Bridgewater gets key road win at Southern Virginia, 35-17

BridgewaterBridgewater scored 25 unanswered points on its way to a 35-17 road victory at Southern Virginia on Saturday.

A key turnover just before halftime helped spur the run. Leading 14-7, Bridgewater had to stop SVU deep in Eagle territory twice. The first drive was stalled by a pair of flags and then a Jayden Johnson sack to knock the Knights all the way out of field goal range. SVU got the ball right back but a pass was deflected into the arms of Chase Rosenthal, who raced 54 yards to set Bridgewater up with 31 seconds on the clock.

Instead of a potential 14-14 game, the Eagles took a 22-7 lead into the break (counting Freddie Watkins‘ second fake PAT score in a span of three games) on Chad Jones‘ second tough leaping touchdown catch of the second quarter.

Jones led the Eagle offense with 74 receiving yards on three catches, while quarterback Matt Lawton completed 20-of-31 passes for 248 yards, three TDs and no inteceptions.

Trailing 7-0, Bridgewater’s opening touchdown was set up by a 37-yard deep ball from Lawton to Dylan MaclachlanAlston Honeycutt scored on a screen pass the next play. Jackson Hendren made it 25 straight points and a 25-7 BC lead with a 45-yard field goal.

Brett Tharp had a team-high 11 tackles, including one for loss, while Nazeer Jordan added double-digit tackles and a half-sack.

Val West added a fourth quarter interception after Demetreus Jalepes‘ touchdown rush had given the Eagles a 35-14 lead.

Bridgewater improves to 2-0 and will open ODAC play at home next Saturday against Randolph-Macon in a matchup of the last two conference champions. Southern Virginia, who left the ODAC this season for the USA South, is 1-1 on the year.



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