HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Hampden-Sydney football team won its third straight game and did so in convincing fashion with a 58-28 Homecoming win over the Apprentice School. The Tigers' passing game was most impressive, with two quarterbacks combining to go 36-of-42 for 403 yards, five touchdowns, and no interceptions. As a whole, the offense scored its 58 points on 533 yards of offense with no turnovers.
With the win, the Tigers improve to 4-2 on the season while Apprentice drops to 1-5.
Hampden-Sydney scored on every drive of the first half, aside from its seventh drive that ended with intermission. Alec Cobb (Jamestown, NC/Ragsdale) and Cam Johnson (Dillwyn, VA/Buckingham) were in sync early, connecting for the first three touchdowns of the game to take a 22-7 first quarter lead. Johnson's third touchdown catch – a 26-yard reception – capped off a ten-play, 97-yard drive.
Cobb continued to dazzle in the first quarter, throwing his fourth touchdown pass, hitting Major Morgan (Onancock, VA/Broadwater Academy) 16 yards in the end zone with time expiring.
Cobb ended the first quarter going 20-for-23 for 210 yards and four touchdowns.
The Tigers switched up their scoring in the second quarter as Carter Cunningham (Farmville, VA/Fuqua) and Mike DeMasi (Virginia Beach, VA/Frank W. Cox) each running into the end zone, giving the Tigers a 44-7 halftime lead.
Hampden-Sydney extended its lead on its opening drive of the second half after Clay Vick (Raleigh, NC/Leesville Road) finished a 53-yard drive with a eight-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Doane (Williamsburg, VA/Jamestown).
Apprentice closed the gap a little, scoring back-to-back touchdowns into the fourth quarter to make it a 51-21 game.
Christian Carter (Covington, VA/Alleghany) scored on an eight yard run with just over two minutes to play to push the lead back to 58-21.
Apprentice, however, got the last strike with a 70-yard touchdown pass in the final minutes.
On the day, the Tigers amassed 533 yards of offense on 403 passing and 130 rushing. Cobb was 25-of-28 for 304 yards and four touchdowns, and Vick was 11-of-14 for 99 yards and a score. Johnson had a strong first half, catching nine passes for 127 yards and three touchdowns. Cunningham caught seven balls for 77 yards, and Patrick Kline (New Cumberland, PA/Trinity) had 42 yards on four receptions.
On the ground, DeMasi and Ben Mahone (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) split the load, combining for 92 yards and a score on 14 yards.
Defensively, the Tigers allowed 411 yards on 254 rushing and 157 passing. Mike Lepore (Suffolk, VA/Nansemond Suffolk) and Tyler Frink (Farmville, VA/CNU) each intercepted passes. The Tigers also had eight stops in the backfield, including three for a loss of 12 yards from Joe Everette (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) and two for a loss of two yards from Riggs Jordan (Spencer, VA/Hargrave). Jordan and Luke Roberts (Chesterfield, VA/Cosby) led the way with six stops each.
Hampden-Sydney will stay at home next Saturday, October 21 as the Tigers host the Generals of Washington & Lee. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM.