HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va.—Hampden-Sydney College senior team captain and QB Clay Vick/Raleigh, N.C. threw for one touchdown and ran for another, but visiting Ferrum College scored the final 17 points of the game for a 31-14 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football road win on Saturday at Fulton Field at Lewis C. Everett Stadium. Vick tossed a 34-yard TD pass to junior WR Dillon Costello/Haymarket, before later scoring on a three-yard run for the Tigers (1-8, 0-7). The Panthers (4-5, 3-4) got 169 yards passing and two touchdowns from Zack Clifford, and broke the game open with a 65-yard touchdown run from Taylor Brown on fourth down via a fake-punt play midway through the fourth quarter.
H-SC and Ferrum battled through a scoreless first quarter before Vick found Costello on a crossing pattern over the middle with Costello racing untouched to the end zone. Junior PK Rhett Andersen/Colorado Springs, Colo. added the PAT for a 7-0 advantage at 11:54 of the second quarter. The opening touchdown capped a 72-yard drive over eight plays and 4:08 off the clock. Vick was 5-5 on the possession for 56 yards, including the scoring pass play.
The two teams traded punts before Ferrum drove 88 yards on 12 plays that ended with a two-yard scoring run by Brian Mann. Brad Green added the PAT and it was 7-7 with 3:04 left in the first half. Neither team was able to score again during the opening half, as the Tigers suffered an interception, and the Panthers ran out of time on their final possession of the half—the score remaining 7-7 at the intermission.
Ferrum took a 14-7 advantage late in the third quarter when Clifford connected with Quentin Wallace for an 11-yard scoring pass. Green added the PAT at 4:36. On the Panthers' possession before the score, the Tigers' defense had stiffened inside the five-yard line and forced a turnover on downs with a stop on fourth and one at the three when junior LB Brendan Weinberg/Apex, N.C. made the stop behind the line of scrimmage for a one-yard loss.
H-SC put together a 13-play, 75-yard drive that spanned the third and fourth quarters before culminating with Vick's three-yard scoring run on a quarterback draw-play with 14:54 left to play. Andersen's PAT made it a 14-14 contest. Vick was 5-8 passing on the possession for 60 yards, including a big 38-yard connection with junior WR Blake Page/Richmond down the sideline.
Ferrum answered right back with a go-ahead, 26-yard field goal from Green at 10:53 to lead 17-14. The Tigers were unable to move the ball on their next possession, and it appeared that the hosts had stopped the Panthers on their next possession, as well; however, the visitors snapped directly to their up-back, Brown, in punt formation on fourth down and he raced 65 yards down the middle of the field for the momentum-changing touchdown with 6:33 remaining. Green's PAT made it 24-14.
H-SC had to punt again on its next possession, before Ferrum added a late 25-yard scoring pass from Clifford to Ryan Beidleman with just 2:30 on the clock. Green added the PAT for the final margin.
Vick finished with 193 yards passing (21-40) and one touchdown with three interceptions, adding the touchdown run, as well. He was seeing his first action since leaving the Shenandoah game at the end of the first quarter on October 19, due to an injury. Junior RB Cole Becker/Spring Lake, N.C. had 31 yards rushing on seven carries before exiting in the first half with an injury, while sophomore WR Justin Primm/Fairfax added 17 yards on two carries late in the contest. Costello finished with 57 yards receiving on five receptions and the touchdown catch, senior team captain and WR Major Morgan/Onancock had seven catches for 51 yards, and Page finished with 44 yards on three receptions.
Clifford finished with 169 yards passing (16-24) and two touchdowns with no interceptions, adding 59 yards rushing on seven carries. Brown had the 65 yards for the touchdown, and Mann finished with 47 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown. Beidleman had 74 yards receiving on five receptions and one touchdown, while Wallace added 43 yards on five catches and one touchdown. Brown, a starting linebacker, also had a team-high nine tackles.
It was Senior Day for 12 of our very special Tigers who played in their final game at Everett Stadium. These outstanding young men include left guard Mitch Barrick (Williamsburg), team captain and linebacker Griffin Davis (Charlottesville), defensive end Tyler Frink (Farmville), left tackle Andrew Grage (Virginia Beach), center Nate Higgins (Arden, N.C.), left guard Jarrett Moore (Prince Frederick, Md.), team captain and wide receiver Major Morgan (Onancock), quarterback Austin Murphy (Melfa), linebacker Tony Talbert (Charlottesville), defensive tackle Nick Turner (Rocky Mount), team captain and quarterback Clay Vick (Raleigh, N.C.), and H-Back Steve Witmer (Atlanta, Ga.). We congratulate each of them, we thank each of them, and we wish each of them only the best!
H-SC will play on the road at ODAC archrival Randolph-Macon College on Saturday afternoon, November 16, at 1 p.m. in Ashland. It marks the 124th edition of 'The Game'.