HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Hampden-Sydney Tigers exploded for a 25-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, defeating Guilford 68-24 in a key ODAC match up. With the win, Hampden-Sydney improves to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in ODAC play while the Quakers drop to 4-4 overall and 3-2 in conference play.
The Tigers wasted no time, scoring just 61 seconds into the game. On the fourth play, sophomore quarterback Nash Nance (Calhoun, GA/Tennessee) hit Regis Craft (Burkeville, VA/Nottoway) for a nine-yard score. Nance then converted for two when he and Holton Walker (Lynchburg, VA/Brookville) connected to go up 8-0.
Hampden-Sydney hit the board again less than five minutes later with a Max Antwerpes (Mainz, Germany/Kenston Forest) field goal from 32 yards.
Walker did more damage in the half, catching two touchdown passes from 10- and 38-yards out.
Guilford hit the scoreboard on the first play of the second quarter with a 39-yard field goal, but Hampden-Sydney fired back and scored on the ensuing drive with John Michael Sparagna (Mechanicsville, VA/Old Dominion) hauling in an eight yard touchdown pass from Nance.
The back-and-forth scoring continued, and the Quakers made it 32-10 on a Matt Pawlowski two-yard run. The Tigers, though, responded yet again - this time on the ground - with an Evan King (Lewisburg, WV/Episcopal) two-yard scamper with just under a minute in the half. Nance and Sparagna hooked up on the two-point conversion to take a 40-10 lead into intermission.
Guilford converted on its first drive of the second half with another Pawlowski score - from one-yard out, but King and the Tigers fired back with back-to-back touchdowns. King caught a six-yard pass from Nance, and then ran in the end zone from three-yards out to put the Tigers up 54-17.
The Tigers tacked on two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Chris Shembo (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Country Day) ran for a 1-yard score and Brady Macko (Kill Devil Hills, NC/First Flight) burst out for a 65-yard score.
The Quakers also scored in the final period; quarterback Mitch Ferrick hit Lawrence Blake for an 18-yard strike.
As a team, the Tigers put up 590 yards of offense behind 257 rushing and 333 passing yards. Nance was 22-of-35 for 309 yards, five touchdowns, and no interceptions. Walker was again the top target with 170 yards and two scores on ten catches. He now has 1,060 receiving yards on the season.
Macko ran for a career-high 103 yards and a touchdown on ten carries. King ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries while catching six passes for 52 yards and another score.
Defensively, the Tigers were solid holding Guilford scoreless in the first quarter and without a first down on the first three drives. The team also recorded ten tackles-for-loss. Kenny Fryman (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) led the charge with nine tackles, including three-for-loss. Steven Fogleman (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover), Nick Martin (Round Hill, VA/Loudoun Valley), Charlie Shoemaker (Charlotte, NC/Myers Park), and Larry Haskins (Farmville, VA/Fuqua) all recorded five tackles.
Guilford notched 291 passing yards and 41 rushing yards and was led by Matt Pawlowski's 242 passing yards on 22-of-36 accuracy and one interception. Adam Smith recorded 108 yards on seven receptions.
Defensively, Satiir Stevenson led the way with 13 tackles.
Hampden-Sydney will hit the road to face the Generals of Washington & Lee next Saturday, November 3. Kick off is set for 1:00 pm.