October 12, 2013

Tigers look to win back Orgill Trophy against rival Rhodes, Saturday

SEWANEE, Tenn. (Oct. 11, 2013) – In a rivalry that dates back to 1899, the Sewanee football team welcomes in-state foe Rhodes on Family Weekend, Saturday.

To paraphrase John Churchill's beautifully written Memphis Flyer article, "More Than a Game," tomorrow's 1:00 p.m., kickoff at Harris Stadium will again add to this long-standing Southern tradition.

A year ago, Sewanee fell just short against its long-time rival. The Lynx took a late lead with a touchdown with 29 seconds left. With no timeouts and a limited amount of time, Sewanee quickly marched down the field. After back-to-back completions, Sewanee found itself on the Rhodes 12-yard line with six seconds left. Unfortunately, on the final play, quarterback Cody Daniel fell just short of the end zone when Justin Toliver stopped him at the three-year line.

The 114-year-old rivalry has stayed close over the years. Rhodes leads in the Orgill Trophy series 30-28-1 while Sewanee leads overall, 41-36-3.

The Tigers are coming off an impressive performance at Southern Athletic Association (SAA) member Birmingham-Southern last Saturday. In that game, Sewanee came from behind to defeat the Panthers, 31-28.

Currently, the Tigers rank 22nd among all NCAA Division III programs in rushing. Led by a strong offensive line, Sewanee also ranks 43rd in sacks allowed.

Rhodes enters this weekend with a 4-1 record. The Lynx have won three straight games including a win against Chicago last Saturday. 

In its first five games, Rhodes has used a balanced offensive attack. Running back Dane Wilson leads the conference in rushing touchdowns (6) while quarterback Blake Box ranks fourth in the SAA in completions, attempts, and passing yards.

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