Quakers Fall to Hampden-Sydney, 56-49, in ODAC Opener

Greensboro, N.C. (9-22-07) -- Junior running back Josh Simpson rushed for 207 yards and an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC)-record six touchdowns in visiting Hampden-Sydney College's 56-49 football win over Guilford College Saturday night in both teams' league opener. At least nine ODAC records were broken or tied in the Tigers' eighth straight win over Guilford.

Simpson carried 36 times in his 2007 debut and scored on runs of 15, 1, 8, 1, 2, 1 and 2 yards. He also scored on an eight-yard reception and broke Tom Mason's (Washington and Lee) previous league standard of five scores, set against Bridgewater in 1993. His 207 rushing yards rank fifth in school history and are the most by a Tigers' back since 1987.

Guilford redshirt-junior quarterback Josh Vogelbach completed 46 passes for 592 yards, both ODAC and Guilford marks, and six touchdowns. His 592 passing yards rank sixth in NCAA Division III history. He broke the ODAC career records for passing yardage and touchdowns, which were both set by the Tigers' J.D. Ricca in 2005. Through 24 college games, Vogelbach stands 15th in NCAA Division III history with 8,723 passing yards and has 94 career scoring strike.

Vogelbach's five-yard scoring pass to sophomore wideout Chad Kastor with 5:41 left in the game provided the final score. The Tigers ran down the clock on the ensuing possession, aided by sophomore quarterback Corey Sedlar's two-yard keeper on fourth-down and one, followed by a 27-yard Simpson run to the Quakers' 17 with 1:10 left. Guilford used its remaining time-outs before Hampden-Sydney turned the ball over to the Quakers on downs with 18 seconds left at the Quakers' 13-yard line.

Hampden-Sydney (3-1, 1-0 ODAC) scored on seven of its first nine possessions as the Quakers struggled to contain Simpson and Sedlar, who completed 25-of-32 passes for 379 yards, all career highs. After Simpson's one-yard run with 6:32 left in the first quarter, Hampden-Sydney forced the game's first punt and Sedlar hooked up with senior receiver Drew Smith on a 48-yard scoring play that opened a two-touchdown margin the Quakers could not erase.

Hampden-Sydney's average second-half starting field position was its own 45-yard line thanks to senior Michael Brooks's league-record 238 kickoff return yards on six attempts. The Tigers set the ODAC team standard with 259 kickoff return yards took advantage of the short field, scoring on seven-of-nine trips inside Guilford's 20-yard line.

Simpson, who added seven receptions for 86 yards, finished with 293 all-purpose yards. Smith caught six passes for 138 yards and a touchdown, which moved him past Guilford's Junior Lord '98 into second place on the ODAC's career touchdown catches list with 34.

Guilford redshirt-sophomore Hagen Miller caught a game-high 14 passes for 199 yards and three scores, all career highs. Senior Joe Joyner added a personal-best 10 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. Kastor finished with 10 grabs for 97 yards and junior receiver Kevin Vaughn hauled in eight passes for 119 yards.

Hampden-Sydney sophomore Thomas Hovis made 13 (10 solo) tackles for the Tigers, which forced three Guilford turnovers. Junior defensive tackle Mike Six and sophomore Richie Paul both made a career-high 13 stops for the Quakers.

Guilford returns to action Saturday (9/29) at crosstown-rival Greensboro College in the 11th annual Gate City Soup Bowl. The Tigers host preseason league-favorite Bridgewater College the same day at 1:00 p.m.

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