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Football Falls to #4 Wesley in First Round

Josh Doggett

DOVER, DE-The Hampden-Sydney Football Tigers ended their season in Dover, Delaware, falling 52-7 to #4 Wesley in the first round of the NCAA Division III Football Championship. The back-to-back ODAC Champions wrap up the season at 7-4 overall and 5-2 in ODAC play. The Wolverines, who stand at 10-1, advance to the second round where they will face MIT, next Saturday, November 29.

Wesley got off to a quick start, scoring 42 points in the opening quarter, including two consecutive strikes from Joe Callahan to Steve Koudossou. Sosthene Kapepula and Brenton Barnes each had interceptions they returned for touchdowns, and Callahan hooked up with Xavier Alston from nine yards out. Callahan also found Koudossou for a third time before the end of the quarter.

The Tigers broke their scoring drought early in the second quarter, as Nash Nance (Calhoun, GA/Tennessee) connected with Joey Kernan (Derwood, MD/Gonzaga) from 13-yards out.

Koudossou caught his fourth touchdown pass of the day with four minutes to go in the half, to put the Wolverines up 49-7 prior to intermission.

Both defenses were stout coming out of the break, as each team pitched a shutout in the third quarter.

The Tigers held Wesley out of the end zone again in the fourth, holding the Wolverines to just a 31-yard field goal with 4:45 to play in the game.

On the day, Wesley had 560 yards to Hampden-Sydney's 223; the Wolverines also forced seven turnovers to the Tigers' two, but possessed the ball for just five more minutes, having control for 32:38 to the Tigers' 27:22.

The Tigers had 181 passing yards and 42 rushing. Nance was 17-of-43 for 181 yards, one touchdown, and six interceptions. Freshman Cam Johnson (Dillwyn, VA/Buckingham) had a game-high six catches for 28 yards. Austin Perryman (Fairfax, VA/Fairfax) and Kernan each had three catches, with Perryman going for a team-high 57 yards. Fuller Clark (Roanoke, VA/North Cross) and Michael Mey (Glen Allen, VA/VMI) both had two grabs for a combined 60 yards.

On the ground, Brady Macko (Kill Devil Hills, NC/First Flight) led the team with nine carries for 13 yards.

Defensively, Josh Doggett (Mechanicsville, VA/Atlee) had a game-high 12 tackles, while Robert Stack (Charlotte, NC/Merchant Marine Academy), Shreve Rohle (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover), and Nick Martin (Round Hill, VA/Loudoun Valley) all had nine stops. Sidney Henry (Haymarket, VA/Battlefield) had six tackles to go with an interception that he returned for 49 yards.

For Wesley, Callahan went 14-of-28 for 336 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception. Koudossou had four catches for 238 yards and four scores. The Wolverines rushed for 224 yards behind 103 yards from Ben Martin.

16 teams now remain in the quest for a national championship, and an updated bracket can be found here.

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