GREENSBORO, N.C. — Shenandoah University’s football team picked up its first Old Dominion Athletic Conference win of the season on Saturday afternoon with a 26-7 win at Guilford.
The Hornets (2-1, 1-1 ODAC) piled up 488 yards of total offense, the defense forced three turnovers and tallied four sacks, and senior Nate Hill had a school-record 96-yard punt return for a touchdown in Shenandoah’s first-ever road win against the Quakers (1-3, 0-2).
Shenandoah led nearly for the entire 60 minutes, as the Hornets needed just four plays and 1:15 of game clock to score the initial touchdown of the game. Junior quarterback Ben Agostino was a perfect 4-for-4 on the drive, hitting a wide-open Miles Moore for a 15-yard touchdown pass to put Shenandoah up 7-0.
Agostino, making his second career start, completed 16 of 24 passes for 164 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the win. Sophomore QB Ben Rhodenizer completed 7 of 13 passes for 52 yards and rushed six times for 19 yards.
Running back Rashadeen Byrd Jr., who led SU with 14 carries for 84 yards, put the Hornets up 14-0 early in the second quarter with his third rushing touchdown of the season to cap an 11-play, 83-yard scoring drive.
SU’s defense set up the third score of the day in the third quarter when defensive tackle Randy Oliver forced a Guilford fumble that the Hornets recovered at the Quakers’ 43-yard line. Mario Wisdom (12 carries, 77 yards) scored on a 13-yard run to make it 20-0 Shenandoah.
Hill, who also snagged his 13th career interception — and fourth career pick vs. Guilford — in the win, put the game out of reach with his record-setting punt return, cutting near the sideline and outracing the Guilford coverage team to the end zone to put SU up 26-0 with 5:29 left in the third quarter.
The Quakers followed with a short two-play scoring drive following a 41-yard kickoff return for their lone touchdown of the game.
Shenandoah turned the ball over on downs and threw an interception in two red-zone trips in the fourth quarter.
The Hornets allowed 365 yards of offense and held Guilford to 6-of-19 (31.6 percent) on third downs. Sophomore nose tackle Mason Caldwell led Shenandoah with nine tackles, two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss.
SU hosts Southern Virginia, now an associate member of the ODAC in football, in conference play this weekend.