HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – The Washington and Lee football team controlled the ball for 38:01 of the game’s 60 minutes and used three second-half touchdowns to produce a 32-30 victory over Hampden-Sydney on Saturday afternoon at Everett Stadium.
The game was tied 24-24 midway through the fourth quarter, but the Generals (4-1, 3-0) seized control with a 12-play, 74-yard drive that was capped by a 15-yard touchdown run by senior running back Josh Breece (Lorton, Va. / Stone Bridge). Without the services of its starting placekicker, W&L went for two the entire contest and did so again after the Breece score. Sophomore quarterback Stephen Murrin (Fort Worth, Texas / Fort Worth Country Day) converted to give the Generals a 32-24 lead with 5:43 left in the game.
The Blue & White defense held on downs on the next possession, but the Tigers (2-3, 2-1) forced a 3-and-out to get the ball back. Sophomore punter Charlie Fleming (Atlanta, Ga. / Marist) boomed a 50-yard punt and the Tigers took over on their own 17-yardline with 3:09 remaining.
Hampden-Sydney produced a 61-yard pass play on first down and scored six plays later on 4th-and-goal from the 3-yardline. Senior running back Kaleb Smith tossed a jump pass over the line to senior tight end Ed Newman to pull within 32-30 with 29 seconds remaining. The Tigers went for two, but the Generals’ defense held.
H-SC needed an onside kick and it was successful, giving the Tigers the ball on their own 47-yardline with 28 seconds left. The W&L defense stepped up again, forcing four straight incompletions to win its fourth straight game.
W&L trailed 10-8 at the half and H-SC used a 42-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Tanner Bernard to senior wide receiver Nick Kallivokas just 1:28 into the third quarter to assume a 17-8 lead. The Generals retaliated with a 15-play drive that was capped by a 2-yard touchdown pass from Murrin to junior tight end Alex Vaught (Roanoke, Va. / Roanoke Catholic) on fourth down. The two-point conversion was successful, making it a 17-16 game in favor of the Tigers.
The Generals assumed their first lead of the contest on the first play of the fourth quarter, with Murrin hooking up with senior running back Coby Kirkland (Duncan, Okla. / Duncan) for a 70-yard passing touchdown. The two-point conversion was good, giving W&L a 24-17 lead.
Hampden-Sydney tied it up five plays after the Kirkland touchdown, as Bernard hit senior wide receiver Dillon Costello with a 42-yard scoring strike, setting up the exciting finish.
W&L tallied 379 total yards led by Breece, who carried 18 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns. Murrin completed 6-of-7 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns with one interception, and he rushed 14 times for 56 yards. Kirkland rushed for 12 yards on five carries and had the one catch for 70 yards. On defense, junior linebacker David Onyejekwe (Falls Church, Va. / McLean) led the way with 10 tackles and one sack.
The Tigers accumulated 436 total yards, including 395 through the air. Bernard completed 22-of-34 passes for 393 yards and two touchdowns, and he rushed for 12 yards and one more score. Smith rushed for 23 yards, tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass and caught seven passes for 101 yards. Costello snared eight passes for 121 yards and one touchdown, while Kalivokas hauled in four passes for 103 yards and one score. Sophomore safety Will Pickren paced the defense with a game-high 17 tackles.
Washington and Lee is back in action on Saturday when it hosts the Apprentice School for a 1:00 pm contest.