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Colonels thump Tigers in SAA shutout, 47-0

Colonels thump Tigers in SAA shutout, 47-0

SEWANEE, Tenn. – Centre football paired a staunch defensive effort with an efficient offensive attack to complete a lopsided victory at Sewanee Saturday at Hardee-McGee Field, 47-0.

The Colonels have now won five in a row, improving to 8-1 overall and 6-1 in-conference. The host Tigers fall to 3-7 on the year and 2-5 in the SAA.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Centre's defense set the tone early on, as senior Shane Smith (Crestwood, Ky.) recorded a sack-fumble recovered by Lucas O'Reilly (Marietta, Ga.) on Sewanee's opening drive.

Senior J.D. Dotson (Nashville, Tenn.) blocked a Sewanee field goal attempt on the home team's next possession, and junior John Wilson (Brandenburg, Ky.) scooped it up and scored from 61 yards out, making it 10-0 after the PAT.

Centre's first offensive score came on a nine-play, 80-yard drive early in the second quarter, culminating in a passing touchdown from senior Devin Hayes (Bowling Green, Ky.) to freshman Jordan Gunter (Louisville, Ky.).

The Colonel defense continued to stifle the Tigers, forcing multiple three-and-outs before the half. On the Tigers' final drive of the first half, they managed to get to the Centre 24-yard line before sophomore Cal Lewellyn (Louisville, Ky.) ended things with his second interception of the season.

With less than 90 seconds left, Hayes marched the Colonels downfield and eventually connected with junior Davis Kannapell (Louisville, Ky.) in the endzone in the waning moments of the second quarter.

Up 23-0 at the half, Centre kept its foot on the gas in the third and fourth quarters, beginning with junior Tommy Kaczocha's (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) forced fumble on Sewanee's first possession out of the break.

Hayes continued to excel through the air, hitting Gunter on one drive for the freshman's second touchdown of the game and junior Jaylon Hibbs (Louisville, Ky.) on the next for a 35-yard score that made it 37-0.

With the outcome decided, Centre's reserve quarterback Tanner Young (Louisville, Ky.) threw a 28-yard touchdown to Mack Cox (Danville, Ky.) for the game's final score.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Senior Beg Logsdon (Louisville, Ky.) had one of his most productive games of the season, totaling 11 points with a pair of field goals and a 5-for-6 effort on point-after tries.

Although they found early success throwing the ball, the Colonels finished with a balanced effort offensively. Hayes finished 22 of 31 for 290 yards and four touchdowns to lead the passing game, while junior Colin Burnam (Bowling Green, Ky.) led Centre with 94 yards on 16 carries. Seven of Centre's eight rushing first downs came in the second half.

Hibbs, who's battled injuries this season, finished with a season-best five catches for 93 yards and a score.

Kaczocha led Centre with eight total tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, while Smith had seven tackles and a sack.

Centre had a season-high four takeaways while limiting the Tigers to just 163 yards of total offense.  

The Colonels were 7 of 12 (58%) on third down, compared to Sewanee's 2 of 12 (17%).

Centre has now won 12 in a row over Sewanee, and have outscored the Tigers 162-20 across the last four seasons. Head Coach Andy Frye is 16-4 against Sewanee all-time.

UP NEXT

Centre closes the regular season next Saturday at home, hosting Birmingham Southern at 1:30 p.m. ET for Senior Day at Farris Stadium.