The biggest thing Kalamazoo College has going for it may be the most obvious.
“The biggest thing that stands out is they’re 3-0. That’s what they’ve got going for them, they have momentum,”¿said Centre College coach Andy Frye, whose 2-1 Colonels host the Hornets on Saturday at Farris Stadium. “I think they’ve got some good athletes. I feel if we play like we’re capable of playing, we should be the better team, but that’s why you pay on Saturday.
Kalamazoo, which won 31-24 last week over Lakeland, comes in only outscoring its three opponents by 3.3 points per game.
“They’re a spread team, they’ve got no tight end in the offense. They run a lot of sweeps and zone reads,”¿Frye said. “They like to throw out of the play action, and a lot of bootlegs.”
The Hornets average 26 points and 425 yards per game. Sophomore quarterback Aaron McGuire is 54 of 95 passing for 658 yards with one touchdowns and six interceptions, and he has rushed for 265 yards and four scores.
Senior Dimeko Price, an all-conference back, has rushed for 316 yards and four touchdowns.
“Their quarterback is making plays and their tailback runs hard and has got some moves and is pretty good in space,”¿Frye said. “And they have some good receivers to throw to.”
The Hornets run a four-receiver set, with junior Joseph Wise catching 10 passes for 127 yards and senior Jimmy Frye grabbing 10 balls for 110 yards. Price has a team-high 13 catches for 73 yards.
Kalamazoo’s defense, which has just two senior starters, is giving up 22.7 points and 330 yards per game and has forced 11 turnovers in three games. The Hornets have nine sacks and 26 tackles for loss.
“Their defense is big and strong,”¿Frye said.
Centre was handed its first loss last week 34-16 at Washington &¿Lee. Centre forced six fumbles, but recovered just one.
“That, and we didn’t win the special teams, and that’s something we almost always win. The best thing was we saw the mistakes we made and those can be corrected, and that’s what we emphasized,”¿Frye said. “This week we’ve really hit hard the fundamentals. We’ve got to get better at the fundamentals and the techniques we’re teaching and just tightened things up.
“I think that’s what you have to do when you have a disappointing loss. I have been excited about the kids. They are getting ready to play hard and they seem to have that mad hat on.”
Centre is putting up 36 points and 466 yards of offense per game, while giving up 25 points and 394 yards with six turnovers.
Sophomore Heath Haden is 45 of 71 passing for 650 yards with five touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception. He has also rushed for 188 yards and two scores.
Monte Scotton leads the Colonels with 298 yards rushing and five touchdowns. Rob Melillo has 16 catches for 248 yards and two scores and Jason Osterman has 13 receptions for 219 yards and two touchdowns.
Frye said defensive back Thomas Kent and linebacker Nate Letton, who missed last week’s game with injuries, will also be out this week.
“Other than that, we’re still playing injured,”¿Frye said. “We’ve got guys who are practicing but not 100 percent. Hopefully by Saturday, they will be.”