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@CentreFootball Celebrates Homecoming with Dominant 49-10 Win over Sewanee
DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre football team jumped out to a 28-0 lead and outgained visiting Sewanee by over 200 yards en route to a 49-10 victory in the annual homecoming game on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Farris Stadium.
The Colonels improved to 6-1 on the season with a 4-1 mark in Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play, while the Tigers dropped to 0-7 and 0-5, respectively.
Centre has now won 11 of its last 12 contests dating back to last year.
The Colonels extended their winning streak against Sewanee to 11 games, including six consecutive matchups at Farris Stadium. Centre is now 18-1 at home since the beginning of the 2013 season.
With a 49-point, 461-yard performance on Saturday afternoon, the Colonels have now tallied 35-or-more points in all seven contests this season, while the Centre offense has recorded at least 400 total yards in 14 of 17 games since the beginning of the 2015 campaign.
The Colonels scored the first four touchdowns on the day, with two scores in the first quarter and a pair of touchdowns in the second period as well.
Senior running back Amoh Kumengisa (Lexington, Ky.) got Centre on the board on the Colonels' first drive, breaking off a 46-yard touchdown run. It marked his first touchdown of the season.
On first play of the second quarter, senior running back Casey Bradley (Acworth, Ga.) bruised his way into the end zone from 18 yards out, diving over the pylon to extend the Colonels' advantage to 21-0.
A bad snap on an attempted Sewanee punt would give Centre great field position to start its next march at the Tigers' nine yard line.
On the very first play of the drive, Kumengisa trotted in for the score, giving the Colonels a 28-0 lead.
Sewanee broke the shutout late in the half when Sam Hearn found Steven Hearn for a diving touchdown catch, shrinking the deficit to 28-7 with 32 seconds showing on the clock.
Centre pushed its lead back to four scores on its first drive of the second half, as Hayes hit senior wide receiver Duncan Mercer (South Charleston, Ohio) across the middle on a 17-yard touchdown pass, making the score 35-7.
Michael Jacobs' 23-yard field goal late in the third quarter minimized the Centre advantage to 35-10, before the Colonels tacked on a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Hayes finished 10-of-19 for 151 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
The Colonels used a balanced ground attack in the win led by Kumengisa's 95 yards and two scores on eight carries. Carnell tallied 80 yards on eight touches with a touchdown, while Burnam rushed 12 times for 64 yards and a touchdown.
Mercer led the Centre receiving core with five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Junior linebacker Andrew Busby (Chattanooga, Tenn.) paced the Colonels with a career-high 11 tackles, including eight solo stops and two tackles for loss to go with a forced fumble, a sack and a quarterback hurry.
Sophomore cornerback John Wilson (Brandenburg, Ky.) tallied seven tackles for the Centre defense.
Sophomore kicker Ben Logsdon (Louisville, Ky.) was a perfect 7-for-7 on PATs in the win for the Colonels.
Hearn completed 14-of-28 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown for Sewanee. Warren Holland led the Tigers in rushing with 91 yards on 24 attempts, while Steven Hearn finished with eight catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.
Centre outgained the Tigers 461-239 in the game, including advantages of 179-101 in passing yardage and 282-138 on the ground.
The Colonels were a perfect 3-for-3 (100 %) on fourth down and 8-of-13 (62 %) on third down in the win.
The Tigers held a 37:24 – 22:33 advantage in time of possession over Centre.
With another fast start on Saturday, the Colonels are now outscoring opponents 187-69 in the first half of ball games this season.
Centre returns to action next Saturday traveling to Birmingham Southern for another SAA matchup. The Colonels defeated the Panthers by a score of 42-26 on Halloween last season. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. CT next Saturday in Alabama.