Colonels not looking past Maryville

October 17, 2003|JILL ERWIN

Centre takes a step out of conference play for its homecoming game with Maryville Saturday and coach Andy Frye doesn't even want to talk about what's looming one week away.

The Colonels (5-1) are a perfect 3-0 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference race and will face Trinity (5-1, 2-0) next week in a game that will probably decide the conference title.

Frye isn't ready to worry about Trinity. Not while there's still another game in the way.

"We haven't talked about Trinity," Frye said. "We're going into this game, and you need to have a victory to help you continue with that momentum. Right now, our thoughts are that we have to beat Maryville. I haven't heard the kids talk about Trinity, but that will come."

Maryville (2-4) beat Case Western Reserve 27-17 last week. Case Western had the third-rated offense in Division III, and Frye said Maryville was able to hold it in check.


"Maryville did a good job keeping them off-balance," Frye said.

Frye was also impressed with the Maryville offense, calling it a "wing-T, quasi-option" type of offense.

"This is going to be one of the most physical teams we'll play," Frye said. "They're big and they'll come right at you. They'll give a lot of different looks, but they'll still be physical.

"We have to play very well, becaue they're a lot better than their record indicates."

Frye is most impressed with receiver Gary Patterson and running back Marcus Kenny.

"They're both very good Division III athletes," Frye said. "They have good speed and they make real good decisions when they get the ball. Their talent is something you have to be able to stop."

Centre averaging 31 points a game

Maryville may have its hands full with the Centre offense. The Colonels are averaging 31 points a game behind junior quarterback Brian Behrendt. Behrendt was named the SCAC offensive player of the week last week after completing 23 of 29 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-41 win over Millsaps.

"The guy that pulls the trigger has to pull it and aim it and shoot it and do the things a good quarterback should do," Frye said. "I'm pleased with how much he's improved. Brian's confidence is the biggest improvement I've noticed. The decisions he's making are real good."

Behrendt has thrown 13 touchdown passes and completed 64.8 percent of his passes this season. But he's not the only weapon on offense, as senior running back Lorenzo Engleman leads the conference in receiving and scoring and is second in rushing. He's averaging almost 200 yards a game in yardage for Centre.

Centre also has the top-ranked defense in the SCAC as Centre has six interceptions in the past two games. Kevin Tytus has returned two of them for scores. John Ortega and Brian Downs lead the tacklers with 11 and nine a game, respectively.

Frye said he has seen enough improvement from his team this year to feel confident about the rest of the season.

"I think our loss has really been a springboard for a good season," Frye said. "We have improved every week, getting just a ltitle bit better. I think the team that wins the conference will be the team that continues to improve from week four on."

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