HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va.-- Senior quarterback Nash Nance threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns leading #25 Hampden-Sydney to a 56-0 win over Coast Guard in a non-conference game.
Hampden-Sydney finished with 483 yards of total offense, 225 on the ground while the Bears were held to 193 total yards, 160 of those passing.
It didn't take long for H-SC to put the first points up on the scoreboard as a couple of big plays helped spur the Tigers offense. Ronnie Springfield returned the opening kickoff 38 yards to the HSC 48, and two plays later Nance found Holton Walker for a 33-yard gain to the Coast Guard 19. After a couple of seven-yard plays and a CGA penalty, Nance passed to Mel Savarese for a three-yard touchdown to give H-SC a 7-0 advantage less than two minutes in. After a short Bears possession, Owen Costello returned the punt 25 yards to the CGA 34 yard line. Three plays later, Craig Sprouse found pay dirt on a nine-yard run at 10:16. Neither team could get any traction on offense the rest of the quarter as Hampden-Sydney went into the second quarter up 14-0.
Hampden-Sydney got the ball after a punt to open the second frame, and the 10-play drive ended when Sprouse ran it in from two yards for his second score of the game. The H-SC defense held strong again to force another punt. Tyler Henning drilled a 47-yarder, but Costello negated all of it on a 48-yard return to the Coast Guard 38. On the sixth play of the drive, Joey Druhan reeled in a 10 yard TD pass from Nance at 5:46 to send the Tigers into halftime up 28-0.
The Tigers would go on to score 14 points in each quarter after halftime. James Rizzo caught the second-half kickoff at the five-yard line, but the Tiger special teams had excellent coverage, getting to Rizzo at the 10-yard line where Martin Owens forced the fumble and recovered it, setting up first-and-goal from Coast Guard's 10-yard line. Following a Walker four-yard run, Michael Mey reeled in a six-yard touchdown pass. The Tigers scored three more TDs, all on the ground. Nance lit up the scoreboard for a one-yarder at 1:58 in the third while Mitch Pereira had touchdown runs of two yards (11:36, fourth) and three yards (4:48, fourth).
Pereira led the ground game with 79 yards on eight carries while Sprouse posted 58 yards on 10 rushes, and both contributed two touchdowns. Walker caught seven passes for 102 yards, and Costello accounted for 103 yards with 88 coming on punt returns.
Sophomore quarterback Derek Victory was 19 of 36 for 135 yards with one interception while sophomore Bryan Popp led the Bears with a career-high 10 receptions for 79 yards in the loss.
Senior Jake Wawrzyniak had 12 carries for 21 yards as the Bears were held to just 33 yards rushing on 21 attempts.
Junior Eli Maurer had two interceptions on the day for Coast Guard to give him a team-leading three on the season.
Junior punter Tyler Henning was outstanding as he punted eight times for a 51.1 yard average for Coast Guard.
Coast Guard is back in action next week when the Bears travel to Nichols to begin New England Football Conference (NEFC) play.