Hampden-Sydney, VA -- Hampden-Sydney junior quarterback JD Ricca completed 15-of-16 passes for 316 yards and a record-tying six touchdowns, four going to freshman receiver Drew Smith, in the first half alone to lead the 13th-ranked (AFCA) Tigers to a 62-21 victory over Old Dominion Athletic Conference-foe Guilford College, Saturday at Hundley Stadium and Fulton Field. With the win, the Tigers improve to 3-0 as the Quakers fall to 0-3.
Among Ricca's feats in the first-half, he set the ODAC record for completion percentage (.938) in a game, tied his own ODAC record for passing TDs in one half (6), and broke the Hampden-Sydney record for yards in a half (316). Smith meanwhile, tied the Hampden-Sydney single-game scoring record with four TD receptions.
Ricca and the Tigers scored on seven of their first eight possessions en route to a 56-14 halftime lead. Ricca hit Smith on scoring passes of 13, 76, 35 and nine yards to give the freshman four catches for 133 yards and four scores.
Senior running back CW Clemmons racked-up his first 100-yard rushing effort of the season as he carried the ball 14 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns, including TD carries of seven and 75 yards. Clemmons also caught two passes on the day, including a screen that he took 77 yards for a touchdown, leaving him five points shy (236) of Jimmy Ferguson's all-time career scoring record at Hampden-Sydney of 241 points.
The Tigers other first-half touchdown came on a 24-yard scoring pass from Ricca to junior receiver Brian Rolander, who made a finger-tip grab in the corner of the end zone. Guilford did manage two scoring drives in the first half, the first ending on quarterback Taylor Baker's six-yard run in the first quarter and the second ending on Micah Rushing's 49-yard TD reception from quarterback Eric Del Rio in the second quarter.
Neither team scored in the third quarter as Hampden-Sydney's offense was turned over to its reserves. However, late in the fourth quarter the Tigers' Johnny Junes punched it in from two yards out to wrap-up a 17-play, 58-yard drive, that gave the Tigers a 62-14 advantage. On the ensuing kickoff, Guilford's Desmond Jordan returned the kick 86 yards for a touchdown to finish off the scoring for both teams, making the final, 62-21.