Hornet Recap-RMC. Thursday Night Ambush
The Hornet broadcast crew pulled into town at 1:30 this morning with bleary eyes and lots of stats swimming in our brains, after Shenandoah delivered a 51-38 win in Ashland, Va., over defending ODAC champ Randolph Macon.
In the contest, SU Quarterback Hayden Bauserman threw for a ridiculous 558 yards, with 6 touchdown to just one interception in 60 attempts. The high-octane Hornet offense shredded the top-rated defense in the league, a “D” that had given up just 14.4 points per game going into the Thursday night affair. The Junior signal caller amazes us each and every week, as he continues to set standards that won’t be met for a long, long time.
Lost in the lofty stats was an SU defensive performance that featured a key safety, and 4 interceptions, despite giving up 38 points of it’s own. Welcome to ODAC footbal, where defenses don’t need to have shut-down performances, they just need to make stops when they matter. As the game wore on , the Hornets were able to get separation on the scoreboard, thanks to the aforementioned defensive stands.
Believe it or not, I’m going to give kudos to a punter. Christian Arias had a great evening punting the football, pinning RMC back several times inside the 20. One of those kicks led to the safety that turned the tide in the football game. In addition, Arias boomed 6 touchbacks in 8 kickoffs last night.
And, time and time again, when the Jackets crept back in the football game, the Hornets did not melt under the Thursday night lights. Instead, they answered with quick scores of their own. A true character win on the road against an opponent that had beaten SU eight consecutive times.
I think, in today’s world of prolific offenses, we get numb to the numbers we see in college football each week. 300 yard passing games and 50-60 point totals are commonplace now. But last night was ridiculous. It was like watching a video game as the Hornets went up and down the field with little resistance. I found myself looking for the controller…
My final observation is that last night the Hornets played with a purpose. The seventh place finish that was predicted for this team in the pre-season poll is not lost on Shenandoah. It appears they are using the prediction as a motivator, as they show the league that they are not a last place team.
First place feels pretty good this morning…
Next week, a look ahead to a matchup with everyone’s pre-season pick to win the ODAC title, the Wasps of Emory & Henry, as SU returns home for the first time since their Labor weekend opener. It’ll be great to get back to Shentel. The Hornets could use your support, so come on out, and watch the scoreboard light up! Until next time…GO HORNETS!