Hornet-Guilford Preview: A “W” For The Seniors
Greetings from the Booth!
Welcome to November! It’s getting serious now, with the first of the College Football Playoff rankings out this week. No surprise that Alabama is number one, but there is some debate about how the committee placed them in the top spot. One member stated this week that the committee did the “eye test” and decided that The Tide was the best team in football (duh). But then, turned around and told us that where Notre Dame and LSU were concerned, the placement in the top 4 was based on quality wins. Let’s apply the same standards to everyone. I think we can agree that ‘Bama is the best team in the land, but where are their quality wins?
Still, no need to go nuts. There are 4 more of these rankings left and it will all play out the way it should…I think.
What a strange game at Bridgewater last weekend. The Shenandoah Hornets built a 20-0 lead, then could only watch as the Eagles came back to win 28-20. SU left some points on the table in the first half, and let BC hang around. Then, late in the half, fickle ol'”Mo” turned in favor of Bridgewater with a sack-fumble and subsequent Eagle touchdown. BC then stymied the Hornets in the second half, holding SU to just 114 yards of offense after the break.
The Hornet’s season is now a salvage operation at 3-5, and 1-4 in the ODAC. Shenandoah will need wins in it’s final 2 games just to avoid it’s first losing season since 2015. It starts this Saturday against the Guilford Quakers, who come in to Shentel Stadium at 3-4 overall, and 2-3 in the league. The Quakers are coming off a big win against Washington & Lee, as they held one of the top D-3 rushing attacks in the nation to just 163 yards and forced 5 turnovers. GC has alternated loss-win in it’s last 4 games, so if that pattern holds, it could be a good day for the Hornets. SU will have to stop one of the ODAC’s marquee running backs in D’Eric Bell, who has rushed for 1049 yards & 17 touchdowns, not to mention another 104 receiving yards and 379 in kick returns.
Someone else to keep an eye on is SU senior quarterback Hayden Bauserman, who continues to close in on several ODAC records. Bauserman is just 3 touchdown passes away from the all-time league record, and could very well get there Saturday in front of the home crowd. In addition, the Hornet signal-caller is just 63 yards away from second place all-time in passing yardage in the ODAC record book.
Saturday, though, is all about the seniors. Senior Day is always special, and always emotional, as the uniform is worn for the final time at home, and for most of the seniors, this will be the penultimate game of their football lives. This particular class of Hornet seniors can still be part of 3 consecutive non-losing seasons, unprecedented in program history. Off the field, we thank them for their play & leadership on the field, their hard work in the classroom, and for being solid citizens. Good luck in your lives and careers beyond football!
No predictions this week. Just hoping for a “W” for the seniors as we get to honor them one last time at Shentel. Hope to see you at the game, and…