HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - Nash Nance's (Calhoun, GA / Tennessee) four-yard rush touchdown in overtime gave Hampden-Sydney Football a 35-28 win over the Guilford College Quakers on Saturday afternoon. With a win next Saturday in "The Game," Hampden-Sydney will be the 2014 ODAC Champions.
H-SC scored on the opening drive. Nance looked to be heading to pay-dirt on a QB roll out from the H-SC 40 but just barely stepped out of bounds at the Guilford 34. On the next play, Holton Walker (Lynchburg, VA / Brookville) reeled in a 34-yard touchdown pass to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead and set the school record for career receiving touchdowns at 39.
In what could have easily been a shootout giving the ability of both teams to sling the ball all over the field, it was a game of stout defense for the remainder of the first half. Neither team could get much going on offense as several great pass breakups thwarted both teams. Late in the first, Guilford eventually scored on a 12-play drive when Matt Pawlowski found Trey Dill in the corner of the end zone for a six-yard TD pass to tie the game.
The second quarter only saw three drives. The two squads traded missed field goals on the first two drives that ate up 10:45 of the clock. The Tigers got the ball back on their own 20 yard drive at 4:15 and steadily marched down the field. On the 16th play of the possession, Nance threaded in a pass to a diving Joey Kernan (Derwood, MD / Gonzaga) who just got a foot down in the end zone before going out of bounds with 24 seconds left to give H-SC a 14-7 halftime lead.
Guilford got the ball to start the second half and got all the way down to the Tigers five-yard line but was not able to punch it in for a touchdown. On third and goal from the five, Sidney Henry (Haymarket, VA / Battlefield) broke up a pass, forcing Guilford to settle for a 22-yard field goal. On second and six from the Guilford 47, Nance found Walker for 22 yards and the next play saw the same connection work again for a 25-yard passing score, making it 21-10 Tiger advantage, a lead that would hold going into the fourth quarter.
Early in the fourth, Adam Smith scored on a 67-yard catch and run TD on Guilford's first big yardage play of the game at 13:20, cutting the lead 21-18 following a two-point conversion. The Tigers responded on their next possession with a 25-yard strike to Michael Mey (Glen Allen, VA / VMI) to go back up 10, 28-18, with 9:02 left.
The Quakers marched deep into Hampden-Sydney territory again, getting first and goal from the Tigers 10-yard line, but the Tigers forced three straight incomplete passes to stymie another Guilford red zone possession. Guilford ended up settling for a 22-yard field goal.
The Quaker defense got a big stop on H-SC's next drive, forcing a Hampden-Sydney punt and starting their drive from their own 29-yard line with 1:56 left. Guilford executed the two-minute drill to perfection. Austen Thompson tied the game on an 18-yard catch to make it 28-28 and left just 16 seconds left on the clock as H-SC took a knee to send the game to overtime.
Guilford won the coin toss and elected to defend. Nance opened the drive with a 13-yard run for a first down. Two players later on third and two from the Guilford four-yard line, Nance ran it in to make it a 35-28 H-SC lead, forcing Guilford to have to score a TD to send the game to a second overtime.
Josh Schow was brought down for a two-yard loss by Michael Bazemore (Mechanicsville, VA / Atlee), and CJ Hobbs gained back the lost yardage on the next play, putting the Quakers in a third and 10. That's when Dion Berry (Powhatan, VA / Powhatan) squashed the Quakers hopes as he broke up the next two passes, with the last being in the end zone, to clinch the win.
Nance went 19-28 through the air for 237 yards and four touchdowns and also ran for 138 yards on 21 carries for another touchdown. Walker added 109 receiving yards on eight catches with two touchdowns. Brady Macko (Kill Devil Hills, NC / First Flight) racked up 68 yards on the ground via 13 carries. John Moore (Powhatan, VA / Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot) led the team with 11 tackles and one pass breakup while Henry added 10 tackles, eight of the solo variety, and three breakups. Larry Haskins (Buckingham, VA / Fuqua) tacked on eight tackles.
Pawlowski threw for 363 yards and three touchdowns while Adam Smith had eight receptions for 154 yards. Daytwyn Rascoe has 11 tackles while Jaylan Martin had eight stops. JarMario Gooch broke up three passes to go along with seven tackles.Randolph-Macon comes to The Hill next Saturday for a 1 pm rendition of "The Game."