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Hampden-Sydney Football Holds Off Emory & Henry, 38-30, Saturday In ODAC Action

Kevin Saxton threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns Saturday against Hampden-Sydney.
-photo courtesy of Dave Grace

EMORY, Va. – The Hampden-Sydney College Football Team (5-3, 3-1 ODAC) picked up a 38-30 Old Dominion Athletic Conference win against Emory & Henry College (2-6, 1-4 ODAC) Saturday at Fred Selfe Stadium. The contest served as Senior Day for the Wasps, who honored their 10 seniors competing in their final home game prior to kickoff.

The Basics
FINAL SCORE – Hampden-Sydney 38, Emory & Henry 30
LOCATION – Emory, Virginia – Nicewonder Field at Fred Selfe Stadium
RECORDS – Emory & Henry (2-6, 1-4 ODAC); Hampden-Sydney (5-3, 1-3 ODAC)

How It Happened
- The Tigers got on the board just 14 seconds into the game, as Griffin Davis intercepted the Wasps' first play from scrimmage and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown. Alec Cobb hit Cam Johnson for the two-point conversion.
- Emory & Henry took a 10-8 lead midway through the opening period thanks to a 30-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Matt Seals (Rogersville, Tenn.) and a 95-yard interception return by junior defensive lineman Josh Fleenor (Christiansburg, Va.).
- HSC scored the next 21 point to go up 29-10 with 2:54 to play before the intermission. Cobb hit Major Morgan for touchdown passes of seven and 53 yards while Mike DeMasi ran one in from 32 yards out.
- E&H got a score back before the half on a 36-yard catch by junior wideout Jesse Santiago (Yorktown, Va.) from senior quarterback Kevin Saxton (Monroe, N.C.) for the 29-16 score.
- Coming out of the break, Saxton and Santiago linked up again, this time with a two-yard catch, trimming the margin to 29-23.
- Cobb answered back for the Tigers, finding Cam Johnson for a 28-yard touchdown pass late in the third for a 35-23 lead.
- Emory & Henry closed the gap to five with a 24-yard touchdown catch on a route down the right side of the field by senior running back Isaiah Rodgers (Canton, Ga.) from Saxton.
- The Tigers made it an eight-point game on a 25-yard field goal by Steven Hall, which would be enough to seal the 38-30 win.

Emory & Henry Individual Leaders
- Saxton threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns on 30-for-54 passing but also had a pair of picks on the afternoon.
- Rogers was the leading rusher with just 31 yards on 12 touches.
- Santiago caught nine passes for a team-high 135 yards and two scores while sophomore wideout Derrick Yates (Abingdon, Va.) had 10 catches for 134 yards.
- Sophomore linebacker Jake Jessee (Norton, Va.) and senior linebacker Zack Manley (Tobaccoville, N.C.) each had nine tackles while Manley blocked a punt.
- Fleenor finished the game with eight tackles including two for a loss and a 95-yard interception return for a defensive score.

Hampden-Sydney Individual Leaders
- Cobb threw for 448 yards on 28-for-37 passing and three touchdowns, while DeMasi had 99 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.
- Morgan caught seven balls for 209 yards and two touchdowns while Johnson led all players with 12 catches for 204 yards and a score.
- Brian Gwaltney posted a game-high 14 tackles, an interception and a blocked field goal while Ryan Mallory tacked on seven stops and two passes defended.
- Griffin Davis added five tackles to his 23-yard interception return while Chad Vanlandingham notched six stops on the afternoon.

Notable
- With his 391 yards on Saturday, Saxton is now the Emory & Henry career leader in passing yards. His career tally now sits at 8,324 yards.
- Seals' 30-yard field goal in the first quarter was his 11th-straight make, breaking the previous E&H best of 10-straight field goals.

Up Next
- Emory & Henry take to the road for its final two games of the season, first travelling to the Tidewater of Virginia for next week's contest against The Apprentice School.
- Kickoff between the Wasps and Builders in their non-conference contest is set for 1:00 p.m., at the Apprentice Athletic Facility in Newport News.

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