Tribe Football Defeats Hampton, 40-7, on Homecoming

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Playing before a sold-out crowd on Homecoming, the No. 17/16 William & Mary football team cruised to a 40-7 victory against Hampton at Zable Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

En route to earning its third consecutive victory, W&M (5-2, 3-1 CAA) built a 30-0 lead at halftime and finished the contest with nearly 400 more total yards of offense, 526-150. Additionally, the Tribe outgained HU (4-4, 3-2 MEAC) on the ground, 282-27, and held the Pirates to just 2-of-12 on third down.

Junior running back Kendell Anderson equaled a career-high with 191 rushing yards – the ninth-best performance in school history – on 22 carries with a touchdown. It marked Anderson’s fifth-consecutive 100-yard effort as well as the 12th straight game in which a Tribe running back has reached the century mark.

Junior quarterback Steve Cluley accounted for two touchdowns – one passing and one rushing – and completed 21-of-32 passes for 244 yards. Senior wideout Christian Reeves also came up big with five catches for 94 yards, while sophomore DeVonte Dedmon totaled five receptions for 37 yards with a touchdown.

Defensively, senior free safety DeAndre Houston-Carson and sophomore defensive end Matt Ahola recorded interceptions, while junior linebacker Marcus Harvey posted a team-high five tackles with a sack and 2.0 TFL.

Junior Nick Dorka Jr. also came up big and equaled a school record with four made field goals, including a career-long 47-yard kick.

The Tribe jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter on three field goals by Dorka (37, 25, 47). His second kick came after Ahola’s interception set up a short field, while his third score came after W&M stopped Hampton well short on a faked punt attempt.

W&M continued to build its lead with three touchdowns in the second quarter. A 1-yard touchdown run by Anderson with 12:07 showing increased the margin to 16-0, while a 17-yard strike from Cluley to Dedmon extended the advantage. Abdul-Saboor provided the final score of the quarter on a 3-yard run with just 0:43 remaining.

En route to piling up the 30-0 halftime lead, W&M outgained HU, 353-35, including a 195-5 advantage on the ground. Anderson was especially effective in the opening 30 minutes and rushed for 175 yards on 16 carries.

Hampton’s lone score of the second half came on a 48-yard touchdown pass from David Watford to Twarn Mixson with 4:19 left in the third quarter.

W&M answered on the ensuing possession, however, as Cluley punctuated an eight-play, 64-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown run.

Dorka provided the final score with a 27-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.

The Tribe will look to remain unbeaten at home this season and extend its winning streak to four games when it hosts No. 4/3 James Madison at 4 p.m. Oct. 31.