DANVILLE, VA-The Hampden-Sydney Football Tigers fell 33-14 on Sunday afternoon to Averett in the 2018 season opener. The action started out back and forth, but the Cougars managed 20 unanswered points that began with a 100-yard kickoff return in the second quarter to clinch the victory. The Tigers stand at 0-1 on the young season while Averett begins its year at 1-0.
Averett fired right back, scoring on the ensuing drive but failed to convert the extra point, making it a 7-6 lead for the Tigers midway through the first quarter.
Averett then took its first lead of the game, capitalizing on a Hampden-Sydney fumble, and finding the endzone three plays later for a 12-7 lead.
It looked like Averett was going to extend its lead, but the Tiger defense forced a fumble right in front of the goal line to prevent the score and get the ball back. Cobb then led the offense 75 yards and hit Major Morgan (Onancock, VA/Broadwater Academy) for a five yard touchdown and a 14-12 lead.
The lead, however, was short lived as Averett returned the Tigers' kickoff for a touchdown and a 19-14 lead midway through the second quarter.
Averett extended its lead before the end of the half, scoring a 49-yard touchdown to take a 26-12 lead into intermission.
Defenses took control in the second half as neither team had success finding the endzone. Averett scored the only touchdown of the half, using a 41-yard interception return to up its lead to 33-14.
Offensively, the Tigers had 400 yards on 356 passing and 44 rushing. Cobb went 33-of-53 for 330 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Clay Vick (Raleigh, NC/Leesville Road) went 3-of-4 for 26 yards and an interception. Morgan led all receivers with ten catches for 153 yards and a touchdown. Kaleb Smith (Rocky Mount, VA/Franklin County) caught eight passes for 93 yards to go with 13 carries for 49 yards.
Defensively, the Tigers allowed 471 yards of offense on 306 yards rushing and 165 yards passing. Ryan Mallory (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) led the unit with 11 total tackles, while Riggs Jordan (Spencer, VA/Hargrave) and Griffin Davis (Charlottesville, VA/Monticello) had nine and eight stops, respectively.
The Tigers will open their home schedule on Saturday, September 8 as they will host the Captains of Christopher Newport University at Lewis C. Everett Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 PM.