The Hampden-Sydney football team wrapped up its historic season in which the Tigers won their eighth ODAC Championship—the fourth under 2013 ODAC Coach of the Year Marty Favret—and for the first time in the program’s 119-year history won a playoff game in a 42-34 home win over Maryville. The Tigers, who capped off the season at 9-3 overall and 6-1 in ODAC play, also received several individual postseason awards for their play.
The team again had an explosive year on the offensive side of the ball, leading the conference in several statistical categories, including scoring offense (34.2 points-pergame), total offense (444.7 yardsper- game), and passing offense (294.2 pass yardsper- game). Defensively, the Tigers had many dominant performances and wrapped up the regular season leading the league in almost every defensive mark while being ranked the 13th-best team in the country in total defense allowing just over 261 yards-per-game.
The Tigers this season had many exciting victories, including a 42-12 opening win over Averett, a 49-7 win over Coast Guard in the two schools’ first meeting, and a 52-0 win over Guilford, but no victories were more thrilling and important than the team’s final two wins of the year. In the regular season finale, with an ODAC Championship on the line, Hampden-Sydney snapped a two-year skid against arch-rival Randolph-Macon in a 28-26 victory in Ashland. Senior linebacker Tyler Ikwild was named the Defensive Player of the Week after registering a career-high 17 tackles, to go with one that sealed the Tigers’ victory on the would-be game-tying two point conversion with just 95 seconds remaining in the game.
Hampden-Sydney then took the momentum from that game to claim a 42-34 victory over Maryville in the first round of the NCAA Division III Football Championship at Lewis C. Everett Stadium. Junior quarterback Nash Nance threw for five touchdowns in the effort, and junior wide receiver Holton Walker (center at left) broke his own school records with 16 receptions and 268 yards to go with three touchdowns.
With the win, the Tigers advanced to the second round of the post-season for the first time in school history. The team travelled across the country to the nationally second-ranked Linfield Wildcats. The Tigers came out with a bang, taking an early 21-3 lead, but eventually fell 31- 21 in a well fought battle.
Individually, 13 players earned All-ODAC honors while Ikwild was named the ODAC Defensive Player of the Year. Earning First Team honors were Nance, Walker, senior left tackle Will Ferrell, Ikwild, senior cornerback Zach Morgan, junior defensive back John Moore, junior linebacker Josh Doggett, junior defensive lineman Scott Markland, and sophomore defensive lineman Shaq Thomas.
Junior tight end Joey Druhan, senior center Joey Partin, and junior safety Shreve Rohle earned Second Team honors; and senior offensive lineman C.J. Wade was named to the Third Team.
Walker, Ferrell, Morgan, and Doggett were also recognized by the Touchdown Club of Richmond, being named the best at their position among all Division II, III, and NAIA programs in the state.
Regionally, Nance was named the South Region Offensive Player of the Year while he, Walker, and Ikwild were named First Team All- Region according to d3football.com. Morgan and Ferrell also earned Second Team honors.
Hampden-Sydney golf had an outstanding fall, winning three tournaments and finishing the season ranked tenth in the nation according to Golfstat.com.
The Tigers started out hot, winning its opening tournament at the Tom Kinder Memorial Tournament and taking a second place finish at the Hampden-Sydney Invitational. In both tournaments, the Tigers were paced by junior Brian Burt, who won ODAC Golfer of the Week honors after the Hampden-Sydney Invitational. The Tigers then went on to win back-toback tournaments with first place finishes in the VSGA State Collegiate in Winchester and in the Ted Keller Memorial in Ashland. Senior Rick O’Connell took home medalist honors at the VSGA State Collegiate, and Burt was the first place finisher at the Ted Keller Memorial.
The team wrapped up the fall season with a third place finish in the highly competitive O’Briant Jensen Memorial Tournament, finishing behind #15 Greensboro and #4 Guilford.
In a historic season, Hampden-Sydney Rugby finished 6-1, recording wins against James Madison University’s D2A-side, Lord Fairfax Community College, Lynchburg College, Roanoke College, VMI D2A-side and Washington & Lee. The team’s only loss was to Christopher Newport University in a mudfest that ended 14-7. Entering the D3 Virginia State Championships in first seed, the Tigers once again defeated the Generals of Washington & Lee on Saturday, November 16th, this time in a 26-24 nail biter. But, in Sunday’s match for the conference championship and spot in D3 national playoffs Hampden-Sydney Rugby fell to Lord Fairfax 21-17. Both teams scored three tries, but Lord Fairfax was able to convert on all three of their kicks.
Over the entire fall season the Rugby team scored 29 tries in 9 games, out-scoring their opponents by 239 points to 122. The scoring rate on conversions was 45 percent.
Standouts for Hampden-Sydney Rugby included senior, Chris Stockinger at flanker and sophomore Charlie Kyle at outside center. Stockinger and Kyle each scored 6 tries during the season. James Hanna, an exchange student from Queens University in Belfast, Ireland, scored 5 of the team’s tries. Hanna, who has been playing rugby since he was 5 years old, excelled as a flanker and in taking conversion kicks. Hanna was the Rugby team’s lead scorer, putting up a total of 31 points over the season.
On November 9, the Hampden-Sydney College Athletics Hall of Fame inducted four new members, including former lacrosse, soccer, and football greats, and a staple of the athletics department for the past 44 years. The four-man class features lacrosse standout Tom Oast ’00, soccer star Josh Dickens ’02, football record-holder Chris Scott ’03, and head equipment manager Earl Ross.
Tom Oast is regarded as one of the best lacrosse defensemen to play at Hampden-Sydney. Oast was a four-year letter winner from 1997 to 2000 while helping the Tigers to an ODAC Championship in 1998 and NCAA appearances in 1998 and 1999. As a junior, Oast earned First Team All-ODAC and Third Team All-America honors. He topped his junior year by earning First Team All-ODAC and First Team All-America honors while being named the 2000 ODAC Player of the Year. In addition, Oast led the nation in ground balls that season with 123, a mark that ranks second all-time in school history.
Josh Dickens remains one of just two soccer players in school history to earn All-Region honors three times. Dickens was named First Team All-Region as a sophomore and Second Team as a junior and senior. In addition, he earned First Team All-ODAC honors in all three of those seasons. Currently, his 89 career points and 23 career assists rank fourth all-time in school history while his 33 goals are the fifth best in school history. In 2000, Dickens notched 32 points with ten assists, marks that are still sixth and eighth best, respectively, on the program list.
Defensive back Chris Scott was a two-time All-American and three-time First Team All-ODAC pick for the Tigers from 1999-02. Scott’s career mark of 20 interceptions is still an ODAC record. He was the ODAC leader in interceptions in 2000, 2001, and 2002 while recording over 400 return yards. In addition, Scott tallied 242 tackles, including a career-high 91 as a sophomore. In 2002, the two-time team captain also helped lead the Tigers to their first winning season since 1993.
Head equipment manager Earl Ross has been a staple in the Hampden-Sydney athletic department since 1969 and has kept the department running for over 40 years while interacting with and making an impact on a countless number of student-athletes. Ross has dedicated much of his life to the College while taking great pride in his work and helping keep the Hampden-Sydney facilities in the best shape possible. Ross is often seen as the department’s unsung hero.