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Football Holds On For 21-18 Win Over Guilford

Football Holds On For 21-18 Win Over Guilford

GREENSBORO, NC-The Hampden-Sydney football team stays undefeated in conference, improving to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in ODAC play with a 21-18 win over Guilford. The Quakers drop to 2-3 on the season and 0-1 in conference. The Tiger defense had an outstanding game, holding the Quakers to just 11 points – with seven coming on an interception. The Tigers will now return home and host the Apprentice School on Saturday, October 14. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM.

The first quarter was a complete defensive battle, with neither team gaining much offensive ground. The Tigers' had the top drive of the quarter at 58-yards, but it ended in a turnover on downs.

After a scoreless opening quarter, the Tigers were able to open up the scoring when they took a drive 85 yards in 16 plays, ending in a 14-yard touchdown pass from Alec Cobb (Jamestown, NC/Ragsdale) to Patrick Kline (New Cumberland, PA/Trinity).

Guilford then responded taking the ensuing drive 63-yards, but the Tiger defense made a couple goal line stops, holding the Quakers to a 17-yard field goal.

Three plays later, the Quakers took their first lead as Terry Singleton picked off Cobb and returned it 30 yards for a pick-six to go up 10-6.

Five minutes later, Hampden-Sydney reclaimed the lead with another connection from Cobb to Kline – this time from 23-yards out.

The Tigers added to the lead to start the second half. After Brian Gwaltney (Colonial Heights, VA/Colonial Heights) intercepted Karsten Miller in the end zone, the Tigers drove 80-yards in 11 plays to see Cobb sneak across the goal line.

The Tigers added to their lead midway through the fourth quarter as Steven Hall (Mechanicsville, VA/Lee-Davis) connected on a 28-yard field goal to put the Tigers up 21-10.

Guilford fired right back with a 90-yard scoring drive, followed by a two-point conversion, that made it a 21-18 game with just over four minutes to play.  

The Quakers then had hope as Hampden-Sydney fumbled on the Hampden-Sydney 41-yard line, but the defense stepped up again, forcing a three-and-out.

Mike DeMasi (Virginia Beach, VA/Frank W. Cox) was then able to run for two first downs and help kill the clock and seal the Tiger victory.

On the day, the Tigers recorded 369 yards of offense with 247 passing and 122 rushing. Cobb was 29-of-43 for 247 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Cam Johnson (Dillwyn, VA/Buckingham) led all receivers with 116 yards on 13 catches. Kline caught five passes for 59 yards and two touchdowns, and Major Morgan (Onancock, VA/Broadwater Academy) had 57 yards on three catches.

DeMasi had another big game, running for 116 yards on 13 carries.

Defensively, the Tigers held Guilford to just 289 yards of offense with 210 coming through the air and only 79 rushing. Griffin Davis (Charlottesville, VA/Monticello) led the unit with nine tackles, including four for-loss with 1.5 sacks. Chad Vanlandingham (Mechanicsville, VA/Atlee) and Kendall Blankenship (Appomattox, VA/Appomattox) had six and five stops, respectively.

Hampden-Sydney will return to action Saturday, October 14 as the Tigers host the Apprentice School on Homecoming weekend. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM.