Centre athletes honored

November 24, 2004

Eleven Centre College football players have been voted by the head coaches to the 2004 all-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Football team announced by the SCAC.

Senior wide receiver David Crowley, junior offensive tackle Justin Roe and senior linebacker Jarrod Zywein were each selected to the first team.

Senior quarterback Brian Behrendt, sophomore Adam Clark and junior kicker Chris Thompson made the second team.

Senior running back Jeremy Britt, a Danvillle High School graduate along with senior linebackers Brian Downs and Nathan Fell, junior offensive lineman Brian Martinko and junior defensive lineman Adam Priestwood were honorable mention picks.

Crowely set school records for receptions in a season (73), receiving yards in a season (1,117) and receiving yards in a game (218) and tied the Centre record for touchdown receptions in a season (10), during his senior season.


He led the conference in receptions, yards, and touchdowns becoming the first player in school history to gain 1,000 receiving yards and only the fifth in SCAC history to accomplish the feat. Crowley was also a first-team all-SCAC selection in 2003.

Roe anchored an offensive line that ranked first in the SCAC in passing offense and second in the conference in scoring offense, total offense and red zone offense. The junior tackle was a second team selection a year ago.

Zywein ranked second in the SCAC in tackles per game recording 84 tackles for an average of 9.3 per contest. He also posted four sacks and 12 tackles for loss to lead the Colonels in both categories. Zywein was a second team selection in 2003.

Behrendt set school records for passing yards in a season (3,013), touchdown passes in a season (28), completions in a season (246) and broke the career record for touchdown passes with 65, as well as setting the single-game record for passing yards with 445. He topped the SCAC in passing yards per game (301.3), total offense per game (290.7), touchdown passes (28) and interceptions per pass attempt (1/46.7). Behrendt was also a second team selection in 2003.

Clark had a breakout season in his sophomore year catching 47 passes for 687 yards and eight touchdowns. He ranked sixth in the SCAC with 4.7 catches per game and fourth in the conference with 68.7 receiving yards per game.

Thompson was second in the conference in both field goals with eight and field goals per game with .80 making 61.5 percent of his attempts. He also made 27 of 29 extra point attempts for a 93.1 percent success rate.

Britt gained 670 all-purpose yards in eight games. Downs was fifth in the conference in tackles per game (8.3) and first in the SCAC in fumbles forced (3). Fell was third in the conference in tackles per game with 8.9 and led the Colonels in tackles with 89. Priestwood posted 25 tackles including two for loss in eight games and Martinko helped anchor the offensive line for Centre.


Freshman Sarah Burger has been named to the 2004 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III Honorable Mention All-America team.

The freshman middle hitter was named the SCAC's Newcomer-of-the-Year and was an all-SCAC second team selection earlier this year.

She was also became the first Centre volleyball player to be named the AVCA South Region freshman of the year and only the second player in school history to be named to the all-South Region team.

Burger tallied a .317 hitting percentage to rank second in the SCAC and had 514 kills for a 4.08 average per game to rank third in the conference. She also posted 106 blocks to rank 10th in the SCAC.

Centre ended its 2004 campaign with a 28-12 record and was fifth in the SCACat 10-8.

Field Hockey

Freshmen Ashley Distler and Taylor Gray have been named to the 2004 STX/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III All-Great Lakes Region team.

Both Distler and Gray were named to the all-SCAC team earlier this year.

Distler, a freshman back, only had one goal, but was a key defender for the Colonel defense. The freshman started 15 matches and filled a void left by the departure of two seniors from last year's team.

Gray, a freshman midfielder, had seven points to tie for the team lead. The freshman led the team in assists with three in her first year. She also had two goals in her first season.

Centre finished the year 3-15 overall and 0-6 in the SCAC, but went 1-1 in the inaugural SCAC tournament, falling to the eventual champion Rhodes 1-0 in overtime and then defeating DePauw 1-0, winning the match in a shootout.

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