ASHLAND, VA-The Hampden-Sydney football team wrapped up its 2017 season on Saturday afternoon, falling 56-28 to Randolph-Macon in the 122nd edition of "the Game." The teams were tied 21-21 at the half, but the Jackets had a strong second half performance to outscore the Tigers 35-7. Hampden-Sydney finishes the season at 6-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
Both teams came out of the gate hot, scoring on their opening drives with Mike DeMasi (Virginia Beach, VA/Frank W. Cox) finding pay dirt on a one-yard run, and Eric Hoy scoring on a seven run to knot the score at 7-7 midway through the opening quarter.
Hampden-Sydney reclaimed the lead early in the second quarter with a 20-yard touchdown connection from Alec Cobb (Jamestown, NC/Ragsdale) to Cam Johnson (Dillwyn, VA/Buckingham). Hoy and the Jackets responded, however, with a three yard run for a 14-14 game.
The back-and-forth half continued with Carter Cunningham (Farmville, VA/Fuqua) catching an 18-yard touchdown pass from Cobb.
After each team punted, Randolph-Macon was able to use nearly all 99 seconds remaining in the half to tie the game at 21-21 on a Tre Frederick two-yard run with ticks left on the clock.
The Jackets continued that momentum into the second half, using back-to-back touchdowns to take a 35-21 lead eight minutes into the third quarter.
The Tigers ended the run with three and a half minutes to go in the quarter as Johnson caught his second touchdown pass from Cobb – this one from 23 yards out.
The fourth quarter was all Randolph-Macon, though, as they scored the only points of the quarter with two Hoy touchdowns.
On the day, Hampden-Sydney registered 472 yards of offense via 417 passing and 55 rushing. Cobb was 37-of-56 for 411 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions. Johnson was the game's top receiver with 230 yards and two touchdowns while breaking Hampden-Sydney's single game receptions record with 19. Cunningham had 11 catches for 112 yards and a touchdown to go with a team-high nine carries for 42 yards. DeMasi had seven carries for 14 yards and a score.
Defensively, the Tigers allowed 496 yards on 202 passing and 294 rushing. Ryan Mallory (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) led the way with 12 tackles, including one for a loss of two yards. Griffin Davis (Charlottesville, VA/Monticello) and John Kline (New Cumberland, PA/Trinity) were tough in the backfield, combining for 19 total tackles and 5.5 behind the line of scrimmage for 17 yards. They also each forced one fumble. Chad Vanlandingham (Mechanicsville, VA/Atlee) had eight stops to go with a fumble recovery.