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Tiger Football Begins ODAC Slate

 

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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.

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Football Gets Back on Track as ODAC Play Looms

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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.

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