LEXINGTON, Va. – Off to a strong start to the season with a 3-1 mark through September, the VMI football team opens the month of October at SoCon rival The Citadel for a Saturday afternoon kickoff at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Military Classic of the South will be televised by WWCW starting at 2 p.m. as the Keydets look to maintain possession of the Silver Shako trophy.
THE SERIES: Saturday’s meeting between VMI and The Citadel will be the 77th meeting overall in the series that began in 1920. The rivalry adopted the name “The Military Classic of the South” in 1976 when the Keydets and the Bulldogs began vying for the Silver Shako trophy that is awarded to the winner of each meeting. The Citadel leads the overall series 42-32-2. In the last meeting between the teams in Charleston, S.C. in 2019, VMI reclaimed the Silver Shako for the first time since 2002 when the Keydets defeated The Citadel, 34-21. It ended a Citadel 12-game win streak in the rivalry. VMI successfully defended the Shako last spring in Lexington on April 17 with a 31-17 win over The Bulldogs.
BATTLE FOR THE SHAKO – VMI will look to defend the Silver Shako trophy when it faces The Citadel Saturday in the Military Classic of the South Saturday in Charleston. The award, a silver replica of the cadet head covering worn at full dress parades at both military colleges, has been presented since 1976. VMI reclaimed the Silver Shako for the first time in 13 meetings in their last trip to Johnson-Hagood Stadium in October, 2019 in Charleston, S.C. The Keydets held on to the Shako last spring with a 31-17 at Foster Stadium. VMI has never won three straight Military Classics since the Silver Shako started being presented to the winner of the series.
SNYDER EARNS SOCON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – VMI junior linebacker Stone Snyder had a season-best 19 tackles in the Keydets’ 31-23 win over Wofford, just two off his career high and was named SoCon Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. The 2020-21 SoCon Defensive Player of the Year from Richmond, Virginia had five solo stops and 14 assisted tackles on the afternoon, including 1.5 tackles for loss for 1 yard. Snyder also added a quarterback hurry as the Keydets beat Wofford in consecutive games for the first time since 1988 and 1992.
BRIDY HAS BREAKOUT DAY – Senior running back Korey Bridy set a new career-high in rushing yards with 171 yards on 22 carries against Wofford Saturday. Bridy scored on touchdown runs of five and 34 yards and also returned four kicks for 90 yards including a 33-yarder. Through four games, Bridy leads the team in rushing with 364 yards which ranks fourth in the SoCon at 91.0 yards per game.
BACK IN BOTH POLLS – VMI returned to national rankings in both FCS polls following last week’s action. The Keydets enter this weekend’s game at The Citadel ranked 18th in the Stats Perform FCS Top 25 poll and 22nd in the AFCA FCS Coaches poll. VMI had been others receiving votes in t