BRIDGEWATER, Va. – They escaped. On week one, the Bridgewater Eagles football team put together enough offense down the stretch to overcome a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter and defeat visiting St. Vincent by a 20-17 score in overtime. This week, they head on the road to do battle with perennial week two opponent Shenandoah, under the lights in Winchester.
Last season, the Eagles used trick plays and a 239-yard effort on the ground to defeat Shenandoah by a 38-31 tally at Jopson Field. Bridgewater's defense was key in the victory, recording four sacks and 10 tackles for a loss while holding a generally solid Hornets rushing attack to under 100 yards on the day.
With the score knotted at 24 each late in the fourth quarter, the Eagles lined up for a field goal, but holder Jacob Hutchinson pulled the snap and darted 11 yards to the end zone to put Bridgewater up by a 31-24 tally.
Shenandoah moved the ball on the ensuing drive before linebacker Scottie Littles ranged to his right and stepped in front of a Daniel Wright pass and took it back 35 yards to the end zone to effectively seal the victory for the Eagles.
Last week was the tale of two teams for Bridgewater and Shenandoah as the Eagles anemic offense put together a seven minute stretch of flawless football in a win, which was a mirror opposite of the offensive explosion from the Hornets.
Shenandoah racked up 49 points and nearly 500 yards of total offense in a 49-21 shellacking of first-year program Stevenson. Quarterback Daniel Wright threw for 252 yards and a gaudy five touchdowns, while also rushing for another score. Tailback Brad Martz recorded 20 carries for 130 yards and a score, but it was the play of wide receiver Rico Wallace that was the performance of the week according to many.
Wallace caught seven passes for 154 yards and a ridiculous five touchdowns to earn USA South Offensive Player of the Week and Beyond Sports College Network Player of the Week honors.
While Bridgewater's offense was hit and miss in the win over St. Vincent the defense picked up right where they left off from the 2010 season. The Eagles defense stopped three St. Vincent drives on fourth down, including an all-important stop towards the end of the game which set up the game-tying touchdown.
Bridgewater owns the all-time series with the Hornets, despite that fact that the last three games have been decided by a combined 19 points. The Eagles boast a 10-1 record against Shenandoah, with the lone loss in series history coming in 2008 with a 10-6 loss at Jopson Field. Bridgewater is a perfect 5-0 in game played in Winchester.
For fans unable to make it to Saturday night's game against the Hornets, the game will be live streamed on the internet with both audio and video. Fans in the Shenandoah Valley can pick up the game on 96.1 Lite FM starting at 6:25 p.m. with the pregame show brought to you by Hal Duff and the folks at Second West.