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Tigers blown out at home

Hampden-Sydney College’s (H-SC) football team fell 51-7 to undefeated Bridgewater College during the Tigers’ homecoming game Saturday.

A H-SC Athletics press release noted that the Tigers held a 7-6 first-quarter lead before the visiting Eagles scored 45 unanswered points to improve to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).

“We got beat in every phase of the game, and it was embarrassing for me,” H-SC Head Coach Marty Favret said. “We’ve got some work to do. I’ve been here a long time. We need to figure out how to get better and learn from what happened Saturday.”

Injuries have helped shape this season for the Tigers, who fell to 1-5 overall and 0-4 in the ODAC with the loss. Star sophomore running back Kaleb Smith had only two carries for two yards and one reception for one yard.

“He’s been struggling with a knee injury, so he was very limited and just played one series,” Favret said.

Another key offensive player H-SC has been missing due to injury has been junior tight end Ed Newman, a former Fuqua School standout.

“Ed played a little bit, and he should be back hopefully fully healthy this week, so that’ll be spark for us,” Favret said.

Asked if he saw anything positive Saturday that the team can build on moving forward, Favret said, “Not really, no. We didn’t come to play, and so I can’t really see any silver lining. So we, hopefully, just get healthy and this will be an important week — we’ll see what our guys are all about.”

Hampden-Sydney will host Shenandoah University on Saturday, with kickoff set for 1 p.m.