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Photos and Game Summary: The Tribe Defeat the Spiders in Overtime

The Spiders were their own worst enemy, turning over the ball five times on the way to a 21 to 15 overtime loss.

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William & Mary (5-7, 3-5): 21
Richmond (5-7, 4-4): 15

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Official UR Recap:

The 130th playing of “The South’s Oldest Football Rivalry” needed extra time as the University of Richmond football team suffered a 21-15 loss to William & Mary in overtime in the Capital Cup presented by C&F Bank Saturday afternoon at Robins Stadium. With the loss, the Spiders fall to 62-63-5 all-time in the series against the Tribe, snapping the Spiders two-game winning streak in the series.

The Spiders (5-7, 4-4 Colonial Athletic Association) committed five turnovers in the loss and all 15 of the Tribe’s points in regulation came off of Spider miscues. Richmond fumbled the ball four times, losing three, and tossed a pair of interceptions.

Freshman running back Savon Smith (Winchester, Va.) led the offense with a career-high 132 yards of total offense. Smith caught a career-high 10 passes for 99 yards while adding 11 rushes for 33 yards. Graduate wide receiver Charlie Fessler (Erie, Pa.) added eight receptions for 84 yards and the Spiders’ lone touchdown on the day. Redshirt junior quarterback Joe Mancuso (Blairsville, Ga.) went 27-of-46 for 270 yards but had two interceptions and a pivotal fumble in the second half.

Defensively, senior safety Daniel Jones (Williamsburg, Va.) had a season-high 14 tackles in the loss. Senior Trent Williams (Chester, Va.) recorded his first interception of the season and also blocked a William & Mary punt that turned into a Spider safety. Graduate corner back Brandon Feamster (Exton, Pa.) added 11 tackles, including his third sack of the year.

The linebacking duo of freshman Tristan Wheeler (Bethlehem, Pa.) and junior Tyler Dressler (Covington, Va.) each added 11 and 10 tackles, respectively. Dressler recorded two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss while Wheeler forced a second half fumble.

The two linebackers finished the season tied for the team lead with 104 tackles apiece, becoming the first Spider duo each over 100 tackles in the same season since 2007 when Eric McBride (126) and Collin McConaghy (121) accomplished the task. Wheeler also becomes the first freshman in the CAA since Gage Steele of James Madison (redshirt freshman) in 2013 to reach the 100-yard mark and the first true freshman in CAA history to reach the mark. He is also the first freshman to reach the 100-tackle mark in a season at the NCAA FCS level since 2017 (Bryson Armstrong, Kennesaw State).

William & Mary (5-7, 3-5 CAA) scored the game’s first touchdown, taking advantage of a Spider fumble on a punt return. Bronson Yoder ran in the score from 13-yards out and the Tribe converted the two-point conversion on a trick play for the 8-0 lead.

The Spiders answered back as freshman Jake Larson (Baltimore, Md.) hit a 39-yard field goal to make it an 8-3 contest. Richmond got the ball back with 2:03 remaining in the first half after the Tribe mishandled a snap on a field goal and marched 87 yards on 10 plays taking a 10-8 lead right before halftime. Mancuso connected with Smith on a 36-yard pass on the drive’s big play before hitting Fessler on a 17-yard scoring pass with four seconds left in the half.

The defenses stepped up in the third quarter and kept the offenses at check. The Spiders forced a 3-and-out late in the third quarter and punter George Eberle has his kick blocked by Williams. The ball went out the back of the end zone for a safety and a 12-8 lead. The Spiders would take the ensuing drive off the free kick and Larson converted a 45-yard field goal extending the lead to 15-8 with 14:54 remaining.

The Spider defense came up with a big play at the 9:05 mark as Wheeler stripped Yoder on the Richmond 12-yard line and redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Kobie Turner (Clifton, Va.) recovered the ball, preserving the Spiders’ lead. The momentum was short-lived though as Mancuso was sacked by Jones on the third play of the drive and he fumbled the ball that was recovered by Darius Fullwood at the three-yard line before rumbling in for the game-tying score.

Richmond came close to retaking the lead on the next possession as Fuller got behind the Tribe defense but wasn’t able to haul in Mancuso’s pass that would have been a go-ahead touchdown. The Tribe was stopped on its final possession of regulation as Jones sacked quarterback Hollis Mathis at midfield ended any chance of a William & Mary score.

The Spiders got the ball first in overtime and moved to the 15-yard line but were stropped by the Tribe. Larson’s 32-yard attempted was blocked by Bill Murray, keeping the game tied. The Tribe won the game on their possession of overtime as Mathis connected with Zack Burdick on a 23-yard touchdown pass securing the win for William & Mary.

William & Mary linebacker Isaiah Jones was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the 2019 Capital Cup. Jones finished with nine tackles, 4.0 for loss, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble.

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Elephant Insurance donating $61,500 to organizations serving underrepresented communities

The second round of Elephant employee-driven COVID-relief donations focused on nonprofits that positively impact diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and serve underrepresented parts of the community.

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Elephant Insurance announced late last week the second round of recipients for its Helping Herd initiative, where Elephant is donating $300,000 to organizations and programs that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic or who are providing COVID-19 relief to their community.

The second round of Elephant employee-driven COVID-relief donations focused on nonprofits that positively impact diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and serve underrepresented parts of the community. The first round of recipients were announced in August and focused on mental health, with $64,500 being distributed among a number of different organizations.

“The Elephant team is so proud to offer this opportunity to organizations focused on diversity, equity and inclusion that have been impacted by the pandemic,” said Alberto Schiavon, Elephant CEO. “Elephant is grateful we can provide extra support to these organizations with the help of our parent company Admiral Group.”

Elephant team members were involved in the Helping Herd selection process, either by nominating deserving groups by survey or participating in the voting process to finalize the recipients. There will be four rounds of donations, with each round focusing on a specific area to include: mental health, diversity, equity, and inclusion, physical health, or community health. The physical health and community health funds will be distributed in the coming months.

For the second round of Helping Herd, the Better Housing Coalition and Boys and Girls Club received the most votes and received the largest donation amounts. The full list of second-round recipients and donations includes:

“COVID challenged every aspect of our programming, but also gave us an opportunity to engage with our members and families more deeply than ever,” said Todd McFarlane, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond. “Funds that support our general operating expenses give us the flexibility to assist our families in unique and individualized ways. We are so grateful to be included in Elephant’s Helping Herd generosity.”

“We are grateful to have been selected as a recipient of a Helping Herd grant! These funds will be so impactful in providing joy to children across Richmond on their birthdays–we are fierce believers in the power of celebration,” said Julia Warren Mattingly, found and Executive Director of Celebrate RVA. “It’s an honor to work alongside Elephant to accomplish that mission.”

Through the Helping Herd, Elephant’s aim is to reach at least 50 organizations or programs with the funds, with gifts ranging in size from $2,000 to $20,000. A large portion of the funds are anticipated to be distributed in Virginia, where Elephant is headquartered, but Helping Herd funds will also go to organizations in other states where Elephant services are offered, including Texas.

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RVA RIMBY Festival

Right In My Back Yard wants to see everyone get outside and enjoy what our backyard has to offer.

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RVA RIMBY is a free festival highlighting unique things going on in Richmond and it includes food, drinks, games, prizes, a BBQ Competition and live music ALL day provided by East of Blueridge.
Proceeds provide outdoor adventure and environmental education opportunities to individuals with disabilities, at-risk youth, vets, and recovery programs as provided by Beyond Boundaries.
Check out the latest on sponsors, activities, and prizes on their Instagram.
It all goes down Saturday, October 9th, 11am to 5pm at Libbie Mill. 

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Tazza Kitchen owners bringing new Mexican concept to Patterson and Libbie

Conejo (pronounced Koh-nay-ho) will feature a lunch and dinner menu of fresh drinks, a curated list of mezcals and tequilas, house-made masa, rotisserie meats, tacos, unique salads, and vegetarian options, and a variety of classic Mexican antojitos, the owners said in a press release.

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Big Kitchen Hospitality, the Richmond-based restaurant group which owns and operates Tazza Kitchen, has announced plans for a casual Mexican restaurant at the Westhampton Commons development at the corner of Patterson and Libbie Avenues.

Conejo (pronounced Koh-nay-ho) will feature a lunch and dinner menu of fresh drinks, a curated list of mezcals and tequilas, house-made masa, rotisserie meats, tacos, unique salads, and vegetarian options, and a variety of classic Mexican antojitos, the owners said in a press release.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Mexican Chef and cookbook author, Danny Mena, who has become an integral part of our menu and concept development,” said partner Susan Davenport. “He has a wealth of knowledge about Mexican cuisine and Mezcal – both from his upbringing in Mexico City and his work on his cookbook, Made in Mexico. He has owned and operated several Mexican restaurants in New York but was ready for a change and has moved his family to Richmond to join us on the project. As a Virginia Tech graduate, Virginia is familiar ground. The pieces just fell into place.”

“In addition to being Spanish for rabbit, Conejo is one of the varieties of Mexican heirloom corn we plan to use for our masa. And according to the Aztec myth of the 400 Conejos, divine rabbits are the gods of agave spirits. So, the word Conejo represents elements of this restaurant that are important to us. I am very excited to be here in Richmond and be a part of this team,” said Mena.

The 4,474 square foot full-service restaurant will seat 120 inside and 50 on the partially covered patio. A separate entrance will provide easy access for take-out orders.

The targeted opening date is around year-end. Big Kitchen Hospitality Partners include John Davenport, Susan Davenport, and Jeff Grant. The company has engaged 510 Architects as the architect and Whiting-Turner as the general contractor.

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