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Week 2 Football Preview

Week 2 Football Preview

Centre Colonels (1-0) vs. Anderson (IN) Ravens (0-1)

Date: Saturday, September 9
Site: Danville, Ky.
Stadium: Farris Stadium
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Centre: Game Notes | Schedule | Roster | Stats
Anderson: Schedule | Roster | Stats

 

ON TAP          

- The Colonels open their home slate against Anderson (Ind.) Saturday for a 7 p.m. kickoff. 

 

MEDIA COVERAGE    

- Centre will have live streaming and live stat coverage of the game. All coverage links can be found here.

 

THE CENTRE - ANDERSON SERIES   

- Saturday marks just the third meeting between Anderson and Centre, with the Colonels owning a 1-0-1 all-time record against the Ravens.

- Centre won last season's meeting 56-14 on the road (more below). 

- Prior to 2016, the two sides met back in 1950 and battled to a 7-7 tie.

 

THE LAST MEETING

Centre 56, Anderson 14 (9.10.16)

- Centre jumped out to a 28-0 lead after one quarter of play as Devin Hayes threw for 211 yards and three scores.

- Colin Burnam scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground, and John Wilson ran back an interception for Centre's first defensive score of the year. 

- The Colonels outgained the Ravens 531-233 for the game.

 

LAST TIME OUT         

- Centre defeated Hanover 27-14 on the road last week to open the 2017 campaign.

- The Colonels scored 27 unanswered points after falling behind 7-0 as Trevor Carnell broke Tim McDaniel's school record with 38 rushing attempts for 180 yards and a pair of scores. 

- Devin Hayes shook off an early interception to throw for 216 yards and two touchdowns to Cody Estep, who caught six balls for 111 yards.

- On defense, Shane Smith led the Colonels with eight tackles, including one sack.

- Cal Lewellyn and Wilson each intercepted a pass while Connor John made a key block of a field goal attempt at the end of the first half.

 

NEXT WEEK   

- The Colonels will host the Hendrix Warriors on Sept. 16.

- Centre will be looking to snap a two-game losing skid against the Warriors, falling 51-48 in 2015 and 35-28 in Conway last season.

 

CARNELL CARRIES THE LOAD

- Carnell's 38 carries last weekend placed him atop the program's single-game rushing attempts list.

- Tim McDaniel held the previous record of 37 rushes for more than a quarter of a century, setting the mark back in 1991. McDaniel holds a handful of Colonel records, including rushes, rushing yards, total touchdowns and points.

- Carnell's effort was as efficient as it was extensive - he averaged 4.8 yards per carry en route to 180 total yards. 

- He also plunged into the endzone for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns.

 

THE HAYES-ESTEP CONNECTION      

- Hayes, a Bowling Green, Ky., native found his favorite TD target from 2016 – Estep – for both of his passing scores in week one.

- Estep, who led the Colonels with nine receiving touchdowns a season ago, totaled 111 yards on six catches against Hanover.

 

DEFENSE IS KEY        

- The Hanover offense managed only one score last week, as Centre's defense locked in when it mattered most.

- Senior defensive lineman Shane Smith led the way with eight tackles, adding his first sack of the season.

- Senior linebacker Andrew Busby totaled five stops, a pass breakup and a QB hurry in what was an active outing.

- Junior defensive lineman Connor John blocked a Hanover field goal attempt at the end of the first half, keeping the score tied at 7-7.

 

MORE FROM THE DEFENSE...          

- Centre's defense allowed only one touchdown from the Hanover attack last week.

- It was the first time the defense allowed one or fewer offensive scores since Oct. 24, 2015, in a 35-7 victory on the road at Sewanee.

 

FRIENDLY CONFINES 

- Centre is a solid 18-2 in Farris Stadium since the beginning of the 2013 season.

- The Colonels had their six-game home winning streak snapped in the 2016 season finale, however, falling 21-19 against Berry.

- Three of the next four games on the schedule will be at Farris.

 

NOTABLE DATES FOR CENTRE FOOTBALL   

- The Colonels' first Southern Athletic Association contest will be next Saturday, Sept. 16, at Farris Stadium against Hendrix. It is also the Gold Week Game. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. ET. Centre looks to avenge last season's 35-28 defeat on the road.

- Family Weekend is Oct. 7 against SAA associate member Austin. The game is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. ET.

- Homecoming will be two weeks later against Rhodes Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m. ET.