HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Hampden-Sydney's 16-game regular season win streak was broken as the Hawks of Huntingdon College defeated the Tigers 24-21 in the back-and-forth battle at Everett Stadium. With the loss, Hampden-Sydney falls to 2-1 overall while the Hawks improve to 3-1.
Though both offenses average over 400 yards- and 30-points-per-game, each defense held its counterpart in check with the Tigers accounting for 306 yards, and Huntingdon amassing 338.
The first defense to make a play was Huntingdon, as Anthony White picked off the Tigers which led to a Trevor Manuel score at the 10:23 mark in the first half.
Neither team could find an offensive rhythm, but it seemed like the Hawks would strike again near the end of the first quarter. Huntingdon started a drive on the Hampden-Sydney 36-yard and marched to the ten, but Tyler Ikwild (Philomont, VA/Loudoun Valley) sacked Neal Posey, caused a fumble, and recover to prevent the score.
The Tigers would eventually tie the game late in the second quarter as senior running back Evan King (Lewisburg, WV/Episcopal) had a two-yard scamper into the end zone.
Huntingdon was quick to fire back, however, scoring under three minutes later with a Tyler Robinson 36-yard touchdown reception.
The Hawks added to their lead in the third quarter with a 24-yard field goal, but the rest of the quarter was all Hampden-Sydney. Nash Nance (Calhoun, GA/Tennessee) plowed into the end zone on a one-yard run, and Holton Walker (Lynchburg, VA/Brookville) snagged a 40-yard touchdown reception to put the Tigers up 21-17 after three quarters.
Huntingdon, however, would get the final score of the day with Posey and Robinson hooking up again for a 30-yard score.
On the day, Nance was 20-of-37 for 227 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Walker was the top target with a game-high 11 catches for 151 yards and a score. John Michael Sparagna (Mechanicsville, VA/Atlee) was also solid with seven receptions for 46 yards. On the ground, King led the attack with 85 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
Defensively, Ikwild was a force with 13 tackles, two tackles-for-loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Charlie Shoemaker (Charlotte, NC/Myers Park) tallied nine stops while Kenny Fryman (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) and Steven Fogleman (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) each had eight stops with a combined 2.5 tackles-for-loss.
Huntingdon's Neal Posey threw for 245 yards and three touchdowns on 27-of-43 accuracy. Tyler Robinson hauled in five receptions for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Manuel led the running game with 81 yards on 21 carries.
Courtney Moss and Zach Brownell led the Hawks' defense with seven stops each while Moss added 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles-for-loss. D.J. Chappell added four tackles with 2.5 sacks.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action next Saturday, September 28, as it travels to Washington, D.C. to face the Cardinals of Catholic University. Kick off is set for 1:00 pm.