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Hampden-Sydney Football Falls At Randolph-Macon 45-3 In The Game

Major Morgan
Major Morgan

ASHLAND, Va.—Senior captain and wide receiver Major Morgan/Onancock had game-highs of seven receptions and 118 yards receiving, but Hampden-Sydney College dropped a 45-3 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football decision on the road at archrival Randolph-Macon College on Saturday afternoon in the 124th edition of The Game at Day Field in Ashland. The host Yellow Jackets (8-2, 7-1) got 218 yards passing and two touchdowns from Burke Estes, and 143 yards rushing from Tre Frederick against the visiting Tigers (1-9, 0-8).

R-MC took an early 7-0 lead at 9:38 of the first quarter, courtesy of a two-yard touchdown run by Andrew Ihle, while Chris Vidal added the PAT.

H-SC answered back with a 28-yard field goal from junior placekicker Rhett Andersen/Colorado Springs, Colo. with 1:01 remaining in the opening quarter to make it 7-3. Andersen's kick finished a nine-play, 39-yard drive that included a 19-yard completion from senior captain and quarterback Clay Vick/Raleigh, N.C. to Morgan, as well as 16 yards rushing by sophomore running back Kaleb Smith/Rocky Mount—seeing his first action since a brief appearance on October 12 at home against Bridgewater. On the first play of the possession, it appeared that the Tigers had scored a touchdown on a 50-yard completion from Vick to junior wide receiver Blake Page/Richmond; however, the apparent scoring play was nullified due to a penalty against the visitors.

The Yellow Jackets added a 34-yard field goal by Vidal at 11:39 of the second quarter to lead 10-3, and the hosts increased the margin to 17-3 via a 37-yard touchdown pass from Estes to Trey Owens on fourth down with 1:58 left in the quarter to provide for the halftime margin. H-SC did attempt a 42-yard field goal with one-second on the first-half clock, but Andersen's kick was short and may have been tipped by a Macon defender.

R-MC took the first possession of the third quarter and added another touchdown, this time on a two-yard scoring run by Marcus Bazala at 9:17. Vidal added the PAT for a 24-3 advantage. The Yellow Jackets missed a 26-yard field goal attempt off the right upright with 4:35 left in the quarter, but added a 40-yard touchdown pass from Estes to Frederick at 2:55 of the quarter, and Vidal's PAT made it 31-3 after three quarters.

R-MC added a five-yard touchdown run by Jordan Foster with 13:55 remaining in the fourth quarter to lead 38-3 after the PAT from Vidal. The Yellow Jackets scored again on a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown by Calvin Whitehead at 12:30 of the quarter, and the PAT by Vidal made it 45-3 to provide for the final margin.

Morgan led H-SC with his game-highs of seven receptions and 118 yards receiving. He concludes his outstanding four-year career with 232 receptions for 3,084 yards and 26 touchdowns in 38 games. Major ranks fourth in career receptions and career receiving yards, and fifth in career receiving touchdowns for the Tigers.

Vick finished with 166 yards passing (15-35), while Smith added 58 yards rushing on 23 carries, adding four receptions for 19 yards. Page added two catches for 18 yards.

Junior linebacker Brendan Weinberg/Apex, N.C. had a game-high and career-high 16 tackles for H-SC. Senior captain and linebacker Griffin Davis/Charlottesville and junior cornerback Brad Jeffers/Warrenton each added 12 tackles for the Tigers, while sophomore cornerback Dallas Robinson/Lorton and freshman safety Jacob Bayer/Wirtz each contributed 10 tackles.

Griffin finishes his outstanding four-year career with 295 tackles, including 183 solo stops and 112 assists, with 38 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, four interceptions, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two broken-up passes.

Estes finished with a game-high 218 yards passing (15-17) and two touchdowns for R-MC, while Frederick added a game-high 143 yards rushing on 20 carries, along with 40 yards receiving and one touchdown. Foster had 49 yards rushing on five carries and one touchdown, Bazala had 37 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown, and Ihle had five yards on three carries and one touchdown. Owens contributed 40 yards receiving on three catches and one touchdown. Steve McNair had six tackles for the Yellow Jackets.

H-SC has completed the 2019 football campaign, continuing to lead the all-time series against R-MC in The Game, 60-53-11; however, the Yellow Jackets have won six-straight and eight of the last nine games in the storied rivalry considered the Oldest Small School Rivalry in the South.