GREENSBORO, NC-The Hampden-Sydney Tigers snapped a three-game win streak, falling 33-20 to Guilford College at Armfield Athletic Center. The teams combined for 898 yards of total offense in a game that was back and forth through the first three quarters. It was the Quakers, however, who scored the last two touchdowns of the game in the final stanza. With the loss, Hampden-Sydney falls to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in ODAC play. Guilford improves to 8-1 on the season and 5-1 in conference.
Guilford wasted no time putting points on the board, scoring on a 14-yard Matt Pawlowski touchdown pass just 79 seconds into the game.
After traded punts, the Tigers evened up the score as Austin Perryman (Fairfax, VA/Fairfax) caught a 15-yard strike from Edgar Moore (Tallahassee, FL/Maclay School) with 5:24 to play in the opening quarter.
On the ensuing drive, Ryan Mallory (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) picked off Pawlowski to set up a Kyree Koonce (Charlottesville, VA/Monticello) two-yard touchdown score in which he leapt over the line to find pay dirt.
Six and a half minutes later, Guilford tied the game, with De'Eric Bell scoring on a two-yard run.
Guilford was able to get one more possession and tack on three more points to go up 17-14 at the half on a Tyler Hunt 38-yard field goal.
Hunt added three more points to the board early in the third quarter, connecting on a 36-yard field goal to go up 20-14.
The Tigers' offense began to click following a missed field goal from Hunt, as the team went 80 yards in two minutes culminating in a 41-yard touchdown pass from Moore to Cam Johnson (Dillwyn, VA/Buckingham). A missed extra point, however, kept the game deadlocked at 20-20.
The defense forced a Quaker punt, and the offense continued right where it left off. The Tigers drove down the field, getting to the Guilford seven-yard line, but Karl Roberts picked up a Tiger fumble on the one-yard line to keep the tie.
Just five plays later, Pawlowski hit Rontavius Miller on a screen that went for an 85-yard touchdown.
Guilford had another big play in them, this one a 78-yard touchdown pass to Hayden Read that put the Quakers up 33-20 with just over nine minutes to play.
The Tigers had two more drive attempts in the game, with one resulting in an interception and the other in a punt.
On the day, the Tigers tallied 403 yards of total offense with 309 coming through the air and 94 on the ground. Moore was 27-of-45 for 309 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Perryman caught a team-high seven passes for 64 yards and a score. Michael Mey (Glen Allen, VA/VMI) had a big day with six catches for 97 yards. Johnson had five grabs for 71 yards and Koonce added 30 yards on three catches.
Koonce also led the ground attack with a game-high 129 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
Defensively, the Tigers allow 495 yards on 391 passing and 104 rushing. Mallory led the unit with ten tackles – 1.5 for loss – and one interception. Tyler Martin (Evington, VA/Brookville) and Larry Haskins (Buckingham, VA/Fuqua) had nine and eight tackles, respectively. Christian Wilder (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) had seven stops and a sack, and Ben Carson (Winston-Salem, NC/Mount Tabor) and Tyler Palmer (Virginia Beach, VA/Ocean Lakes) combined for ten tackles and 3.5 sacks.
Hampden-Sydney will wrap up the regular season on Saturday, November 14 in Ashland, Virginia as the Tigers and Yellow Jackets of Randolph-Macon will clash in the 120th edition of "The Game." Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM.