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Eagles Seek Winning Conference Record at Ferrum

muhammad khan makes a tackle in the backfield

Bridgewater College Eagles (4-4, 3-3 ODAC) at Ferrum College Panthers (5-3, 3-3 ODAC)

The Eagles can close out ODAC play with a winning conference record, as Bridgewater heads to Ferrum.

When: Saturday, November 10
Where: W.B. Adams Stadium
Start Time: 2:00 p.m.

Gameday Media:
LiveStats: https://www.bridgewatereagles.com/sports/fball/2018-19/boxscores/20181110_cwdl.xml
Video Streaming: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/ferrum/
Audio Streaming: https://boxcast.tv/view/football-at-ferrum-audio-only-574382

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LAST TIME OUT:

Bridgewater scored the first 29 points of the game Saturday afternoon and the Eagles went on to defeat Emory & Henry 53-13 in ODAC football action.

Bridgewater scored on its first two possessions to take a 15-0 lead in the first quarter. The Eagles drove right down to score on the game's opening possession, capping the drive on a Demetreus Jalepes 6-yard run. Grant Monson caught a TD pass from Jay Scroggins and BC converted the two-pointer on a run by Dakoda Shrader to make it 15-0 in the first quarter.

The Eagles made it 22-0 when Jarrod Denham broke a loose on a 41-yard run early in the second quarter.

PREVIOUS MEETING:

The Eagles last faced Ferrum, who is in its first year as an ODAC member, in September 13.

Cassidy Burns hauled in a career high 11 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown to lead Bridgewater to a 51-28 victory over Ferrum at the Jopson Athletic Complex. Quarterback Willie Logan was also exceptional, throwing for a career-high 350 yards on 22-of-36 passing to help move Bridgewater to a 3-0 record on the year and an undefeated mark in non-conference play.

The Eagles were a perfect 6-for-6 in red-zone opportunities on the day.

HEAD COACHES:

Bridgewater's Michael Clark is 151-100-1 after two consecutive victories. Rob Grande (19-9) is in his third year as Ferrum head coach following 11 years as an ODAC assistant at Emory & Henry.

BRIDGEWATER OFFENSE:

Quarterback Jay Scroggins had an efficient day behind center vs. Emory & Henry, completing 11-of-16 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns. Bridgewater rushed for an even 300 yards with seven different ball-carriers gaining at least 25 yards on the day.

After trailing at halftime for the past six consecutive games, the Eagles took the ball first and scored a touchdown, racking up 15 points on their opening two drives and touchdowns on four of their first six possessions.

BRIDGEWATER DEFENSE:

Senior captain Muhammad Khan had a strip-sack vs. Emory & Henry and moved into the all-time Bridgewater top-10 for career sacks with 11.5, including at least 3.5 sacks in each of the past three seasons. The Eagles are second in the ODAC in total defense, allowing 365.9 yards per contest.

BRIDGEWATER SPECIAL TEAMS: 

The Eagles continue to gain field position in the kicking game. They currently rank 22nd in Division III with 263 punt return yards, and also T-26th in fewest punt return yards allowed (29). BC's kick return average of 25.1 yards is top in the ODAC.

FERRUM OFFENSE:

The Panthers pulled off the upset of the ODAC season last week, going on the road and handing Randolph-Macon their first conference loss behind 180 rushing yards by Brian Mann. He scored two first half touchdowns as the Panthers led 28-17 late in a 28-23 victory. In a league already filled with strong tailbacks, Mann came to the ODAC as a two-time All-State selection in two seasons.

The Panthers' offensive coaching staff includes JD Shaw, Bridgewater's offensive coordinator from 2012-17.

FERRUM DEFENSE:

Ferrum's defense leads the ODAC in scoring, at 24.3 ppg allowed. They have made 57 tackles for loss, led by Raekwon Giggetts' 6.5 (six different Panthers have at least four TFLs on the year). Redshirt-freshman cornerback Brandon Scott has three interceptions and six pass breakups to lead the secondary.

FERRUM SPECIAL TEAMS:

Senior Chase Deaton has made six of his eight field goals with a long of 42. Mann's five kick returns have gone for an average of 35.8 yards, including an 88-yard score.

ODAC WEEKLY UPDATE:

Things have changed at the top of the ODAC standings following week 10's results, leaving the title in a winner-take-all situation heading the final week of the regular season. Randolph-Macon remains in the driver's seat at 5-1, but Ferrum's win in Ashland on Saturday combined with Hampden-Sydney's victory at Washington and Lee sets up a showdown at H-SC next week when R-MC comes to town for "The Game."

Shenandoah and Bridgewater had strong offensive days with BC adding a good defensive effort in its win over Emory & Henry. Meanwhile, Shenandoah was forced to keep scoring and hold on with Guilford nearly clawing back from a large deficit.

Ferrum's upset win over RMC means that Bridgewater's overtime loss at Randolph-Macon (when BC led by seven points twice in the fourth quarter) is the only thing preventing the Eagles from potentially playing for the ODAC title this weekend.

N.C. WESLEYAN GAME OFFICIALLY ON:

The Eagles will wrap up the 2018 season at home on November 17 against North Carolina Wesleyan at 1 p.m. The game will be made up after originally being postponed on September 15. Hurricane Florence forced the postponement of all athletic events for the weekend, and an attempt to play the game the following week fell through due to the continued weather effects in the North Carolina area.

The teams had tentatively agreed to replay the contest on Nov. 17 pending neither qualifying for the NCAA tournament. N.C. Wesleyan (5-3 overall) started the year 4-1 in USA South Conference play and was on track for a first place tie if they won their final two games, but ultimately lost 50-29 to Huntingdon last weekend.