WEEK 6 PREVIEW: Centre

Credit: Lyn Hutchinson
Credit: Lyn Hutchinson

Game Notes

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee football team is gearing up for a Week 6 contest at Centre College Saturday afternoon in Danville, Ky.

THE BASICS
Sewanee (0-5, 0-3) at Centre (2-3, 0-3) | Oct. 12, 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT
Farris Stadium, Danville, Ky.
All-Time Series: Centre leads, 45-30-1

A LOOK AT THE COLONELS: The Colonels were one of the favorites at the top of the conference leaderboard when the 2019 season began. 

Centre was named co-champions of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) with Berry last season with a 10-2 record and the Colonels earned its third appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the first since 2014. 

The Colonels were ranked 20th in the D3football.Com preseason poll, 21st in the College Football America Yearbook Division III preseason poll and 15th in the final coaches poll by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). 

After a 45-31 win over Hanover and a 27-22 triumph over Maryville (Tenn.), the Colonels were thinking of a repeat appearance in the 2019 season. 

As the schedule turned to SAA play, the Colonels have lost their first three games by one possession. Against Austin in Sherman, Texas, the Colonels dropped the contest, 20-13. 

The next week at home versus Trinity, the score was the same, but the result was similar for the Colonels, as they lost, 20-13. 

Last week at Millsaps, trailing 10-3 in the fourth quarter, Centre rallied to tie the contest at 10 points apiece and force overtime. However, after each team scored in the first extra period, the Colonels were stopped on the first possession in the second overtime thanks to an interception. The Majors won the game thanks to a 21-yard field goal. 

Clark Payne is under center for the Colonels in 2019. Against Hanover, the junior threw for five touchdowns and 277 yards. She has thrown 914 yards on the season with eight scores. 

Patric Edwards is third in the conference with 94.6 yards per game on the ground and three touchdowns. He has recorded 473 yards, second-most in the league. 

Jordan Gunter leads the receiving game for the Colonels with 252 yards on 20 catches and three scores. 

On defense, Jaylen Jones leads the team with 30 tackles, but Clayton Bell has 6.5 tackles for a loss and four sacks. 

 

LAST TIME VS. CENTRE: Sewanee wrapped up the 2018 season with Centre in Danville, Ky. last Nov. 3 with a 49-20 loss. 

Micah Maes recorded 240 all-purpose yards, 120 on the ground and 120 as the quarterback with a rushing and receiving touchdown. 

 

THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Saturday's meeting will be the 77th meeting all-time between the two schools, and it is the second-longest in terms of games played, second to Rhodes. 

The Colonels hold a 45-30-1 all-time record, and the Tigers will look to snap a 13-game losing streak. The last win against Centre came at home in 2005. 

Additionally, the Tigers will look to end an eight-game losing skid in Danville, Ky. Sewanee last won on Farris Stadium in 2002. 

The first meeting coming on Oct. 17, 1910 with a 19-0 loss. The teams played just three times prior to World War II, and this will be the 74th straight meeting the teams have played, dating back to 1946. 

 

VICCARI THE NEW CONNECTION: Jacob Viccari saw a personal best in both receptions and yards happen in Saturday's contest against No. 10/8 Berry. The Roswell, Ga. native caught six passes for 42 yards. 

After finishing with 11 catches last season for 73 yards, the sophomore has caught 97 yards on 10 catches. 

 

MAKING ADJUSTMENTS: Coming into the contest against Berry, Sewanee was 242nd out of 245 teams in time of possession, averaging 24:13 of time on offense.

Against the Vikings on Saturday, the Tigers finished the contest with almost 30 minutes of time on the ball. 

Thanks to the 29:59 the Tigers had on the ball, the team improved their time of possession by over a minute at 25:22. 

 

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