BRIDGEWATER, VA-The Hampden-Sydney football team returned to the win column, taking a 42-21 victory at Bridgewater, after outscoring the Eagles 28-14 in the second half. The Tigers now improve to 2-3 on the season and 2-1 in ODAC play while Bridgewater drops to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the league.
The Tigers dominated most of the statistics with 436 yards of offense to Bridgewater's 221 while possessing the ball for over 36 minutes of the game. The Tigers also forced five turnovers with two interceptions and three fumble recoveries to Bridgewater's one interception.
The Eagles evened the score five minutes into the second quarter as Matt DeMasi found the end zone on a 46-yard run, but the Tigers reclaimed a lead they would never give up eight minutes later.
After Griffin Davis (Charlottesville, VA/Monticello) recovered a fumble on the Bridgewater 12-yard line with three minutes to play in the half, Kaleb Smith (Rocky Mount, VA/Franklin County) scored on a six yard run to put the Tigers up 14-7.
The Tigers added to their lead in the third quarter as Cobb hit Nick Kallivokas (Purcellville, VA/Loudoun Valley) for a 12-yard touchdown.
The lead was quickly cut back to seven as the Eagles returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, making it 21-14 in favor of the Tigers.
Ed Newman (Farmville, VA/Fuqua) helped put the Tigers back up 14 with a 37-yard touchdown pass from Cobb, but the Eagles again responded with a 43-yard touchdown run.
28-21 would be as close as Bridgewater would come with Cobb and Newman connecting again for a 68-yard touchdown before Major Morgan (Onancock, VA/Broadwater Academy) caught Cobb's final touchdown pass of the day – a 26-yard pass with just over five minutes to play.
Offensively, the Tigers had 436 yards of total offense behind 352 passing and 84 rushing. Cobb was 28-of-42 for 352 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. Newman caught three passes – two for touchdowns – for 123 yards. Morgan and Smith combined for 15 catches, 144 yards and a touchdown.
Smith also led the ground attack with 59 yards and a score on 25 carries.
Defensively, the Tigers allowed just 221 yards of offense on 137 rushing and 84 passing. Brendan Weinberg (Apex, NC/Middle Creek) and Mike Harris (St. Stephens Church, VA/Patrick Henry) each had a team-high seven stops. Griffin Davis had five stops, a fumble recovery, and an interception. Ryan Mallory (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) also had an interception to go with three tackles, and John Kline (New Cumberland, PA/Trinity) and Brian Gwaltney (Colonial Heights, VA/Colonial Heights) each had a fumble recovery.
The Tigers will return home next Saturday, October 20, as they host the Quakers of Guilford College on Homecoming Weekend. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM.