H-Sydney Will Play for ODAC Title

From Hampden-Sydney athletics:

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - Hampden-Sydney ended its home season on the right note with a 35-22 win over Washington & Lee in the last home game of the 2013 season. The team's 21 seniors won their 30th game while boosting the Tigers' record to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in ODAC play. The Generals fall to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the conference.

The Tigers will now compete for the ODAC Championship with arch-rival Randolph-Macon next Saturday in Ashland.

For the second straight week, junior quarterback Nash Nance (Calhoun, GA/Tennessee) accounted for five of the Tigers' touchdowns, running for three and throwing for two. He was also very efficient, completing 17 of his 23 attempts for 202 yards. He also ran for 88 yards and three touchdowns.

The Tigers were the first team to get on the scoreboard, but it was not until 13 minutes into the game. After each team punted, Nance led the Tigers 87 yards, and 15 plays and nearly six minutes later, a one-yard quarterback sneak put the home team up 7-0.

The Tiger defense then ended the quarter with a three-and-out, and the offense started the second quarter on its own 47-yard later. Senior running back Chris Shembo (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Country Day) gained 41 yards in two plays to put the Tigers within striking distance in under two minutes. Nance then ran eight yards for the score, and the Tigers built a 14-0 lead.

The Generals were down, but not out, as they used the next nine and a half minutes to drive 79 yards. Marshall Hollerith ended the drive with a one yard score.

The Tigers responded, however, and just five plays later, Holton Walker (Lynchburg, VA/Brookville) caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Nance to put the lead back to 14 at 21-7.

Two players later, Michael Bazemore (Mechanicsville, VA/Atlee) forced and recovered a fumble that gave the ball back to Hampden-Sydney at the Generals' 25-yard line.

The Tigers took advantage again, as Walker and Nance connected for their second scoring hookup of the day on a 22-yard touchdown pass just 35 seconds before the half.

The Generals controlled much of the third quarter, possessing the ball for nearly 13 minutes and scoring once on a Nick Lombardo eight-yard rush.

They then scored again early in the fourth quarter, but missed the extra point, and trailed just 28-20.

As they had before, the Tigers responded on the ensuing drive, marching 77 yards in eight plays with Nance running for his third score on a nine yard run.

After the teams traded possessions, the Tigers took over on their own 20-yard line with two minutes to play. Washington & Lee had a timeout, so the Tigers were just short of running the clock out. Rather than punting from their own end zone, the Tigers took the safety with 11 seconds remaining and punted. The Generals ran one more play but could not score.

On the day, Hampden-Sydney tallied 367 yards of total offense via 202 passing and 165 rushing. Walker was Nance's top target with 102 receiving yards and two touchdowns on seven receptions. Michael Mey (Glen Allen, VA/VMI) caught three passes for 41 yards, and Shembo caught two passes for 17 yards.

On the ground, Shembo led the way with 95 yards on 11 carries.

Defensively, the Tigers allowed 350 yards offense with 272 coming on the ground and 78 through the air. Tyler Ikwild (Philomont, VA/Loudoun Valley) led the way with a game-high 15 tackles, including two-for-loss. Josh Doggett (Mechanicsville, VA/Atlee) tallied 13 stops, and Robert Stack (Charlotte, NC/Merchant Marine Academy) notched ten tackles. John Moore (Powhatan, VA/Blesses Sacrament-Huguenot) and Charlie Shoemaker (Charlotte, NC/Myers Park) had nine and eight tackles, respectively.

The Tigers wrap up the regular season on Saturday, November 16 as they travel to Ashland to face arch-rival Randolph-Macon in the 119th edition of The Game. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm.