SU Football Preview: Hampden-Sydney
Greetings from The Booth!
Before we get to SU football, I would be remiss to not mention the Washington Nationals, who are going to their first-ever World Series after disposing of the Cardinals in a 4 game sweep of the NLCS. Shame on all of us who wanted to ship both Manager Davey Martinez and GM Mike Rizzo out of town when the team was 19-31 in May. Rizzo held on to the belief that Martinez was the right man for the job in DC, and like most good baseball people, knew that a baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint. Both are vindicated, regardless of what happens in the Fall Classic. The Nats are STILL IN THE FIGHT!
Now, a look back at a rough Saturday at Randolph-Macon. The Hornets
were bruised 35-14 at Day field, and for the most part have had our number in the series. Once again, the physical Yellow Jackets wore down SU with 302 yards on the ground and 36 minutes in time-of-possession. 5 turnovers by the Hornets did not help, and although the defense played hard and admirably, the 5 giveaways were too tough to overcome.
So, any hopes of an ODAC title are pretty much out the window as we make the trip below Farmville this Saturday to take on Hampden-Sydney. I think this is a very scary game for the Hornets. HSC is 1-5 overall and 0-4 in the league, but sometimes a wounded Tiger is the most dangerous one.
The Tigers are coming off back-to-back losses in which they’ve given up 50-plus points, and have really struggled on both sides of the ball. HSC is averaging just 18 points per game on offense, while giving up over 38 per contest. The Tigers give up over 450 yards per game while gaining just 310 per outing, most of that coming through the air. Senior QB Clay Vick & Wide Receiver Major Morgan is the combo to watch, but Vick has thrown 16 picks on the season.
But this game is more about Shenandoah getting back to doing what they do best: getting off to a fast start, spreading the ball around
among their talented corps of wideouts, and getting some turnovers of their own.
Beware: Hampden-Sydney has a habit of tripping up the Hornets, including a game 2 seasons ago that crippled SU’s ODAC hopes. This doesn’t have the same feel for me, but Hampden-Sydney is always a tough place to play for the Hornets, but was also the scene of Coach Yoder’s signature win back in 2013.
My prediction is for a big day by Ben Agostino and the Hornet receivers, a bounce-back performance by the defense, and a nice meal at Macado’s in Farmville afterwards…
Enjoy the game, starting at 12:30 on The River 95-3, and until our next visit in the Booth,