BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Fresh off of its biggest scoring explosion in four years, the Bridgewater Eagles football team shifts gears this weekend to conference play as the Eagles open the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) slate on Saturday afternoon at Hampden-Sydney.
Bridgewater topped visiting Apprentice on Saturday by a 57-13 score in the non-conference finale, while Hampden-Sydney had to come from behind last week for a 31-17 victory over Catholic. Bridgewater will be looking to snap a four-game skid against the Tigers on Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles offense got back on track last weekend for its highest scoring output since a 76-point showing at Jopson Field in 2007 against Guilford. Last weekend, Bridgewater rolled up 445 total yards of offense, including a 261 yard outpouring on the ground.
Senior running back Anthony Carter bulled for a career high 152 yards on 18 carries and added two scores to lead the offense against the Builders.
Through the air, quarterback Carlos Gonzalez was 8-for-17 for 144 yards and a career high three passing touchdowns in the win.
Defensively, an opportunistic Bridgewater defense was again outstanding as the Eagles forced three Apprentice miscues along the way. Senior linebacker Chris Wholey continued to be disruptive from his linebacker post. The Fredericksburg, Va. native forced a fumble and posted 2.5 tackles for a loss as part of a nine tackle afternoon.
Special teams also made a move last weekend when Cliff Woodard's 83 yard kick return for a touchdown sparked the Eagles to a second quarter scoring barrage. The kick return for a score was the first since Tyler Beiler's 80-yard kick return to the endzone at St. Vincent a season ago.
For the Tigers, it's been more of the same all season long as their prolific offense continues to impress.
Quarterback Travis Lane has been impressive over the first five games of the season. Lane is averaging 340 yards per game through the air and has tossed 15 touchdown passes against seven interceptions. The senior is also completing 64 percent of his passes.
Senior running back Kirk Rohle is also back in the mix for the Hampden-Sydney offense. Rohle is averaging over four yards per carry and has scored five times on the season after missing most of last season with an injury.
Defensively, junior Kenny Fryman leads the way with 40 tackles on the year. Fryman also has a team-high eight tackles for a loss to go along with one-and-a-half sacks. Cornerback Zach Morgan leads the ODAC in interceptions with four on the year as the Tigers have forced 11 opponent miscues on the season.
Hampden-Sydney has controlled the all-time series with the Eagles. Hampden-Sydney won the first 24 games in series history until Terry Westhafer's kick return in the waning moments of the game in 1968 gave Bridgewater its first win against the Tigers. The Tigers own the series with a 54-13 record against Bridgewater, while head coach Michael Clark has a 10-6 record all-time against Hampden-Sydney.
Kickoff on Saturday is slated for 1:00 p.m. at Lewis C. Everett Stadium. If you are unable to make it to Saturday's game, the game will be aired live on ESPN 1360 WHBG starting at 12:25 p.m. with the pregame show brought to you by Hal Duff and the folks at Second West. Saturday's game will also be live streamed through the Hampden-Sydney website and New Media Television Sports.