Trinity fights off Centre, 52-34

October 24, 2004|MARTY WARREN

For three quarters, Centre College was poised to pull an upset of Trinity similar to its huge win in 2000.

In the end, though, Trinity overcame a 32-26 deficit with four late touchdowns and defeated the Colonels 52-34 Saturday at Farris Stadium.

The Colonels were trying to recapture the magic of four years ago, when they upset then-No. 2 Trinity on the same field. But Centre coach Andy Frye said his team had a better matchup this time around against the 15th-ranked Tigers.

"People would have thought of this game as an upset had we won the game, but I honestly thought we had a chance to beat them," Frye said. "We did a lot of things right, especially in the first half, but you have to give Trinity a lot of credit. They slowed us enough to stop us in the second half and came back to win the game."


It certainly didn't start off well for Centre (3-5, 2-2 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference). The Colonels' offense couldn't generate any offense during its first series, and punter Chris Thompson bobbled the snap from center on the punt attempt. However, Thompson made a pass attempt that was good enough for the officials to be counted as an incompletion, and Trinity (6-1, 3-0) took over on the Centre 38-yard line.

It took only one play for the Tigers to score when senior quarterback Dan DesPlaines found a wide open Robin Kelner in the flat and he turned on the after burners and outran everyone, and the Colonels trailed 7-0 just under two minutes into the contest.

Centre, however, came right back to pull even on its next series.

Crowley sets record

Danville High School product Jeremy Britt gained 20 yards to the Tigers' 41, and senior quarterback Brian Behrendt found David Crowley, who set the school's single-season record for receiving yardage with 119 yards on 11 catches, for 20 yards to the Trinity 20.

Two plays later Behrendt, who also set school records for single-season passing yardage and touchdown passes, connected with Adam Clark for a 19-yard touchdown catch. Thompson added the conversion to tie the game at 7-7.

"I thought Brian did an excellent job throwing the ball and our offensive line gave him plenty of protection all day to throw," Frye said. "Crowley and Andy made some nice catches and it was nice to get Jeremy back into action."

Centre took its first lead of the game later in the period. Catches of 10 yards by Lou Brenner and 12 by Crowley and a 39-yard shovel pass to Britt placed the ball on the 2, and Britt scored from there to give the Colonels a 14-7 lead with 3:20 to play.

Trinity nearly fumbled the ball away to Centre on its next series. Kelner fell on his own fumble to complete a 41-yard pass play just before the quarter came to a close and knotted the score at 14-14 entering the second quarter.

The Colonels, who scored on four of five series in the first half, tallied twice on a pair of fade patterns to Clark, from 9 and 10 yards, respectively, but could only manage a one-point half advantage at 27-26 following Derek Boles' seven yard pass reception just before the half.

No offensive touchdowns for Colonels in second half

Centre, however, would score only once after intermission - on a Brian Downs 19 yard interception return - as the rain began to fall harder in the second half.

"I thought the interception to start to second half would give us some momentum, but they did a nice job of shutting our offense down," Frye said. "We didn't score offensively at all in the second half. I don't think the rain was that big of a factor, though. We had some breakdowns defensively but that was because they executed better. It certainly didn't stop them from scoring."

The Colonels continued to lead 34-32 entering the final frame, but Trinity scored three times, including twice in the final 3:19 of the game, to put the game out of reach.

"We still have some areas that we will continue to have to work on, but we are getting better," Frye said. "When you get beat you sometimes want to look at the negatives, but I was pleased with some of the things we did today.

"I can't fault our effort. They had a chance to win the game until the last few minutes of the game, and that is all I can ask for."

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