Colonels looking for first road win

October 08, 2004|JILL ERWIN

Centre College is on its first win streak of the season, having won its last two games, and the Colonels like the way it feels.

The Colonels will look to continue that run when they travel to Jackson, Miss., to take on Millsaps Saturday.

"Our practice intensity is much better," Centre coach Andy Frye said. "The kids understand you can't prepare on Saturday. It starts in your preparation that week. Granted, you're going to have poor practices, but not because of desire. Practice has become more physical and that's good for us. We need that."

Centre (3-2, 1-1 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) also needs a road win, something it hasn't come up with yet this season. The Colonels are undefeated at home in three games, but have dropped both road contests.

Frye downplays talk of a road curse.

"We got beaten because we didn't play that well," Frye said. "We would have lost at home had we played that way. To us, we just have to play our regular game. After 10 hours on a bus, you just want to play."


Centre will be the first SCAC foe for the Majors (1-2). Millsaps is ranked in the top two or bottom two of most conference statistical categories. Millsaps is first in scoring defense, second to last in offense; second in pass defense, last in pass offense; first in opponents' first downs and last in first downs.

Millsaps is a running team

Frye said one thing is obvious about the Majors: they like to run.

"They're very big up front and very physical," Frye said. "They just try to knock you off the ball, pick a hole and run. They're slashers, but they hit the hole hard."

The Majors are led by Tyson Roy, the SCAC's leader in all-purpose yardage. The 185-pound sophomore is averaging 146.7 yards a game and has 251 yards rushing in three games.

Eryc Lorino, a freshman, has 220 yards rushing, an average of 73.3 yards a game.

Most of Millsaps' top players are sophomores or freshmen with the exception of senior quarterback Brandon Morris. He's completed 12 of 32 passes for 104 yards. He has just a 64.8 percent pass efficiency rating.

"They run a ball-control offense," Frye said. "They're going to use the clock, pound it at you, create turnovers from their defense and not do anything stupid. They try to control the offense. This could very well be a low-scoring game."

The Colonels have begun to excel in defensive-minded games, as they earned their first shutout in nearly six years last week with a 28-0 win over Sewanee.

"Last week was a coming of age, and I hope we can continue to do that," Frye said. "Obviously we had some real high aspirations coming into this season and we still have those. But that game also put us in a position where we know what we have to do to get better."

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