ASHLAND, Va. – On Saturday in Ashland, Va., the Bridgewater Eagles (6-2, 2-2 ODAC) football team will look to play the role of spoiler and avoid a four-game series losing streak when it takes on the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets (7-1, 3-1 ODAC) at Day Field.
Bridgewater is fresh off of a 24-10 victory over the Emory & Henry Wasps, while the Yellow Jackets will have had two weeks to prepare for the top-ranked defense in the ODAC.
For Bridgewater's senior class, Saturday's game marks bigger things, as the Yellow Jackets are one of two teams from the ODAC that hasn't suffered a setback at the hands of the Class of 2011.
Last week, Bridgewater's defense got back to normal, holding Emory & Henry preseason All-American hopeful Caleb Jennings to just 46 yards on 15 carries in a 24-10 victory in the home finale at Jopson Field.
Offensively, Bridgewater kept rolling, scoring all four times it reached the red zone. Quarterback Hagan Driskell (Ruther Glen, Va./Caroline) posted a season-best 235 yards and a touchdown through the air, leading the Eagles offense.
On the ground, Darrin McKenzie (Rustburg, Va./Brookville) rushed for a game-high 77 yards, while wide receiver Tyler Beiler (Ronks, Pa./Conestoga Valley) hauled in eight passes for 156 yards and a score. Beiler enters Saturday's game needing just one yard to reach the 1,000 yard plateau on the season and 30 yards to set the single season receiving mark, currently held by Marcus Richardson (1,028 yards – 2001).
Defensively, Bridgewater was held without a tackle for a loss or a sack for the first time all season, but remains the top-rated defense in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
Randolph-Macon enters Saturday's game off of a week's rest, while the team's most reach win came via a 59-21 victory against Guilford.
The Yellow Jackets are averaging 235 yards per game on the ground and lead the conference in scoring offense (45.2 ppg) and total offense (465.8 ypg).
Wide receiver Earl Peoples leads the conference in receiving. Peoples has 76 catches for 1027 yards.
Last season, Randolph-Macon topped Bridgewater by a 33-23 tally at Jopson Field.
Action from Day 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. 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.