EMORY, Va. -- Emory & Henry College totaled 592 yards of offense, including 391 yards passing from Hunter Taylor and 265 yards receiving by Derrick Yates, toward a 56-17 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football win past Hampden-Sydney College on Saturday afternoon at Fred Selfe Stadium in Emory. The visiting Tigers (1-4, 0-3) fell behind 28-3 at halftime and never recovered against the host Wasps (2-2, 1-1). Taylor threw for five touchdowns and ran for another, while Yates had three touchdown receptions.
H-SC put the first points on the scoreboard in the opening quarter when junior K Rhett Andersen/Poquoson connected on a 33-yard field goal at 9:17. The Tigers had taken their initial possession 59 yards on 12 plays for the early 3-0 advantage, getting 37 yards rushing on five carries from sophomore RB Kaleb Smith/Rocky Mount.
E&H took its first possession 54 yards on 10 plays before junior CB Brad Jeffers/Warrenton intercepted a pass inside the 10-yard line and returned to the H-SC 27. Following a Tiger punt, the Wasps scored their first touchdown on a 13-yard pass from Taylor to Gunner Griffith for a 7-3 lead with just 28-seconds left in the quarter after the PAT by Matt Seals.
E&H added three second-quarter TDs to lead 28-3 at the intermission. T.J. Tester scored on a 15-yard run at 12:24, followed by Griffith's second scoring reception (14 yards) from Taylor at 7:31, and Taylor scored on the ground from two yards out at 2:23. Seals added all three PATs for the 25-point margin at the break.
H-SC created a break on the second-half kickoff, as senior HB Steve Witmer/Atlanta, Ga. forced a fumble that was recovered at the E&H 25 by sophomore S Noah Dowdy/Powhatan. Senior captain and QB Clay Vick/Raleigh, N.C. connected with Smith on two-straight passes, the latter a 19-yard scoring toss at 14:18, and the Tigers were within 28-10 after the PAT by Andersen.
The two teams traded punts before the hosts scored on a 21-yard TD pass from Taylor to Yates at 9:44, and the PAT by Seals made it 35-10. E&H made it 42-10 when Taylor and Yates connected again for the TD, this time a 12-yard scoring play with another PAT from Seals at 4:33.
H-SC added its second touchdown of the third quarter when junior WR Blake Page/Richmond caught a 13-yard scoring pass from Vick at 1:07. Andersen added the PAT and the quarter ended with the Tigers trailing 42-17.
E&H scored again early in the fourth quarter as Yates caught his third TD pass from Taylor at 14:54, a 31-yard reception. The PAT by Seals made it 49-17. The Wasps closed the scoring with a 50-yard TD run by backup QB Ander Sloan with 6:11 left to play, and Seals' PAT provided for the final margin of 56-17.
Vick passed for 195 yards (23-42) and two touchdowns with two interceptions. Smith had 51 yards rushing on 15 attempts, adding 62 yards receiving on eight receptions and one touchdown. Junior WR Dillon Costello/Haymarket had 38 yards on five catches, and Page finished with 29 yards on three catches and one touchdown. Senior captain and WR Major Morgan/Onancock had just two receptions for 21 yards, junior TE Tucker Moore/Evington added two catches for 19 yards, while junior WR Nick Kallivokas/Purcellville had two catches for 18 yards.
Sophomore CB Jordan Fields/Chapel Hill, N.C. had 12 tackles to lead the Tigers, while senior captain and LB Griffin Davis/Charlottesville added 10 tackles, including one for loss. Junior LB Brendan Weinberg/Apex, N.C. had the other interception for the visitors, along with four tackles, one for loss.
Taylor passed for 391 yards (26-35) and five touchdowns with two interceptions, adding 26 yards on the ground and one TD. Tester had 84 yards rushing on 14 carries and one touchdown, and Sloan added 50 yards and the TD. Yates had 13 receptions for 265 yards and three touchdowns, while Griffith added 56 yards receiving on seven catches and two TDs.
Ivan Phillips led E&H with nine tackles, including two for loss, and Zyquis Law had eight tackles, one for loss.
H-SC will return home to welcome ODAC member and league-leading Bridgewater College on Saturday afternoon, October 12, at 1 p.m. on Fulton Field at Lewis C. Everett Stadium. The game will take place during the College's annual Homecoming weekend.