#14 Tigers' Comeback Not Enough, Fall 34-27

MONTGOMERY, AL-Despite outscoring Huntingdon 15-0 in the second half, #14 Hampden-Sydney was unable to climb out of its 34-12 deficit in the 34-27 loss. With the loss, the Tigers fall to 3-1 while Huntingdon improves to 3-1.

The Tigers came out with two plays to Kirk Rohle (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) for 10 and 13 yards to begin their march. An incomplete pass and two sacks, however, forced the Tigers to punt. Huntingdon capitalized with a 77 yard drive lasting just 55 seconds to take the early lead.

After the two teams traded interceptions, Huntingdon doubled the lead as Parker Roberts rushed into the end zone to take the 14-0 advantage.

Hampden-Sydney hit its groove on the ensuing drive, taking just over four minutes to go 60 yards on 12 plays. The drive was capped off with a four yard scamper from quarterback Travis Lane (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin). The Tigers failed to convert on the extra point attempt keeping the score at 14-6.

Huntingdon fired right back, taking its drive into the second quarter, where a Tyler Hall seven yard touchdown reception from Neal Posey put the Hawks up 21-6.

The back-and-forth offensive battle continued as the Tigers fought back. The drive started on a good note with Lane hitting Rohle for 26 yards. Nine plays later, Lane rushed into the end zone again for his second score of the day. The Tigers' two-point conversion attempt failed, and they trailed 21-12.

Posey struck again on the ensuing Hawk drive, though, to put his team up 27-12. Back-to-back Hawk interceptions kept the Tigers out of the end zone, but Posey was able to hit Cody Pearcy for a 49 yard touchdown and a 34-12 lead.

Although the first half was all offense, the defenses buckled down in the second half to limit the touchdowns. After a combined five unsuccessful drives, the Tigers were able to break the drought as senior Kyle Vance (Onley, VA/Broadwater Academy) caught his first touchdown reception of the day on a five yard pass from Lane.

After Evan King (Lewisburg, WV/Episcopal) ran in the two-point conversion attempt, the Tigers cut the Hawk lead to 34-20.    

As Hampden-Sydney desperately needed a stop in the fourth quarter, sophomore Zach Morgan (Virginia Beach, VA/Ocean Lakes) came up with an interception to foil the Hawks.

Eight minutes later, Lane and Vance hooked up in the end zone again - this time for a 27 yard strike to come within seven points at 34-27 with 2:43 remaining.

The Tiger defense did what it needed to do, forcing the Hawks into a three-and-out to give the Tigers one last shot.

Huntingdon, however, came up with its fourth interception of the day as Trammell DeJarnett picked off the Tigers' touchdown attempt in the end zone.

On the day, Hampden-Sydney amassed 437 yards of offense via 338 passing and 99 rushing but was hampered by five turnovers. Rohle accounted for 188 yards of offense on 82 rushing yards and 106 receiving yards on a game-high 13 receptions. Vance tallied a game-high 113 yards and two touchdowns on 11 receptions. Lane completed 35 of his 63 attempts with 338 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions. He also scored two touchdowns on the ground.

Defensively, junior Kenny Fryman (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) tallied ten tackles. Sean Stewart (Alexandria, VA/Mount Vernon) and Alex Price (Fairfax, VA/Fairfax) each tallied seven. 

Huntingdon was led by Posey's 236 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions on 17-of-29 accuracy. Trevor Manuel led the rushing attack with 74 yards on 25 carries. Pearcy caught four passes for 100 yards and three touchdowns. Kirk Johnson led all players with 12 tackles.

Hampden-Sydney returns to action Saturday, October 1st as it hosts the Cardinals of the Catholic University of America for its first conference match up of the year. Kick-off is set for 1:00 pm.