LEXINGTON, VA-The Tiger offense had its third big offensive output in as many weeks, scoring at least ten points in each quarter while taking down the Generals of Washington & Lee 55-32. Senior quarterback Nash Nance (Calhoun, GA/Tennessee) had an impressive stat line, throwing for three touchdowns, running for two, and catching one.
The Tigers stay undefeated in conference, improving to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in ODAC play. Washington & Lee drops to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in conference.
Offensively, the team had an even 500 yards of offense with 390 coming through the air and 110 on the ground. The Generals' potent option attack produced 347 yards rushing, while they added 114 passing yards.
Hampden-Sydney started the game with possession and used its opening drive to go 60 yards in 5:31 for a Nance one-yard score.
The Generals drove over 40 yards on the ensuing drive, but the Tiger defense held strong at the 25-yard line, and forced a 41-yard field goal from Matt Underhill.
The Tiger defense tightened more on the Generals' second attempt, and Shreve Rohle (Mechanicsivlle, VA/Hanover) broke up a fourth-and-five pass to give Hampden-Sydney possession near midfield.
The offense moved quickly again, scoring in just over 90 seconds with Holton Walker (Lynchburg, VA/Brookville) and Nance switching roles as Walker threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Nance to put the Tigers up 21-3 early in the second quarter.
Washington & Lee's offense then got rolling, and the Generals put together an eight-play, 71 yard drive that spanned just over three minutes and ended in a Marshall Hollerith three-yard touchdown run.
Just as the Tigers responded on the Generals' first scoring drive, they did so on the second, this time with Joey Kernan (Derwood, MD/Gonzaga) finding pay dirt on a 37-yard reception.
Each team scored once more before intermission, as Brady Macko (Kill Devil Hills, NC/First Flight) ran in from four yards out, and Washington & Lee's Charlie Nelson hit Witt Hawkins for 32 yards to make it a 35-17 game at the half.
The Tigers continued their scoring in the second half, with Fuller Clark (Roanoke, VA/North Cross) catching a ten-yard touchdown pass, and Max Antwerpes (Mainz, Germany/Kenston Forest) knocking in a 21-yard field goal in the third quarter.
In between Hampden-Sydney scores, Hollerith scored his second touchdown of the game, from two yards out.
Antwerpes connected on another field goal, this one from 29-yards out, to put the Tigers up 48-24 a minute and a half into the fourth quarter.
The Generals fired right back three minutes later, making it a 48-32 game after Jack Taylor caught a ten-yard score from Matt Sgro.
Hampden-Sydney was able to tack on one more score for insurance, with Nance running in from six yards out to go up 55-32.
On the day, Nance was 19-of-27 for 359 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran 15 times for 43 yards and two scores, and caught one pass for 31 yards and a touchdown. Macko had a team-high 54 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
Walker had game-highs of five catches and 161 yards. Kernan had four catches for 87 yards and a score, and Clark had three grabs for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Tigers were led by Josh Doggett (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover), John Moore (Powhatan, VA/Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot), and Rohle who all had eight tackles. Rohle also added an interception. Nick Martin (Round Hill, VA/Loudoun Valley) had seven stops, and Larry Haskins (Buckingham, VA/Fuqua) and Henry each had six; the trio also combined for four tackles-for-loss.
The Tigers return home next Saturday, October 18 as they host the Wasps of Emory & Henry on Homecoming weekend. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm.