Tigers take down Eagles

Published 5:00 pm Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Outstanding defensive and offensive play by Hampden-Sydney College’s (H-SC) football team Saturday afternoon helped the Tigers to pull away for a 42-21 road win over Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) foe Bridgewater College.

The Tigers led 14-7 at halftime, and then the teams reproduced that score in both the third and fourth quarters to reach their final totals.

H-SC Head Coach Marty Favret noted that what helped lead to the final result was “us going out and creating five turnovers. We were plus-four in that category, and we’re tough to beat when we can turn the other team over and get some short fields. Some of them were gifts, and we’ll take them, but the defense coming up with five turnovers, that probably hasn’t happened in a couple years.”

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Snagging the interceptions were junior linebacker Griffin Davis and senior free safety Ryan Mallory. Davis, senior cornerback Brian Gwaltney and senior defensive lineman John Kline each recovered a fumble.

The Tigers held the Eagles to 221 yards of total offense, including only 84 through the air.

On offense, H-SC piled up 436 total yards. Senior quarterback Alec Cobb went 28-42 passing for 352 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, and he also ran for a 14-yard score, earning the ODAC Offensive Player of the Week honor for the second time this year.

“He’s playing at a crazy high level,” Favret said. “… He’s really living up to my expectations as a senior …”

Leading H-SC in receiving yards was former Fuqua School standout Ed Newman, a sophomore tight end who had three catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

“He was the difference in the second half,” Favret said. “… We need to find a way to get him the ball more, and I’m happy for Ed, and I’m happy for his family.”

H-SC (2-3, 2-1 ODAC) hosts Guilford College on Saturday at 1 p.m.