Bears Drop Home Opener
NEW LONDON, Conn.—Junior Brady Macko rushed for three touchdowns and caught another while junior quarterback Nash Nance threw for 282 yards and threw a pair of touchdowns all in the first half as Hampden-Sydney beat Coast Guard 49-7 in a non-conference game.
The Tigers, who improved to 2-1 on the season, scored on six straight possessions in the first half and led 19-0 after the first quarter and 43-0 at halftime. Hampden-Sydney had 423 yards at halftime, 282 passing and 141 rushing and finished the game with 586 total yards, 276 on the ground and 310 in the air.
Coast Guard, which drops to 0-3 on the year, was held to just 80 yards of total offense and seven first downs. The Tigers defense held the Bears to negative ten yards rushing on 19 carries.
Macko who carried 12 times for 63 yards scored on runs of two and one yards in the first quarter before Nance (20 of 34 for 282 yards) threw an 84-yard touchdown pass to junior Holton Walker, the top receiver in Division III, for a 19-0 lead with 1:33 left in the first quarters. Walker led the team with eight receptions for 180 yards and the score, all in the first half.
Senior Mitch Pereira, who led the Tigers with 17 carries for 82 yards, had a 10-yard run to opening the scoring on the second quarter, junior Dan Alexander kicked a 23-yard field goal before Macko scored on a 2-yard run and then caught a 6-yard touchdown pass with 3:58 left in the half, the Tigers sixth straight possession with a score, to close the scoring and give Hampden-Sydney a 43-0 lead.
Sophomore running back Tyler Fowler (16 carries, 61 yards) scored on a 7-yard run with 12:03 left in the game to close the scoring for Hampden-Sydney.
Coast Guard got on the board when sophomore Ed Lazowski returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown with 7:43 left in the game.
The Bears used four quarterbacks in the game. Junior starter Blake Thompson was 5 of 14 for 29 yards, sophomore Drew Londo was 2 of 6 for 11 yards while freshman Derek Victory was 8 of 13 for 50 yards in his collegiate debut.
Senior Nick Fredericksen led the Bears with five receptions for 41 yards.
Hampden-Sydney also controlled the clock having the ball for 39 minutes and 50 seconds while the Bears had possession for 20 minutes and ten seconds.
Coast Guard wore throwback uniforms to honor the 50th anniversary of the 1963 team coached by NFL Hall of Famer Otto Graham. That team in the only Coast Guard team to finish a regular season unbeaten as the team was 8-0 before losing in the Tangerine Bowl.
The Bears open New England Football Conference (NEFC) play next week at home against Nichols on Saturday with kickoff set for 1:30 p.m. on Parents' Weekend.
POST GAME COMMENTS FROM HEAD COACH BILL GEORGE