Centre was ‘right there’ until derailing itself with mistakes, BSU awaits
Maybe if we learned anything yesterday we learned there is a thin line between where we are and where we want to be. One thing we have to accomplish before we can accomplish our goals regularly is eliminating some of the “killer mistakes” we are prone to making at just the wrong moments. We better not fee sorry for ourselves, BSU is set to host us and it will be another tough hill to scale.Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball Senior Scout
We were victims of our own early success. However, both the team and we, as fans, fell victim to an age-old maxim; the maxim being a football game is four quarters long. It seems simple to say that, but it is a lot harder to bring a high level of intensity, and to never let down, over an entire afternoon of football than to play well in spots.
We have been victims of sporadic play all year. The Trinity Tigers never let down, and never let up, for four quarters yesterday afternoon. They are the program we could be, if…
Centre jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and led 14-3 fairly deep into the opening salvo before the wheels fell off the proverbial wagon. It may have started with injury.
Right after going up 14-0, starting QB, Nick Osterman, pulled up with a lame hammy (hamstring). Senior, Beau Buchanan, came into to spell the “other senior” and the scoring slowed to a crawl against easily the best defense the Colonels will see play on its newly renovated home field for perhaps years to come.
Osterman’s status for the Birmingham Southern (BSU) game is not presently known. We will call the situation day to day.
Still there were some noteworthy performances on which to report coming out of what ended a 41-21 Tigers apparent “beat down” which was only 31-21 Trinity entering the 4th-Q. Eliminate the dead ball penalties and “pick-sixes” and who knows what the outcome may have been.
Armon Wells continued his very strong play over his career. The senior linebacker led the team, once again, with 12 tackles and a QB-sack. He was all over the field for the defense making plays at all of the three levels. Miles Smith had a big day too. He had six (6) stops as did Nick German.
Dallas Douglass exhibited the speed which once made him a sprinter on the Centre Track & Field team. Douglass had a sack and a half (1.5) and chased ball carriers and the QB around the offensive backfield much of the afternoon. Duerell Bard continued his ascension toward the top of the second level defenders as the transfer from Carson Newman College (NCAA, D-2) had a “makes you flinch” type QB-sack among his other plays.
Offensively, we seemed sort of hot early and then cooled considerably as the Tiger defense seemed to settle. Beau Buchanan, a senior from Bowling Green, Kentucky, came in and led all passers on the day with 96-yards through the air. Nick Osterman, another senior, went down with injury but had 56-yards passing at that point.
Will McDaniel, sophomore from Danville, led the rushing effort for the third consecutive week, though admittedly yards gained rushing were at a premium yesterday. Christian Billiter provided a spark as the senior from Pikeville, Kentucky proved capable of gaining consistent separation from the Trinity corners and safeties and led us with 71 receiving yards.
If you are looking for bright spots, we thought freshman Jack Gohmann made the most of a mop-up-duty assignment on the last drive of the day before the time expired. Gohmann threw for 36-yards and looked sharp moving the team the little opportunity he had before the final horn sounded.
The “tale of the tape” if you will was noteworthy and striking. Centre had 12-first downs on the day, rushed for 77-yards while surrendering 140, passed for 185 while surrendering 310. Trinity had 450-yards of total offense in 74-plays while Centre managed 262-yards of total offense in 46-plays.
Trinity had two picks for 85-return yards, including a “pick-six.” Centre averaged 46.5-yards on 8-punts as Nick Whitlow flipped the field for the Colonels and in a closer game could have well made a bigger difference it the days outcome.
Trinity was 8-17 on 3rd down and 1 for 3 on 4th-down. Centre was 1 of 9 on 3rd down and didn’t have a 4th-down conversion attempt.
We usually don’t talk much about independent opposing players. That being said, the Trinity QB eclipsed a career mark against Centre College we found worthy of mention. Tucker Horn has now exceeded 5,000 passing yards in his Trinity Career, passing for 310-yards yesterday.
Next up is a trip to Birmingham to play BSU. BSU beat Hendrix at home this week, 30-7 and very narrowly lost to conference heavyweight and defending champion, Trinity, earlier in the year (23-20). Sans last second heroics, BSU beats Trinity when the two met up in San Antonio on October 8, 2022.
BSC’s Matt McClary (So., Nashville Christian) leads the team from his QB post. The young sophomore from Nashville had a great game for the Panthers yesterday against Hendrix. McClary passed for 175-yards on 11 of 18 passing with a TD and no INT’s.
Branden Rew caught a 55-yard TD for the Panthers yesterday. For the year, BSU has looked to Race Marin (Sr, Tullahoma, TN) to stretch defenses. Marin led the team with 4 of the 11 completions McClary threw yesterday.
Jon Lewis had a huge day against Hendrix. Lewis carried it 27-times for 170-yards and 2-scores.
Grayson Stacey nearly eclipsed the century mark as he gained 96-yards on 19-carries with a TD on the ground. BSU gained 281-yards on the ground against the Warriors from Hendrix.
Joey Kiernan (Jr, Cumming, GA) and West Conner had 6-stops a piece to pace the defense. Jimmy Anderson had 5-stops and an INT.
Arthur Marsden spent the entire afternoon in the Hendrix backfield, he paced the defense in sacks, yards lost via the sack, and TFL’s. Marcellus Boykin got in on the sack parade and the TFL’s registered on the afternoon.
Dayton Green will handle the punts in the return game and Green will also double returning kicks, where he is very dangerous.
Birmingham Southern University’s Panthers are 6-2 on the year and 4-1 in SAA play. These guys were NCAA at-large participants a year ago and while Centre is out of the race for an NCAA bid this year (more than likely), the Colonels could sure ruin any chances, though remote they may be, for the Panthers to get another at-large bid.
KPGFootball’s analysis: Well, from a standpoint of NCAA aspirations, we are playing for pride at this point. Of course, there is nothing stating that pride is the only motivation for BSU as well as making the NCAA field with two-losses, and without the conference tie-in, will be no small task and the odds are against it. Of course, this is why these men are college football players. Playing for the “Gold and White” is all the motivation any real Centre Colonel needs and we are sure BSU feels similarly about its school. Both Centre and BSU are in the top four or so of the SAA and this should be a really hard-hitting, tough game.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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