Panthers fall to Centre in season finale

Photo by Ben Breland

DANVILLE, Ky.—Birmingham-Southern turned the ball over five times on Saturday en route to a 53-19 loss to Centre on the road to wrap up the 2013 season.

The Panthers end the year at 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the Southern Athletic Association. The Colonels move to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in the SAA.

Centre scored early and often, finding the end zone twice in the first four minutes of the game before BSC got on the board at the 2:13 mark on a 32-yard pass from senior Tyson Beacham to junior Sam Vermilyea. The Colonels got a safety at the end of the first quarter after a Beacham sack by Paul Megilligan, and then score twice to open the second quarter to pull ahead 30-7.

The Panthers scored again with 16 seconds left in the half on a short pass from Beacham to junior Marquis Pratt. BSC missed the extra point and trailed 30-13 at halftime.

The Colonels opened the third quarter with back-to-back touchdowns, including a 50-yard interception return, to take a 43-13 lead. The Panthers scored their final points of the game with 43 seconds left in the third on a 37-yard pass from Beacham to senior Tyler Johnson. The two-point conversion was no good bringing the score to 43-19 in favor of Centre.

Centre kicked a field goal as the clock wound down at the end of the quarter, and then scored one final touchdown in the fourth to go up 53-19 for the conference victory.

Beacham was 18-32 with 237 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. The Panthers also had three fumbles which were recovered by Centre for a total of five turnovers.

Junior Austin Hansard led the BSC defense with 11 tackles (9 solo); junior Nathan Boldt had two tackles-for-loss.

The Panthers had 355 yards of total offense, with 237 passing yards and 118 yards on the ground. Centre recorded 244 yards passing and 245 yards rushing for a total of 489 yards.