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Gohmann leads Colonels to pivotal conference victory, 28-26, in 3OT’s

The last time we saw this Rhodes team play a conference game was November 12, 2022. Rhodes entered the game yesterday with Centre riding a three game win streak, the 20-3 beat down of Birmingham Southern in ’22 and the 2-0 out of the gate the Lynx rode into our game. We knew it would be a tough match but that victory was absolutely pivotal as we progress on through our conference slate. Gohmann got it done for us and played quite well in the doing. His continued development might prove key to salvaging this season.

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball

Memphis, Tennessee: Jack Gohmann drew a tough assignment yesterday in the home of the delta blues in the middle of a season which resembled pouring rain up until yesterday’s tilt. Sure, the Colonels entered the contest 0-2. Sure, Rhodes was a red hot team at 2-0.

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The Lynx were riding a three game win streak dating back to its 20-3 win over Birmingham Southern on November 12, 2022. Not only had the team won three straight dating back to ’22, but the Lynx had won five (5) of the team’s last six (6) football games. Like we said, Rhodes entered this game “red hot.”

All of that aside, we asked the talented sophomore out of Lexington, Catholic to come in, take the reins of the offense, and help us get the season back on track. We don’t know what the remainder might bring, but as for yesterday…well done. Mission accomplished!

Centre lost everywhere on the stat sheet but where it most mattered, the scoreboard. Centre had 14 first downs to Rhodes 17. Centre was 25% on third down and failed on both 4th-down conversions. Centre totaled 310 yards of offense while yielding 377.

Tegge nailed a 43-yarder out of a bad snap but brilliant hold by Nick Osterman

Centre’s SID

Jack Gohmann, in his first start as the regular varsity QB, was quite impressive. Gohmann completed 19 of his 33 passing attempts (a nearly 58% completion rate) for 257-yards with 3-TD’s against a lone pick. Gohmann, not known for breaking down defenses with his running game particularly, gained 28-yards on 5-carries and was only sacked once demonstrating an ability to avoid pressure and lengthen plays.

Maurer

Gohmann’s crowning achievement on the day may have been in the third overtime. Reduced to alternating, two-point conversions, owing to the college rules regarding such sessions, Gohmann found Joey Deshler in the end zone, wide open, and cooly drilled him right in the numbers!

This shot proved the “game winner.” It followed a brilliant play by Parker Guillaume, knocking away a similar try by the Lynx in its possession in the same period.

Christian Billiter, a 5th-year from Pikeville, Kentucky continued his strong play. Billiter caught 5-passes for 92-yards receiving and a TD. Scotty Brown hauled in 4-passes and a TD on a 33-yard strike to open scoring in the contest. Travis Maurer caught 3-balls and a TD.

Freshman Hayden Mounivong returned 3 kicks for 79-yards averaging 26.3-yards per return

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Tegge

Someone on the special teams whose play proved both pivotal and “special” was place kicker Cam Tegge. Tegge nailed a 43-yarder out of a bad snap but brilliant hold by Nick Osterman which broke his just established mark of longest field goal in his Centre career.

On the day, Tegge, who couldn’t afford an error (if we were to win), was perfect. Tegge was two for two on FG’s and converted both attempted PAT’s. In an 28-26, triple overtime finish, how clutch is that?

Freshman Hayden Mounivong returned 3 kicks for 79-yards averaging 26.3-yards per return. Mounivong, who gives the club a burst of speed reminiscent of Jay Becherer, had a long of 32. He will break one to the house this season, if not more than one; and that seems more a matter of “when” and not “if.”

Evan Elder continued his strong play with 10-stops, 1.5 TFL’s and 2-QBH’s

Centre’s SID
Bard

Defensively, I did want to mention that Joe Becherer, who is Jay’s brother, knocked the Rhodes QB from the game with the hardest hit I have ever witnessed at any prior Centre game. Becherer was tossed on a targeting call.

I don’t know about the targeting, it looked like a clean hit to me. It was a “Sports Center, Top-10” type lick.

Duerell Bard had 10-staops with half a TFL and 2-QBH’s; Evan Elder continued his strong play with 10-stops, 1.5 TFL’s and 2-QBH’s. Ryan Pyles contributed 3-solos to lead the down lineman in that category.

Centre comes home to host Berry College.

Looking ahead;

Now we turn our attention to the task at hand. Centre will get a visit from a tough, Viking horde which broke our collective hearts a year ago and ruined what might have been an otherwise magical day. It was our first game in our new facility.

Berry College was off yesterday. The Vikings are 2-0 and have beaten Huntingdon 67-34 and LaGrange 70-3. 

Last time out, Berry had 36-first downs, was 55% on third down, and 100% on 4th down. Berry had 646-yards of total offense against LaGrange. 

The Vikings are 2-0 and have beaten Huntingdon 67-34 and LaGrange 70-3

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Blake Hembree completed 13-19 passes in his last outing for 223-yards and 3-TD’s. Hembree is an efficient and accomplished QB in our league and containing him will be very important to our meeting with success and jumping out to a 2-0 conference mark.

Hemil Con-Roma eclipsed the 100-yard mark (108) in 13 carries with 2-ground scores. Brandon Cade carried it 7-times for 95-yards and a score. Josh Rogers carried it six times, two of which crossed the goal line. Rogers is the guy you will see utilized in short yardage situations. 

Rogers is the guy you will see utilized in short yardage situations…

Berry College’s SID

Nate Lyons has been Berry’s most reliable deep-threat in the passing game. He caught 2-TD’s against LaGrange. Thoma Kristofer, (whose given name might well be “Thomas,” we’re just going by what is published online) caught the third TD.

Miles Hamby and Charlie Bell split the kicking duties while Hamby handles kickoffs and Hunter Coleman is the punter. 

Brock Skinner and Grady Bryant are the two main second-level tacklers. Luke Carlton applies most of the backfield pressure from his down linemen slot. 

Synopsis:

Gohmann’s first start under center was a successful one. It was a game which ebbed and flowed from the momentum being vested in one team only to completely turn and vest in the other.

In the end, the Colonels came through when required. In the offing, the Colonels broke the Lynx hearts and spirit once again, lengthening its series win streak to 10-games.

Next up for the Colonels is a tough Berry team which beat us in the Stadium’s opener last year by the slimmest of margins. This is our opportunity to make a declarative statement to the remainder of the league that the non-conference missteps are behind us and we are the Centre team the rest of the league has become accustomed to encountering.

We are in the thick of the conference race, tied with Trinity and Sewanee atop the SAA standings. Let’s endeavor to pull together and stay there.

Here’s to hoping! See you at the tailgate.

This is Fletcher W. Long, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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