Has there ever been a more competitive week for ODAC football than this past weekend? The eighth week of competition saw four games with a combined margin of victory of 11 points. Still, little changed at the top of the ODAC standings with Randolph-Macon, Hampden-Sydney, and Washington and Lee each posting wins. Emory & Henry completed the victorious quartet.
For the first time this season, we have a back-to-back winner in the ODAC Football Play of the Week Fan Poll. Bridgewater College collects its third overall win thru seven weeks of the season will two-sport star Alex Galloway featured in the spotlight.
Bye weeks are things of the past as all eight ODAC teams will be in action each week from here on out. Randolph-Macon remains at the top of the conference standings at 3-0 with Hampden-Sydney and Washington and Lee just a game back at 2-1.
There's something "special" about this week's ODAC Football Play of the Week Fan Poll winner. For the second time this season, Bridgewater College landed the majority of the vote thanks to its version of the "Philly Special" in ints contest versus Washington and Lee on Saturday.
Seven of the ODAC's eight football playing members were in action on Saturday with Ferrum the lone non-participant due to its scheduled bye week. Six squads participated in league contests leaving just one team unbeaten in the conference standings, while Emory & Henry closed out its non-conference slate.
Week five brought about the closest race of the season in the ODAC Football Play of the Week Fan Poll voting. Hampden-Sydney and Bridgewater came down to the final few minutes with the Tigers securing their first win of the season by just a few tallies.
Hampden-Sydney got a big passing day from quarterback Alec Cobb – 519 yards and five touchdowns thru air – but it was an unexpected thrower that provided this highlight. Running back Kaleb Smith, who was a run-pass option quarterback in high school, took the shotgun snap and faked a quick inside-handoff before lofting a pass out in front of Blake Page. The Tigers’ receiver reached out with one hand and hauled in the 30-yard pass with a defender draped all over him. Smith, meanwhile, scored on a five-yard shuffle pass on the ensuing play. Hampden-Sydney went on to win, 56-27.
All eight teams were involved in conference play this weekend, some taking the field for the first time in three weeks due to a combination of bye dates and weather-affected schedules. Bridgewater, Hampden-Sydney, and Randolph-Macon each sit 1-0 in the ODAC standings following wins in their first league games.
Four week and four new winners in the ODAC Football Play of the Week Fan Poll. The 81-0 victory over Greensboro College not only resulted in numerous school-records for Ferrum College, but it also features this week's fan poll winner in the 60-yard catch-and-run score from Zack Clifford to Nick Pearce.
Just two games were active on the ODAC schedule for week four with several squads idle on their scheduled bye weeks and still others with an unexpected break due to the effects from Hurricane Florence. Still, the two games ODAC fans did get to watch did not disappoint as Ferrum and Emory & Henry combined to scored 133 points in their non-conference victories.
For the third straight week, we have a new winner in the ODAC Football Play of the Week Fan Poll. Shenandoah University picks up the mantle in week three following a back-of-the-end-zone touchdown pass play from Hayden Bauserman to Austin Ward.
Shenandoah and Hobart played hot-potato with the score all game long with five lead changes dotting the play-by-play. With 0:24 to go in the third quarter, the Hornets took a 48-42 lead thanks to some elusiveness and clutch catching. Bauserman, the Hornets' quarterback, avoided the rush a couple times and bought some time for Ward to come open near the back of the end zone. SU’s tight end kept his feet in bounds in the back-corner for his first collegiate touchdown and only grab of the game. Bauserman finished 46-of-64 for 471 and six TDs in the 56-48 setback.
Hurricane Florence forced ODAC schedules to shift throughout all sponsored sports, leaving football with just three games played. Guilford, Randolph-Macon, and Shenandoah played their games, while others saw theirs canceled or pushed backed to dates later in the season.
Week two of the ODAC Football Play of the Week Fan Poll feature a quartet of gamebreaking plays. Football fans spoke loud and clear as Guilford College took home the victory by a resounding margin on the heels of a 60-yard catch and sprint to the end zone in the Quakers' 61-35 win over Methodist.
The offense was in full gear for ODAC teams in week two as six of the seven squads in action scored 23 points or more with Guilford eclipsing 60 points to lead the way. Conference teams went 5-2 in non-league play, leaving four teams unbeaten thru the first two weeks.
The first week of the ODAC Football Play of the Week Fan Poll returned with a strong competition among the four nominees. Bridgewater College proved the winner in the end, with Demetreus Jalepes' run narrowly eclipsing Nate Hill's interception return for Shenandoah University.
Weather didn't treat the opening of the 2018 Division III collegiate football season too kindly with three ODAC games directly impacted by adverse conditions. Conference teams went 3-2 in non-conference play and saw the first league contest competed at new member school Ferrum College.
Predicting the outcome of any ODAC football season is a difficult task, but doing so for the 2018 campaign may be one of the most daunting in recent memory for even the conference's head coaches. The annual preseason poll features two ties including for the top spot, two additional teams separated by just one point, and first place votes split amongst four squads.
Washington and Lee University and Randolph-Macon College, the two most recent NCAA tournament teams from the ODAC ranks (in 2017 and 2016, respectively) sit tied atop the yearly coach's survey with 44 total points. The defending champion Generals secured four first place votes, while the Yellow Jackets picked up a pair. Hampden-Sydney College stands alone in third with 37 tallies and one top nod, while ODAC newcomer Ferrum College and Shenandoah University are locked for fourth with 26 markers. The Panthers earned the remaining first place vote as they join the league table as the eighth football-playing member.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference is pleased to announce the 2017-18 ODAC Sportsmanship Teams in each of the conference's 24 sponsored sports. The squads are comprised of a student-athlete selected by the coaching staffs of each team competing under the conference banner with all sports and schools fully represented.
The College Football 150th Anniversary has debuted another component of its celebration with the launch of its website at CFB150.org. The site will be designed in conjunction with SIDEARM Sports, a Learfield Company.
Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn announced that following a national search, Garrett LeRose '07 has been promoted to head football coach effective immediately. LeRose had previously served as the program's assistant head coach and coach of tight ends and wide receivers.
Fresh off national signing day and the excitement surrounding it, the look of the College Football 150th Anniversary celebration is ready with the release of the campaign logo. In addition, CFB150 has announced a partnership with The Marketing Arm to assist with all facets of the upcoming anniversary.
Three ODAC football standouts took home impressive dual-emphasis honors on Wednesday afternoon as Shenandoah University center Caleb Hutson and Washington and Lee University linebacker Max Garrett and defensive back Grey Reames were named Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Garrett earned a spot on the first team, while Hutson and Reames were tabbed to the second team.
Washington and Lee University garnered four major individual awards and earned 12 selections to all-conference teams to headline the 2017 All-ODAC Football Awards. Hampden-Sydney College receiver Cam Johnson was named the J. Stokeley Fulton Offensive Player of the Year, while W&L linebacker Max Garrett took home Lou Wacker Defensive Player of the Year and ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete laurels. Generals mentor Scott Abell was tabbed the ODAC Coach of the Year, while W&L running back Josh Breece received ODAC Rookie of the Year recognition.
Washington and Lee limited second-ranked Mount Union to a season-low 276 yards of total offense and only 10 first downs in dropping a 21-0 decision to the Purple Raiders in the opening round of the NCAA football tournament at Mount Union Stadium.
The final ODAC Football Play of the Week Fan Poll of the season brought about a first-time winner. Washington and Lee University claims its first win the season on the heels for a Josh Breece's school-record touchdown run against Shenandoah on Saturday.
ODAC and school record books got a workout on Saturday with several explosive performances highlighting this weekend's games. But the biggest headline belongs to Washington and Lee as the Generals secured the ODAC title with a win at Shenandoah. They will face the University of Mount Union in the NCAA first round. Randolph-Macon claimed a win in "The Game" against Hampden-Sydney, while Guilford closed with a win over Emory & Henry. Bridgewater dropped its final contest of the season in non-conference play.
Washington and Lee rolled up 613 yards of total offense and won its fourth ODAC Football Championship in the last eight years with a 48-21 victory over Shenandoah on Saturday afternoon at Shentel Stadium.
Hampden-Sydney College has been a popular choice in the ODAC Football Play of the Week Fan Poll this season. The Tigers can add one more tally to the victory column this week as Major Morgan's catch via a pass from Alec Cobb earns a fourth poll victory of H-SC.
Week 10 left the ODAC standings with nothing fully decided but plenty of possibilities as conference teams head to the final week of the season. Washington and Lee and Hampden-Sydney find themselves atop the league table after wins left them both 4-1 in conference action. Randolph-Macon picked up a victory to join Shenandoah at 3-2, while Emory & Henry capped its non-conference schedule with a victory to snap a four-game skid.
There is a new winner in the ODAC Football Play of the Week fan poll in week nine. Emory & Henry College earns its first victory of the season on the heels of Josh Fleenor's 90-yard interception return for a touchdown against Hampden-Sydney.
Week nine saw one team fall out of the logjam at the top of the ODAC standings, but three still remain with identical 3-1 records. Hampden-Sydney and Washington and Lee both picked up league wins, while Shenandoah capped its non-conference schedule with a victory. Guilford College added its second ODAC win of the season, creating three ties in the conference table.