Not dead yetHampden-Sydney opened the season with an unprecedented four-game skid. The Tigers have bounced back with two straight wins and still have their ultimate goals within reach. More in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
Snap judgments: Are we having fun yet?Saturday was thrilling. Week 6 had several exciting finishes that will be remembered for a long time. The bar has been raised for Week 7. A recap of a fun Week 6, plus a review of one Top 25 ballot in this week's Snap Judgments.
10 games to watch in 2016There's a new Around the Mid-Atlantic columnist, but he's no stranger to D3football.com readers. Here are the 10 games in the region that caught Andrew Lovell's eye when he studied the USA South, ODAC, and Centennial schedules.
Catholic jumping to NEWMACCatholic University, whose move to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in 1999 was the first move by a conference seeking an automatic bid in football, will move to another one in 2017 when the NEWMAC opens shop.
Widener, Hampden-Sydney, Macalester all clinch bidsThe Pride goeth into the NCAA playoffs as the MAC champs, while Hampden-Sydney backs in after losing on Saturday and Macalester won the MWC in dramatic fashion. The roundup of games affecting the playoff picture.
Ranked teams hand GAC, E&H, Chicago, UWSP first lossesSt. John's and Hampden-Sydney handed Gustavus Adolphus and Emory and Henry their first losses of the season on Saturday, while Bethel topped Chicago in similar fashion. Meanwhile, Pacific beat PLU for the first time since 1972.
Wartburg continues early-season runNo. 15 Wartburg had a huge third quarter to knock off No. 7 Bethel on Saturday, while No. 5 Linfield rallied past Chapman, UW-Whitewater pulled away from Franklin and more in Week 2's Top 25 action.
Wesley wins in final minute, JCU outThe first round of playoffs had a couple of thrillers, with Ithaca, Franklin and Wesley rallying, as well as St. John Fisher doing what St. John Fisher does in November. That and more in our full wrapup.
Hampden-Sydney’s defense under the radarThe Tigers are known for high-powered offenses, but as they wound their way through the volatile ODAC, their defense has shown that this is no one-dimensional team.
Roundup: ODAC race down to pair of archrivalsRandolph-Macon and Hampden-Sydney remained in a first-place tie headed into the final week, while Framingham survived and Texas Lutheran got crushed in the Pool B race. That and more in our full wrapup.
Off and runningThere's no better way to start a big game with conference title implications than by returning the opening kick for a touchdown, with a small amount of trickery to boot. It's the D3football.com Play of the Week.
Best road trips: Week 10Two Virginia teams, playoff regulars both, play host to this week's recommended Division III football road trip.
Offseason housefire welds team more tightly togetherIn January, two Hampden-Sydney standouts fought for their lives after a fire destroyed their home. Though those two athletes graduated, the remaining members of the team are holding each win -- and each moment -- to be more precious than before.
Hampden-Sydney picked to repeat in ODACHampden-Sydney received four first-place votes on the way to 46 total poll points to lead the 2012 ODAC football preseason poll. It's the first preseason poll to include new member Shenandoah.
Everything to play forIn a big rivalry game, it doesn't matter if you're unbeaten or .500 -- there's a reason there's a cliche about throwing out record books.
15 years of friendshipKirk Rohle's and Ben Rogers' friendship has now survived 15 years and multiple teams, culminating with playing together at Hampden-Sydney. Ryan Tipps has more in Around the Mid-Atlantic.
Two Tigers Break Records in 38-14 WinIn the #23 Tigers' 38-14 win over Ferrum College, senior wide receiver Kyle Vance tallied a program record 228 receiving yards and one touchdown on 14 receptions. Senior place kicker David Prizzia also connected on all five of his PATs putting him at a record 62 consecutive makes spanning back to 2009.
Tigers Open 2011 with a Bang, 63-9 Over AverettThe Hampden-Sydney Tigers kicked off the 2011 season in a big way with a 63-9 victory over Averett University. Despite scoring just six points in the opening stanza, the Tigers reeled off 57 unanswered points in the final three quarters to start the year 1-0.
Tigers Open 2011 with a Bang, 63-9 Over AverettHAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Hampden-Sydney Tigers kicked off the 2011 season in a big way with a 63-7 victory over Averett University. Despite scoring just six points in the opening stanza, the Tigers reeled off 57 unanswered points in the final three quarters to start the year 1-0.
Johnnies lead attendance againSt. John's again led Division III football in home attendance, averaging 8,651 fans at Clemens Stadium. It's the 10th consecutive year the Johnnies have finished on top. The full ranking:
Statistical SpotlightIt's a rivalry week special, as we pick out key numbers from four big rivalry games across Division III, three from playoff teams.
Tigers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive with 31-28 Win Over R-MCThe Oldest Small School Rivalry in the South did not disappoint in its 116th edition, as the back-and-forth battle was won by the host Tigers. Though going down 14-0 in the first quarter, Hampden-Sydney scored 28 unanswered points en route to a 31-28 victory. The Tigers advance to 9-1 on the year and 5-1 in the ODAC and will await to hear their destiny for a possible playoff bid to the 2010 NCAA Division III Football Playoffs. The selection show will be on broadcast on ESPNews tomorrow, Sunday November 14, at 3:00 pm. It was a rocky start for the Tigers, who coughed up two fumbles on their first three drives of the game. The second fumble came on a punt return, which was dropped on the Hampden-Sydney four yard line. Two plays later, Thaddeus Scruggs was in the end zone to give the Jackets the early 7-0 lead. On the ensuing Hampden-Sydney drive, Corey Geiger had his punt blocked and recovered by David Fetter for Randolph-Macon's second score of the game just ten minutes into the contest. Neither team could find the edge offensively, with each side trading punts into the second quarter. Hampden-Sydney's first drive of the second quarter, however, was the turning point. Junior Travis Lane connected on his first three passes to Kyle Vance and Andrew Bruckner for 41 yards to kick start the offense. After continuing to march, Lane made a one-yard dive on fourth-and-goal to put the Tigers on the board and cut the deficit to 14-7.
Focusing on focusHow do you keep your team, or keep yourself, focused every week through a 10-game (or 15-game) season? Keith McMillan looks for the answers in this week's Around the Nation.
Coming out of nowhereAhead of the 2008 season, Bill Doody was hoping for little more than a place on Hampden-Sydneys roster and, if things really worked out, a chance to make the travel roster.
Statistical SpotlightEach week during the regular season we look at some of the key statistical performances from the weekend in Division III football, highlighting one per region.
Breaking it all downGet the first real analysis of the opening week of the season from Pat and Keith in the Around the Nation Podcast.
ODAC coaches tab champs to defendHampden-Sydney secured the top slot in the annual ODAC football preseason poll for the second straight season, earning 44 total points that included three first place votes from the league's coaches.
ODAC's undefeateds meet with gritTalented teams have a knack for throwing other good teams off their game and for making opponents' strengths seem more like weaknesses. Winning in these situations comes down to coaching and on-field adaptability.
Finishing the Ricca legacyMany fathers would be happy to have a son play collegiate football. John Ricca has felt that pride three times over.
Backs in the saddleWhen Hampden-Sydney and Bridgewater line up opposite each other, people don’t expect to spend the next three hours sitting relaxed and comfortable in their seats. It’s intense. And with the Tigers winning for the first time in almost a decade, emotions on both sides ran thick.
Riccas are brothers in armsOn Saturday afternoon, for the first time since the backyard games of their childhood, J.D. and Keith Ricca will be more than just brothers and best friends. They will be rivals.
Winning with offenseWhat wins championships? You’re doggone right. Defense. So how come so many of the teams in or hovering near the Top 25 can’t seem to play any?
Playoff system gives programs a chance to growThere’s been plenty of talk over the last few years that the current Division III football playoff selection process is unfair, that it favors champions of weaker conferences at the expense of runners-up in stronger leagues, and that expanding the field from its current 28 teams is long overdue.
Saturday was not Witt's endIt wasn’t tide-turning. It didn’t put Division III football on its ear. But the margin of Capital’s 49-16 win against Wittenberg was surprising, to say the least.
Losing is never easy, no matter howEvery Division III football player knows what it’s like to lose a game, even if the guys at Mount Union have to conjure up memories from their high school days.
There's a reason they're called 'storied' rivalriesThis is Rivalry Week, where the games are big and the legends are bigger. This week, teams from around the nation meet their fiercest competitors. With a win in this game, even a 1-9 team can go out a champion.