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Football Blows Past Catholic 62-14 Behind Seven Forced Turnovers

Robert Stack
Robert Stack

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Hampden-Sydney Football rolled to a 62-14 win at Catholic University on Saturday. It was the biggest margin of victory over Catholic in the Coach Favret era and also tied for sixth most points scored by the Favret Tigers.

Max Antwerpes
completed a 29 yard field goal on the opening drive to take a 3-0 lead with 11:03 left in the first quarter. The Tigers forced a three-and-out on Catholic's first drive, but HSC was forced to punt a few plays later. However, that would prove to be one of the few first half drives where the Tiger offense stalled.

Catholic's offense looked to get in rhythm on their next drive after a 22 yard completion took Catholic to the HSC one-yard line. However, Larry Haskins forced a fumble on the play, and Nick Manuel recovered it in the endzone for a touchback. Following a Tigers' punt, another turnover foiled a Catholic drive. This time, Haskins intercepted TJ Tutone at the HSC 18 and returned it to the 29, and a Catholic penalty put the ball at the 44. Four plays later, Nash Nance found Holton Walker on a 35-yard touchdown pass with 50 seconds left in the quarter, HSC leading 10-0.

Hampden-Sydney secured another turnover on the kickoff as the Catholic returner dropped the catch and the Tigers secured the loose ball at the Catholic 30. A few plays later, Nance rushed 19 yards to paydirt to put the visitors up 17-0 one-minute into the second quarter.

The defense forced another three-and-out, and a seven play drive finished with a one-yard Nance QB keeper touchdown, going up 24-0 at 10:01. Yet another Catholic drive ended in a punt after just three plays, and two catches by Joey Druhan on the drive resulted in a 23-yard touchdown for the tight end, putting HSC ahead 31-0 with 7:46 to go in the half.

Catholic's offense didn't even stay on the field long enough to punt as the second play of the drive resulted in a Sidney Henry interception at the Catholic 21 and was returned six yards. However, Hampden-Sydney couldn't capitalize on the prime field position as four straight incompletions ended in a turnover on downs. Catholic didn't take advantage of one of their few breaks in the half, punting again on a three-and-out. The Tigers would put another touchdown on the scoreboard off a Brady Macko three-yard run at 1:56

Catholic managed to get a first down on their first play after the kickoff, but three plays later, Dion Berry intercepted Tutone at the CUA 42, their fifth turnover of the half, and returned it two yards with 42 ticks left in the half. HSC quickly picked up 34 yards, and Antwerpes closed out the half with a 25-yard field goal as HSC went into intermission up 41-0.

Halftime didn't slow down HSC. A Catholic penalty on the kickoff forced them to start their drive at their own 12, and three consecutive incomplete passes ended in a measly 12-yard punt, giving HSC first-and-10 at the Catholic 30. On the fifth play of the drive, Macko ran it into the endzone from seven yards out, putting the Tigers up 48-0.

Catholic needed just three plays to cough up the ball for the sixth time as John Moore forced a fumble at the Catholic 34 where Shreve Rohle recovered it at 11:25, but Hampden-Sydney turned it over on downs after failing to convert on fourth-and-one. Robert Stack scored his first career touchdown on a 29-yard pick six on the second play of the drive, making it 55-0 with 6:57 left in the third.

On the second play of the fourth quarter, Ronnie Stringfield rushed for a one-yard TD to put Hampden-Sydney up 62-0. Tutone found Ben Powers for a three-yard touchdown with 3:54 left in the to end the shutout, making it a 62-7 game. Matt McMahon tacked on an eight-yard TD run with eight seconds left.

Nance passed for 257 and ran for 66 along with four total touchdowns. Macko rushed for 57 yards on 12 carries with two scores. Walker caught four passes for 82 yards and a touchdown while Druhan had 78 yards and a score on four catches. The defense forced seven turnovers - four interceptions, two forced fumbles, and a recovery on a muffed kickoff. Josh Doggett had a team-high six tackles while Freddie Potter broke up three passes and Tyler Martin two breakups and four tackles. Moore had three tackles, one for loss, and a forced fumble; Haskins recorded an interception, a pass breakup, and a forced fumble; and Berry had a pick with two pass breakups.

Tutone was 17-35 for 154 yards, a touchdown, and four picks. Dave Zarkoski led Catholic with nine tackles.

HSC outgained CUA 473-264 with 279 passing yards and 194 rushing and held the Cardinals to 24.7 points below their season average.

Hampden-Sydney travels to Washington and Lee next Saturday for a 1 pm game.
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