Washington & Lee turns into 'big deal' for Colonels

September 24, 2004|JILL ERWIN

Before the season began, this week's home game against Washington & Lee looked like a nice break for Centre College, a non-conference game after playing Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Rhodes.

But after a loss to Rhodes dropped Centre to 1-2, this week took on a new importance.

"This game is a big deal," Centre coach Andy Frye said. "We've had our best week of practice, and now it's just a matter of how that's going to turn out for what we want to accomplish. It all comes to a head when you're 1-2. This team definitely had higher aspirations, and now it's time to find out what exactly they aspire to."

Frye knows what he hopes his team aspires to: better intensity, both mentally and physically. Centre jumped out to a 10-0 lead at Rhodes last week before giving up 35 unanswered points and losing 42-19.

The Centre coach said he was disappointed with how the team played with a lead. He felt they relaxed, and said the key to getting the season back on track is the players putting their all into every play.


"We have to play with intensity, and we have to do it for four quarters," Frye said. "We need to play to win instead of playing not to lose. It's all coachspeak, but it's true. We have to play our game to be successful."

Centre is playing at home, where it has its only win of the season, but Saturday's game could be a big challenge.

Nine sacks in blanking Sewanee last week

Washington & Lee (1-1) had nine sacks and held Sewanee to 132 yards of offense in a 12-0 win last week. Freshman defensive end Bryant Fulk had a game-high three sacks and freshman defensive back Kyle Harvey had two sacks and an interception return for a touchdown.

"Washington & Lee is a good team," Frye said. "They shut out Sewanee last week, and they're one of the better teams we've played next to Rhodes."

Centre, which is trying to re-establish its running game to help quarterback Brian Behrendt, will face a defense that limited Sewanee to five yards rushing on 44 carries.

Frye said it will be up to Centre's linemen to win the game.

"We've got to keep the pressure on them," Frye said. "We have got to control the line of scrimmage. We didn't do that last week, on both sides of the ball. We played tentatively, and we can't do that."

Sitting at 0-1 in the SCAC, the Colonels are looking at a big climb to win the conference and reach the Division III playoffs. But Frye said it's still what they're aiming for.

"Our goals are still the same," Frye said. "We are vying for a conference championship, we want to make the playoffs. We've still got the same goals, it's just a matter of getting into the groove of that."

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