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Tigers Fall 45-42 in Four Overtime Thriller

Evan King

LEXINGTON, VA-Hampden-Sydney and Washington and Lee battled for four quarters to a 27-27 draw, and could not break that tie and were knotted at 42-42 after three overtimes. The Generals' Luke Heinsohn, however, kicked a 37-yard game winning field goal in the fourth overtime to claim a 45-42 victory in a hard-fought battle by both sides. With the loss, Hampden-Sydney falls to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in ODAC play; Washington and Lee improves to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the ODAC.

The game saw three lead changes, three ties, and 949 yards of total offense. Hampden-Sydney amassed 410 yards with 262 through the air and 160 rushing, and the Generals tallied 539 yards behind 501 rushing yards.

Hampden-Sydney was the first to hit the scoreboard as Max Antwerpes (Mainz, Germany/Kenston Forest) knocked in a 31-yard field goal on the first possession of the game.

On Washington and Lee's first possession, Russ Leboff (Amelia, VA/Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot) recovered a fumble on the third play to give it right back to the Tigers. Though the Tigers did not convert, John Michael Sparagna (Mechanicsville, VA/Old Dominion) eventually put the Tigers up 10-0 on a one-yard run under 30 seconds into the second quarter.

Four plays later, sophomore Josh Doggett (Mechanicsville, VA/Atlee) forced another Washington and Lee fumble, recovered by John Moore (Powhatan, VA/Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot), that led to Evan King (Lewisburg, WV/Episcopal) putting Hampden-Sydney up 17-0 on a two-yard touchdown run.

Washington and Lee then used almost eight minutes and 15 plays to march 75 yards for a Heinsohn three-yard score. Leboff blocked the extra point attempt to keep it a 17-6 game.

The Generals continued their momentum into the second half, scoring on their first possession to come within 17-13 on another Heinsohn touchdown. On the ensuing Tiger possession, Lee Peaseley picked off Nash Nance (Calhoun, GA/Tennessee), and Heinsohn found the end zone one more time – from 35-yards out – eight plays later, giving Washington & Lee its first lead at 20-17 with just over four minutes to play in the third quarter.

The lead did not last long, however, as King marched into the end zone four minutes later to put Hampden-Sydney back on top 24-20 after three quarters.

The Tigers tacked on a 24-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, but Heinsohn scored his fourth touchdown of the game with 39 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 27-27.

In the first overtime, Hampden-Sydney stopped the Generals on the goal line with a group tackle on fourth-and-one. The Tigers, however, failed to convert on their attempt to send the game into a second overtime.

On the first play, Nance hit Holton Walker (Lynchburg, VA/Brookville) to put the Tigers up 34-27. On defense, the Tigers had Washington and Lee at fourth-and-five on the 20, but Brett Murray broke out and found the end zone to put the game at a third overtime.

Murray found the goal line again in the third overtime, and after a successful two point conversion, the Generals led 42-34. The Tigers scored on their attempt four plays later as Nance dove over the line of scrimmage for the score. King then ran in the two-point conversion to knot the game at 42-42 and send the game to a fourth overtime.

After the Tigers failed to convert on a 43-yard field goal attempt, Heinsohn knocked in the 37-yard game winner.

On the day, Nance was 24-of-38 for 262 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also had a rushing touchdown. Walker had six catches for 73 yards and a score; Mike Goad (Chesterfield, VA/Matoaca) had five catches for 55 yards; and Fuller Clark (Roanoke, VA/North Cross) and Sparagna each had five catches and combined for 96 yards.

King led the ground game with two touchdowns and 55 yards on 17 carries.

Defensively, the Tigers were led by Alex Price (Fairfax, VA/Fairfax) and Charlie Shoemaker (Charlotte, NC/Myers Park) who each had 14 tackles. Moore and Kenny Fryman (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) had 11 and ten tackles, respectively.

Washington and Lee was led by Heinsohn's four touchdowns and field goal with 242 yards on 36 carries. Murray scored the team's other two touchdowns while adding 64 yards on 11 carries. Quarterback Nick Lombardo rushed for 170 yards on 30 carries.

Defensively, Jake Pelton tallied a team-high ten tackles.

Hampden-Sydney returns to Everett Stadium for the regular season finale against RandolphRandolph-Macon on November 10 in the 118th edition of the Game. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm.

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