime edge.

"I think they're kind of just in that stage where they're trying to find themselves," Frye said. "They're doing some things well, but they're turning the ball over and that's what's hurting them. They're a good football team, not great, but they're good and if we stop their running game and keep from giving up the big play, I think we'll have a chance to win."


That running game is a little less dangerous at this point than it was last year. The Generals graduated All-America running back Chris Sullivan, who had nearly 6,000 career all-purpose yards, and have three younger players splitting time in the backfield.

Sophomore Michael Lackett has 21 carries for 48 yards, freshman Richard Garland has 26 carries for 43 yards and junior Chris Caramore has 12 carries for 34 yards.

"The tough part about defending them is that they're all three different styles of runners. You can't pick up a tempo with them and that could give you problems," Frye said.

The Generals are led by senior quarterback Peter Dean, a 205-pound left-hander. He has completed 20 of 45 passes for 222 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions.

Frye said he's the second-best quarterback Centre (3-0) will have seen this season, behind Daniel Swanstrom of Rhodes.

"He's a good, strong left-hander and he throws the ball well," Frye said.

"I think his ability to scramble allows them to threaten with the run. They've run draws with him a few times and he can elude tacklers."

Defensively, Washington and Lee is big up front, but doesn't have the athleticism of Rhodes, which lost 32-31 to Centre last week.

The Generals have not yet recorded a sack this season, but Frye said that's a misleading statistic.

"I think they've pressured the quarterbacks, they just haven't sacked them," Frye said.

Frye is excited to see how his team reacts after last week's win over Rhodes.

He hopes they learned some key lessons in that game.

"Before the season we felt like we had a good team, but we have to win tight games," Frye said. "I was pleased with the maturity and when they experienced adversity, they were able to covercome it. I'm hoping that the more adverse situations we're in, the more we win and the better we get at it."

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