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@CentreFootball Rolls to 56-14 Victory over Anderson (Ind.)
DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre football team tallied 531 total yards of offense, jumped out to an early 28-0 lead and never looked back in a 56-14 rout of Anderson (Ind.) in a non-conference contest on Saturday night at Macholtz Stadium.
The Colonels improved to 2-0 for the sixth straight season with the win, while the Ravens dropped to 0-2.
Centre extended its winning streak to seven games dating back to last season. The Colonels have also now won nine of their last 10 contests against non-conference opponents in the regular season.
Centre wasted little time getting on the board, as junior quarterback Devin Hayes (Bowling Green, Ky.) connected with senior wide receiver Duncan Mercer (South Charleston, Ohio) for a 27-yard touchdown pass on the Colonels' opening drive. Hayes linked up with Mercer three times during the drive, including completions of 11 and 31 yards.
The Centre defense would force an Anderson three-and-out, setting up a 10-play, 56-yard Colonel drive capped by a Hayes-to-Hayes touchdown connection, as the junior quarterback found junior tight end Austin Hayes (Louisville, Ky.) for a six-yard score.
Later in the quarter, senior running back Nolan Coulter (Knoxville, Tenn.) trotted into the end zone from five yards out to extend the Centre lead to 21-0 after the extra point attempt by senior kicker Alex Ward (Murray, Ky.) was good.
On third down of the ensuing Anderson drive, sophomore defensive back John Wilson's (Brandenburg, Ky.) 38-yard interception return for a touchdown pushed the Colonels' advantage to 28-0 late in the first quarter.
The Ravens then got on the board early in the second period, as Triston Anderson's one-yard touchdown pass to Jack Stanton cut the deficit to 28-7.
Centre would respond with 28 straight points for the second time in the ball game, starting with a seven-yard touchdown pass from Hayes to Coulter.
Freshman quarterback Wil Austin (Chattanooga, Tenn.) scored his first career touchdown on a two-yard rush in the closing seconds of the first half, giving the Colonels a 42-7 halftime advantage.
Sophomore running back Colin Burnam (Bowling Green, Ky.) then found the end zone on back-to-back Centre possessions in the third quarter on runs of one and two yards, respectively to put the Colonels on top by a score of 56-7.
The Ravens would close scoring on the evening when Anderson rushed for a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Hayes completed 18-of-24 passes for 211 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for the Colonels. Senior quarterback J.D. Morgan (Louisville, Ky.) was 6-of-11 for 84 yards in the win.
Burnam paced the Centre rushing game with 15 carries for 77 yards and a pair of scores.
Mercer led the Colonels receiving core with four catches for 78 yards and a touchdown. Junior wide receiver Forrest Nanney (Evans, Ga.) also hauled in four receptions for 52 yards.
Junior linebacker J.D. Dotson (Nashville, Tenn.) made a team-high five tackles for the Centre defense including a tackle for loss.
The Colonels spread the wealth in the victory, as five quarterbacks completed a pass, six running backs had at least three carries, 12 players had a reception and thirty-three different players recorded a tackle in the win.
Anderson was 12-of-25 for 81 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Ravens, while Niguille Bell rushed for a game-high 90 yards on14 carries. Anderson's Alec Monte tallied 16 tackles in the loss.
Centre finished with 531 total yards of offense, 349 yards through the air and 182 on the ground.
After posting 356 passing yards last week, the Colonels threw for 300-or-more yards in back-to-back weeks for the first time since the 2013 season, when the Colonels tallied 309 yards at Rose-Hulman before racking up 372 passing yards at Washington & Lee the following week.
Centre opens Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play next week, traveling to St. Louis, Mo. to take on Washington (Mo.) at 1 p.m. CT.