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HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. - The Tigers enjoyed a nice homecoming weekend while improving to 4-2 on the season and 2-1 in the conference with a 47-17 victory over Emory and Henry. The game was tied 7-7 after the first quarter, but it was all Tigers for the final three as they outscored the Wasps 40-10 en route to the victory.
Hampden-Sydney had an impressive offensive output with 523 yards of total offense courtesy 277 passing and a monster day on the ground with 246 yards rushing. The ground attack was fueled by seniors Evan King (Lewisburg, WV/Episcopal) and Regis Craft (Nottoway, VA/Burkeville) who tallied 101 and 95 yards, respectively. King also scored two touchdowns.
Though the Tigers ended the game with a 30 point advantage, it was Emory & Henry that took the first lead, scoring on their first drive of 13 plays and 70 yards, ending in with a 12-yard reception from Corey Ware.
It took the Tigers just under two minutes to respond as Holton Walker (Lynchburg, VA/Brookeville) caught a three-yard touchdown pass from Nash Nance (Calhoun, GA/Tennessee) to tie the game.
The Wasps nearly reclaimed the lead on the ensuing possession but a missed field goal from 47 yards out kept the game knocked at 7-7.
After each team punted, the kickers got their work in with three consecutive field goals. Sophomore Max Antwerpes (Mainz, Germany/Kenston Forest) nailed a 23-yard kick right before Matt Turchin hit one from 26 yards to again tie the game at 10-10. Antwerpes had one more in him - this one from 33 yards - to give the Tigers the 13-10 edge.
The defense held Emory & Henry to a three-and-out, and the offense responded. Hampden-Sydney was able to chew up over five minutes with a 14-play, 78-drive that was capped off by John Michael Sparagna (Mechanicsville, VA/Old Dominion) finding the end zone on a 15-yard reception.
With just over a minute in the half remaining, Emory & Henry tried to respond. They were halted when freshman Sidney Henry (Haymarket, VA/Battlefield) picked off Kyle Boden at the Hampden-Sydney 33-yard line. Henry then ran the ball back 67-yards to hit the end zone and put the Tigers up 26-10 heading into intermission.
The Tigers opened up the second half with a drive that led to Jalen Wood (Chesterfield, VA/Clover Hill) crossing the goal line on a 12-yard reception from Nance. Emory & Henry responded with a Joe Vaughn 25-yard touchdown reception to make it a 33-17 game, but King later gave the Tigers a 40-17 cushion on a six-yard run.
King scored again in the fourth quarter, and his one-yard touchdown gave Hampden-Sydney its final 47-17 margin.
On the day, Nance was 24-of-33 for 277 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Walker and Sparagna each had six catches for 67 yards and a score. Michael Mey (Glen Allen, VA/VMI) tallied 43 yards on two receptions.
In addition to his 95 rushing yards on 11 carries, Craft added a reception for ten yards and 118 return yards to finish the day with 222 all-purpose yards.
Defensively, Kenny Fryman (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) again led the way with 11 tackles, including 3.5 for-loss. John Moore (Powhatan, VA/Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot) chimed in with eight stops while Tyler Ikwild (Philomont, VA/Loudoun Valley) recorded six.
Emory & Henry tallied 278 yards of offense with 133 on the ground and 141 coming through the air. Boden was 16-of-33 for 120 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Vaughn was the top target with seven catches for 66 yards and a score. He also led the rushing attack with 98 yards on 19 carries.
Hampden-Sydney will hit the road and return to action on Saturday, October 20 to face the Hornets of Shenandoah in Winchester, VA. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm.