Hampden-Sydney, Va. (9/23/06) -- Hampden-Sydney sophomore running back Josh Simpson racked up 144 yards rushing and three scores, while freshman linebacker Thomas Hovis picked off two passes and returned one for a touchdown to lead the Tigers to a 46-43 victory over Old Dominion Athletic Conference foe Guilford College Saturday at Hundley Stadium and Fulton Field. The win is the first for the Tigers in 2006 as they improve to 1-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play while the Quakers fall to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the ODAC.
Simpson led a trio of Tiger backs with 60 or more yards as Hampden-Sydney scored five rushing touchdowns and rolled up 343 total yards on the ground, the most in one game in the Marty Favret era as the Tigers snap a two-game losing streak to open the season. Guilfordmeanwhile, racked up 552 yards of total offense as sophomore quarterback Josh Vogelbach completed 38-of-66 passes for 379 yards and four touchdowns, while the Quakers also tacked on a pair of Zack Bobak rushing scores in the game. The Quakers were upended by a pair of interceptions by Hovis, who picked off one and took it back 26 yards for a touchdown in the first half before picking off the second in the end zone to prevent a Guilford touchdown in the second half.
The two teams traded touchdowns throughout much of the first half, with Guilford striking first with a four-yard TD pass from Vogelbach to Joe Joyner, capping off a game-opening 18-play, 80-yard drive that ran 6:46 off the clock. The Tigers answered quickly with a four-yard Simpson run that capped off a drive sparked by a 49-yard pass from freshman quarterback Craig Warnement to freshman receiver Austin Williams. A Tiger two-point conversion gave H-SC the lead, 8-7, but Guilford scored its second TD of the game on the first play of the second quarter when Vogelbach found Chris Barnette from 15 yards out, then added a two-point pass to put the Quakers in front, 15-8. Josh Simpson ended a 78 yard Tiger drive on H-SC's next possession with a six yard scoring run that helped Hampden-Sydney tied the contest at 15. Then with under two minutes to play in the half, Hovis picked off Vogelbach at the Quaker 26 yard line and took it the distance for his first career interception and touchdown, giving Hampden-Sydney a 22-15 lead at the break.
Hampden-Sydney extended its advantage to 29-15 on Simpson's third running touchdown early in the third quarter, but Guilford's Bobak kept the score close with a three-yard run midway through the quarter to cut the score to 29-22. Sophomore kicker Grant Hall recorded his first career field goal, a 23-yarder, just over two minutes later to put the Tigers ahead by ten, 32-22, before senior running back Charlie Omick gave the Tigers their biggest lead of the game with a 22-yard touchdown run that put H-SC ahead, 39-22.
The Quakers answered back with Bobak's second rushing score of the afternoon, but moments later freshman quarterback Bobby Owens scored from seven yards out for the Tigers, making the score 46-29 with 2:06 to play in the third quarter. Vogelbach rallied the Quakers with a pair of scoring TDs in the fourth quarter, but was denied a third thanks to an INT by Hovis in the end zone that would have led to a Quaker victory. However, the Quakers could draw no closer than the final margin as Hampden-Sydney secured its seventh straight victory over Guilford.
Hovis finished the game with four tackles to go with his two interceptions for the Tiger defense, while sophomore corner Jamie Edlow led all players with 12 tackles to go with two pass break ups. Danny Langston led the Quakers with seven total tackles, while Nick Nicholson added six. Simpson's 144 yards came by virtue of 15 carries (9.6 ypr), while Austin Williams added a 69-yard rush and Charlie Omick finished with 65 yards on the ground for Hampden-Sydney. Warnement finished the day 11-for-15 passing for 106 yards, while Simpon led the Tiger receiving corps with five catches for 17 yards. Micah Rushing led the Quakers with a game-high ten catches for 56 yards, while he also notched 70 yards on a long carry from scrimmage in the third quarter, while Joyner led all receivers with 104 yards and two touchdowns.
Hampden-Sydney looks for its second win in-a-row next Saturday, September 30, when the team travels to Bridgewater, Va., to take on five-time defending ODAC Champion Bridgewater College at 1 pm. The game will be broadcast live on FM 95.7 WFLO and on the internet at www.hsc.edu/athletics.
-Story courtesy of Hampden-Sydney Sports Information