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By his standards, in terms of carries, running back Jon Lewis had one of his lighter duties of the season.

Lewis carried the ball just 13 times on Saturday in a 42-21 victory over visiting Centre College at General Krulak Stadium. It was, in fact, the least amount of carries he's had in a game this season.

It's what he did with those 13 carries, though, that's the story. The 5-foot-10, 194-pound sophomore from Hermitage, Tenn., set a Birmingham-Southern record with 341 yards rushing and tied another standard with four rushing touchdowns. Only one Division III player has rushed for more in a game this season. Jatron Bevly of Lakeland (Fla.) College had 343 yards on 17 carries on Sept. 10.

Lewis' night started with a six-yard run, and Lewis had 54 yards on three carries in the first quarter. Three of his next four carries went for second-quarter touchdowns. He scored on runs of 36, 76 and 14 yards to give Birmingham-Southern a 21-0 lead at halftime.

Lewis' final touchdown came with 8:21 left when he raced 90 yards for a score. That was a one-play, and he also capped off a two-play drive with his 76-yard scoring run.

Through nine games, Lewis has 1,419 yards on 198 carries with 17 touchdowns. He also has receiving touchdown. Entering Saturday's game, Lewis averaged 23 carries per game, with his 31 rushing attempts in the season opener against McMurry College a season-high.

To connect with the author of this story, or to comment, email steve.irvine@1819news.com.

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