DePauw will test Colonels

October 29, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

The challenges have come one after another for Centre College this season, and the Colonels are ready for the next one.

It comes Saturday when DePauw visits Farris Stadium for Centre's final home game of the season.

"I think this'll be a good challenge to see where we are," Centre coach Andy Frye said. "I think DePauw is just about on the same level as Trinity."

But Frye also said the Colonels (3-5, 1-3 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) are better equipped for a game like this than it was a few weeks ago. Some players who were injured have returned, and replacements who weren't in the starting lineup at the start of the season are more familiar with their positions.

"We're slowly getting there," he said. "Now we're at least, I think, getting to where the people who have filled in are starting to understand what we've done."


Final home game for 14 seniors

This will be the final home game for 14 Centre seniors who surely expected to close their careers with a better season than this has been.

"It's really unfortunate," Frye said. "We thought going into the year, before our injuries, we thought we were the type of team that could compete for the conference championship. But they've gutted it out and gotten better every week."

Among the seniors is quarterback Brian Behrendt, who has rewritten a number of the school's passing records and leads the SCAC in passing yards (2,547), completions and attempts (203-for-347) and touchdown passes (22).

Others include the conference's leading receiver, David Crowley (59 catches, 845 yards, seven touchdowns); defenders Nathan Fell, Jarrod Zywein and Brian Downs, who rank among the league's top seven tacklers with a combined 183 stops; and running back Jeremy Britt (126 yards, one touchdown), the Danville High School alumnus who returned for one last year of eligibility that has been plagued by injuries.

The Colonels have lost three straight games and must win their last two games to avoid their first losing season since a 3-7 campaign in 1998.

DePauw has strong running game

Standing in the way is DePauw (5-2, 3-1) and its powerful running game. The Tigers average a league-best 230 yards per game on the ground, and freshman Jeremiah Marks has run for 615 of those yards.

Frye said they also have a good quarterback in junior Ross Wiethoff, and he said senior receiver Jamarcus Shephard is "probably the best athlete in the conference."

While Centre is allowing a league-worst 29 points per game, DePauw's "solid" defense ranks first at 17.7.

"That's how I always describe DePauw: solid," Frye said. "They force you to execute, and they use field position very well, too."

DePauw lost to Trinity by only one point last month, falling 29-28 after Trinity scored with nine seconds left.

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