FOREST, Va. --- Week five brought about the closest race of the season in the ODAC Football Play of the Week Fan Poll voting. Hampden-Sydney and Bridgewater came down to the final few minutes with the Tigers securing their first win of the season by just a few tallies.
Hampden-Sydney got a big passing day from quarterback Alec Cobb – 519 yards and five touchdowns thru air – but it was an unexpected thrower that provided this highlight. Running back Kaleb Smith, who was a run-pass option quarterback in high school, took the shotgun snap and faked a quick inside-handoff before lofting a pass out in front of Blake Page. The Tigers’ receiver reached out with one hand and hauled in the 30-yard pass with a defender draped all over him. Smith, meanwhile, scored on a five-yard shuffle pass on the ensuing play. Hampden-Sydney went on to win, 56-27.
This week's four nominees were voted on by more than 250 ODAC football fans and garnered more than 3,300 impressions, views, and interactions on the ODAC website, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Smith-to-Page earned 43.8-percent of the vote to narrowly shave past Bridgewater's 41.5-percent share.
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