WINCHESTER, VA-Hampden-Sydney shook off a slow start to remain perfect in ODAC play, downing Shenandoah 45-27 in Winchester. With the win, the Tigers improve to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference, while the Hornets drop to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in league play.
The Tigers were hampered early by three fumbles on their first four possessions, but the defense was stout, allowing 39 yards and holding Shenandoah to ten points.
Hampden-Sydney's offense hit its stride on its fifth attempt, driving 80 yards in ten plays as Brady Macko (Kill Devil Hills, NC/First Flight) put the team on the board with a four-yard run late in the first quarter.
After traded possessions in the second quarter, the Tigers struck again with Michael Mey (Glen Allen, VA/VMI) going 70 yards on a pass from Nash Nance (Calhoun, GA/Tennessee) to take the first lead of the game at 14-10.
Two drives later, Shenandoah drove deep into Tiger territory getting to the Hampden-Sydney five-yard line. Josh Doggett (Mechanicsville, VA/Atlee) stopped Cedrick Delaney in the backfield, and John Moore (Powhatan, VA/Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot) broke up a pass to force a 23-yard field goal.
The Tigers returned the favor on the ensuing drive, as Max Antwerpes (Mainz, Germany/Kenston Forest) hitting a 27-yard field goal to take the 17-13 lead.
Just before the half, Shenandoah again drove into Hampden-Sydney territory, but a big stop on fourth-and-one by Doggett and Moore preserved the Tigers' four point lead.
After the defense forced a quick three-and-out to start the second half, the offense capitalized with Nance running in on a one-yard score to go up 24-13.
Shenandoah ended its scoring drought early in the fourth quarter, using a Levi Hardy 26-yard touchdown catch to come within 11, but the Tigers fired right back on its next drive with Nance running in for his second one-yard score of the day.
The defense again stepped up with Martin Owens (Lynchburg, VA/Virginia Episcopal) picking off Drew Ferguson on the Hampden-Sydney 24-yard line.
Three plays later, Nance and Walker hooked up again, this time from 72 yards out to put the Tigers up 45-20 with just under six minutes to play.
Shenandoah then scored on its final drive of the game with a Qlyl Middelijn 13-yard reception.
Hampden-Sydney finished the game with another big offensive output, producing 491 yards of offense with 381 coming in the air and 110 on the ground. Nance was 21-of-31 for 381 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 37 yards and two scores.
Walker led all receivers with five catches for 167 yards and two scores. With his two touchdowns, he is now tied with Drew Smith '08 for the most career touchdown receptions (37) in school history.
Defensively, the Tigers surrendered 375 yards with 198 passing and 177 rushing. Robert Stack (Charlotte, NC/Merchant Marine) led all players with 13 tackles and 1.5 for loss. Doggett added ten tackles, including 1.0 for loss, and Shreve Rohle (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) and Moore added nine and eight, respectively. Moore had a big day in the backfield with 3.0 tackles for a total loss of ten yards. Nick Martin (Round Hill, VA/Loudoun Valley) and Michael Bazemore (Mechanicsville, VA/Atlee) each added seven tackles.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action next Saturday, November 1 as the Tigers travel to face Bridgewater College. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm.