|Cardinals' streak snapped at Hampden-Sydney||Oct. 26, 2002|
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. - Mac Russell completed 17 of 34 passes for 233 yards and three scores to lead Hampden-Sydney over Catholic, 30-20, in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference tilt. The loss snaps Catholic's three-game win streak.
The Tigers (6-1, 4-1 ODAC) opened the scoring as C.W. Clemmons
56 yards untouched on a screen pass from Mac Russell at the 11:21 mark of the first quarter. On a third and 8, Catholic came with the blitz but Russell's pass found its way to Clemmons. An illegal substitution penalty on the extra point allowed HSC to attempt from the 1-yard line where Chris Gould walked in for the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.
Catholic (3-4, 1-2 CDAC) took advantage of great field possession after a four-and-out, starting at the HSC 46-yard line. The offense marched to the Tiger 14, but on fourth down senior Bill Sutton's (Columbia, Md./DeMatha) pass was incomplete. Hampden-Sydney answered with an eight-play, 86 yard drive, where Russell would hit Conrad Singh on a scoring connection for 11 yards to make it 15-0 early in the second quarter.
After going just 3-for-15 for 51 yards and an interception through a quarter and a half, Joe Hafera (Gaithersburg, Md./Thomas S. Wooton) replaced Sutton and the freshman made an immediate impact. On his second pass of the game, Hafera connected with sophomore Nick Bublavi (Norwood, Pa./Interboro) on a 70-yard scoring strike for Hafera's first career collegiate touchdown with just over three minutes before the half to cut the lead to 15-7. Bublavi had a career day, finishing with a career-high 176 yards on five catches and two scores.
But the Tigers answered right before the half as Adam Webb caught a 3-yard pass with nine seconds in the quarter.
Late in the third quarter, the Tigers put together an 11-play, 58-yard drive capped off by Clemmons' second score of the day, an 11-yard run to put Hampden-Sydney up 30-7.
The CUA offense came right back on the ensuing possession as Hafera hooked up Bublavi again for a 41-yard score with just 2:15 in the third quarter to make it a 30-14 game. Hafera finished the day 8-for-15 for 164 yards and an interception.
Sophomore Emmett McGowan (North Hill, Pa./LaSalle) intercepted Russell on the next HSC possession, giving Catholic the ball at the Tiger 34-yard line and moving the momentum in favor of the Cardinals.
Three plays later, senior Tokollo Moffat (Wheaton, Md./Good Counsel) rumbled in down the left sideline from 15 yards out to make it a ten-point game at 30-20 with 14 minutes to go in the contest. Moffat ran for 60 yards on 13 carries.
The Cardinals' defense rose to the occasion again on the ensuing drive as senior linebacker RyanWelsh (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) picked of Russell, giving the Catholic life late in the game. But the Tiger defense forced Hafera into throwing a key interception later in fourth quarter.
Defensively for the Cardinals, sophomore Sean Heenan (Philadelphia, Pa/St. Joseph's) led all tacklers with 9 stops with one for a loss. Sophomore Justin Kelly (Milton, Mass./Boston College) added five tackles, three for losses and an interception.
Catholic resumes action next weekend as they travel to Emory, Va. to take on Emory & Henry in ODAC action at 1 p.m.