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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


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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Soccer Gains Footing in ODAC, Defense Shows Its Strength

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Mason Watkins ’15, Special Editor

Coming off of a tough loss to Washington & Lee, the Hampden-Sydney soccer team finished their next three games with two ties—one against St. Mary’s (MD) and the other against Lynchburg College—followed by an impressive ODAC victory over Shenandoah University. The Shenandoah game at home marked the beginning of Tiger Soccer night games, boasting crowd numbers close to 500.

The first of the three games had the Tigers traveling all the way to Maryland on September 24th to take on the Gaels of St. Mary’s in a non-conference matchup. The starting lineup saw the return of senior captain Bryan Talbert to the midfield after serving his red card suspension in the W&L game.

The scoreless draw was not without the usual 90 minutes and extra 20 minutes of action. St. Mary’s managed to record seven shots in the first half alone, forcing freshman goalkeeper Cameron McFarlane to stay on his toes. The Tigers were called for seven fouls in the first half, stopping many of their offensive possibilities. The second half ended dismally as well for Hampden-Sydney, with zero shots taken in the last 33 minutes. Both periods of overtime saw much of the same, ending in the first draw of the season for the Tigers at 0-0.

The draw against St. Mary’s must have awoken some beast for the Tigers because four days later, September 28th, an offensive onslaught was put forth against visiting Hornets of Shenandoah University. The ODAC matchup would be the second conference game of the season for Hampden-Sydney, a must win after the previous one resulted in a 2-0 loss to W&L. The lineup didn’t change from the previous game besides the introduction of senior defender Jackson Parker. The lights were on and the crowd was roaring; soccer night games had begun.

The 4-0 victory over Shenandoah did not get started as fast as one would expect, taking 39 minutes for the first goal to come through. It came off of a penalty that Talbert finished perfectly in the net. The Tigers recorded 13 shots in the first half compared to the Hornets’ one, three coming from sophomore forward Costin Gregory in the first ten minutes alone. Another forward also managed to put some pressure on Shenandoah; junior Robert Stephens, who is known for relentlessly attacking defenders for the ball, pulled off three shots of his own in the first half, one being a header in the 19th minute that a defender was forced to clear.

The Tigers waited no time regaining their dominance at the start of the second half; senior defender Bo Burns managed to find his way near the opposing box and supply a perfect cross to Stephens’ head. The finish was superb; the ball drifted up and into the far corner of the net, bringing the score to 2-0. Five minutes later, freshman superstar forward Robert Kerby recorded his third goal of the season with a solo run that culminated in his shot bouncing off the far left post and into the net.

In the 68th minute, a pair of red cards was handed out as a result of a teensy tussle between senior defender Jason Haas and the Hornets’ Scott Labenz. Normally a red card would solidify a team’s outcome, but in this case, two red cards evened the playing field, leaving 10 players on both sides.

Three goals were not enough to satisfy the Tiger offense. In the 73rd minute, Burns raised the goal tally to four off of a Kerby pass. The 4-0 score line was enough to seal the deal, giving Hampden-Sydney their first ODAC victory of the season. When asked about the teams play against Shenandoah, Burns said that “we probably played one of the best matches that we played all year.”

One of the most anticipated matches of the year came on Tuesday, October 1st, when the Fighting Hornets of Lynchburg College traveled to The Hill to be the third ODAC opponent for the Tigers. Despite ending in a draw, the game offered what it always has in the past, an intense, jaw dropping battle that only two great teams can deliver. Hampden-Sydney won the previous two matchups against the Fighting Hornets, giving both teams a reason to strive for a win.

Lynchburg started off as the forerunner, running an offensive centered formation that often saw their defenders pushed past the midfield. The pressure left weaknesses in their defense, weaknesses that were made obvious on Tiger counterattacks. One such counterattack came early on in the 7th minute; junior midfielder James Lawrence worked his way from midfield all the way to the opponent’s endline, skipping past multiple Lynchburg defenders on the way. With nowhere else to go, Lawrence rocketed a cross to the center of the box that found Kerby’s finishing shot. The cross could’ve been traveling 100mph, but Kerby, pulling off a top-ten play, still would’ve finished. The goal came out of nowhere; both the cross and the goal happened in the blink of an eye and half the home crowd still didn’t realize what had happened.

The 1-0 lead was looking to be enough until the 86th minute, when Lynchburg’s Luke Moore, a 2012 All-ODAC First Team and 2011 Rookie of the Year forward, popped a shot over McFarlane and had it continue bouncing into the Tiger’s net. The tying goal was disheartening for the home crowd and team alike.

Through both the first and second overtimes, neither team could break the stalemate. The final score of 1-1 is a good representation of the efforts both teams put forth. 18 shots for Lynchburg and 14 for Hampden-Sydney, combined with the exceptional play from both goalies, accounted for the resulting tie.

Across the three games, many players stepped up to the plate. When asked about standout players, Burns said freshman “Andrew Parker, plays defensive midfield and he’s been doing a great job filling in for a role that’s pretty, well you know, a role that an upperclassman might play. He’s taking it on well.” The defense for the Tigers has proved its worth, allowing only one goal in the three games.

The Tigers sit at a 4-3-2 overall and 1-1-1 ODAC record heading into Family Weekend. The next game will be Friday, October 4th, at 7pm against another ODAC opponent, Emory & Henry.


Senior defender Bo Burns distributes the ball in the Shenandoah game

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