SEWANEE, Tenn. - For the first time since 2011, the Edmund Orgill Cup returns to the Cumberland Plateau, as the Sewanee football team captured a 27-14 win on the 70th Homecoming at the University of the South, Saturday afternoon from Historic Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Sewanee (4-5, 3-4) 27, Rhodes (4-4, 2-4) 14
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CLASS OF 2019!
A total of 22 seniors between the football team and the cheerleading squad were recognized prior to kickoff: Karim Antoine, Daniel Armagh, Elle Barnes, Sabrina Caldwell, Trey Claus, Anna Kate Foshee, Tristan Fuller, John Gaither, Chris Howe, Michael Jacobs, Kalon Johnson, Zach Keller, Conoly Koontz, Jo Jo Matlock, Lee Menefee, Travis Nadalini, Allan Parrott, Brinley Rhys, Jack Spencer, Will Sutton, Rocky Tips and Melanie Vaughn.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-On the opening drive, Rhodes was threatening to strike first. However, on the 11th play of the drive at the Sewanee 11-yard-line, PJ Settles was picked off by Pierce Johnson to keep the Lynx out of the end zone.
-From there, each team was forced to punt the ball away for most of the opening half. With two minutes left in the second quarter, after Rhodes' Cameron Cluney punted the ball away to their own 49. However, the visitors were guilty of holding the facemask, which gave the Tigers great field position.
-Two plays later, Sewanee was unable to complete the pass thanks to defensive holding, which gave Sewanee the ball at the Rhodes 24.
-On the ensuing drive, after a completed pass by Settles, he was picked off again, this time by Wesley Porter.
-Sewanee responded on the next drive that saw the Tigers find the end zone again. Maes caught his second touchdown reception with a 13-yard catch from Baker. Sewanee took the 13-0 lead into the locker room.
-Sewanee started with possession to start the half and attempted to get the lead to three scores, but a blocked 50-yard field goal attempt gave Rhodes possession.
-The Memphis institution responded with a seven-play, 67-yard drive to cut the score to 13-7 on a one-yard run by Settles.
-On the next Sewanee possession, the Tigers used a 13-play, 75-yard drive to push the lead back to 13. Zach Milan punched himself across the goal line for the score.
-Early in the fourth quarter, Rhodes made it interesting. The Rhodes offense found themselves at the Sewanee 21, but after the Warren Matthews sack that pushed Settles back nine yards, the quarterback took the rest of the drive in his own hands. He called his number not once, but twice, first on a 21-yard run, followed by a nine-yard touchdown run to make it 20-14 in favor of the Tigers.
-However, as they did earlier in the half, after Rhodes scored, Sewanee responded with a touchdown of its own. Another 13-play drive, Warren Holland capped the drive with a two-yard run to make it 27-14.
-With 4:24 left in regulation, the Rhodes got the ball in the red zone. Getting it down to a first and goal from the 10-yard-line, Settles and his offense was able to get nine of the 10 yards needed on three downs.
-On the fourth down play, Settles, who is the all-time Rhodes holder in passing and rushing yards with over 10,000 yards in his four-year career, could not gain the one yard needed for the touchdown with 1:57 left.
-That stop by the defense sealed the contest for the Purple and Gold, as they win their first game against Rhodes since 2011 and their first win over the Lynx at home since 2002.
SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Grayson Baker threw for 256 yards on 24-of-37 passing and two touchdowns.
-Micah Maes led all receivers with 137 yards on 12 catches and the two scores.
-Lee Menefee led all tacklers with 10, seven on his own, and two pass breakups.
RHODES KEY STATISTICS
-PJ Settles finished with 198 passing yards and 125 yards on the ground, scoring both touchdowns on the turf.
-Adam Martinez caught four passes for 81 yards to lead the Lynx.
The Tigers will conclude the 2018 season with a trip to Centre. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. CT next Saturday in Danville, Ky.