BRIDGEWATER, VA-The Hampden-Sydney football Tigers opened up ODAC play Saturday, falling 45-35 to Bridgewater. The Tigers scored the final 15 points of the game, but their comeback effort fell short. With the loss, the Tigers drop to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in ODAC play; Bridgewater improves to 2-2 on the season and starts 1-0 in conference play.
There was no shortage of offense with the two teams combining for 973 total yards of offense. The Tigers tallied 522 total yards with 376 coming through the air and 146 on the ground while the Eagles used 332 rushing and 119 passing yards to total 451 yards.
Each team scored on its opening possession with Bridgewater striking first on a Malivai Barker one-yard score. The Tigers then responded 11 plays later, driving 77 yards that was capped off with a Carter Cunningham (Farmville, VA/Fuqua) two-yard touchdown run.
Bridgewater tacked on two more scores in the quarter with a 46-yard Barker touchdown run and a 31-yard field goal to take a 17-7 lead after the first 15 minutes.
Barker had another big touchdown run in the second quarter with a 75-yard score, but the Tigers fired right back on the ensuing drive as Alec Cobb (Jamestown, NC/Ragsdale) found Cam Johnson (Dillwyn, VA/Buckingham) in the end zone for a four-yard score.
Bridgewater was able to add seven more to the scoreboard before the half, taking a 31-13 lead into intermission.
The Tigers cut into the lead with the first score of the second half with Owen Costello (South Riding, VA/Paul VI) catching a 12-yard touchdown pass from Cobb.
Bridgewater, however, extended the lead with two touchdowns of its own in the third to lead 45-20.
Midway through the fourth quarter, the Tigers began to comeback, starting with a safety by Hunter Wagnon (Virginia Beach, VA/Dickinson). They then scored just ninety seconds later as Clay Vick (Raleigh, NC/Leesville Road) threw his first career touchdown pass to Costello from 17 yards out.
Vick later scored again, this time on the ground from one yard out, to cut it to 45-35, but with just under a minute to play, it was not enough.
On the day, Cobb was 19-of-32 for 223 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Vick was 9-of-16 for 146 yards and a touchdown. Johnson led all receivers with 153 yards and a touchdown on ten catches while Costello scored two touchdowns with 95 yards on eight grabs.
Cunningham had 92 yards of offense with three catches for 35 yards and eight carries for 57 yards and a touchdown.
Mike DeMasi (Virginia Beach, VA/Frank W. Cox) led the ground game with 66 yards on 19 carries.
On the defensive end, Jamal Woolridge (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) led the way with nine tackles while Ryan Mallory (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) and Bender Vaught (Ashland, VA/Patrick Henry) tallied eight and seven, respectively. Vaught and John Kline (New Cumberland, PA/Trinity) combined for a sack, and Sam Brooks (Virginia Beach, VA/Frank W. Cox) had a solo sack.
The Tigers return to action Saturday, October 8 as they return to the friendly confines of Lewis C. Everett Stadium to host the Quakers of Guilford College. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM.