HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Hampden-Sydney Tigers fell 48-23 to arch-rival Randolph-Macon in the regular season finale and the 121st playing of 'The Game.' Hampden-Sydney still leads the series 60-50-11. The Tigers wrap up the season 3-7 overall and 3-4 in the ODAC, while Randolph-Macon ends the regular season 9-1 overall and 5-1 in conference.
It was an evenly played first half with the Jackets leading 24-23, but 17 unanswered points in the third quarter broke the game open for Randolph-Macon.
Randolph-Macon, however, took the lead on its ensuing drive, taking four minutes to go 75 yards with Tre Fredick scoring on a 15-yard run.
The lead then changed for the third straight possession as Major Morgan (Onancock, VA/Broadwater Academy) caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Alec Cobb (Jamestown, NC/Ragsdale) to cap off a seven-play, 69-yard drive.
The Tiger lead was short lived, however, as Randolph-Macon came right back 93 seconds later to take a 14-10 lead on an 18-yard touchdown reception from Sean McDonald.
Scores were harder to come by in the first 13 minutes of the second half; Chalkley and Seth Yurgel of Randolph-Macon each connected from long range with Chalkey hitting a 46-yarder and Yurgel connecting from 41.
Each team would then score a touchdown in the final two minutes of the half. Cobb hit Owen Costello (South Riding, VA/Paul VI) from a 76-yard score, but Randolph-Macon fired back less than 30 seconds later with a 39-yard run from Tre Frederick.
The Tigers were not done for the half as Chalkley hit his third field goal of the day – this time from 35 yards out – to bring the Tigers within one at intermission.
The third quarter was then all Jackets, as they punched in two rushing touchdowns and added a 30-yard field goal to go up 41-23 into the final stanza.
Randolph-Macon then scored the lone touchdown of the fourth quarter – a one-yard run from Eric Hoy.
On the day, Hampden-Sydney tallied 417 yards of offense on 311 passing and 106 rushing. Cobb was 25-of-53 for 307 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Costello led all receivers with 138 yards and a touchdown on 11 catches. He also had one rush for 59 yards. Cam Johnson (Dillwyn, VA/Buckingham) caught six passes for 88 yards, and Patrick Kline (New Cumberland, PA/Trinity) had four receptions for 32 yards. Morgan caught two balls for 36 yards and a score.
Defensively, the Tigers allowed 395 yards on 329 passing and 66 rushing. Christian Wilder (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) led all players with eight tackles, including two sacks for 21 negative yards and four total stops in the backfield for 25 minus yards. Griffin Davis (Charlottesville, VA/William and Mary) had seven tackles, and Bender Vaught (Ashland, VA/Patrick Henry) and Kendall Blankenship (Appomattox, VA/Appomattox) each had six stops. Blankenship also forced a fumble that John Kline (New Cumberland, PA/Trinity) recovered. As a unit, the Tigers had 12 stops in the backfield and three sacks.