Football’s Offense Sputters in 66th Orgill Cup

Credit: Erin Cassell
Credit: Erin Cassell

MEMPHIS - The Sewanee football team scored early in the 66th Orgill Cup, but it was the Lynx of Rhodes, thanks to two first half touchdowns, record a 14-3 win over the Tigers Saturday afternoon from Crain Field.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Rhodes (1-3, 1-1) 14, Sewanee (0-4, 0-2) 3
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Tigers received the ball to start the game. After a three-and-out, Josh Szymchak punted the ball away. However, when Rhodes' Taylor Smith tried to catch the ball at the Lynx 31-yard-line, he immediately fumbled it away and Jack Lambert picked it up to restart Sewanee's drive.

-After Sewanee reclaimed possession, they could not gain any positive yardage, but Brody Palmer converted a 51-yard field goal to give the Tigers the early lead, 3-0, with 12:52 left in the opening period.

-On Rhodes' first drive of the game, the home team stormed down the field on 10 plays and 75 yards to take its first lead of the game with a one-yard touchdown.

-After a Sewanee punt, Rhodes used a strong drive to get down to the Sewanee 5-yard-line. On a fourth down, Rhodes' Franklin Garner had a 22-yard field goal attempt blocked by Wesley Porter. Walker Weatherly picked up the football and ran it back to the house for a touchdown. However, the score was called back due to a Sewanee penalty at midfield.

-The momentum fizzled out for the Sewanee offense, as they stalled on a fourth down and one.

-In Rhodes' first possession of the second quarter, the Lynx padded their lead with a three-yard touchdown run to make it 14-3.

-Sewanee had a key opportunity to make it a one-score game in the third quarter. On a fourth down at the Rhodes 8-yard line, Szymchak had a 25-yard field goal attempt blocked and recovered by the Lynx out of bounds.

-A defensive game the second half, that third quarter drive was the closest Sewanee came to scoring in the half.

-For the third time in four weeks, Sewanee has been held to single digits in points, and the Lynx held the Tigers to 182 yards of offense.

SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Wesley Porter, along with a blocked field goal and seven total tackles, had 106 return yards on the day on special teams. Porter had 57 return yards on punts and 49 on kickoffs.

-Alex Darras went 11-of-27 for 121 yards under center, while Cyrus McCullough led all receivers with 55 yards.

-Jackson Menefee and Jack Lambert each recorded 12 tackles on the day. Menefee forced a fumble, while Lambert recovered one.

-Pierce Johnson had two tackles for a loss and nine total.

RHODES KEY STATISTICS
-Javon Cooper had 93 yards on the ground to lead the home team, while Jace Franklin had 148 yards through the air to go with 59 rushing yards.

-Stephan Jean-Francois and Mitch Batschelett each posted a rushing touchdown.

-Tony Heyward had six tackles, while Kobe Bins had two stops for a loss.

UP NEXT
The Tigers return home next week to face off with No. 10/10 Berry.

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