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Week 4 Football Preview

Week 4 Football Preview

Centre Colonels (3-0, 1-0 SAA) vs. Berry Vikings (3-0, 1-0 SAA)

Date: Saturday, September 23
Site: Mount Berry, Ga.
Stadium: Valhalla Stadium
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Centre: Game Notes | Schedule | Roster | Stats
Berry: Schedule | Roster | Stats

 

ON TAP          

- The Colonels hit the road to face last season's SAA co-champions, Berry College. 

 

MEDIA COVERAGE    

- Berry will have live streaming and live stat coverage of the game. All links can be found on the Colonels' home web site, CentreColonels.com.

 

THE CENTRE - BERRY SERIES

- Centre and Berry have played four times since the Vikings started their football program in 2013, with the Colonels holding a 3-1 series edge.

- Berry won last season's meeting in Danville with a conference title on the line, 21-19, ending Centre's season. 

- The Colonels won each of the first three meetings, averaging 40.1 points per contest in those games.

 

THE LAST MEETING   

Berry 21, Centre 19 (11.12.16)

- Centre committed a season-high four turnovers in last year's loss, and had season-lows in total yards (354) and rushing yards (22).

- The Colonels led 10-0 early after a Colin Burnam touchdown and Ben Logsdon field goal, but the Vikings scored 14 points in a span of 17 seconds of game action to take a 14-10 lead.

- Berry took a 21-10 lead shortly after halftime and held the lead the rest of the way.

 

LAST TIME OUT         

- On Sept. 16, Centre and Hendrix lit up the scoreboard to the tune of 94 points and 965 combined yards of offense.

- The Colonels snapped a two-game losing streak to the Warriors with a thrilling 52-42 victory at Farris Stadium.

- Trevor Carnell and Colin Burnam each ran for over 100 yards in the win as the Colonels outgained the Warriors 277-139 on the ground.

- Andrew Busby and Cody Estep each won SAA Player of the Week awards for their efforts (more below).

 

BRINGING HOME SOME HARDWARE          

- Busby earned SAA Defensive Player of the Week and D3football.com Team of the Week honors after his stellar performance against Hendrix.

- Busby was all over the field, amassing 14 total tackles, including 11 solo. He also had three tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries and a pair of forced fumbles, and was in on Centre's safety in the second quarter.

- Estep made a huge impact against Hendrix, earning SAA Special Teams Player of the Week.

- Estep took the opening kick 95 yards to the house to spark Centre's win. The Pikeville native also blocked a point-after try, which was then returned by Jaxson Hilander for two points.

- Aside from his special teams excellence, Estep had four catches for 91 yards and a touchdown.

 

THE MORE YOU KNOW        

- There are six unique ways to score points in NCAA football (touchdown, PAT, two-point conversion, field goal, defensive PAT and safety), and Centre checked off five of those in the 52-42 victory over Hendrix. The Colonels did not attempt a traditional two-point conversion, but managed the other five.

- Estep's PAT block after a Warriors touchdown led to Centre's defensive PAT, as Hilander returned the ball 98 yards for a score.

- Senior J.D. Dotson and junior Zach Berger sacked the Hendrix quarterback in the end zone shortly after, recording a safety.

- Ben Logsdon connected on a crucial field goal, his first of the season, to give Centre a late 45-36 advantage.

 

CONTINUING TO POUND THE ROCK

- Centre leads the SAA and ranks 21st in NCAA Division II averaging 271.7 rushing yards per game.

- Junior running back Trevor Carnell ranks first in the conference and 10th in the nation rushing for 151.7 yards per game, and is first and 12th, respectively, with five touchdowns.

 

ESTEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION      

- Although Centre has had only nine total kickoff returns this season, Estep has been highly efficient with his six attempts, averaging 33.5 yards per return.

- Estep's per-return yardage ranks second in Division III, and is buoyed by a 95-yard touchdown on last Saturday's opening kickoff.

 

HERO SPORTS D3 GAME OF THE WEEK      

- Centre vs. Berry this Saturday beat out three other NCAA Division III matchups to earn HERO Sports D3 "Game of the Week" based on fan vote.

 

NOTABLE DATES FOR CENTRE FOOTBALL   

- 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.