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Tigers Take 52-0 Win at Guilford

Scott Markland

GREENSBORO, NC-The Hampden-Sydney football team got back into the win column and did so in convincing fashion, defeating the Guilford Quakers 52-0 in ODAC play. The Tigers have now moved into a three-way tie for first place in the conference with a 6-2 overall record and 4-1 mark in the ODAC. The Quakers take their first conference loss of the season, falling to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the ODAC.

The Tigers were efficient on offense, scoring on eight of their 11 drives, not including those that ended the halves. They also tallied 444 yards of offense on 249 rushing and 195 passing yards.

Defensively, the Tigers were just as dominant, holding the Quakers to just 118 yards, including seven on the ground, and seven first downs. They also notched seven sacks for a total of minus-42 yards.

Hampden-Sydney started the game with the ball, and methodically marched 77 in 12 plays and nearly five minutes. Eric Gorsline (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) capped off the drive with a four yard touchdown catch from Nash Nance (Calhoun, GA/Tennessee).

The Tigers had two failed drives, but the defense held Guilford off the board with two three-and-outs and a missed field goal.

Nance and the Tigers then righted the ship, and the quarterback found the end zone on a one-yard sneak finishing a 78-yard drive.

One play later, Scott Markland (Stephens City, VA/Sherando) recovered a fumble on the Guilford seven-yard line. Nance then ran twice, and his second rushing touchdown gave the Tigers a 21-0 lead just seconds into the second quarter.

After the defense again held strong, a big punt return from John Moore (Powhatan, VA/Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot) gave the Tigers good field position and led to a Brady Macko (Kill Devil Hills, NC/First Flight) one-yard touchdown run.

Hampden-Sydney tacked on one more touchdown in the half with Nance hitting Holton Walker (Lynchburg, VA/Brookville) for an eight-yard score and a 35-0 halftime lead.

Guilford started with the ball in the second half, but their drive was ended prematurely as Zach Morgan (Virginia Beach, VA/Ocean Lakes) picked off Matt Pawlowski and returned it 41 yards to put the Tigers up 42-0.

The Quakers marched into Hampden-Sydney territory on the ensuing drive, but the defense held strong and forced a turnover on downs.

On the first play of the next drive, Nance looked like he was going to be sacked, but eluded two defenders and ran for 34 yards to get across the 50-yard line. Two plays later, he hit Joey Kernan (Derwood, MD/Gonzaga) for a 34-yard score to go up 49-0.

Before the quarter was over, Paul Boydoh (Madison Heights, VA/Amherst) nailed a 24-yard field goal to take the 52-0 lead.

In the fourth, the Tiger offense was able to chew up nearly ten minutes off the clock and limit Guilford's chances.

On the day, Nance was 16-of-21 for 197 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He also ran 17 times for 92 yards and two more scores. Walker was hit top target with 77 yards and a touchdown on seven catches. Kernan and Gorsline each had two catches and a touchdown and 39 and 23 yards, respectively.

Macko and Chris Shembo (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Country Day) each had productive days on the ground with 71 and 64 yards.

Defensively, the Tigers recorded seven sacks, including 2.5 from Markland and two from Shaq Thomas (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale). Steven Fogleman (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) recorded a team-high eight tackles, and Josh Doggett (Mechanicsville, VA/Atlee) and Tyler Ikwild (Philomont, VA/Loudoun Valey) each recorded eight stops. Seven different players recorded tackles-for-loss, and five recorded at least 0.5 sacks.

Hampden-Sydney returns home for its final home game of the season on Hall of Fame Weekend, Saturday, November 9. The Tigers will host the Generals of Washington & Lee University at 1:00 pm.

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