Bridgewater falls to Emory & Henry on Homecoming, 42-33
Tight end Keith Jennings‘ 28-yard TD catch with 5:42 remaining gave the Eagles the chance to tie on a two-point conversion, but a quick slant pass fell incomplete.
Jennings totaled two touchdowns and 71 yards on seven catches, while Rayvon Johnson caught eight balls for 111 yards and a score. Jay Scrogginscompleted 23-of-41 passes for 242 yards, three TDs and two interceptions in his return from injury.
Trailing 35-17, Scroggins found his other tight end Zane Grudzinski down to the six yard line. Jennings finished the drive off with his first touchdown of the day.
The Wasps could have kneeled to end the game and gambled a bit on a touchdown run that again pushed the lead to eight, but Matt Seals drilled the extra point to make it 42-33 and clinch the victory.
Bridgewater had a nice drive to open the game for the second straight week, going 61 yards in 14 plays and 6:51 of clock time. The Eagles again faced 3rd-and-goal from the 1 like last game, but were not denied again as Scroggins rolled out and hit fullback Warner Hunter IV.
Fourth down conversions were big in the first half as they played a key role on the next three offensive scoring drives. After a 16-yard sack by Davon Keith (14 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 6.0 TFLs, 4 QB hurries) gave E&H a short field, Kevin Saxton found A.J. Hampton on a 24-yard slant pass touchdown on a 4th-and-5 play to tie the game at 7-all.
Bridgewater converted a fourth-and-1 play en route to Brendon Maturey‘s 13-yard touchdown pass to Johnson that tied the game at 14-14. Emory & Henry did the same in Eagle territory on the next drive, leading to a nine-yard Sam Wagner scoring rush.
In between, the Wasps’ defense had scored to break the 7-7 deadlock. Keith drilled Scroggins on a pass attempt as part of the sophomore defensive end’s monster performance, and the ball was picked off and taken back 35 yards by Josh Fleenor.
Emory & Henry doubled their halftime lead as backup quarterback Dominic Dunnaville led a two-minute drive, hitting a wide open Derrick Yates for a 31-yard score and a 28-14 advantage. The Eagles had one play to set up a field goal attempt and Johnson picked up 31 yards, but the long kick attempt hit the left upright as time expired.
A short punt early in the third quarter set up an Anthony Rossi field goal that cut the deficit to 28-17. A Tyler Miller tackle for loss ended the next drive, but the Wasps would make it a three-score game again late in the third quarter as Kendrick Kube broke a 28-yard run.
Bridgewater falls to 2-5, 1-3 ODAC and will travel down to Guilford next weekend. Emory & Henry improves to 3-4, 2-2.