HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney College head football coach Marty Favret has announced his program's upcoming 2019 Schedule that includes eight Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) games for the first-time ever. The Tigers will play 10 games this fall, including the eight ODAC contests, with five scheduled at home and five on the road.
"It will be 'survival of the fittest' as the league, per usual, presents tough tests on a weekly basis," said Favret, who is entering his 20th year at the helm of the Tigers. "I am encouraged that we will face two playoff caliber non-conference opponents in September. Hopefully, that will prep us for the challenges down the road."
H-SC will open at home against Averett University on Saturday, September 7, at 1 p.m. in a non-conference game at Fulton Field at Lewis C. Everett Stadium. The Tigers fell 33-14 on the road against the Cougars in last year's season opener in Danville. This year's opening contest takes place during the annual Athletic Hall of Fame Weekend.
The Tigers go on the road in week two for another non-league game at Christopher Newport University on Saturday night, Sept. 14, under the lights at 7 p.m. in Newport News. The Captains won last season's closely-played game at Hampden-Sydney by a score of 17-13.
H-SC begins its eight-game ODAC stretch in week three with a road game at Southern Virginia University on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. in Buena Vista. The Tigers and Knights have never met previously on the gridiron, as SVU is a first-year associate member of the ODAC in football-only.
The Tigers wrap-up the first month of the season with a week four home game against Washington and Lee University on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. at Everett Stadium. H-SC won 24-20 in last year's closely-played contest in Lexington. It's also Family Weekend at the College Sept. 27-28.
H-SC is back on the road in week five at Emory & Henry College on Saturday, October 5, at 1 p.m. in Emory. The Tigers won 56-27 in last season's home meeting.
H-SC returns home for back-to-back games at Everett Stadium in weeks six and seven, hosting Bridgewater College on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m., and Shenandoah University on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. The Tigers and Eagles will battle during the College's annual Homecoming festivities, and the Garnet and Grey won last year's game at BC, 42-21. H-SC fell on the road against the Hornets, 59-34, last season in Winchester.
The Tigers close October with a week eight road game at Guilford College on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. in Greensboro, North Carolina. H-SC defeated GC 38-35 last fall at home.
Following a bye week to begin November, H-SC will play its final home game of the season in week nine against Ferrum College on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. at Everett Stadium. The Tigers fell 32-19 on the road against the Panthers a year ago.
H-SC completes the regular season in week 10 at archrival Randolph-Macon College in the 124th meeting of 'The Game' on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. in Ashland. The Tigers fell 48-35 to the visiting Yellow Jackets in last year's home finale; however, H-SC continues to lead the historic and storied rivalry series 60-52-11.
H-SC finished 2018 with an overall record of 4-5, including 4-3 in the ODAC. The Tigers return their top eight receivers from a year ago, including senior team captain, First Team All-ODAC selection and The Touchdown Club of Richmond's Small College Wide Receiver of the Year Major Morgan/Onancock (81 receptions, 1,143 yards, 12 touchdowns); their top two running backs, including sophomore and reigning ODAC Rookie of the Year Kaleb Smith/Rocky Mount (602 yards, 4.1 average, seven touchdowns); and five of their top 11 tacklers on defense, including senior linebacker, team captain and First Team All-ODAC honoree Griffin Davis/Charlottesville (77 tackles, six for loss, one sack, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and one interception).