FARMVILLE, Va. – In the 2011 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opener, the Bridgewater Eagles football team knotted the game up early in the second half, but couldn't get over the top as the squad fell by a 28-14 tally to the Hampden-Sydney Tigers.
At the onset of the contest, a chess match ensued as both defenses were outstanding, with the game remaining at a scoreless deadlock after the first 15 minutes.
Hampden-Sydney got on the board first when an 11 yard Kirk Rohle carry went the distance to put the Tigers ahead 7-0 early in the second quarter.
Bridgewater looked like it was going to punch the ball into the end zone on the final drive of the first half, but a fumble on the goal line ended the drive, keeping the Eagles at a seven point deficit as the game headed to the intermission.
Out of the halftime break, Bridgewater wasted little time in getting the offense rolling when a 13-yard shovel pass to Julius Delbridge put the Eagles on the scoreboard and knotted the game at seven each.
Hampden-Sydney responded on its next offensive possession when Travis Lane connected with Kyle Vance on a 51-yard hookup to put the Tigers up 14-7 midway through the third.
The Tigers extended their lead to double digits early in the fourth when Lane tossed his second touchdown pass of the day, this time a three-yard strike to Eric Gorsline to put Hampden-Sydney up by a 21-7 tally.
On the Eagles next drive, the offense punched its way downfield before a 10-play drive was capped off by a 13 yard Darrin McKenzie touchdown run which brought the game to a 21-14 Hampden-Sydney advantage.
With under three minutes left, Hamdpen-Sydney scored to put the game away on a five-yard Kirk Rohle carry to finalize the scoring at a 28-14 tally.
Offensively, junior quarterback Carlos Gonzalez was solid behind center, going 21-of-38 for 205 yards, with an interception.
On the ground, senior Anthony Carter led the way for the Eagles with an 85 yard effort on 19 carries. Bridgewater outrushed the Tigers by a 210-to-168 tally on the afternoon as the offense found its rhythm on the ground.
Senior Leigh Bradley led the Eagles receiving corps with five catches for 50 yards.
For the Tigers, Lane was solid going 22-of-32 for 215 yards and two scores.
On the ground, Rohle paced the way with 16 carries for 134 yards and also added two scores to pace the Tigers rushing attack. Rohle also hauled in a game-high eight passes on the day.
Defensively, Kenny Fryman led the way with a game-high 13 tackles.
The Eagles dominated the clock on the afternoon, owning time of possession by a 34:26-to-25:34 margin while going 9-of-18 on third down.
Bridgewater is back in action on Saturday when the Eagles host Guilford for Homecoming. Action is set for a 1:00 p.m. start.