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Football Looks to Get Back on Track Against Washington and Lee

Football Looks to Get Back on Track Against Washington and Lee

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 A pair of teams with different streaks will tangle as one team looks to play spoiler and the other looks to continue to roll up big numbers on the offensive side of the ball when Bridgewater and Washington and Lee meet on the gridiron at Jopson Field.

After an unbeaten start to the regular season, the Bridgewater Eagles have sputtered to back-to-back losses with their latest loss coming on Thursday night at the hands of an up-and-coming Guilford squad. Bridgewater was upended under the lights in Greensboro by a 23-20 tally in a game where the Eagles committed a season-high 13 penalties and gave the ball away three times.

For the Eagles, the loss effectively ended any chances of hoisting the program's seventh conference championship.

On the other side of the coin, the Generals the weekend on a five-game winning streak with high hopes of earning another conference crown after last weekend's 49-14 drubbing of perennial ODAC power Randolph-Macon.

Washington and Lee brings the top rushing attack in Division III to the gridiron on Saturday as the Generals are averaging nearly 50 yards per game more on the ground than any other Division III squad with 383 rushing yards per game. Three weeks ago against Emory & Henry, the Generals set an ODAC record with 503 rushing yards in a 45-28 triumph over the Wasps.

W&L ranks No. 28 in the nation in scoring, averaging 37.7 points per game while the Eagles rank No. 27 in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 14.8 points per contest.

The Generals are paced on the ground by the senior tandem of Luke Heinsohn and Brett Murray. Heinsohn leads the ODAC in rushing, averaging 124 yards per game while Murray chips in an additional 78 yards per outing. Heinsohn has bolted for 15 rushing touchdowns on the season to sit in a tie for the most rushing touchdowns in Division III. Aside from his rushing duties, Heinsohn is also the Washington and Lee place kicker and has added 31 extra points to sit in second place in Division III in scoring with a gaudy 124 points.

Junior quarterback Nick Lombardo is the trigger man of Washington and Lee's high-powered offense and has thrown for 391 yards and four touchdowns on the season. Lombardo's favorite target is junior tight end Alex Evans who has snagged 14 passes for 232 yards and three scores.

Defensive back Jake Pelton continues to pace the Generals on the defensive side of the ball. Pelton leads the squad with 51 tackles on the year and three interceptions.

For the Eagles, junior quarterback Willie Logan continues to lead the way for a Bridgewater offense that has been up and down in recent weeks. Logan threw for 245 yards on 14-of-23 passing in Thursday's loss at Guilford and tossed two interceptions in the contest. Logan has accounted for 11 total touchdowns on the year with seven coming through the air and an additional four coming on the ground.

Sophomore Jacob Wright has struggled recently for the Eagles. After rushing for more than 100 yards in two of the first four games, Wright has been limited to just 136 yards in the last two games on 30 total carries.

Sophomore tight end Michael Colee is Bridgewater's leading receiver with 17 receptions on the year as the combination of Colee and fellow tight end Cord Keating have accounted for a nearly a third of Bridgewater's production on the receiving end.

Junior linebacker Andrew Palmer leads an improved Bridgewater defense with 51 tackles on the year.

The Eagles enter the game ranked No. 24 in the nation in rushing defense, allowing just 92.8 yards per game on the ground.

Bridgewater and Washington and Lee will be meeting for the 43rd time on Saturday with W&L owning a 25-17 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1964. The Generals have won each of the last two matchups with BC's last win coming on Halloween in 2009 via a 35-34 overtime win in Lexington.

In the past two meetings, W&L has averaged 43.5 points per game including a 52-point outpouring in last season's 10-point win in Lexington.

Kickoff 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 available at the gate at a cost of $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for students. Children under six are free. Programs are also available at a price of $2.

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.