Centre looking for win against Maryville

October 15, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

There's no denying that last week's loss will sting Centre College for some time to come, but coach Andy Frye said the Colonels are ready to move forward.

A week after seeing their slim hopes for a conference championship snuffed out, the Colonels will play their final non-conference game of the season Saturday at Maryville (Tenn.).

"They're learning how to play through toughness and adversity," Frye said. "Our kids have had a great attitude."

Centre (3-3) fell to 1-2 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with its loss to Millsaps, and Frye said Maryville (2-3) will present a similar look.

"They're a run-oriented team," he said. "Their way is to play good ball-control offense and play good defense. The times they've won, that's what they were able to do.


"They're playing really good defense, but a lot of that is because their offense can control the ball.

Maryville's offense averages 254.2 yards per game, and the ground game accounts for more than three-fourths of that. Quarterback Eric Hardison has a team-high 82 rushing attempts for 269 yards, while R Burchfield is the Fighting Scots' leading rusher with 295 yards on 39 carries.

The Scots' defense allows 273.6 yards per game.

The Scots have not scored more than 16 points nor allowed more than 23 all season. They shut out Case Western Reserve 16-0 last week.

Centre scores a lot, gives up a lot

In contrast, Centre is averaging 28.5 points and 396.7 yards per game and allowing 24.2 points and 335.7 yards.

Quarterback Brian Behrendt could pass the 2,000-yard mark Saturday. He already has 1,754 yards and has thrown 15 touchdown passes to seven different receivers, while leading receiver David Crowley has 39 catches for 626 yards.

Centre's defense couldn't stop Millsaps in the first half last week. The Majors built a 20-0 lead in the second quarter but were held scoreless in the second half.

"The first half I was disappointed ... but it's better to end on a good note," Frye said. "But we've got to play defense for a complete game."

The Colonels have been bothered by injuries in the first half of the season, but Frye said they are beginning to heal some of those injuries.

Frye said their task this week is made easier because the three-hour bus ride to Tennessee will fly by in comparison to last week's 10-hour slog to Jackson, Miss.

"By the time our kids realize they're on the bus, we'll be there," he said.

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