BRIDGEWATER, Va. – When the Bridgewater Eagles (2-0) football team takes to the field on Saturday against the Ferrum Panthers (0-2) at Jopson Field, the Eagles will be putting a three-game winning streak on the line. Bridgewater will also be seeking to put an end to a two-game skid against the USA South conference foe.
Bridgewater rides a three-game winning streak into the game, dating back to the 2009 season finale against Catholic. The Eagles opened the season with a difficult 19-14 win over St. Vincent before coming from behind on September 11 against Shenandoah for a 38-31 win.
In their two games so far this season, the Eagles defense has been outstanding.
Last season, the Eagles rushing defense was spotty, but head coach Michael Clark and defensive coordinator Jack Johnson have sured up the rushing defense through two games. Thus far, opponents are averaging a meager 57 and a half yards per game against the Eagles after nearly 200 yards per game after two contests last season.
In the first two games, McKenzie has recorded a pair of 50-plus yard runs, while Tate has added the additional one-two punch for the Eagles solid rushing attack.
Ferrum enters the game fresh off of a pair of close losses in out of conference action.
In their season opener, the Panthers fell to Emory & Henry in an overtime affair in Emory, Va. Following an early bye week, Ferrum fell at home to NAIA independent Southern Virginia.
Both losses for the Panthers have come by a combined nine points.
Quarterback Marcus Mayo leads the Ferrum option offense. Mayo has racked up 414 yards of total offense through two games on the season.
During the Clark era, Bridgewater is 12-3 following the bye week with one of those wins coming in 1999 by a 14-7 score in overtime against Ferrum.
Saturday's game will also see the dedication of the Bowman Community Plaza during pregame. The ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication will occur at 11:15 a.m. in the Plaza area and everyone is invited to attend the event.
Action from Jopson Field kicks off on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. For fans unable to attend, the game will be streamed live online with live audio and video. For Bridgewater fans in the Shenandoah Valley, the game will be broadcast live on ESPN 1360 WHBG starting at 12:30 p.m. with Bill Phipps and the Pregame Show brought to you by Second West.