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.