Senior linebacker Trevor Ikwild racked up an ODAC-high 114 tackles on the season.
Though the thought of back-to-back perfect seasons disappeared after the Tigers’ 18-game win streak was snapped by eventual ODAC Champion Washington & Lee University, Hampden-Sydney bounced back with a thrilling 31-28 win over arch-rival Randolph-Macon in the 116th edition of The Game. The newly instituted “Game Ball” trophy was awarded to the victors, who hope to keep it on Hampden-Sydney’s campus.
With a 9-1 overall record, Hampden-Sydney received an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Division III Football Championship. Not only did the Tigers make the dance, but they hosted for the third time in history and second time in two years.
Almost exactly 40 years after facing the Montclair State University Red Hawks in the November 28, 1970, Knute Rockne Bowl, the two teams met again in the first round of the D-III playoffs. The Tigers could not avenge the 7-6 loss decades earlier, but made the Red Hawks work for their 16-14 victory in Death Valley.
Offensively, the Tigers were led by junior quarterback Travis Lane. In his first year at the helm, Lane threw for 3,024 yards and 27 touchdowns while helping the team average 35 points-per-game. He shared the wealth, with junior Kyle Vance leading the way and becoming just the third Tiger receiver to amass 1,000 yards. His 1,077 are fifth best in school history. Classmate Sean Cavanagh is not far behind with 54 receptions for 832 yards and seven touchdowns, and senior Andrew Bruckner tallied 457 yards and six touchdowns on 42 catches in his eight appearances. Sophomore running back Evan King also put together a solid year, running for 440 yards and a team-high 12 touchdowns.
On the other side of the ball, senior Bill Doody put together a stellar year with 53 tackles, four interceptions, and an ODAC-leading 15 pass breakups. Sophomore Steven Fogleman, in his first year as starting weak safety, took the league by storm, with 81 tackles, 4.5 for loss, six pass break ups, and a forced fumble.
After posting a 9-1 record during the regular season, this year’s senior class became the winningest class in program history, with a 36-6 overall record. The 1970-73 Tigers previously held the mark with a 34-8 record.
Some members of the 1970 Tigers football team who played in the Knute Rockne Bowl against Montclair State University gathered to watch the teams play on November 20. Left to right: H. Scott Lowry ’72, Lanny Junes ’74, J. Daniel "Danny" Hardy ’71, Bill Kirk ’72, Steve Bryant ’72, Dave Shelor ’72, Steve Shreckhise ’72, Bobby Long ’72, Jim Blanford ’72, Robert Woltz ’71, David Atkinson ’73, and Rick Beale ’71.