Gents’ football finally falls after seven consecutive wins

(File photo courtesy Centenary College)

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Centenary’s fledgling football program suffered its first defeat Saturday.

After dominating seven prior opponents, the Gents were on the other extreme in a 56-23 loss at Little Rock to Arkansas Baptist.

The home team did not do statistics or provide a video stream, so Centenary officials were not able to provide details.

“Hats off to coach (Richard) Wilson and his team for competing at a high level on Saturday,” said Centenary head coach Byron Dawson, whose team played for the second time in six days, having blasted the junior varsity team of Texas Lutheran in Fort Worth on Monday night.

“I was so proud of how the young Gents attacked the challenge of playing two road games in one week. As we do each week, we will watch the film, correct the mistakes, and focus on Lyon College for our season finale,” he said.

Now 7-1 in its developmental season of exhibition games against small colleges and mostly junior varsity teams, Centenary visits Lyon this Saturday.

That will be the last competition against another college until next season, when the Gents’ program becomes a full-fledged official team.

Dawson said one highlight of last week’s competition away from Shreveport was the support the Gents received.

“We are so grateful for our loyal fans who showed up in great numbers on Monday in Ft. Worth and Saturday in Little Rock.”