Gillette’s big day lifts Hampden-Sydney to victory

Published 12:56 pm Sunday, September 28, 2008

Franklin’s Adam Gillette had two first-quarter touchdown grabs among his six catches as Hampden-Sydney College whipped Guilford College 35-14 on Saturday.

The undefeated Tigers forced two Guilford turnovers on the visitors’ first two possessions and turned those gifts into 14 quick points to jump-start the rout.

Quakers’ tailback Justin Parker fumbled on Guilford’s first play from scrimmage and Hampden-Sydney’s Josh Miller recovered the loose ball at the Quaker 12-yard line. Two plays later, Corey Sedlar hooked up with Travis Wertz for a 12-yard scoring strike, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead just 31 seconds into the game.

On Guilford’s next play, quarterback Josh Vogelbach was intercepted by Tigers’ senior safety Kevin Morrison, giving Hampden-Sydney possession at the Quakers’ 19. Hampden-Sydney needed six plays to capitalize when Sedlar connected with Gillette from six yards out to push the Tiger advantage to 14-0 with 11:43 remaining in the first period.

Guilford’s next possession stalled on downs again in Quaker territory, and the Tigers’ made it 3-for-3 in the early going, embarking on a seven-play, 37-yard drive that ended with another Sedlar-to-Gillette connection, this time for 17 yards and a 21-0 lead with 7:16 to play in the first.

The visitors, 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, never seriously threatened.

Gillette, a Nansemond-Suffolk Academy graduate and the son of Franklin residents Walker and Becky Gillette, totaled 93 yards on his six receptions.

Hampden-Sydney returns to ODAC action next Saturday when it travels to Bridgewater College to square off with the Eagles. Kickoff is slated for 1 pm.