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Hampden-Sydney Football Plays At Emory & Henry On Saturday

Andrew Grage
Andrew Grage

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney College will play on the road at Emory & Henry College in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football action on Saturday afternoon, October 5, at 1 p.m. at Fred Selfe Stadium in Emory. The visiting Tigers are 1-3 overall, 0-2 in the ODAC, while the host Wasps are 1-2 overall, 0-1 in the ODAC. The two storied programs are meeting for the 76th time since 1922.

The game can be heard locally in the Farmville area on WFLO Radio, 95.7 FM, and live video will be streamed online, as well.

Hampden-Sydney (1-3, 0-2)
at Emory & Henry (1-2, 0-1) | Live Stats | Audio | VideoGAME NOTES (PDF)
Location: Fred Selfe Stadium at Nicewonder Field | Emory, Va.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019
Time: 1 p.m.
Radio: Cannon Watson (play-by-play), Scott Simms

The Series
E&H narrowly leads the overall series between the two schools, 38-37, though H-SC took a 56-27 home win last September 29, 2018 on Fulton Field at Lewis C. Everett Stadium. The Tigers have won 16 of the last 17 games played between the two programs and H-SC is 16-3 against the Wasps under the direction of head coach Marty Favret, including 14 consecutive wins between 2002 and 2015. The average margin of victory in 13 of those contests was 18.3 points, not counting 2007 when the Wasps had to vacate a 29-19 home win.

Last Year
H-SC scored 35 second-half points toward the convincing 56-27 home win. The Tigers led 14-7 after one quarter, and 21-14 at halftime, before the big second half. H-SC led 42-21 through three quarters, and added two more touchdowns in the fourth. Alec Cobb passed for a career-high 519 yards (37-55) and five touchdowns with no interceptions, adding a rushing TD, too. The 519 yards through the air ranks second all-time at H-SC. Major Morgan had a game-high 11 receptions for a game-high 181 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Kaleb Smith had a game-high 11 receptions for 110 yards and one touchdown, adding 69 yards rushing on 21 carries and two TDs on the ground, and had 30 yards passing (1-1). Blake Page had eight catches for 109 yards -- the third Tiger with over 100 yards receiving -- and one touchdown, while Ed Newman added three receptions for 75 yards. Brandon Smith caught an 11-yard TD pass from Cobb, as well. Griffin Davis and Chad Vanlandingham each had seven tackles for H-SC, including three tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble by Vanlandingham. Erek Smith, Tyler Frink, Riggs Jordan and Phil Pullen each contributed four tackles. Rhett Andersen was 8-8 on PATs.

Major Being Major
Senior WR and All-America candidate Major Morgan has 35 receptions for 474 yards (13.5). Through four games, he ranks ninth in DIII receptions per game (8.8), 11th in receiving yards and 21st in receiving yards per game (118.5). Last week against Washington and Lee, Morgan had five catches for 92 yards. He had 81 receptions for 1,143 yards (14.1) and 12 touchdowns a year ago, leading the ODAC in receptions, receiving yards and receiving yards per game (127.0, first in DIII), while second in receiving TDs (20th nationally). His career numbers now include 193 receptions (6.0) for 2,672 yards (13.8) and 25 TDs in 32 games. Surprisingly, Morgan has yet to find the end zone this season.

Mr. Smith Does It All
Sophomore RB Kaleb Smith caught 10 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown, and ran for 22 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown last week against Washington and Lee. Through three games (missed one due to injury), he is tied for 33rd in DIII all purpose yards per game (150.3). Last season, he rushed for 602 yards on 147 carries (4.1) and seven touchdowns, adding 71 receptions for 661 yards (9.3) and two TDs. Smith was second in the ODAC in receptions, fourth with 1,263 all-purpose yards (157.9, third in the ODAC), while sixth in Division III receptions per game (8.9) and 22nd in all-purpose yards. His career numbers now include 821 yards rushing on 194 carries (4.2) and seven TDs, adding 80 receptions for 723 yards (9.0) and two TDs.

What A Debut
Senior QB Clay Vick made his first collegiate start against Averett in week one. All he did was complete 32-53 passes (60%) for 360 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions. Vick had not started a game since his senior year in high school (2015), a season that included him passing for 659 yards (38-59) and five TDs in a single game on August 28, 2015, which still ranks third-best in North Carolina high school football history. Through four games, he ranks seventh in DIII completions per game (27.5), 11th in passing yards (1,154) and 25th in passing yards per game (288.5). His career numbers now include 1,445 yards passing (134-223, 60%) and six TDs with 13 interceptions in 24 games.

It's Rhett Andersen
The last names may be spelled the same, and both are kickers, but our junior K Rhett Andersen is no relation to Pro Football Hall of Fame member Morten Andersen. Rhett kicked a school-record 48-yard field goal against Averett in week one. The 48-yard kick surpassed the previous school record of 47 yards that had stood since 1973 when George Simons connected from that distance against Western Maryland. Through four games, he is tied for 23rd in DIII field goal percentage (.833, 5-6) and tied for 24th in field goals per game (1.25). Rhett's career numbers now include 10-13 (77%) field goals with the long of 48, and a perfect 41-41 on PATs.

Among The ODAC Leaders (Top Five)
Clay Vick leads the ODAC in passing completions (110), attempts (185), yards (1,154) and yards per game (288.5). Major Morgan leads the ODAC in receptions (35), receptions per game (8.8), receiving yards (474) and receiving yards per game (118.5). Rhett Andersen has the longest field goal in the ODAC this season (48), is tied for first in extra point percentage (1.000, 7-7), third in field goal percentage (.833, 5-6) and points by kickers (22), and fifth in punting average (37.3). Kaleb Smith is third in all purpose yards per game (150.3), tied for third in receptions per game (6.3), tied for fourth in receptions (19), and fifth in rushing yards per game (80.3). Junior WR Blake Page is tied for fourth in receptions (19). Junior LB Brendan Weinberg is third in tackles (33). Senior LB Griffin Davis is fifth in tackles (31). Junior S Riggs Jordan leads the ODAC in tackles for loss (6.5). Sophomore CB Dallas Robinson is tied for third in broken up passes (4).

Week Six
H-SC will return home to welcome ODAC member Bridgewater College on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. on Fulton Field at Lewis C. Everett Stadium. The game will take place during the College's annual Homecoming weekend.