Colonels go out in style in ’22; look forward to next season
Well, the reliable stars over the past few seasons put on another show yesterday and the Majors from Millsaps were victimized, yet again, by a Colonel squad bent on taking out some of the season’s frustrations on a lower-ranking military officer. Yesterday, it was definitely good to be a Colonel. Some of the performances of the younger crowd in the 4th-Quarter gave the fans something to gab about this offseason as there were some notable performances we will talk about in this article.Fletcher Long, KPGFootball’s Senior Scout
Well, yesterday, in Danville, Kentucky, the Majors from Jackson, Mississippi learned the hard way it never really pays to animate a superior officer. The Colonels came out of the locker room and made very short work of the conference foe which learned they have a ways to go to compete with the upper-half of the Southern Athletic Association.
The SAA, yesterday, looked like; well, the SAA (with of the Rhodes win over BSU, which came completely out of left field and is the biggest upset I have seen in D3 football since I have been reporting on it). There are two distinct classes of football programs in the league and a pronounced demarcation between the two classes.
Clearly, Trinity and BSC are the class of the conference. Berry College and Centre aren’t too terribly far behind and Hendrix is making strides and Rhodes has improved drastically. Past those six or so, there is somewhat of a drop-off, if we are being honest, which we perpetually strive to be.
Yesterday, a 5-4 Centre team demonstrated it isn’t ready to be delegated to the “also-ran” division of the conference with a 57-3 throttling of Millsaps College. As you might imagine, there were noteworthy performances abound.
Armon Wells had quite an afternoon. The senior collected 13-stops on the afternoon to go with two QB-sacks, and an INT returned some 39 or 39-yards. Miles Smith had five (5)-stops and Joseph Becherer pitched in three (3).
The defense was pretty stellar on the afternoon, as limiting a team to three (3) points on the day would certainly bolster. Millsaps had 10 first downs all day long and only 119-total yards on the afternoon.
Offensively, the two senior signal-callers, Nick Osterman and Beau Buchanan split series on the afternoon before turning it over to the “young guns,” Jack Gohmann and Luke Hammonds, but more on those two later.
Buchanan was the leading passer on the day while Osterman was the leading rusher. Dameon Jones, Jr. gained 55-yards and led the running backs but super sophomore, Will McDaniel, while starting, yielded most of his carries to the upperclassman, it being “Senior Day” and all.
Greer Stone had a couple TD’s on the day. None of them more spectacular than his 79-yards kick return he knifed through the Millsaps coverage and deposited right in the Centre end zone. Nick Osterman and Daylin Huff each scored a TD.
Overall, Centre College had 23-first downs, gained 181-yards rushing, and gained another 189-yards passing to account for its 370-total yards. Centre had a 39-yards interception return, while forcing seven (7) fumbles, recovering four (4). Centre was 7-14 on 3rd-down and 2-4 on 4th-down.
So a season into which the Colonels entered with such promise, fully expecting to challenge for a conference title, was one where the Colonels enter the offseason on the heels of a 6-4 worksheet, 4-3 in conference, perhaps a blocked PAT from 7-3, 5-2.
We’re right there. So lets talk a little about the future.
Well, those of you who watched the game yesterday had to have been impressed with several of the young players. First of all, we (KPGFootball) were both impressed and excited about both of the young QB’s, Jack Gohmann and Luke “Skeeter” Hammonds.
Both of those guys ran the offense very well, threw the ball well, made good decisions. The play of Max Huffine at center, both in delivering on the money snaps and calling protections and blocking schemes, made the offense look, at times, in the 4th-Quarter like a Swiss timepiece.
On defense, the young front, when the Colonels went to Ryan Pyles at one end, Will Long at the other, with Kyle Yarger in the middle looked really good in the limited amount of time we got to watch it. Of course, had the offense not been going on 15-16 play drives with the young QB’s, RB’s, and OL, and the defense not been dealing “3 and outs” on the Majors offense the entire quarter we may have gotten to watch it longer.
We are kidding. Three and out is what the defense is supposed to do, get on and off the field quickly, which the young defense was certainly doing.
In conclusion, there is just a lot about which to be enthusiastic about the future of Colonel football for the Colonel faithful. We look forward to a prosperous offseason and a new signing class to attempt to fill the void left by the 35 or so players to whom we bid farewell, see you around the old tailgate next year.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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