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Colonels dominate Kangaroos on Family Weekend, 38-3

Colonels dominate Kangaroos on Family Weekend, 38-3

DANVILLE, Ky. – A stout defensive effort and an impressive outing from reserve quarterback Tanner Young lifted Centre College football over Austin Saturday at Farris Stadium, 38-3.

Celebrating Family Weekend, the Colonels improve to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the visiting Kangaroos fall to 2-4 (0-4).

Centre's defense held Austin to just 129 yards on 58 plays while keeping its opponent out of the endzone for the first time this season.

Young (Louisville, Ky.) was stellar filling in for injured starter Devin Hayes (Bowling Green, Ky.), going 19 of 27 for 309 yards and four touchdowns.

HOW IT HAPPENED

With Young making his first career start, the Colonels planned to run the ball early and often. But the Kangaroos were up for the task, limiting the Colonels to just 31 yards on 13 first-quarter carries.

Centre's opening drive stalled in the redzone, resulting in senior Ben Logsdon's (Louisville, Ky.) 20-yard field goal to put the Colonels on the board.

On their next drive, the Colonels' run game was stood up at the goalline by a stout Austin defense. Young took over, connecting with junior Davis Kannapell for a one-yard touchdown pass, making it 10-0 with the point-after.

The Kangaroos continued to make it tough sledding for junior Trevor Carnell (Shepherdsville, Ky.) and the rest of the Centre running backs, but Young's arm kept the Colonel offense moving.

He found junior Jaylon Hibbs (Louisville, Ky.) early in the second quarter, and the receiver flashed his speed with a 60-yard touchdown scamper – his first of the season.

Centre carried its 17-0 lead into the half as the defense clamped down to keep Austin to just 91 yards on 33 offensive plays.

After an early Austin field goal to open the second half, Centre reeled off 21 unanswered points to bury the Kangaroos.

Carnell punched in his sixth rushing touchdown after three straight goal-to-go carries toward the end of the third period. He later caught a screen pass from Young on a 4th & 4 and followed his blockers into the endzone, bringing the score to 31-3 after the PAT.

Young put the finishing touches on Saturday's victory with a 29-yard passing touchdown to junior Cody Estep (Pikeville, Ky.).

All told, the Colonel defense held the Austin quarterbacks to 7 of 29 for 68 yards, and surrendered just 61 rushing yards on 29 carries (2.1 ypc).

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Young's 309 passing yards is the highest from a Colonel this season, as Centre converted 12 of its 19 first downs through the air.

The Colonels rushed 46 times for only 71 net yards (1.5 ypc), matching their season-low in rushing yards. Carnell paced Centre with 80 yards and a touchdown.

Logsdon converted his lone field goal attempt and nailed all five of his PATs. Freshman Jake Holloway (Franklin, Tenn.) averaged 41 yards on three punts.

Junior Tommy Kaczocha had five total tackles – including three for a loss – and classmate Zack Berger (Louisville, Ky.) finished with four tackles and a sack.

Slater Rountree (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) picked off a pass late in the game for his first career interception.

UP NEXT

Centre travels to San Antionio to face SAA associate-member Trinity next Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.