Eagles Geared Up for Home Opener with Greensboro
BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater College will welcome its 71st different football opponent in the program's 77-plus year history on Saturday afternoon when Greensboro College visits Jopson Field for the Eagles' home opener.
Saturday's non-conference contest will see one team remain perfect on the young season, while another team will pick up their first loss of the year.
Last week, the Eagles and Pride each picked up season-opening victories in their respective games. Bridgewater forced four turnovers and overcame numerous missed opportunities to claim a 23-7 victory over St. Vincent in Latrobe, Pa.
In Greensboro, the Pride snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 14-13 come-from-behind victory over crosstown rival Guilford to claim the Gate City Soup Bowl title. The Quakers led by a 13-7 margin late in the game before Senior Antwan Thorpe caught his second score of the day off a 27-yard pass from Ryan Throndset with 5:49 left in regulation to knot the game up. Mark Bush's point-after pushed Greensboro ahead for good.
Bridgewater is led into this afternoon's contest by junior quarterback Willie Logan. Logan earned the starting job after preseason camp and turned in a stellar performance in his first career start. Logan showed his dual-threat nature on numerous occasions, rushing for 36 yards while adding 154 yards through the air on 16-of-24 passing.
The Luray, Va. native accounted for all three Eagles touchdowns on Saturday, throwing a pair of touchdown passes while rushing for the final score of the day. Logan connected with eight different receivers in the win.
On the ground, sophomore Jacob Wright was impressive in his first career start, rushing for 109 yards on 21 carries. Wright busted over the century mark on the afternoon with a 42-yard scamper in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, the Eagles were outstanding in the opener holding the Bearcats scoreless through three quarters of play and forcing four St. Vincent turnovers on the afternoon. The Eagles defense allowed just 87 yards from the Bearcats on the ground and recorded six tackles for a loss on the day.
Greensboro overcame four turnovers in their opening season victory over Guilford.
Offensively, the Pride racked up 262 yards through the air, behind a solid effort from Throndset. The sophomore threw for two scores, but was intercepted three times in the win.
On the ground, Greensboro rushed for 118 yards on 40 carries and were led by a 107-yard effort from Eddie West.
Thorpe, who earned USA South Rookie of the Year honors in 2009 and was named to the USA South All-Conference Team in 2010 before transferring to Catawba, made his return known at the wide receiver post.
The senior hauled in six passes for 155 yards and was recognized as the Soup Bowl Most Valuable Player.
Travis Welch and Terry Charles led the defensive effort with seven tackles apiece. Welch added one tackle for loss and a sack while Charles chipped in with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
The last time Bridgewater played an opponent for the first time in program history was in 2010 when the Eagles opened with St. Vincent at Check Noll Field. Bridgewater was victorious in that game by a 19-14 margin.
Kickoff on Saturday at Jopson Field is set for 1 p.m. Fans at the game will have an opportunity to be selected to participate in a halftime contest to win a brand new 2013 Nissan Altima from Staunton Nissan and Subaru.
Tickets for Saturday afternoon's matchup are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for students. Children under six are free.
For fans who are unable to attend Saturday's contest, the game will be aired live on ESPN 1360 WHBG in the Shenandoah Valley starting with the pre-game show at 12:25 p.m. The game will also be video streamed via Bridgewater's partnership with NMTVNetworks.