WEEK 9 PREVIEW: Rhodes | Homecoming 2018

WEEK 9 PREVIEW: Rhodes | Homecoming 2018

Game Notes

SEWANEE, Tenn. - Sewanee's 70th Homecoming will feature a cross-state rival. The 65th meeting of the Orgill Cup between Sewanee and Rhodes happens this Saturday. 

Sewanee (3-5, 2-4) vs. Rhodes (4-3, 2-3) | Oct. 27, 1:30 p.m.
Historic Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium | Sewanee, Tenn.
All-Time Series: Sewanee leads 42-40-3
Orgill Cup Series: Rhodes leads 34-30-1
Last win: Oct. 29, 2011 (34-7)

HALL OF FAME WEEKEND: This weekend, Sewanee Athletics will induct seven individuals into the Athletics Hall of Fame: Dr. Hallie Blunck, Laura Fanjoy, Dr. Harry Hoffman, Luke Lea, Jerre Maynor, Mike Mondelli and Sally Jackson Williams. The inductees will be enshrined at a dinner Friday night and will be recognized at halftime of Saturday's football game. Click here for more information on the inductees.  

CLASS OF 2019: A total of 22 seniors between the football team and the cheerleading squad will be recognized prior to Saturday's kickoff: Karim AntoineDaniel Armagh, Elle Barnes, Sabrina Caldwell, Trey Claus, Anna Kate Foshee, Tristan Fuller, John Gaither, Chris HoweMichael Jacobs, Kalon JohnsonZach KellerConoly KoontzJo Jo MatlockLee MenefeeTravis Nadalini, Allan Parrott, Brinley RhysJack Spencer, Will Sutton, Rocky Tips and Melanie Vaughn.

THE ORGILL CUP: The strong football rivalry of Rhodes-Sewanee dates back to 1899, but since 1954, the two Tennessee schools have battled each fall for possession of the Edmund Orgill Trophy.

Edmund Orgill (1899-1983), who was ironically born the year the cross-state rivalry began, had close ties to both schools. He was Chairman of the Board of Regents at Southwestern and the chairman of the Board of Regents at Sewanee. A 1920 graduate of Virginia, Mr. Orgill received honorary degrees from Rhodes and Sewanee in 1954. He was elected mayor of Memphis in 1956.

Saturday's contest will be the 65th meeting for the Edmund Orgill Trophy. The Tigers will look to snap a six-game losing streak to the Lynx, with their last win in the series coming in 2011, which was also in Memphis.

The Lynx won the inaugural game in November of 1954 at home 32-19. In Orgill Cup history, Rhodes holds a 35-28-1 lead over Sewanee, however the all-time series is tied 41-41-3 after Rhodes' 28-10 victory last year. When Southwestern changed to Rhodes in 1984, it sparked a six-game win streak over Sewanee. Rhodes is 25-8-2 in the series since that year and have won each of the last six matchups.

This is the 11th-oldest rivalry in NCAA Division III, joining the Old Tin Cup between Gettysburg and Muhlenberg.

20-PLAY DRIVE: In the third quarter of Week 8's contest against Trinity, Sewanee used a 20-play drive in the third quarter to score a touchdown. The drive started after Trinity made the contest 21-0. The Tigers went 5-of-6 on third down and scored on a fourth down play from the 5-yard-line.

WELCOME HOME: This will be the 70th Homecoming contest in the program's history, and Sewanee is 34-35 in these contests. The last homecoming win came on Nov. 8, 2014, when the Tigers downed the Vikings of Berry, 31-26. This will be the first time Sewanee and Rhodes have squared off on Homecoming since 2012 and the 16th time overall. Sewanee holds a 9-5 record in such games.

A LOOK AT THE LYNX: After a three-point win against Millsaps on the road on Sept. 29, Rhodes has lost its last two contests, being outscored by their opponents, 65-21, as they lost to Trinity and Centre. 

One offensive weapon the Tigers will focus on is senior quarterback PJ Settles. The Google Cloud Academic All-District, selected by CoSIDA honoree became the first Rhodes student-athlete to surpass 10,000 offensive yards, currently at 10,191. Additionally, the Nashville native broke the 31-year record of 2,650 career rushing yards in the contest. With 59 more passing yards, the 2017 All-SAA First Team selection can surpass the career-mark in passing yards at Rhodes. 

Two Lynx on Defense: D'On Coofer and Trent Holt, have 11 of the team's 16 sacks on the 2018 season. 

The NCAA ranks Strength of Schedule for all 250 NCAA Division III football teams. Rhodes has the toughest schedule out of the nine SAA schools that play football, and they are 11th in the country in past competition. To compare, Sewanee is seventh in the SAA and 133rd in the nation. 

Last season in Memphis, they Lynx scored 28 points and were leading 28-0, which would hold up as Sewanee scored 10 second half points. 

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