16 Conference Titles | Two NCAA Playoff Appearances | 27 All-Americans | Four Academic All-Americans | One Rhodes Scholar | 1921 National Champions
Week 11 Football Preview
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Time of Poss.
Centre Colonels (8-1, 6-1 SAA) vs. Birmingham Southern Panthers (3-6, 2-5 SAA)
- Winners of five straight, the Colonels host Birmingham-Southern Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET for Senior Day in the regular season finale.
- Live streaming and live stat coverage of the game will be available. All links can be found on the Colonels' home web site, CentreColonels.com.
THE CENTRE - BSC SERIES
- The Colonels hold an 11-2 overall edge against the Birmingham Southern Panthers, including a 6-1 mark in games played in Danville.
- The series actually dates back to 1927, a Panthers victory, but it went on hiatus between 1936 and 2007 until BSC joined the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
- The Panthers ruined Centre's Senior Day celebration with a 45-14 victory in the final home game of 2012, but the Colonels have only lost twice at Farris Stadium since that defeat and have scored over 40 points in each of the last four victories over BSC.
THE LAST MEETING
Centre 45, BSC 30 (10.29.16)
- The Colonels defeated BSC 45-30 on October 29, 2016 in a wild game in Birmingham.
- BSC responded with 30 unanswered points, including a 95-yard kickoff return touchdown by Jamal Watkins, to cut the lead to 38-30, but Centre calmly marched down the field and got in the end zone on an Amoh Kumengisa touchdown from seven yards out to effectively finish off the game.
LAST TIME OUT
- Centre recorded its first shutout since the SAA-clinching 2014 win over Millsaps when the Colonels defeated the Sewanee Tigers by a score of 47-0 in Sewanee last week.
- The Colonels' defense dominated, limiting the Tigers to under 100 passing yards and rushing yards, as well as just eight first downs.
- On offense, Devin Hayes threw four more touchdown passes, giving him 13 in the last three games.
- Freshman wideout Jordan Gunter caught two of the touchdown passes for the Colonels.
- Berry secured at least a share of the Southern Athletic Association championship with a win two weekends ago against Birmingham Southern, and by virtue of its head-to-head victory over Centre has earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
- The No. 19 Vikings remain the only undefeated program in the conference, followed by Centre (6-1).
- The Colonels can still clinch a share of the title, but need to win Saturday plus have Berry fall in its regular season finale against Trinity.
COLONELS BLANK THE TIGERS
- The Colonels limited the Tigers to less than 100 yards on the ground and through the air, allowing Sewanee to record only eight first downs in the 47-0 victory last Saturday.
- The shutout was Centre's first since 2014's SAA-title-clinching 27-0 victory against Millsaps (11/8/14).
- A host of Colonels were a big part of the defensive shutout, led by junior Tommy Kaczocha (8 tackles, 1.5 TFL, FF), senior Shane Smith (7 tackles, TFL, FF), senior Jack Harrison (6 tackles) and sophomore David Schill (4 tackles, 1.5 TFL).
- Devin Hayes continued his recent string of stellar outings as Centre's primary signal-caller, going 24 for 33 for 304 yards, 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions at Sewanee.
- Since missing the Oct. 7 game against Austin due to injury, Hayes has completed 65 percent of his passes, and has 15 touchdowns against zero picks.
COLONELS AMONG THE RANKS
- As a team, Centre is 15th in NCAA Division III in redzone offense, scoring on nearly 90 percent of its trips inside the 20-yard line.
- The Colonels have the second-best scoring offense (37.3 points per game) and defense (18.4) in the SAA.
EXTRA SPECIAL TEAMS
- Centre's kickoff units have been one of the conference's and nation's best. The Colonels return average of 24.4 yards leads the SAA and ranks 11th in Division III. The kickoff coverage unit has limited opponents to 18.1 yards per return - second in the SAA.
- Centre's six total blocks on PAT and field goals is first in the SAA and 14th in Division III.
- Junior Ben Logsdon is the NCAA Division III active leader in field goal percentage (.938).
- The 2016 All-SAA first teamer has hit five of his six attempts this season.