DANVILLE, Ky. – Centre football had plenty to celebrate on Senior Day Saturday, handing visiting Sewanee a lopsided 49-20 defeat at Farris Stadium in the regular season home finale.
The Colonels improve to 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the Southern Athletic Association, having won five in a row while outscoring their opponents 210-95 during that stretch. The Tigers finish their season 4-6 overall and 3-5 in the SAA.
Prior to kick-off, Centre celebrated the careers of its 27 senior student-athletes. The class had a big day on the field, including standout performances from Colin Burnam (157 rushing yards, 3 TDs), Trevor Carnell (116 rushing yards, TD), Tanner Young (256 passing yards, 3 TDs) and Jaylon Hibbs (119 receiving yards, TD).
- Centre's defense set the tone with a 3-and-out on Sewanee's first possession, and Burnam followed by carrying the ball five times on a five-play, 41-yard touchdown drive to put the home side ahead, 7-0.
- Carnell took over the scoring duties later in the quarter, rushing for a 13-yard score to make it 14-3 after the opening period.
- The visiting Tigers made things interesting with a field goal and touchdown on consecutive drives to pull within 14-13, but it was as close as they would be the rest of the afternoon.
- Young's first passing touchdown came on the ensuing Centre possession, as he found Mack Coxin the corner of the endzone after rolling out of the pocket.
- The senior signal caller found classmate Cody Estep on a 25-yard touchdown near the end of the quarter to give Centre a 28-13 halftime lead.
- Burnam hit paydirt again on the Colonels' second drive of the third quarter, which was kept alive in part due to Carnell's big 21-yard run on 4th and 10.
- In his final regular season home game, Burnam set a personal-best with a third rushing score early in the fourth quarter, putting Centre up 42-13 after the extra point.
- The outcome all but decided, Hibbs hauled in a record-setting 23-yard touchdown pass from Young midway through the fourth quarter. His 11 receiving scores this year are most in single-season program history.
- Sewanee, which was forced to punt on five consecutive drives across the second, third and fourth quarters, would add a late touchdown.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Centre amassed season highs in total yards (539) and rushing yards (239), averaging nearly six yards per carry. Burnam and Carnell combined for 273 yards.
- Young completed 16 of 28 passes for 256 yards and three scores, continuing his streak of multiple touchdowns thrown in each game this season.
- Hibbs becomes the first Colonel to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards since Max Mazza in 2014.
- Jaylen Jones and senior Alec Fontaine led Centre with seven tackles apiece, while Tommy Kaczocha, Zach Berger, Ryan Smith and Austin Mitchell each had six.
- David Schill picked off a Micah Maes pass late in the victory for his first career interception.
Centre ends the regular season next Saturday, facing Birmingham-Southern at 2 p.m. ET down in Alabama.