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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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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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University of Richmond donates thousands of safety gloves from science labs to local healthcare workers

Faculty gathered up nearly 7,000 pairs of gloves to donate to local healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic where supplies are running low.

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As classes moved to remote learning at the University of Richmond, science laboratories across campus are vacant and the safety gear in them is not being used. This prompted UR chemistry and biology professors, in collaboration with administrators, to donate boxes of safety gloves to the Central Virginia Incident Management Team to be delivered to healthcare providers across the state most in need of supplies.

Faculty gathered up nearly 7,000 pairs of gloves to donate to local healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic where supplies are running low.

The idea began with, and is spearheaded by, chemistry professor Mike Leopold, who recognized that healthcare workers were in need of additional personal protective equipment, including gloves.

“I realized that in the transition to remote learning, we would have a number of boxes of gloves sitting around in our labs for months,” said Leopold. “I thought why not make great use of them now and help keep those on the front lines fighting this pandemic safe.”

Leopold initially took the supply from his own research lab to an ER nurse he knows because she had indicated to him they were running low. Leopold realized the broader opportunity and after consulting with the administration at UR about donating more of this specific item, reached out to others.

The gesture spurred additional UR faculty to investigate their own supplies and has prompted healthcare workers to talk with other universities about this possible option.

“As I expected, the response from my colleagues was amazing and we are delighted to help assist in this small way. We hope it encourages others,” Leopold said.

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How Not To Social Distance

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Currently, the only real defense we have against COVID-19 is to stay away from each other. The rule is 6 feet of space groups less than 10. These scenes leading to Belle Isle show that people and from the look of it younger people aren’t getting the message. Take a minute to think of how many folks have touched the handrails of that staircase. I’ve heard rumor that the situation is just as bad on Belle Isle proper and on Brown’s Island. I didn’t check out the rumor because I’m avoiding crowds. The whole way this works is everyone complies.

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Social distancing is the term used to describe certain actions recommended by health officials to disrupt the chain of contagion in a pandemic.  This involves steps such as: keeping 3-6 feet from others, avoiding public gatherings, and limiting face to face contact with others.

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Stores Offering Special Shopping Hours for Seniors

The stores in the area that are adjusting hours to help seniors include Publix, WalMart, and Dollar General.

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As we all know by now COVID-19 is especially dangerous for seniors. In order to decrease the crowds and thus the chance of infection, some stores are offering special hours for seniors.

Here are the stores we know of so far. (Credit to NBC12 for the updated list)

  • Big Lots is reserving the first operating hour of each day for senior citizens and people who are the most vulnerable to the virus.
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club is opening one hour early at 8 a.m. for members who are ages 60 and older.
  • Dollar General is adjusting operating hours for older customers.
  • Fresh Market is opening stores from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. for seniors and those most at risk for coronavirus.
  • Publix has senior shopping hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Publix pharmacies will open early at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Target will close at 9 p.m. to restock and clean stores. They also announced dedicated shopping hours for team members and their families.
  • Whole Foods stores are open an hour early for customers 60+. Customers should check their local store’s website for specific hours.
  • The Market at 25th in Richmond will open for senior citizens from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Other customers can shop from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Trader Joe’s is reserving the first operating hour of its day for senior citizens. Stores will also have an extra line for seniors outside its front door for a quicker entrance.
  • Walgreens is open early for seniors on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Customers 55 years and older will receive special discounts on Tuesdays.
  • Walmart is open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. On Tuesdays until April 28, stores will have an hour-long senior shopping event for customers aged 60 and older, one hour before the store opens.

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