Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Local Slant on Yesterday's Game

Article from the NC Wesleyan Website:

Hampden-Sydney, VA - In a game featuring two NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago, it was Hampden-Sydney which prevailed 21-19 over North Carolina Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon in Virginia. Though the Tigers took an early 21-6 lead, the Blue & Gold scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to make it 21-19 with 45 seconds to go. Hampden-Sydney, however, came up with the big stop on the two point conversion attempt to move to 2-0 on the young season. The Bishops are now 0-2 overall.
After Hampden-Sydney took an early 7-0 lead, ...
Wesleyan stepped up on its ensuing possession with a 17-play, 63-yard drive that ended with a one yard touchdown run by senior Teron Bush. Kevin Quicker's point-after attempt, however, failed for a 7-6 Tiger advantage.
Once Hampden-Sydney got the ball back, the Tigers marched 76 yards down the field for the score. The drive included three catches by Kyle Vance, the final being a 20-yard reception for the touchdown.
Down 14-6 in the second quarter, the Battling Bishops positioned themselves to attempt a field goal, but Quicker's 33-yard try was blocked by HSC's Shane Clarke.
Neither offense could find the endzone for the next 13 minutes, but it was the Tiger defense that scored next when Trevor Ikwild batted a Jordan Vann goal line pass attempt into the hands of Will Riggenbach for HSC's third touchdown of the day to go up 21-6 at the break.
The third quarter was a defensive battle with only six first downs in 15 minutes. Wesleyan got back on the board early in the fourth with a 21-yard interception return by Desmond Joyner. Down just 21-13, the Bishops then put together another drive down to the HSC eight-yard line. Unfortunately, the Tigers' Bill Doody came up with an interception to stop the drive.
After forcing a Tiger punt and with just 2:21 left on the clock, Vann proceeded to lead his team 97 yards down field while completing 5-of-6 passes for 89 yards. He then ran the final six yards to bring the Bishops within two at 21-19. On the two-point conversion attempt, Teron Bush failed to hit Taylor Revelle allowing the Tigers to hold on to their lead and run the clock out.
Vann finished 28-of-47 for 238 yards through the air, while amassing 47 yards on the ground. Bush caught eight of those passes for 89 yards.  Defensively, Tazmon Foster registered 13 tackles to lead the Bishops, who as a team, picked off five passes. Senior Jaren Wilcox added 1.5 sacks.
Wesleyan will now enjoy its bye week before hosting the Battling Bishops' home opener on the 25th versus LaGrange College. Kick-off is slated for 1:00 p.m. at the Northern Nash Football Complex.

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