BRIDGEWATER, Va. – On Saturday afternoon, the Bridgewater Eagles football team will look to avenge last season's heartbreaking loss against Washington and Lee when the Eagles travel to Lexington for an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) showdown with the Generals.
The last two meetings between the pair have been decided by a point each, with the Generals claiming a 35-34 victory a season ago at Jopson Field. Two years ago, a strange ending to the game allowed Bridgewater to escape with a 35-34 victory over the Generals in Lexington.
A week ago, the Bridgewater offense rolled up 554 yards of total offense and scored 52 unanswered points to defeat visiting Guilford by a 59-13 score.
Bridgewater's ground attack remains its bread and butter on the offensive end as Anthony Carter rolled up 131 yards on 16 carries against the Quakers. Carter is averaging over 120 yards per game on the season and has scored three times, while fellow senior Darrin McKenzie is averaging just over 76 yards per game and has scored six times on the year.
Through the air, junior Carlos Gonzalez continues to show improvement. After a rough start to the season, Gonzalez has completed 55 percent of his passes over the last two weeks and threw for a career-high 212 yards two weeks ago at Hampden-Sydney. On the season, Gonzalez is completing 49 percent of his passes for 883 yards and seven scores.
On the defensive end, linebacker Chris Wholey continues to lead the way, averaging nearly eight tackles per game. Wholey's recorded six tackles for a loss on the year which places him just outside the top 10 in the ODAC.
Washington and Lee has also used a lethal ground attack to run its record to 6-1 on the season. The Generals are averaging 314 yards per game on the ground and have scored 26 rushing touchdowns on the year. On back-to-back weeks, the Generals rushed for over 400 yards in wins over Alma and Guilford.
The three-headed monster of Brett Murray, Luke Heinsohn and Charlie Westfal lead the Generals on the ground. Murray is the leading rusher on the year with 626 yards, while Heinsohn has bulled for 599 yards on the season and a conference-leading 11 touchdowns. Westfal has also been solid as the trigger man, rushing for 493 yards and four scores.
Aside from the vaunted rushing attack, the Generals have also tossed in a stellar passing game in 2011 to add a new dimension to their offense. Westfal is completing over 60 percent of his passes on the year and has tossed eight touchdowns against just one interception.
Defensively, senior linebacker Rob Look has been outstanding for the Generals. Look's recorded 62 tackles on the season, which ranks him third in the conference while his seven tackles for a loss places him in a tie for sixth in the ODAC.
Washington and Lee has the reigning ODAC Players of the Week in Westfal and Look after last weekend's 34-30 come-from-behind victory over Randolph-Macon.
The Generals lead the all-time series against the Eagles with a 24-17 record. Bridgewater owns a 9-2 record against Washington and Lee since 2000. The Generals were victorious in the first nine games in series history and the series has effectively gone back and forth since.
Head coach Michael Clark looks to win game number 114 of his career on Saturday and owns a 9-7 record against Washington and Lee.
Kickoff on Saturday is slated for 1:00 p.m. at Wilson Field. 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 GeneralsSports.com website and First Team Broadcasting.