Football Ready For Annual Face-Off With Macon

On October 27th, the Tigers played host to the Fighting Quakers of Guilford College in a crucial home ODAC matchup. The Tigers exploded offensively, putting up a season-high in points with 68 and secured the victory 68-24. With the Tigers jumping out to a 25-0 lead, the game was at no point in doubt, thanks to an offense led by quarterback Nash Nance and his 309 yards passing with 5 touchdowns. His number one target, sophomore wide reciever Holton Walker, once again tore through the Quaker defense for 10 catches and 170 yards, and two trips to the end zone on the day. The Hampden-Sydney defense showed why they are one of the leading units in the conference by allowing only 36 yards on the ground for the afternoon. As a result, the Tigers increased their record to 6-2 before heading into the ODAC championship game with Washington & Lee.
November 3rd was slated to be the ODAC championship game, and both teams did not disappoint. After three lead changes, three ties and 949 yards of offense combined by both teams in what was arguably one of the greatest ODAC games of all time, the Tigers were unable to pull out the victory in a 45-42 4 OT battle with the Generals. After jumping out to a 17-0 lead, the Tigers controlled the momentum for the entire first half. But W&L was able to slowly chip away at the lead, and tie the game at 27-27 at the end of regulation. Both teams traded blows in the overtime periods. The Tigers clawed back to their feet in every overtime period, stopping the Generals on 4th and goal to prolong the game and scored game-tying touchdowns to gain the upper hand. With this loss, the Tigers will conclude their season on November 10th with a home game against Randolph-Macon College.
With the 118th edition of “ The Game” comes the end of a season, and for seventeen seniors, the last game of their careers. It is time to reflect on what it takes to win a championship. The seniors on this team have felt that feeling twice. Twice they have felt the feeling of that cold metal of a championship ring sliding onto their finger. Many players have been playing for twelve or thirteen years, and the realization that there is only one game left is all too real. Their journey will end at home, on Fulton Field at Lewis C. Everett Stadium, in front of their parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, and their friends. This one last game is a game they will remember for the rest of their lives because a victory over Macon means bragging rights for the rest of their lives.
So Seniors, here’s to you for doing something special with your time here, something that will be remembered for years to come. A victory over Macon would allow this team, and these seniors, to ride into the sunset, heads up, chests out, knowing that even though they did not become champions this season, they became brothers for life.

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