Ellis Hopson ’16, Sports Writer
It’s been a successful October for the Tigers as the ODAC schedule has gotten underway. Hampden-Sydney began the climb up the ODAC mountain with three straight wins over Catholic, Bridgewater, and Emory & Henry.
On October 5th, H-SC began ODAC play against Catholic inside Everett Stadium. The Tiger offense rolled over Catholic’s top-ranked scoring defense in the ODAC. A 39-27 win improved the Tigers to 3-1 on the year.
Junior quarterback Nash Nance gave a strong showing, going 24 of 43 for 294 yards and two touchdown passes. He also rushed for 63 yards and 18 carries with scores on the ground. Junior running back Brady Macko led the Tigers in rushing, carrying the ball 27 times for 175 yards and a touchdown. Junior receiver Holton Walker continued to be a key in the passing game, hauling in six catches for 108 yards and two scores.
On defense, the Tigers held Catholic to 304 yards of total offense. Linebacker Tyler Ikwild and safety John Moore led the way, each contributing seven tackles. Turnovers were key to Hampden-Sydney’s success, as linebacker Josh Doggett, cornerback Michael Marquez, and cornerback Zach Morgan each recorded an interception.
On October 12th, Hampden-Sydney continued ODAC play at home against Bridgewater. It was a balanced 28-7 win for the Tigers, as the offense racked up 333 yards of offense, while the defense was stingy in allowing only 292 yards from the Eagles.
Quarterback Nash Nance went 14 of 24 for 192 yards and one touchdown pass. He completed his aerial game with 15 carries for a game-high 78 rushing yards. Receiver Holton Walker was responsible for 112 of the 192 passing yards. Running back Brady Macko carried the ball ten times for 43 yards and a touchdown.
The Tiger defense was stout, only allowing Bridgewater to convert of 5 of 18 third downs. Safety Shreve Rohle, along with linebackers Josh Doggett and Robert Stack, each recorded ten tackles. Fellow linebacker Tyler Ikwild racked up seven tackles, while safety Charlie Shoemaker made six tackles and intercepted a pass.
On October 19th, Hampden-Sydney hit the road for a trip to Emory & Henry. Tigers history was made in a 33-12 win over the Wasps, as fourteenth year head coach Marty Favret became the second head coach in Hampden-Sydney history to win 100 games. The win improved Favret’s career mark to 100-40, and an ODAC record of 60-22.
For the first three quarters, the game was a close contest. However, in the fourth quarter the defense stiffened and the Tiger offense was able pull away from the Wasps. Nash Nance went 21 of 32 for 225 yards, three touchdown passes, and one interception. Junior tight end Joey Druhan had a standout game, hauling in four passes for 79 yards and a touchdown. Junior receiver Holton Walker continued a stellar season, catching six passes for 55 yards and a score.
On the other side of the ball, safety Shreve Rohle once again led the Tigers in tackles with ten. Linebackers Robert Stack and Tyler Ikwild recorded nine and eight stops respectively. Lineback Josh Doggett and safety John Moore had seven stops. In the running game, Brady Macko combined with senior Chris Shembo for 115 yards on 17 carries, with Shembo scoring twice.
On October 26th, Hampden-Sydney returns to Everett Stadium for the homecoming game. They will face their fourth consecutive ODAC opponent in the Shenandoah Hornets. The Tigers will be expecting a plethora of fans, family, and friends. Kickoff for the contest is set for 1 P.M.