Football Match Information – Wabash vs Hampden-Sydney

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Pre-Game Information – The Gentlemen’s Classic – Wabash College vs Hampden-Sydney College

  • When: Saturday, September 3, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: Giant Little Stadium at Wabash College
  • Tickets: There are still tickets available. Go to https://sports.wabash.edu/tickets for more information
  • Watch online: All Wabash home football games are streamed live at https://sports.wabash.edu/live, as well as through the Wabash College Video Network app on Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire platforms and through Apple Store and Google Play.

  • Wabash is playing his 135th football season with an all-time record of 703-395-59. Wabash ranks 5th among Division III schools in all-time wins and 12th in winning percentage with a mark of .633. The Little Giants joined Notre Dame as the second Indiana school to win 700 games in the history of the football program.
  • The Little Giants are in their 22nd season as a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference. Wabash has won or shared nine NCAC titles in the last 17 seasons (2002, 2005, 2006 [tied]2007, 2008, 2011, 2015, 2018 [tied]and 2019 [tied]).
  • Wabash and Hampden-Sydney meet for the third time in The Gentlemen’s Classic. The two all-male schools played soccer against each other for the first time in 2014. Wabash earned a 34-21 win at the old Hollett Little Giant Stadium. The Little Giants took a 2-0 lead in the all-time series with a 35-3 victory in the game played at Hampden-Sydney in 2015.
  • Wabash and Hampden-Sydney have played each other in basketball, baseball, and tennis, in addition to soccer. The teams met for the first time on the Virginia court with Hampden-Sydney defeating the Little Giants. The two teams split a two-baseball series in 2014 and 2015. The Tigers earned a victory in the last matchup on the tennis courts in 2000 with a 9-0 win to even the overall series at 3-3.
  • Wabash earned four first-place votes and 70 points to rank second in the North Coast Athletic Conference’s annual preseason football coaches’ poll. The Little Giants finished two points behind defending conference champion DePauw University. The Tigers received three first-place votes and 72 total points.
  • Five All-NCAC players return to the 2022 roster for the Little Giants, including NCAC Offensive Player of the Year liam thompson. The junior quarterback has a chance to become the first Offensive Player of the Year to receive twice since Wittenberg quarterback Ben Zoeller won the award in 2010 and 2011. Wabash quarterback Matt Hudson ’10, twice received the NCAC Offensive Player of the Year award. winner in 2008 and 2009. Jake Knott ’03 was the Little Giants’ first two-time OPOY winner, capturing the honor in 2002 and 2003. Wittenberg running back Casey Donaldson is the only player in conference history to win the Offensive Player of the Year Award three times.

    Joining Thompson on the All-NCAC team last season were first-team selections. Donovan Snyder (RB), Cooper Sullivan (WR), and joe mullin (C). Compensation of wills he was an All-NCAC Honorable Mention selection last season. Thompson, Sullivan and Mullin were named to the 2021 D3football.com All-Region 4 team.

  • Wabash set a single-season school record last year by producing an average of 484.9 yards of total offense per game. The Little Giants led the NCAC and ranked 14th among all NCAA Division IIII teams in total offense per game. Wabash ranked 5th in the nation in fewest tackles for losses allowed with an average of 3 TFL per game.
  • liam thompson he ranked fifth in the nation in total offense last year with an average of 336.9 yards per game. He ranked 15th in passing yards per game (295.6) and 25th in passing touchdowns with 25 for the season. Thompson’s 28 touchdown passes in 2021 moved him to seventh on Wabash’s all-time TD passing list. He trails ’82 Dave Broeker for sixth with 45 career touchdown passes from him.
  • Donovan Snyder he earned All-NCAC First Team honors as a running back after leading the conference in rushing with 1,023 yards. He was ranked 31st in the nation overall. Snyder rushed for a career-best 220 yards in a single game against Wooster last season and topped the 100-yard mark in five games.
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Scouting Hampden-Sydney – Hampden-Sydney opens the 2022 season in Wabash on Saturday with 11 starters returning from their 5-5 campaign in 2021. The Tigers took third place in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll, thanks in part to the return from First All-ODAC team quarterback Tanner Bernard. The fifth-year player threw for 2,546 yards and 15 TDs in 10 starts last season. He led the conference with 181 completions and an average of 254.6 passing yards per game. Junior wide receiver Braeden Bowling caught 41 passes for 828 yards and six touchdowns to earn Second Team All-ODAC honors. Senior Talen Smith caught five passes for 25 yards in seven games last season. Junior Brice Wilson finished last season with one 3-yard touchdown reception in ten games.

Junior running back Josh Jones is the best returning running back for the Tigers. He rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns on 54 attempts. Junior Melik Frost only played in six games in 2021, but rushed for 101 yards and 30 carries.

Junior Will Pickren finished as Hampden-Sydney’s second-best tackler last season. The safety recorded 106 tackles and intercepted two passes. Junior James-Ryan Salvi finished the 2021 season with 66 tackles and two interceptions from his safety position. Second-year safety Joseph Pierre had 26 tackles with 2-1/2 sacks and 5-1/2 tackles for losses totaling 25 yards. Junior Tobias Lafayette caught a team-high five interceptions to go with 43 tackles last season.

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