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Football Downs Guilford 38-35 in Thriller

Rhett Andersen
Rhett Andersen

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Rhett Andersen (Poquoson, VA/Poquoson) capped off a dramatic 38-35 win for the Tigers as his 46-yard field goal with time expiring lifted Hampden-Sydney over Guilford College on Homecoming weekend. The game saw both teams hold leads and a 35-35 tie with under three minutes to play. After the defense got a crucial stop in their own territory, the Tigers drove the field to take the win. The Tigers now stand at 3-3 on the season and 3-1 in ODAC play, while the Quakers drop to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the ODAC.

In addition to Anderson's heroics, freshman Kaleb Smith (Rocky Mount, VA/Franklin County) had a monster game with 332 yards of total offense with 214 coming on the ground 30 carries and 118 coming through the air on 12 receptions. Smith's 214 yards rank fourth best in school history for a single game.  

Both offenses rolled early in the game, including a score from Hampden-Sydney on its opening drive with Alec Cobb (Jamestown, NC/Ragsdale) hitting Dillon Costello (South Riding, VA/Paul VI) for a seseven-yardcore. A two-point conversion put the team up 8-0 just three minutes into the game.

Guilford matched the touchdown four minutes later to make it an 8-7 game. The Quakers then took the lead less than a minute later, forcing the Tigers into a punt deep in their own territory, blocking it, and returning it 17 yards for a 14-8 lead.

Guilford upped its lead to 17-8 with a 21-yard field goal a minute into the second quarter, but Smith found the end zone on a ten-yard run on its ensuing drive.

Guilford then used a four minute drive to go 71 yards and bring the lead back to nine at 24-15.

Cobb and Costello hooked up again with just under two and a half minutes to go in the half for a 24-22 game.

Guilford, however, managed to drive the field and knock in a 23-yard field goal as time expired in the half to take a 27-22 lead into intermission.

The defenses started to make a mark in the second half as neither team could score until the Tigers made it a one point game with a 28-27 lead on a five yard touchdown pass from Cobb to Major Morgan (Onancock, VA/Broadwater Academy).

The Tigers then increased their lead to 35-27 after Cobb found Costello yet again, this time for a 51-yard touchdown.

After a nearly scoreless fourth quarter, the Quakers scored a touchdown with 2:48 in the game and after a successful two-point conversion, tied the game at 35-35.

Things looked good for the Quakers as Gerard Seals intercepted Cobb on the Hampden-Sydney 24-yard line with two minutes to play.

The Tiger defense came up huge as Ryan Mallory (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) and John Kline (New Cumberland, PA/Trinity) forced back-to-back negative plays of a combined nine yards, helping force a punt.

Cobb and the offense recovered, driving the ball from the Hampden-Sydney seven-yard line to the Guilford 29 in one minute, setting up the game-winning field goal from Anderson.

On the day, the Tigers racked up 554 yards of offense with 386 passing and 168 rushing. Cobb was 29-of-40 for 358 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. Morgan and Smith each went 1-for-1 for a combined 28 yards. Smith and Costello each had 118 yards on a combined 19 catches, while Costello caught three touchdown passes. Morgan had six catches for 79 yards and a score.

Smith also led the rushing attack with 214 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries.

Defensively, the Tigers allowed 397 yards on 219 passing and 178 rushing. Brendan Weinberg (Apex, NC/Middle Creek) and Griffin Davis (Charlottesville, VA/Monticello) each had nine tackles and a sack. Brian Gwaltney (Colonial Heights, VA/Colonial Heights) had eight stops to go with an interception, and Matt Dooley (Haymarket, VA/Battlefield) had eight tackles.

The Tigers will return to action Saturday, October 27 as the Tigers travel to Ferrum to face the Panthers at W.B. Adams Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:00 PM.

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