Four Football Tigers Named All-Region, Three First Teamers
MINNEAPOLIS, MN-Hampden-Sydney saw four players placed on the D3Football.com All-South Region team after the Tigers claimed their seventh ODAC Championship and third consecutive berth in the NCAA Division III Football Championship. Earning First Team honors are senior wide receiver Kyle Vance (Onley, VA/Broadwater Academy), senior center Ben Rogers (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) and sophomore cornerback Zach Morgan (Virginia Beach, VA/Ocean Lakes). Junior linebacker Kenny Fryman (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) garnered Third Team honors.
Vance, a two-time First Team All-ODAC selection, enjoyed one of the best seasons as a receiver in program history. Most recently, he was named the Receiver of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Richmond. His 16 touchdowns this season are highest in program history while his 103 receptions and 1,391 yards are second and third, respectively. He also broke the Tigers' single game receiving yard record when he went for 228 against Ferrum. He twice caught 14 receptions this year as well. While he leads the ODAC in all receiving categories, he ranks fourth nationally in receptions-per-game (9.4) and fifth in yards-per-game (126.5).
Rogers stands as one of the most awarded Hampden-Sydney football players and the only Tiger to be named First Team All-ODAC four years. In addition, he was this season's Offensive Linemen of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Richmond. The center has started in all 43 games of his career, which breaks a Hampden-Sydney record set by Hall of Fame inductee Butch Beverly '73. The senior captain has also been a vital part to helping the Tigers to a 35-5 record, two ODAC Championships and three NCAA appearances.
Morgan had a standout season at corner being named First Team All-ODAC in his first year as a full time starter. He led the ODAC and finished the regular season second in the nation in interceptions with seven. In addition, he was fourth on the team with 59 tackles - 4.0 for loss. In addition to his seven interceptions, he broke up seven more to defend 14 total passes.
Fryman, another First Team All-ODAC selection, was the heart of the defense leading the way with 95 tackles on 56 solo and 39 assisted tackles - a mark that was second in the league. He also lead the team with 2.5 sacks and 15.0 tackles-for-loss - also second in the ODAC - for 42 yards. He posted double-digit tackles in five games, including 13 stops against Bridgewater.
Wesley's quarterback Shane McSweeny was named the South Region's Player of the Year. The Defensive Player of the Year was Mary Hardin-Baylor's Javicz Jones, and Hal Mumme of McMurray was named the Coach of the Year.
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