EMORY, VA-Fourteenth year head coach Marty Favret became the second coach in program history to win 100 games as the Tigers downed the Wasps of Emory & Henry 33-12. With the win, the Tigers improve to 5-1 overall and a perfect 3-0 in conference play while Emory & Henry falls to 3-3 on the year and 0-3 in the ODAC.
Favret is not only the second coach in program history to hit the century mark, but he is the second active ODAC coach to win 100 games. He now holds a career record of 100-40 and an ODAC record of 60-22.
Favret and the Tigers had to battle for the win, as they trailed 9-6 after the first quarter. Hampden-Sydney, however, used 13 unanswered points in the second quarter to take its lead and never look back. Despite scoring 21 more points, the Tigers only outgained Emory & Henry by 48 yards with Hampden-Sydney churning out 360 yards (225 pass, 135 rush) and the Wasps accounting for 312 (196 pass, 116 rush).
Hampden-Sydney wasted no time finding the end zone, as Chris Shembo (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Country Day) ran 39 yards on the fifth play of the game to put the Tigers on the board.
On the extra point attempt, the Wasps blocked the kick, and Rennel Marshall ran it back 98 yards for the two-pointer.
Emory & Henry then used over seven minutes on its next possession to score on a Jonathan Turpin one-yard run to take a 9-6 lead.
Five and a half minutes into the second quarter, the Tigers reclaimed the lead as Nash Nance (Calhoun, GA/Tennessee) scored on a one-yard run. The two-point conversion failed, but the Tigers claimed a 12-9 lead with just over nine minutes to play in the half.
The Tigers defense held strong for five plays, and Nance led the Tigers to another score, hitting Joey Druhan (Purcellville, VA/Loudoun Valley) for 49 yards and Holton Walker (Lynchburg, VA/Brookville) for 18 yards before he and Shembo connected on a two-yard touchdown pass.
Emory & Henry was later able to bring the game within a touchdown with Austin Breed nailing a 24-yard field goal with 20 seconds to play in the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, Nance hit Druhan in the end zone on a seven-yard reception on the first play of the final stanza.
Later in the fourth, Charlie Shoemaker (Charlotte, NC/Myers Park) picked off Kyle Boden and returned the ball 43 yards to set up a Walker 13-yard touchdown catch to put the Tigers up 33-12.
On the day, Nance was 21-of-32 for 225 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Druhan had a game-high 79 yards and a touchdown on four catches. Walker caught a game-high six passes for 55 yards and a score, while Fuller Clark (Roanoke, VA/North Cross) and Michael Mey (Glen Allen, VA/VMI) had 32 and 26 yards, respectively. On the ground, Brady Macko (Kill Devil Hills, NC/First Flight) and Shembo combined for 115 yards on 17 carries. Shembo scored two touchdowns.
Defensively, Shreve Rohle (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) had his second consecutive ten-tackle game. Robert Stack (Charlotte, NC/Merchant Marine Academy) and Tyler Ikwild (Philomont, VA/Loudoun Valley) had nine and eight stops, each. Josh Doggett (Mechanicsville, VA/Atlee) and John Moore (Powhatan, VA/Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot) each tallied seven stops.
Emory & Henry's Kyle Boden was 20-of-37 for 196 yards and one interception. Chad Williams was his top target with six catches for 74 yards.
Hampden-Sydney returns home for its next game, hosting the Hornets of Shenandoah University on Saturday, October 26 for Homecoming weekend. Kick off is set for 1:00 pm.