LEXINGTON, VA-The Hampden-Sydney football team kept its ODAC Championship hopes alive, downing the Generals of Washington & Lee 24-20 in an exciting game, while Ferrum handed Randolph-Macon its first conference loss of the season. Today's outcomes have set up 'The Game' next weekend as a matchup to determine the league winner. With the win, the Tigers improve to 4-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play, while the Generals drop to 5-3 overall and 3-3 in the ODAC.
Each team scored in the first quarter while combining to burn over 11 minutes on the scoring drives. The Tigers struck on their opening drive as Alec Cobb (Jamestown, NC/Ragsdale) capped off an 11-play, 58-yard drive with a nine yard touchdown pass to Major Morgan (Onancock, VA/Broadwater Academy).
The Generals, however, tied the game on their ensuing drive, taking the ball 75 yards in 12 plays to knot the score at 7-7. They then scored again with four minutes to go in the half, but failed to convert the PAT, giving them a 13-7 lead.
The Tigers ended the half beautifully, taking almost all the time off the clock while driving almost 80 yards to see Cobb hit Morgan again in the end zone for a three-yard touchdown and a 14-13 lead heading into the half.
The Tigers then received the second half kickoff and ended that drive with a 28-yard Rhett Andersen (Poquoson, VA/Poquoson) field goal for a 17-13 lead.
That lead lasted a minute into the fourth quarter when Washington & Lee's Trey Laughlin ran six yards for a score and a 20-17 lead.
The Tigers fired back almost seven minutes later with a Justin Pollard (Culpeper, VA/Eastern View) six-yard touchdown for the 24-20 lead.
The teams then traded drives before Washington & Lee began to march the field with two minutes to play. Things were looking good as the Generals got to the Hampden-Sydney two-yard line with just over a minute to play, but Brendan Weinberg (Apex, VA/Middle Creek) came up big, forcing and recovering a fumble to seal the Tiger victory.
On the day, the Tigers had 337 yards of total offense behind 262 passing and 75 rushing. Cobb went 35-50 for 262 yards and two touchdowns. Morgan was the game's top receiver with nine catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Blake Page (Richmond, VA/Huguenot) had seven catches for 53 yards, while Ed Newman (Farmville, VA/Fuqua), Dillon Costello (South Riding, VA/Paul VI), and Nick Kallivokas (Purcellville, VA/Loudoun Valley) each had five catches, combining for 105 yards.
Pollard led the ground game with 19 carries for 54 yards and a score.
Defensively, the Tigers allowed 323 yards on 310 rushing and 13 passing. Matt Dooley (Haymarket, VA/Battlefield) led all players with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery, while Chad Vanlandingham (Mechanicsville, VA/Atlee) and Griffin Davis (Charlottesville, VA/Monticello) had nine and eight tackles, respectively. Weinberg had seven stops to go with his forced fumble and fumble recovery.
The Tigers will close out the regular season at home next Saturday, November 10, as they host arch-rival Randolph-Macon in the 123 edition of "The Game." Kickoff is slated for 1:00 pm.