Football retains Capital Cup in Richmond and takes top seed
Match Recap: Football |
WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia – For the first time since 1988, the University of Richmond football team topped the overall standings of “The South’s Oldest Rivalry” – The Capital Cup presented by C&F Bank – as the Spiders beat their rival William & Mary 20-17 Saturday at Zable Stadium in Williamsburg. . Spiders take all-time series lead in 132sd reunion and now hold an all-time high of 64-63-5 against Tribe.
The victory takes the Spiders’ winning streak to four straight games and puts them on a season-winning record of 6-5 in conference and 4-4 in Colonial Athletic Association games. The Spiders’ four-game winning streak is the second-longest active streak in the CAA, behind just six-game winning streak for James Madison.
Senior Linebacker Tyler dressler (Covington, Virginia) was named the Capital Cup’s MVP for his efforts leading the Spider Defense. Dressler made 11 tackles in the win as the Spiders kept William and Mary just 17 points and forced a pair of turnovers. He finished second on the team with 92 total tackles.
Redshirt second-year linebacker Tristan wheeler (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) added a high of 14 tackles in the win. Wheeler ends the season leading the team with 114 tackles, marking his second straight full season with over 100 tackles and leading the CAA in the regular season in tackles.
Offensively, junior running back redshirt Aaron Dykes (Knoxville, Tennessee) helped the Spiders run for 144 yards in the victory. Dykes led the way with a record 80 rushing yards on 13 carries, including one rushing touchdown – his 11e total impact over the year. Redshirt second year Smith Soap (Winchester, Virginia) added 45 yards on eight carries in the first half before injuring himself.
graduate quarterback Joe mancuso (Blairsville, Georgia) finished the game 13 of 26 for 188 yards and a crucial fourth quarter touchdown that turned out to be the winning score. freshman Redshirt Jasiah williams (Petersburg, Virginia) scored the winning touchdown, scoring 47 yards with 10:07 left to play.
William and Mary (6-5, 4-4 CAA) scored the first points of the game, converting a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter for his only points in the first half. The Spiders responded resoundingly, sinking 97 yards in eight plays, capped off by a six-yard touchdown from Dykes for the 7-3 lead. The spiders did most of their damage on the ground ride, but Mancuso connected with Leroy henley (Pompano Beach, Florida) on a gain of 50 yards placing the Spiders in the red zone.
Richmond forced a quick 3-and-out, recovering the ball with 1:20 to go. A 19-yard pass to Smith got things going and three more carries from him gained 16 yards, putting the Spiders in the red zone. Redshirt second year Jake larson (Baltimore, Maryland) converted from a 43-yard field goal giving the Spiders a 10-3 lead at the break.
The Spiders extended their lead to 13-3 early in the third quarter when Larson hit for 26 yards. The drive saw Dykes has 31 total yards, including 23 rushing. The tribe would fall back to less than three at 13-10 as they scored their first touchdown with a 25-yard run by Bronson Yoder.
Richmond again extended its lead to two points, this time with a big play offensively. The Spiders moved the ball across the ground before Mancuso found Williams alone behind the defense for a 47-yard shot and a 20-10 advantage.
William and Mary made it interesting by scoring a touchdown with 2:33 remaining, but the drive took 7:34 on the clock, leaving little time left. The tribe managed to execute a side kick and retrieved the ball from their 46-yard line.
Spider’s defense stepped up its efforts when needed as it stopped Tribe quarterback Darius Wilson on a 3-and-1 for no gain on a tackle by Caleb brooks (Clifton, Virginia). On the fourth try, Wilson was sacked for a loss and turnover on the trials by Aidan Murray (Ogdensburg, New Jersey) in the middle, sealing Spider’s victory.