WEEK 4 PREVIEW: Rhodes (Orgill Cup)

Credit: Erin Cassell
Credit: Erin Cassell

Game Notes

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The 66th meeting of the Orgill Cup is set to commence on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. from Crain Field in Memphis as the Sewanee football team faces the Lynx of Rhodes College.

Sewanee (0-3, 0-1) at Rhodes (0-3, 0-1) | Sept. 28, 1 p.m.
Crain Field, Memphis, Tenn.
All-Time Series: Sewanee leads, 43-40-1
Orgill Cup Series: Rhodes leads, 35-29-1

A LOOK AT THE LYNX: With the loss of PJ Settles under center and offensive lineman DJ Coker to graduation, the Rhodes football program has a lot of holes to fill in the 2019 season. 

The Lynx are 0-3 on the season, and the team has just scored seven points in a 22-7 loss to Illinois College in Week 1. Additionally, they have not scored in their last 10 quarters.

Rhodes is coming off a 14-0 defeat at Millsaps last week in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) opener for the conference.

Jace Franklin has thrown for 261 yards under center this season. Andrew Herring leads all receivers with 80 reception yards. On the ground, Monroe McKay leads with 84 rushing yards. 

Tony Heyward leads the Lynx on defense with 21 tackles. 

Sewanee and Rhodes first met in 1899, and the Tigers hold a 43-40-1 advantage. After Sewanee defeated the then Southwestern University at Memphis in the first-ever meeting, 54-0, on the Domain, the team took the historical five-team, six-day trip that saw Sewanee shut out each opponent before resting on the seventh day. 

LAST TIME vs. RHODES: The Tigers took down the Lynx, 27-14, on Homecoming on campus on Sept. 27, 2018. 

Sewanee held a 13-0 lead from the half to claim the victory. In the fourth quarter, the Tigers stopped the Rhodes offense at the one-yard line with less than two minutes remaining. 

The win against the Lynx at historic Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium was the first on the Domain since the 2002 season.  

THE EDMUND 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.

Trophy Inscription: The Edmund Orgill Trophy is presented annually by Southwestern of Memphis and the University of the South at Sewanee to the winner of each year's football game as evidence of their esteem for and gratitude to a man whose benefactions to them are measureless. Initiated on November 13, 1954.
(Note: Rhodes was called Southwestern until 1984).

Saturday's meeting marks the 66th in the Orgill Cup. Rhodes holds the 35-29-1 advantage all-time in the series, and the team will look to win in Memphis for the first time since 2011. 

A LITTLE EARLY FOR A RIVALRY: Based on the conference schedule, Sewanee and Rhodes will face off in September for the first time in 80 years. According to acquired records, Sewanee and Rhodes last played each other in the ninth month of the year on Sept. 30, 1938, also coming in Memphis. 

During the time period, Sewanee was in the Southeastern Conference as one of its charter members. 

PORTER PICKS OFF QUARTERBACKS: Wesley Porter recorded two interceptions in the contest against Birmingham-Southern last week, one for a 58-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Because of his efforts, he was selected as the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) College Football Defensive Player of the Week. 

The junior, who is a two-time All-SAA Honorable Mention selection, now has 10 career interceptions, good for a tie for ninth among active NCAA Division III leaders. 

Jefferson Fritz of Mary Hardin-Baylor has 15 to lead the nation. 

CYRUS THE GREAT: Cyrus McCullough recorded a career-high 192 yards on nine catches and two touchdowns against Birmingham-Southern last week. 

After catching 292 yards of passes last season in 24 attempts, the junior has surpassed that total, and he stands at 311 yards. His single-season high came his freshman year with 478 receiving yards. 

In his career, he has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark with 1,081 and seven touchdowns. 

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