Will Seidel, Sports Editor • firstname.lastname@example.org
The Emory & Henry Wasps football team skid continues as they fell to Hampden Sydney, on Senior Day, for their fourth straight loss. The Wasps would keep it close throughout, but would ultimately fell to the Tigers by a score of 38-30.
The Tigers would strike first on the first play of the game. With just 14 seconds into the game, Griffin Davis of Hampden Sydney would intercept a tip ball and return it 23 yards for the game’s first touchdown. The Tigers would then convert the two point conversion to make it 8-0 right out of the gate.
Emory would battle back, as junior defensive lineman Josh Fleenor would intercept a little shovel pass and take it 95 yards to the end zone for the Wasps first points of the game. E&H would then take their only lead of the game on a Matt Seals field goal from 30 yards to make the score 10-8.
The Wasps would then go cold, and Hampden Sydney would take advantage. The Tigers would score the next 21 points and would take the commanding 29-10 lead. The Wasps wouldn’t quit though. E&H drove down the field just before halftime to cut the score to 29-16, thanks to a Kevin Saxton 36 yard touchdown pass to junior Jesse Santiago.
E&H would strike quickly to start the second half, as Saxton would find Santiago again for the second time to cut the lead to 29-23. The Tigers would then battle back and increase their lead as Alec Cobb would hit Cam Johnson again late in the third quarter to make it 35-23.
The Wasps wouldn’t falter, as Saxton would hit a wide open Isaiah Rodgers in the right corner of the end zone to bring the deficit back to single digits at 35-30. The Tigers would add one more field goal and then force the Wasps to turn it over on downs deep in Tiger territory to close it out.
In his last home game as a Wasp, Saxton would fall just short of 400 yards passing, finishing with 391 overall and three touchdowns on 3054 passing. In his last home game too, Rodgers would finish with just 31 yards on 12 touches. Santiago would lead the receiving category with 135 yards on nine catches, and sophomore Derrick Yates would fall just behind him with 134 yards on ten catches. Defense was led by sophomore linebacker Jake Jessee and senior linebacker Zack Manley who each had nine tackles.
With the conclusion of home games on the Wasps schedule, E&H will be on the road for their final two games as they travel this week to The Apprentice School and then will travel to Guilford the following week to conclude the season.