Tigers come back to top Cougars

Published 11:54 am Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Trailing by three going into the fourth quarter of a back-and-forth contest, Hampden-Sydney College’s (H-SC) football team came back to win its season opener 20-17 against visiting Averett University on Saturday.

“I think the thing that jumped out at me was just I think defensively, we battled,” Tigers Head Coach Marty Favret said. “I think we really (were) tenacious on that side of the ball against a really good running back. We just had some spirit there that I didn’t see a year ago… I really tip my cap to the guys on the defensive side of the ball.”

H-SC held the Cougars to only 53 passing yards and 175 rushing yards, while the Tigers generated 339 yards of total offense, including 288 through the air.

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The deciding touchdown came on an eight-yard pass from junior quarterback Alec Cobb to sophomore wide receiver Major Morgan with 13 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

On the day, Cobb went 32-for-42 passing for 288 yards and two touchdowns.

Other standouts that Favret highlighted included wide receiver Dillon Costello.

“He’s a freshman, and he had three plays, and he scored a touchdown, had a 12-yard catch and then got a pass interference in the end zone,” the coach said. “He showed up and was terrific.”

Senior running back Mike DeMasi, who finished with 18 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown, drew praise for allowing H-SC to run the ball out in the fourth quarter.

Senior wide receiver Cam Johnson, a former Buckingham County High School standout, led the Tigers with 12 catches for 130 yards.

“And on the defensive side, Ryan Mallory made the play of the game, I thought,” Favret said. “He made a big interception and had a bunch of great tackles.”

Averett freshman running back Delquan Bigelow, a former Prince Edward County High School star, had 12 carries for 59 yards and a touchdown in a key supporting role.

H-SC (1-0) visits Christopher Newport University on Saturday at 6 p.m.