Stetson won Saturday’s game 26-13 over Davidson
By Sean McKnight
Stetson’s football team took on the Davidson Wildcats on a beautiful afternoon for college football on Saturday. Quarterback Ryan Tentler was pivotal in leading the Hatters to their decisive 26-13 victory after passing for 296 yards, rushing for 108, as well as throwing two touchdowns and rushing for another. This win snapped the Hatters’ seven-game losing streak as well as marked their first win in the Pioneer League and progressed their record to 2-7 overall.
After kickoff, spirits were high in the packed Spec Martin stadium, and as the first quarter came and went neither Stetson nor Davidson were able to get any points on the board. Both defenses played very well in the first quarter and it seemed as though both offenses were out of rhythm and trying to find their groove.
As the second quarter rolled around, Stetson was able to drive 80 yards down the field on 16 plays but was stopped short of the end zone. On fourth-and-goal, Stetson kicker James LaGamma came out to attempt a 19-yard field goal, but unfortunately missed as the ball hit the right upright giving Davidson the ball on their own 20. Three drives later, Davidson drove 89 yards down the field in three plays and was able to score on a 49-yard touchdown run thanks to running back David Rogers.
After the touchdown, Davidson attempted a two-point conversion but was unable to convert and took the lead 6-0 with 4:07 left in the first half. On the next drive, the Hatters drove 37 yards down the field and thanks to kicker James LaGamma got three points on the board from the 40-yard line. At the end of the first half the score was 6-3, Davidson.
After the low-scoring grinding game that was the first half, when the second half rolled around, Stetson’s offense, thanks to Ryan Tentler, came alive and was able to dominate the Wildcats. On their first drive, Stetson drove 83 yards down the field and scored their first touchdown of the game thanks to a 15-yard pass from Tentler to Austin Marks, putting Stetson up on Davidson 9-6 after a failed two-point conversion by Stetson.
Two drives later, Stetson scored their second touchdown when Tentler rushed for 85 yards after being on Stetson’s 15-yard line, putting the Hatters up 16-6. On the ensuing kick, Davidson’s Garrett Diehl returned the kickoff for 92-yards and closed the Wildcats gap to 16-13. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Stetson was able to get on the board yet again when Tentler threw a 41-yard bomb to Terrance Burt putting the Hatters up on Davidson, 23-13. And finally with 9:11 left in the fourth quarter, Stetson was able to drive down the field yet again and although unable to score another touchdown were able to get three more points on the board and go up on the Wildcats, 26-13.
At the end of the day, although it was slow to start off, Stetson’s offense was able to find its rhythm near the end of the first half and from that point on dominated Davidson’s defense. The Hatter’s defense also played extremely well and was able to hold the Wildcats offense to only 13 points and a mere 286 total yards while Stetson’s offense was able to tack on 520 total yards of offense.
“Obviously I am very pleased with not only with us winning, but how we won,” Coach Roger Hughes said on gohatters.com. “We got behind, we came back and we found a way. I told the kids this week that our motto is six for 60. Six full seconds every play for 60 full minutes and we did that today.