SEWANEE, Tenn. - With Sewanee football's bye week coming next week in Week 11, the final game of the 124th year of Sewanee Football will take place Saturday in Danville, Ky. against Centre.
Sewanee (4-5, 3-4) at Centre (7-1, 5-1) | Nov. 3, 12:30 p.m. CT
Farris Stadium | Danville, Ky.
All-Time Series: Centre leads 44-30-1
Last win: Oct. 1, 2005 (32-28)
STAYING AHEAD OF THE CURVE: Despite losing quarterback Alex Darras at the midway point in back-to-back seasons, the Tigers have improved their win total each of the first two years under head coach Travis Rundle. After a 0-10 record in 2016, Sewanee finished with a 3-7 mark in 2017, and they have a chance to finish at the .500 mark for the first time since 2011 this season.
ANOTHER BENJAMIN: On Saturday, junior wide receiver Micah Maes recorded his second 100-yard receiving game this season, catching 137 yards on a career-best 12 receptions. The two touchdowns tied a career-best from Week 5's 38-31 win at Hendrix.
POSSESSION IS KEY: Centre is ranked 234th (out of 247 teams) in time of possession, averaging 26:16 per contest. That mark is the lowest in the conference. In comparison, Sewanee is seventh in the conference and 178th overall with a 28:41 time of possession.
ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: Centre, ranked fourth in the NCAA region rankings, will need some help in order to earn an At-Large Bid into the NCAA Championships. No. 9/11 Berry has already wrapped up the SAA Championship as they seek a second straight perfect regular season. In the South Region, there are five conferences with automatic qualifiers: the Southern Athletic (SAA), American Southwest (ASC), USA South (USAS), Centennial (CC) and the Old Dominion (ODAC). Centre leads all non-conference leading opponents with a No. 4 ranking, behind Mary Hardin-Baylor (ASC), Berry (SAA) and Johns Hopkins (CC). With very few at-large selections, the selection committee with have plenty of choices to fill those spots.
SEE YA IN 2019: The 2019 season will begin Sept. 7 with at home with Southwestern (Texas). Sewanee will host Birmingham-Southern, Berry, Austin and Millsaps in SAA action at Historic Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium.
A LOOK AT THE COLONELS: Recording a 9-1 mark overall and a 7-1 mark in conference play last season, Centre has picked up where they left off in 2018. The one blemish on their record the last two seasons has been Berry.
After a 10-point win over Hanover and a dominating 40-6 win over USA South leader Maryville in non-conference play, the Colonels got out to a fast start in conference play with a 45-6 win over Hendrix on the road.
With all the momentum on the side of the Colonels, they went toe-to-toe with then No. 17 Berry in Danville. Trailing 21-14 at the half, Centre used a third quarter touchdown by Trevor Carnell on a four-yard run to even the score.
After each team traded two touchdowns late, including a game-tying score by the Colonels with 59 seconds to go to force the contest into overtime.
Berry received the ball to start the extra period with a 35-yard field goal to give the Vikings the lead, 38-35. Centre was unable to respond on a 37-yard field goal on the next possession to secure the win.
Since the loss, Centre has won its last four games, outscoring opponents 161-75 in those contests.
Senior quarterback Tanner Young finally saw action as a starter for the first time in his four-year career. He leads the conference in yards per game (283), pass efficiency (179.7) and touchdowns (21).
Jaylon Hibbs has caught 927 of Young's 2,264 yards this season. Seeking his first 1,000-yard season, the senior has caught 10 touchdowns.
Cal Lewellyn has picked off the opposing quarterback three times this season and has broken up five passes.
In last season's meeting, Sewanee suffered a 47-0 loss at historic Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium.