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Colonels Overpower Millsaps in 40-21 Victory
Photo by Eric Arnold
DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre offense continued its strong 2016 campaign while freshman cornerback Cal Lewellyn (Louisville, Ky.) tallied a career-high three interceptions as the Colonels rolled to a 40-21 victory over visiting Millsaps in a Southern Athletic Association (SAA) matchup on Saturday afternoon at Farris Stadium.
Centre improve to 5-1 on the season and 3-1 in SAA action, while the Majors fall to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
The Colonels are now 17-1 at Farris Stadium since the beginning of the 2013 season. Centre has now won three straight meetings with Millsaps by a combined score of 98-37.
Centre finished with 460 yards of total offense in the triumph. The Colonels have tallied at least 400 yards of offense in all six games this season, averaging 522.2 yards per game of total offense.
Senior running back Nolan Coulter (Knoxville, Ky.) recorded his second 100-yard rushing game of the season and 15th of his career, tallying 103 yards on 17 carries with a 53-yard touchdown run.
Junior quarterback Devin Hayes (Bowling Green, Ky.) completed 20-of-29 passes for 215 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the victory, with both touchdown passes going to sophomore wide receiver Cody Estep (Pikeville, Ky.), who finished with six catches for 69 yards and the two scores.
Centre took a 7-0 lead in the final minute of the first quarter when senior running back Casey Bradley (Acworth, Ga.) bruised his way into the end zone from one yard out to cap a 12-play, 82-yard drive.
The Colonels extended their lead to 14-0 in the second quarter on a Hayes-to-Estep six-yard connection on the second play of Centre's drive.
A pair of Lewellyn's interceptions set up the Colonels' first two scores of the game, his second with a 29-yard return to give Centre favorable field position.
Sophomore kicker Ben Logsdon (Louisville, Ky.) would knock down field goals of 24 and 28 yards on the Colonels' next two marches to push the Centre lead to 20-0 heading into the locker room.
Logsdon has now connected on all six of his field goal attempts of the season.
Early in the second half, the Colonels tacked onto their advantage when Hayes found Estep for his second touchdown reception of the tilt, this time from 11 yards out. A playaction pass to Casey Bradley for 35 yards on first down of the Centre drive moved the Colonels deep into Majors territory.
On the first play of the Millsaps drive, Lewellyn recorded his third interception of the day, setting up the 53-yard touchdown rush by Coulter on the very next play to give the Colonels a 33-0 lead.
The Majors would answer with touchdown on each of their first two drives of the fourth quarter, as Taz Watson ran into the end zone on seven- and two-yard rushes to shrink the Centre advantage to 33-14.
Millsaps tried an onside kick following the second Watson score, which was picked up by senior wide receiver Duncan Mercer (South Charleston, Ohio) and returned 40 yards for the Centre touchdown, putting the Colonels on top 40-14.
The Majors responded with their third score of the quarter on their next drive when quarterback Ty Proctor connected with Rashad Sims on a 72-yard touchdown pass.
Centre outgained Millsaps 460-321, including advantages of 225-184 yards through the air and 235-137 yards rushing.
The Colonels tallied 22 first downs in the victory.
Centre has scored at least 35 points in all six games this season, averaging 41.2 points per contest.
The Colonels' 235 rushing yards are its second-highest total of the season.
Centre held a slim 30:48 – 29:12 advantage in time of possession in the triumph.
Senior defensive end Trey Yeager (Danville, Ky.) had a team-high six tackles for the Colonel defense.
Junior linebacker Andrew Busby (Chattanooga, Tenn.) had four tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, while junior linebacker J.D. Dotson (Nashville, Tenn.) recorded four tackles and a quarterback hurry. Senior defensive end Ben Bostick (Liberty Township, Ohio) posted four tackles in the victory.
Sophomore cornerback Demontre Lewis (Cincinnati, Ohio) forced and recovered a fumble on a Millsaps kick return to go with three tackles.
The Colonel secondary had a total of 10 pass breakups on the afternoon, as senior Conor Linneen (Roswell, Ga.) and sophomores Tommy Kaczocha (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) and John Wilson (Brandenburg, Ky.) each broke up two passes apiece in addition to Lewllyn's three. Lewellyn now has six interceptions on the year to lead the SAA.
The Centre defense held the Majors to just nine completions on the day, as the two Millsaps quarterbacks combined for 9-of-28 passing for 184 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.
Sims recorded a game-high 128 yards receiving in the contest, catching four passes with a touchdown.
Jared Bullock led the Majors with a game-high 15 tackles, while Malcolm Ben added 10 stops in the game.
Centre is idle next week before hosting SAA foe Sewanee in the annual homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2:30 p.m. in Danville.