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Tiger Defense Pitches a Shutout in 56-0 Win Over Coast Guard Academy

Mitch Pereira
Mitch Pereira

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - It was all Hampden-Sydney on Saturday afternoon from Lewis C. Everett Stadium where the Tiger Football team rolled to a 56-0 win against the visiting Bears of the United States Coast GuardCoast Guard Academy.

It didn't take long for H-SC to put the first points up on the scoreboard as a couple of big plays helped spur the Tigers offense. Ronnie Stringfield (Lynchburg, VA/Virginia Episcopal) returned the opening kickoff 38 yards to the HSC 48, and two plays later Nash Nance (Calhoun, GA/Tennessee) found Holton Walker (Lynchburg, VA/Brookville) for a 33-yard gain to the Coast Guard 19. After a couple of seven-yard plays and a CGA penalty, Nance passed to Mel Savarese (Winchester, VA/James Woods) for a three-yard touchdown to give H-SC a 7-0 advantage less than two minutes in. After a short Bears possession, Owen Costello (South Riding, VA/Paul VI) returned the punt 25 yards to the CGA 34 yard line. Three plays later, Craig Sprouse (Richmond, VA/Clover Hill) found pay dirt on a nine-yard run at 10:16. Neither team could get any traction on offense the rest of the quarter as Hampden-Sydney went into the second quarter up 14-0.

Hampden-Sydney got the ball after a punt to open the second frame, and the 10-play drive ended when Sprouse ran it in from two yards for his second score of the game. The H-SC defense held strong again to force another punt. Tyler Henning drilled a 47-yarder, but Costello negated all of it on a 48-yard return to the Coast Guard 38. On the sixth play of the drive, Joey Druhan (Purcellville, VA/Loudoun Valley) reeled in a 10 yard TD pass from Nance at 5:46 to send the Tigers into halftime up 28-0.

The Tigers would go on to score 14 points in each quarter after halftime. James Rizzo caught the second-half kickoff at the five-yard line, but the Tiger special teams had excellent coverage, getting to Rizzo at the 10-yard line where Martin Owens (Lynchburg, VA/Lynchburg Episcopal) forced the fumble and recovered it, setting up first-and-goal from Coast Guard's 10-yard line. Following a Walker four-yard run, Michael Mey (Glen Allen, VA/VMI) reeled in a six-yard touchdown pass. The Tigers scored three more TDs, all on the ground. Nance lit up the scoreboard for a one-yarder at 1:58 in the third while Mitch Pereira (Midlothian, VA/Midlothian) had touchdown runs of two yards (11:36, fourth) and three yards (4:48, fourth).

Nance completed 21-of-33 passes for 240 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Pereira led the ground game with 79 yards on eight carries while Sprouse posted 58 yards on 10 rushes, and both contributed two touchdowns. Walker caught seven passes for 102 yards, and Costello accounted for 103 yards with 88 coming on punt returns.

The Tigers defense limited the Bears to 193 total yards and two turnovers. In addition to Owens' forced fumble and recovery, Jamal Wooldridge (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) recorded an interception along with two pass breakups. H-SC racked up 10 tackles for loss with Nick Martin (Round Hill, VA/Loudoun Valley), Larry Haskins (Buckingham, VA/Fuqua), and John Moore (Powhatan, VA/Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot) each recording 1.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Martin posted one sack as did A.J. Eubank (Winchester, VA/Randolph-Macon). Moore led the team on the day with six total tackles, four solo, and a pass breakup.

Derek Victory passed for 135 yards but completed just 19-of-36 passes with one interception. Bryan Popp made 10 catches for 79 yards while Eli Maurer made two interceptions.

HSC outgained CGA 483-193 while racking up 258 yards through the air and 225 on the ground. The defense was especially stingy on third and fourth downs as the Bears converted just 3-of-15 third downs and went 0-2 on fourth down.

The Tigers are off next week but will return to action on October 4 at Catholic University with kickoff scheduled for 1 pm.

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