The Emory & Henry football team traveled to Hampden-Sydney College to clash with the Tigers in a crucial matchup. The Tigers have had E&H’s number, winning the last eight games against the Wasps. However, E&H would have the last laugh.
It looked to be more of the same as H-SC scored on their first drive when Alec Cobb and Cam Johnson linked up for a 53-yard touchdown reception. The Wasps would respond quickly with a scoring drive capped by sophomore running back Sam Wagner’s 2-yard touchdown. E&H would score again soon after when junior quarterback Kevin Saxton hooked up with an emerging senior wideout in A.J. Hampton for a 35-yard touchdown grab making the score 14-7. H-SC would respond with 10 straight points, giving them a 17-14 lead going into the half.
E&H would regain the lead after halftime and never look back. First-year Derrick Yates caught a 23-yard score from Saxton to give the Wasps a 21-17 lead. Saxton was at it again in the fourth quarter, finding Jesse Santiago in the end zone for a 14 -yard score. H-SC would storm back later to cut the deficit to three points, but would fall short. First-year placekicker Matt Seals added a 39 yard field goal later in the game to give the Wasps a 31-25 victory.
The defense for Emory and Henry has really stepped it up lately, and this game was no exception. They were all over the field forcing 4 interceptions and 5 turnovers on the day. Senior linebacker Josh Compton had 12 tackles, a sack, and even added a couple interceptions on the day. Tre’von Lightfoot and Eric Johnson had the other two interceptions for the Wasps. E&H now looks forwards to another interconfernece clash with Catholic on Family Weekend.
– Caleb Simpson