HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-After a slow starting first quarter, Hampden-Sydney kicked it into high gear scoring 28 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 31-0 halftime lead en route to a 38-0 victory over the Tigers of Sewanee. The defense had an all around outstanding game, holding the visiting Tigers to just 122 yards of total offense while pitching its first shut out since the 19-0 victory over Bridgewater in 2009.
After failed drives for both teams, Hampden-Sydney began to gain ground at the 8:35 mark in the first quarter. Junior quarterback Travis Lane (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) connected four straight passes for 26 yards while Kirk Rohle (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) added five yards on the ground. In a crucial fourth and two situation on the Hampden-Sydney's own 46 yard line, Lane burst out for a 36 yard run to put Hampden-Sydney in scoring territory. Four plays later, junior David Prizzia (Jacksonville, FL/Episcopal) nailed the 27 yard field goal to go up 3-0.
The Tiger defense forced a Sewanee three and out, and Hampden-Sydney would continue its drive into the second quarter. After 25 yards from Rohle, Lane connected with Kyle Vance (Onley, VA/Broadwater Academy) for a 24 yard touchdown pass.
On the ensuing drive, senior Will Riggenbach (Midlothian, VA/Clover Hill) tallied a tackle and sack that helped force another three and out.
It only took Hampden-Sydney eight more plays to score seven more points when sophomore Regis Craft (Burkeville, VA/Nottoway) scored his first career touchdown on a one yard scamper.
Lane found Vance again on the next drive for a 24 yard strike to go up 24-0. The Tiger defense was again strong, showing back-to-back bone crushing hits from Trevor Ikwild (Philomont, VA/Loudoun Valley) and Thomas McDonald (Chesterfield, VA/L.C. Bird).
Hampden-Sydney's offense continued its roll, scoring on its fifth consecutive drive. Sophomore Evan King (Lewisburg, WV/Episcopal) capped off a six play, 36 yard drive with a one yard rush.
The home Tigers continued the trend to start the second half; Lane was solid completing six of his ten attempts for 68 yards including a two yard touchdown pass to senior Andrew Bruckner (Chesterfield, VA/L.C. Bird).
Minutes later, Sewanee was threatening to get on the board, but senior Bill Doody (Fort Lauderdale, FL/Cardinal Gibbons) thwarted the plans when he picked off a pass at the Hampden-Sydney three yard line.
The fourth quarter was also a defensive bout. Neither team moved the chains until Sewanee's final drive of the game which lasted over eight minutes. The moved from their own 30 yard line to the Hampden-Sydney 12, but the home Tigers were too much, keeping Sewanee out of the end zone.
On the day, Lane was 19-for-28 for 260 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while also leading the team with 60 yards rushing on six carries. Vance again led all receivers with 11 catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Ty Condrey (Chesterfield, VA/Manchester) and Ikwild led the way with six tackles a piece; Condrey also added a sack and 3.5 tackles for loss. As a team, the Tigers were stellar in the backfield with 13 tackles-for-loss.
Sewanee was led by Curtis Johnson who had 35 yards rushing. Defensively, Alonza Knight led all players with 11 tackles.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action next Saturday, September 25 as it travels to Salisbury, MD to face the Seagulls of Salisbury University. Kick off is set for 1:00 pm.