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Hampden-Sydney Football Falls To Washington and Lee 43-24

Riggs Jordan
Riggs Jordan

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney College trailed just 20-17 at halftime before Washington and Lee University used a 23-7 advantage in the second half for a 43-24 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football win on Saturday afternoon on Fulton Field at Lewis C. Everett Stadium. The visiting Generals (3-1, 2-0) compiled 521 yards of total offense, led by QB Jack Pollard who passed for 244 yards and two touchdowns, adding 58 yards rushing and one TD. The host Tigers (1-3, 0-2) had 338 yards of offense, led by senior captain and QB Clay Vick/Raleigh, N.C. with 312 yards passing and one TD, while sophomore RB Kaleb Smith/Rocky Mount had 148 yards receiving on 10 catches and one TD, adding 22 yards on the ground and one TD, as well.

H-SC took an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter when freshman S Landon Porter/Virginia Beach blocked a W&L punt at the 16-yard line and classmate and LB Cullen Lyons/Virginia Beach recovered the ball in the end zone for the special teams touchdown. Junior K Rhett Andersen/Poquoson added the PAT and the Tigers led 7-0 at 10:27.

W&L tied it at 7-7 with just 1:46 left in the opening quarter when Alex Wertz ran for a one-yard TD. Jarrett Wright added the PAT.

H-SC answered right back when Vick found Smith for a 66-yard touchdown pass on the first play after the kickoff. Smith caught the pass out of the backfield and avoided a tackle before running untouched down the left sideline. Andersen added the PAT for the 14-7 lead at 1:25. Unfortunately, the Generals were able to respond quickly, as well, getting a 23-yard TD run from Pollard with just 17-seconds left in the first quarter. The PAT attempt, however, was blocked by junior captain and S Riggs Jordan/Bassett, and the hosts led 14-13 after one quarter of action.

The Tigers added a 32-yard field goal by Andersen at 6:44 of the second quarter to lead 17-13. W&L managed to take the momentum away with a late TD just before halftime, getting a one-yard scoring run from Josh Breece at 00:13, and Wright's PAT made it 20-17 at the intermission.

W&L added two third-quarter touchdowns, including an 80-yard scoring pass from Pollard to Coby Kirkland at 8:22, and a six-yard TD run by Wertz at 6:43. Wright's PAT was no good again on the first score, but successful on the second of the quarter for a 33-17 advantage after three quarters.

The Generals made it 40-17 at 13:35 of the fourth quarter when Pollard found Wertz for a seven-yard TD pass. Wright's PAT was good this time, as well.

H-SC was able to add a fourth-quarter touchdown as Smith crossed the goal line on a four-yard scoring run. Andersen's PAT made it 40-24 with 10:12 remaining, capping a six-play, 63-yard drive that included a 64-yard pass from Vick to senior captain and WR Major Morgan/Onancock.

W&L closed the scoring with a 41-yard field goal from Wright at 6:37 and the margin remained at 43-24 at the final horn.

Vick passed for a game-high 312 yards (20-34) and one TD with three interceptions (two on deflections).  Smith had a game-high 10 receptions for a game-high 148 yards receiving and one TD, and rushed for 22 yards on 11 carries and one TD.  Morgan had five receptions for 92 yards. Junior WR Blake Page/Richmond finished with two catches for 54 yards.  Andersen made the 32-yard FG, but missed from 33 yards, adding the three PATs, while Lyons had the blocked punt TD recovery with the aid of Porter on the block by the special teams unit.

Jordan had 12 tackles, including three for loss, along with the blocked PAT attempt.  Junior LB Brendan Weinberg/Apex, N.C. had 10 tackles, and senior captain and LB Griffin Davis/Charlottesville added eight tackles.

Pollard finished with 244 yards passing (7-9) and two TDs with no interceptions, adding 58 yards on 14 carries and one TD rushing for W&L.  Trey Laughlin added 52 yards rushing on 11 carries, Breece had 34 yards on 10 rushes on one TD, and Wertz added 25 yards rushing on eight carries and two TDs. Montgomery Owen had three receptions for 134 yards, and Kirkland had the one catch for 80 yards and the TD.

H-SC will play on the road at ODAC member Emory & Henry College on Saturday afternoon, October 5, at 1 p.m. in Emory.