SALEM, VA-The Hampden-Sydney football team fell 42-20 to Ferrum at Salem Football Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers jumped out to a 20-7 lead, but Ferrum took a 21-20 lead into intermission and was able to expand the gap. With the loss, the Tigers fall to 0-3 and head into their bye week. Ferrum improves to 2-1. Hampden-Sydney returns to action in two weeks as the Tigers will face Bridgewater in Bridgewater, Virginia. Kickoff on October 1 is set for 2:00 PM.
Neither offense struggled in out of the gate with both teams scoring on their opening drives. The Tigers started it off with a ten-play, 66-yard drive that was capped off with a one-yard push from Mike DeMasi (Virginia Beach, VA/Frank W. Cox).
Ferrum responded eight plays later to tie the game at 7-7 on a Brian Mann one-yard run.
The Tigers needed just one big play early in the second quarter to take a 20-7 lead as Owen Costello (South Riding, VA/Paul VI) went 80-yards for a score on a pass from Cobb.
Ferrum cut into the lead on its ensuing drive with a 17-yard run from quarterback Harvey Taylor.
The Tiger offense then continued to roll down the field, but Ferrum saved a touchdown as Zach Bullard hauled in an interception in the end zone.
Ferrum later took its first lead of the game, using a Chris Guy 67-yard touchdown reception with three minutes to go in the half to go up 21-20.
The Panthers extended their lead on the first drive of the second half, going up 28-20.
Ten minutes later, the Panthers struck again with a one-yard run from Brian Mann.
Ferrum was also able to score the lone touchdown of the fourth quarter with a Harvey Taylor seven yard run.
On the day, the Tigers tallied 341 yards of total offense but were hampered by five turnovers. Cobb was 26-of-42 for 325 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Costello had a strong game with nine catches for 143 yards and a score. Carter Cunningham (Farmville, VA/Fuqua) had seven catches for 98 yards, and Major Morgan (Onancock, VA/Broadwater Academy) had 38 yards on five catches.
Mike DeMasi carried the run game with 53 yards and a touchdown on18 carries.
Defensively, the Tigers allowed 485 yards of offense on 345 rushing and 140 passing. Chad Vanlandingham (Mechanicsville, VA/Atlee) led all players with 11 tackles, while Bender Vaught (Ashland, VA/Patrick Henry) tallied ten stops.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action after the bye week on Saturday, October 1. The Tigers will hit the road to face Bridgewater at 2:00 PM.