WINCHESTER, Va. – Junior Andrew Coffman is in his first season as the blogger for the football program. This week, he recaps the Hampden-Sydney game and looks forward to Saturday's Senior Day contest.
Defeat is never easy. However, how teams play when they are down shows their character on and off the field. With 1:19 to go in the 3rd quarter, we found ourselves down 46-22 and by 1:04 left in the game we had cut the deficit to just six points. We embodied a 'never quit' attitude that lasted until the final seconds until the game. Hayden Bauserman passed for more than 400 yards for the fourth time this year, going 32-for-52 for 401 yards and six touchdowns.
Defensively, Kyle Dexter led the charge with 10 tackles and half-tackle-for-loss. Randy Oliver recorded a sack and Devontae Dunn forced and recovered a fumble. Eight Hornets combined for eight tackles-for-loss that resulted in 27 yards lost.
Last year, Coach McCullough always emphasized that you play o-line, not a position on the o-line. Meaning, as an offensive lineman you can't just know one position, you have to know what every position on the line does and you need to be able to execute at every position. Last week, this was put into practice.
Midway through the second quarter Caleb Hutson suffered a nasty cut on his right thumb, which combined with the rainy conditions, altered his snaps. Because Caleb and I are offensive linemen (and not a center and a guard, respectively,) we just switched positions and continued to play.
Brad Hoffman is another example of this motto. He began the season as a right tackle and due to injury is now the starting right guard. Caleb's thumb has healed and everything should be back to normal this Saturday against Washington and Lee, but we are always prepared for anything.
Leave your legacy. Since we showed up to camp on August 8, we've been dreaming of playing for a championship at Shentel Stadium. While we don't completely control our own destiny, with a win the worst we can finish in conference is second. That is a complete reversal of where we've been as a program.
It is a testament to the seniors who committed to a program that didn't have much to offer other than immense potential. The seniors helped change the culture of a program that should be on everyone's mind for seasons to come. No one on this team has beaten Washington and Lee. Our last victory against W&L was in 2013, before anyone on the current roster attended Shenandoah. Not only have we never beaten them, they are one of the teams that picked us to finish last in the conference. On Saturday at 1 p.m. we will prove why everyone was wrong about the Shenandoah Hornets when they chose us to be the worst team in the ODAC.