ASHLAND, VA-In the 117th edition of the Game, Randolph-Macon proved to be too much for the Tigers, taking a 48-34 victory in the last game played on Day Field. The win is the Yellow Jackets' 46th win in the series, which the Tigers hold a 60-46-11 advantage. It ends Randolph-Macon's season at 8-2 overall and 4-2 in ODAC play. The Tigers fall to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in ODAC play.
The Jackets were a force on the ground, amassing 301 rushing yards behind 130 yards from Thaddeus Scruggs and 126 yards from Drake Sanders. The Tigers tried to combat that with an aerial attack for 402 passing yards from senior quarterback Travis Lane (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin).
The Tigers took an early deficit, as Randolph-Macon was able to score two touchdowns in the first quarter off of Hampden-Sydney turnovers to take a 13-0 lead. Hampden-Sydney was able to take its final drive of the quarter and hit the scoreboard as Sean Cavanagh (Midlothian, VA/Clover Hill) caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Lane.
As Randolph-Macon tried to respond, the Tigers forced a fumble that Alex Price (Fairfax, VA/Fairfax) recovered giving his team the ball on the Randolph-Macon 40-yard line.
The offense capitalized quickly, taking just three plays to take the lead. After Lane hit Cavanagh and Kirk Rohle (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) for 36 yards, Rohle took the four yard scamper into the end zone for a 14-13 lead just five seconds into the second stanza.
Hampden-Sydney again kept the Jackets at bay as Zach Morgan (Virginia Beach, VA/Ocean Lakes) picked off Zac Naccarato. Randolph-Macon, however, stopped the Tiger offense and responded with a 72-yard touchdown pass from Naccarato to Sanders. After a failed two-point conversion, Randolph-Macon held a 19-14 lead.
That five point lead was short lived, as Rohle scored his second touchdown of the day – this time on a five yard rush – just over a minute and a half later to put the Tigers on top 21-19.
After a Zach Sadovszky (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) interception and Hampden-Sydney punt, Randolph-Macon reclaimed the lead as Christian Cook caught an eight yard touchdown reception. Sanders then ran in for the two-point attempt, putting the Jackets up 26-21 heading into intermission.
The Randolph-Macon offense had a strong third quarter, scoring two touchdowns to the Tigers' one – a 10-yard catch by Kyle Vance (Onley, VA/Broadwater Academy). Randolph-Macon also converted a two-point attempt to take a 41-27 lead heading into the final quarter.
Randolph-Macon added to its lead with the first score of the fourth – a one yard run from Naccarato – to take a 48-27 advantage. The Tigers fired right back and cut the lead to 48-34 after Lane ran in for a one yard score.
The Tigers had one more chance with just under four minutes to play, but Jeremy Bowry came up with an interception that sealed the victory.
On the day, Lane completed 32 of his 62 pass attempts for 402 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Vance had a game-high 11 catches for 140 yards and a score. Cavanagh caught eight passes for 119 yards and a touchdown. Rohle had 92 all purpose yards and two touchdowns. With his touchdown, Vance has 14 on the year which is highest single season mark in Hampden-Sydney history. Rohle's two touchdowns put his career scoring mark at 238 which is in the top four.
Defensively, Sean Stewart (Alexandria, VA/Mount Vernon) tallied a game-high 13 tackles. Price, Kenny Fryman (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) and John Moore (Powhatan, VA/Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot) each had 11 stops.
For Randolph-Macon, Naccarato was 13-of-19 for 266 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Sanders caught two passes for 88 yards and a score, while also running for 126 yards and a touchdown. Cook caught a team-high six passes for 67 yards. Scruggs ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Vance Herndon and Naccarato each ran for touchdowns as well.
Defensively, Bowry led the team with nine tackles, while four players each had seven tackles.
The Tigers will wait until tomorrow night to see who they will play in the first round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs. The selection show will be online tomorrow night, November 13, at 6:00 pm. It can be found here.