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.
Bridgewater College returned to the win column on the field and in the ODAC Football Play of the Week fan poll in week eight, picking up its third nod from the fans on the season behind Raymond Goodman III's kick-return touchdown.
Eight weeks into the season and the standings are up for grabs following Saturday's contests. Both Shenandoah and Hampden-Sydney fell from the ranks of the ODAC unbeaten, creating a four-team logjam of one-loss squads including Shenandoah at 3-1 and Hampden-Sydney, Randolph-Macon, and Washington and Lee each at 2-1.
Hampden-Sydney College is back in the winner's circle after capturing a majority of the vote in the week 7 of the ODAC Play of the Week fan poll. Cam Johnson's catch marks the third win of the season for the Tigers.
For the second time in the last four months, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) will see an adjustment to its membership. Southern Virginia University has accepted an invitation to join the NCAA Division III league as an associate member in football. The Knights will begin ODAC competition on the gridiron in the 2019-20 academic year.
There was no shortage of offense in week seven with ODAC teams posting a combined 270 points to average more than 38 per squad. Shenandoah scored just that many in remaining unbeaten in the ODAC. Hampden-Sydney maintained its unblemished league mark by capping its non-conference schedule with a win. Randolph-Macon and Washington and Lee both ran their way to a pair of league victories with the latter squad notching its first ODAC triumph of the season.
The ODAC Football Play of the Week has a new winner in week six. Jalen Hudson's catch-and-run in Saturday's 47-24 win over Emory & Henry earned the first fan poll victory of the season for Shenandoah University.
Thru two weeks of league play, we've got two teams standing atop the table at 2-0. Shenandoah eclipsed 40 points for the fourth time in five games in its win over Emory & Henry. Hampden-Sydney out-lasted Guilford for a three-point win, the Tigers' third victory by 10 or fewer points this season. Randolph-Macon evened its league record at 1-1 with a win at Bridgewater, while Washington and Lee capped its non-conference schedule with a victory over Washington-St. Louis.
The ODAC Football Play of the Week returned following a week off due to each squad's scheduled bye, but the hiatus didn't keep Hampden-Sydney from pulling out its second straight poll win behind Brendan Weinberg's interception.
Week one of conference play let all supporters know that the ODAC is up for grabs this season, and offense just might lead the way to a title. League teams combined to score 261 points overall. Shenandoah eclipsed 50 points and Emory & Henry topped 40 markers in opening their ODAC slates with victories. Hampden-Sydney came just shy of the 40-point mark in its league win.
ODAC teams found the going tough in week three with just a pair of victories heading into each program's bye week. Bridgewater College remains undefeated with a win this weekend to move to 3-0, while a triumph out west for Washington and Lee University improves the Generals' record to a 2-1, joining three other league squads at that mark.
The final tallies are in for week two of the ODAC Football Play of the Week fan poll. Bridgewater College earns its second straight win to open the season --- much like on the field --- behind a bit of "trickeration" from punter Plato Eliades.
ODAC athletes continue to move towards midseason form following a stellar week of competition. Those earning weekly honors include (picutred, l-r, t-b): Meg Guignon from Washington and Lee volleyball, Michaela Mast from Eastern Mennonite women's cross country, MacKenzye Leroy from W&L men's cross country, Dave Drafton from EMU men's soccer, Delaney Doyle from Randolph women's soccer, De'Eric Bell from Guilford football, Jackie Lerro from Lynchburg field hockey, and Nate Hill from Shenandoah football.
ODAC teams are now 11-3 after two weeks of non-conference play to start the 2017 season, including a 6-1 showing this past Saturday. Bridgewater College, Guilford College, Randolph-Macon College, and Shenandoah University all moved to 2-0, while Emory & Henry College and Washington and Lee University posted wins to even their records at 1-1. Hampden-Sydney College fell in its second outing to see its record stand at 1-1.
The fans have spoken in the first ODAC Football Play of the Week Fan Poll. Bridgewater College takes home the first win of the season behind the long catch-and-run from receiver Corey Jochim in the closing seconds of the Eagles' season-opening victory over Gettysburg College.
The 2017 season opened with ODAC teams picking up five wins in a full slate of non-conference action. Bridgewater, Guilford, Hampden-Sydney, Randolph-Macon, and Shenandoah all earned wins in week one, while Washington and Lee forced overtime in nearly adding a sixth win. Emory & Henry's setback was by just five points in the lowest scoring affair of the weekend.
Emory & Henry College rattled off five straight wins to close the 2016 season, and the conference's head coaches have picked the Wasps to maintain that momentum as they top the ODAC Football Preseason Poll. E&H earned 32 points including five first place votes, putting them six tallies clear of defending champion Randolph-Macon College. The Yellow Jackets and Hampden-Sydney College, positioned fourth in the survey, split the remaining two top nods. Washington and Lee University slots in between the two rivals in third with 24 points.
In the eighth installment of ODAC 40 features, we highlight the conference's top awards in a pair of conversations with the first winners of the Marjorie Berkley and Harry G. "Doc" Jopson Awards. Former Eastern Mennonite University (then known as Eastern Mennonite College) volleyball star Becky (Derstine) Esch garnered the first Berkley Award in 1984, while former Washington and Lee University football and track & field standout Chip Nunley earned the inaugural Jopson Award in 1981.
In the sixth edition of the ODAC 40 top moment features, we are joined by Bridgewater College football head coach Mike Clark. He along with Brad Bankston and J.J. Nekoloff reminisce about the Eagles appearance in the 2001 Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, the NCAA Division III Football National Championship Game.
Randolph-Macon College took home three special honors as part of the annual All-ODAC Football Awards, as selected the league's head coaches. Running back Tre Frederick was tabbed the J. Stokeley Fulton Offensive Player of the Year, while defensive lineman Cole Burdette was named the Lou Wacker Defensive Player of the Year. Yellow Jackets' mentor Pedro Arruza received ODAC Coach of the Year laurels. Guilford College wide receiver Tyriek Russell picked up ODAC Rookie of the Year plaudits, while Washington and Lee University linebacker Max Garrett was chosen the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete.