Ned Belliveau ’14
Following a frustrating 17-7 loss on the road to Christopher Newport, the Hampden-Sydney football team stood even at 1-1 in need of a win heading into conference play. That task would be made more difficult by traveling more than 400 miles to take on the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.
After arriving, the Tigers quickly got to work scoring on their second possession on a two yard touchdown run by junior Brady Macko. The touchdown scamper capped a seven play, 60 yard drive that ran a mere 2:21 off the clock. After a failed point after attempt the Tigers led 6-0. They opened the lead up to 12, six and a half minutes later as Macko smashed into the endzone on a one yard carry. The two point attempt failed, but luckily, the failed conversion would not come back to haunt the Tigers as they scored before the first quarter ended to push the lead to 19-0.
The second quarter was more of the same as the Tigers got back on the board after one play as senior Nash Nance connected with sophomore Holton Walker for an 84 yard touchdown pass that took twelve seconds off the clock put the game out of reach for good. Four minutes later the Tigers added a field goal as junior kicker Dan Alexander tacked on three points. Following a Coast Guard turnover, Macko tallied his third touchdown of the day and the Tigers were up 36-0. Five minutes later Macko would catch a touchdown for his fourth score of the day and the visitors took a 43-0 lead into the locker room.
The second half would not go much better for the hosts as the Tigers would add another score to open up their widest lead of the day 49-0. Coast Guard would save some semblance of face as they managed to score with 7:43 left in the contest to make the final score Hampden-Sydney 49 Coast Guard 7.
ODAC play begins on October 5th as the Tigers play host to the Catholic University of America. The Tigers are looking to capture the school’s 8th conference championship and the team’s third since 2009. Leading that quest is the duo of junior quarterback Nash Nance and sophomore wideout Holton Walker. Nash leads the ODAC in passing yards per game (339.3) and is third in touchdowns (6). Walker leads the ODAC in receiving yards per game (184.3) and is tied for the ODAC lead in touchdowns (3).
On the other side of ball junior linebacker Josh Dogget leads the defense with 20 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, and two forced fumbles to go along with an interception. Senior linebacker Tyler Ikwild ranks second on the team in tackles (19) and tackles for a loss (3.5) and is tied for the team lead in sacks with one. Senior cornerback Zach Morgan leads the team with five pass break-ups and has also added nine tackles.
After a long hiatus from the friendly confines of Fulton Field, both Tiger players and fans should be looking forward to the month of October which includes three home contests on the 5th (Catholic), 12th (Bridgewater) and the 26th (Shenandoah). This stretch will be key for the Tigers as they look to capture the ODAC crown.