Centre football wins close game over the Great Britain Lions

Centre football wins close game over the Great Britain Lions

(Story taken from the Centre College website)

LONDON, England - On Saturday, May 29, the Centre College football team took on the British National Football Team, the Great Britain Lions, in London, England, at the Crystal Palace and the Colonels won by a score of, 10-9.

Junior Patrick Barsotti (Danville, Ky.) gave the Colonels the 3-0 lead in the first quarter after connecting on a field goal.

The Great Britain Lions would tie the game up at 3-3 early in the second quarter after they recovered the ball on a fumble during the opening kick-off.

Neither team was able to score during the remainder of the second quarter or in the third quarter as the defense for each team played well.

Centre would then take the 10-3 lead in the fourth quarter as junior Drew Sanderson (Mayfield, Ky.) completed a 96 yard play action pass to freshman Andrew Tuller (Prospect, Ky.) who would score the touchdown.

The Lions would respond with a touchdown of their own late in the fourth quarter, but freshman Michael Del Prince (Cincinnati, Ohio) blocked the extra point to make it a 10-9 game.

Centre has beaten the British National Football Team twice, after also winning in 2005 by a score of 27-14.

"The Lions were a much improved football team from what we saw in 2005. The British National Football Team was well prepared for this game. They were a very big team and they were also physical up front, along with being quicker," said head football coach Andy Frye.

"We were fortunate to play everyone and it was an exciting game up until the end," Frye finished.

In June the British National Football Team will be competing for the European Cup. The Lions are made up of the All-Stars from the 40 American Football Teams that play in Great Britain.

Centre will open up their season against Hanover College on Saturday, September 4 at home in Danville, Ky. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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