WINCHESTER — Shenandoah College soccer followers aren’t used to watching the Hornets play within the spring or on Friday nights, they usually’re undoubtedly not used to seeing the quantity that appeared beneath “Hornets” on the scoreboard on Friday.
On a frigid night time, Hampden-Sydney School defeated Shenandoah 26-Zero at Shentel Stadium at hand the Hornets their first shutout since a 38-Zero loss to North Carolina Wesleyan on Nov. 6, 2010, three seasons earlier than SU head coach Scott Yoder took over.
SU — which averaged 33.6 factors per sport final season — could not discover any form of rhythm on offense in falling to Zero-2 total and Zero-1 within the Previous Dominion Athletic Convention.
One week after gaining solely 33 dashing yards on 19 makes an attempt, the Hornets managed solely 16 yards on 19 makes an attempt. General, SU was held to a measly 130 whole yards and 6 first downs by the Tigers (2-Zero, 2-Zero), whose Three-Three stack protection posted its second straight shutout. H-SC recorded 388 yards, together with 222 dashing on 58 makes an attempt.
SU trailed solely 6-Zero on the half, however the Tigers scored two touchdowns within the first three minutes of the second half because of a 65-yard landing go and a failed restoration of the following pooch kickoff, which set the Tigers up on the SU 18.
Three performs later, Tanner Bernard (12 of 20 passes for 166 yards) threw a 16-yard TD go to Dillon Costello, who caught all three of Bernard’s TD passes as a part of a nine-catch, 133-yard night time. A two-point conversion run by Melik Frost (21 carries for 76 yards and a TD) made it 20-Zero, which proved to be greater than sufficient.
Whereas the Hornets’ protection had its points, SU’s offensive woes had been essentially the most evident drawback. The Hornets had six straight drives (one was simply earlier than the half) during which their beginning discipline place was no worse than their very own 40-yard line. They bought inside 30 yards of the top zone on three of these possessions, however got here up quick each time.
Yoder famous earlier this week that the Hornets do not see the Three-Three stack typically, however in a Zoom name Friday night time he made it clear that the Tigers’ fashion of protection wasn’t the problem.
“This was not about scheme,” Yoder mentioned. “They performed higher than we did when our offense was on the sector. We struggled to hyperlink performs collectively in drives. That was the distinction. They might have performed any entrance they needed.
“They had been enjoying sooner than us, they had been getting off blocks. We performed lots of totally different units tonight, we performed lots of totally different guys. We have to discover a components to maneuver the soccer. We have performed two video games, and we have struggled to constantly transfer the soccer in each of them, and that is not a successful success components.”
The sport’s first 9 possessions ended with out a rating, and a 10th gave the impression to be within the works when a 53-yard punt by Patrick Ritchie was downed on the H-SC 2-yard line with eight:20 left within the first half.
However then the Tigers turned to their run sport, preserving the ball on the bottom for 13 of 17 performs on a drive that resulted within the sport’s first factors. It ended with Bernard throwing a 13-yard slant to Costello with simply 35 seconds left within the first half (the extra-point kick failed).
H-SC used three backs on the drive, and the Tigers did a great job of not making it apparent the place the runner was going to go, or who was going to get it with fast modifications of course and Bernard’s actions with the ball after taking snaps within the shotgun.
“That they had lots of eye sweet, and that was one factor we would have liked to be higher at,” mentioned SU free security Trammell Anthony, who felt gamers on the protection may need been making an attempt to do an excessive amount of at occasions and weren’t all the time disciplined. “Simply specializing in our task, doing our job.
“I do know particularly for me, I wanted to keep up outdoors leverage on a pair performs the place I bit inside they usually despatched [runners] outdoors.”
SU made H-SC work for fulfillment on the finish of the primary half, then made issues far too straightforward for the Tigers at the beginning of the second half.
Costello had nobody close to him when Bernard linked with him operating left to proper 17 yards downfield, and he sprinted the remainder of the best way untouched for a 65-yard TD to make it 12-Zero with 13:41 left within the third quarter (the two-point conversion failed).
The Hornets then didn’t discipline Jack Breedlove’s pooch kickoff to the appropriate aspect, which hit the bottom close to the SU 30. The ball bounced about 10 yards and was recovered on the Hornet 18, organising the third Bernard to Costello TD go.
Down 20-Zero, the Hornets did cowl up Breedlove’s ensuing grounded kickoff up the center at midfield, which led to glorious probabilities for them to get again into the sport.
On the primary one, SU drove 41 yards to the 9, however SU quarterback Zack Mathis (15 of 27 for 114 yards and one interception) threw the ball into the bottom towards the appropriate after getting pressured on fourth-and-5 by the Tigers’ Phil Pullen.
The Hornets then pressured a three-and-out, and a 15-yard interference penalty on a good catch try of a punt by Yuri Smaltz on the Tigers’ 35 moved the ball to the 20. However two performs later, Mathis threw the ball into visitors over the center and was picked off by Peyton Carneal, who returned the interception 12 yards to the 28.
For SU, Ben Burgan had 12 tackles, Mason Caldwell had 10 and Jack Swope had eight and one sack. Every participant had two tackles for loss.
The Hornets are off subsequent week and can subsequent play at 6:30 p.m. on March 19 at residence in opposition to Randolph-Macon.