Story and photo courtesy of Hampden-Sydney Athletics
WINCHESTER, Va. - Despite trailing 7-0 after the first quarter, Hampden-Sydney claimed a 42-21 ODAC victory over Shenandoah in the first ever meeting between the two schools. With the win, Hampden-Sydney improves to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in ODAC play, while the Hornets drop to 1-6 and 0-4 in conference.
After rushing for two yards in the first half, senior running back Evan King (Lewisburg, WV/Episcopal) carried the offense in the second half, finishing the day with 115 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries. He added another touchdown through the air to go with six receptions for 49 yards.
Much of the first quarter was a defensive battle, but Shenandoah's Corey Taylor broke the 0-0 tie with a 20-yard touchdown run with two and a half minutes to play in the opening stanza.
The Tigers evened the game just over a minute into the second quarter as Chris Shembo (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Country Day) scampered three yards into the end zone. On the ensuing Hornet drive, junior Steven Fogleman (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) forced a fumble that Michael Bazemore (Mechanicsville, VA/Atlee) recovered to give Hampden-Sydney possession back on the Hornet 32-yard line.
The offense then capitalized two plays later as Nash Nance (Calhoun, GA/Tennessee) hit King for a 16-yard score. The defense again came up big on the Hornet's next possession as John Moore (Powhatan, VA/Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot) picked off Taylor to help the Tigers keep a 14-7 lead heading into intermission.
Shenandoah started the second half with a Byron Mitchell interception that led to a Andrew Smith four-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14-14.
Hampden-Sydney fired right back, however, and five and a half minutes later, the Tigers had marched 16 plays for 86 yards as Regis Craft (Burkeville, VA/Nottoway) crossed the goal line on a three-yard run.
After a three-and-out by the defense, Hampden-Sydney got the ball right back. Holton Walker (Lynchburg, VA/Brookeville) started the drive with a 60-yard reception, and two plays later King was in the end zone for put the Tigers up 28-14.
The Hornets kept in the game and made it a 28-21 game as Paul Athey scored on a two-yard run.
The Tigers then put the game back to two possessions on their ensuing drive. The scoring drive was 10 plays for 63 yards with King rushing seven times for 37 yards and a score.
King added one more score on a one-yard run with 1:24 remaining in the game to give the Tigers their final 41-21 edge.
On the day, Hampden-Sydney netted 459 yards of offense with 287 coming through the air and 172 on the ground. Nance was 21-of-32 for 287 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Walker again hit the century mark with 146 yards on eight catches. Sophomore Jalen Wood (Chesterfield, VA/Clover Hill) had 48 yards on two catches, and Mike Goad (Chesterfield, VA/Matoaca) caught three passes for 27 yards.
King averaged 6.1 yards-per-carry and amassed 164 yards of total offense to go with four touchdowns.
Defensively, Fogleman led the charge with 13 tackles while Josh Doggett (Mechanicsville, VA/Atlee) notched 12. Shaq Thomas (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) recorded seven tackles to go with two sacks and three tackles-for-loss. Moore and Martin Owens (Lynchburg, VA/Virginia Episcopal) each recorded interceptions.
Shenandoah tallied 313 yards of offense via 168 passing and 145 rushing. Taylor was 10-of-21 with 168 yards and a pair of interceptions while he added 68 yards and a score on the ground. David Bell led the receiving core with 81 yards on two catches. Andrew Smith ran 13 times for 41 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, the Hornets were led by Jajuan Johnson's game-high 16 tackles.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action Saturday, October 27 as it hosts the Quakers of Guilford College on Hall of Fame weekend. Kick off is set for 1:00 pm.