Centre fades after early lead, loses 42-19

September 19, 2004

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Centre College jumped out to a 10-point lead Saturday, but let it slip away in a 42-19 loss to Rhodes in the Colonels' conference opener.

Centre (1-2, 0-1 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) led 10-0 after Brian Behrendt found Michael Swartzentruber for a 5-yard scoring pass with 5:52 to play in the first quarter. But Rhodes went on to score 35 unanswered points.

"I think we're a team that's trying to find who we are and what we are," Centre coach Andy Frye said. "My disappointment was I think we stepped back and relaxed, and then it got too late. They did a good job of executing their offense and we didn't."

Centre was held to just 55 yards rushing by the Lynx (2-1, 1-1).

Tyler Lake scored three times for Rhodes and rushed for 94 yards on 22 carries.

Rhodes quarterback Daniel Swanstrom earned Frye's praise after completing 16-of-26 passes for 207 yards.


"Their quarterback had an outstanding game," Frye said. "He just played with poise, he did what he had to do to win, and that was the difference.

"He got rid of the ball when he had to, he threw the ball away when he had to, he ran for the first down if he had to and took the hit. Their quarterback was the difference in the ballgame."

Jeremy Britt returned after missing last week's game with an injury and scored on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Behrendt with 4:41 to play in the game.

Behrendt completed 26-of-47 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns. He didn't throw any interceptions.

Chris Thompson hit field goals of 29 and 24 yards for the Colonels.

Frye said he has no idea what is troubling his team.

"We can still be a pretty good football team," Frye said. "I told the team I don't understand why we're not better than what I'm seeing. We have talent and I don't understand why we're not executing in the way we're capable of doing. I'm going to watch film and start getting an idea of where some changes can be made."

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