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Ferrum Tames Tigers in ODAC Football Action

Senior QB Zack Clifford was 16-24 passing for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior QB Zack Clifford was 16-24 passing for 169 yards and two touchdowns.

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Virginia -- Ferrum College beat Hampden-Sydney College in Old Dominion Athletic Conference football action this afternoon on the road, winning 31-14 in front of a crowd of 3,300 fans at Everett Stadium.

Ferrum (4-5, 3-4 ODAC)
Hampden-Sydney (1-8, 0-7 ODAC)

Following a scoreless first quarter, Hampden-Sydney drew first blood, scoring on a 34-yard pass from Clay Vick to Dillon Costello at 11:54 of the second quarter. Ferrum All-American running back Brian Mann scored on a two-yard run late in the quarter and the two teams were tied 7-7 at the break.

Quentin Wallace hauled in an 11-yard touchdown pass from Zack Clifford at 4:36 of the third quarter to put Ferrum out in front 14-7. The Tigers answered with Vick's three-yard run to to knot the score at 14-14 early in the fourth. The Panthers would go on to score 17 unanswered points from there to break the game open.

Brad Green split the uprights from 26 yards out at 10:53 to give Ferrum a 17-14 lead. Linebacker Taylor Brown then took a direct snap off a fake punt and raced 65 yards for a touchdown to extend Ferrum's lead to 24-14. Ryan Beidleman then hauled in a 25-yard scoring strike from Clifford with 2:30 left to play for the final count.

Beidleman closed the game with five receptions for 74 yards. Clifford was 16-24 for 169 yards and two touchdowns passing. Vick was 21-40 passing for 193 yards and a score for the Tigers.

The Panthers rolled up 412 yards in total offense to Hampden-Sydney's 266 yards. Ferrum had 243 yards rushing this afternoon.

Defensively, Brown led Ferrum with nine tackles, including four solo and one for loss. Roshun Patterson, Christian Johnson and DJ Baylor each recorded an interception.

Griffin Davis had 12 tackles for Hampden-Sydney, including in five solo stops, while Brendan Weinberg closed the game with 11 tackles.

"Hard fought win at a tough place to play. Regardless of record, Hampden-Sydney is a well coached team with a great deal of pride. I'm proud of the week of preparation which resulted in a great team victory." --Head Coach Rob Grande

Grande's team will close out the season Saturday, Nov. 16, at Emory & Henry College. The ODAC clash will be the 4th Annual Crooked Road Classic between the two longtime rivals. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. in Emory, Virginia.