Ferrum rallies, guts out tough win over Bridgewater, 14-10
The Eagles had forced six straight punts when Ferrum took over with three minutes remaining. A pass interference call got the Panthers going and Titus Jones completed consecutive 26 yard passes to Daniel Lamb and Nic Cook to reach the end zone- two of the five longest offensive plays of the game for the visitors.
Bridgewater did drive to the Ferrum 34 yard line on its last gasp chance, but a fourth down pass was intercepted by Ja’Kari Williams at the 12.
Fourth down attempts defined the early going. After Stephen Kloosterman had picked up 20 yards on third down, Viante Tucker converted a fourth down to the five yard line. Jackson Hendren‘s field goal put the first points on the board for BC.
Bridgewater then got a fourth down stop the other way as the Eagles sniffed out a fake punt attempt. Matt Lawton converted a fourth down sneak out of a jumbo formation, but a missed field goal prevented BC from doubling its lead.
Third downs then keyed the lone touchdown drive of the opening half. Two third down catches by Ronald Robinson Jr. sandwiched a deep 3rd down conversion to a wide-open Tucker. Demetreus Jalepes scored off left tackle to make it 10-0 Eagles.
That scoring drive had been set up by a Preston Turner/Johnson sack for a big loss after Ferrum had crossed midfield. The next time the Panthers had the ball, Jordan also recorded a sack to end the possession.
Ferrum’s Joshua Ellerbe caught a 26-yard swing pass and then broke a 28-yard rush on the next play to key an early third quarter touchdown drive that made it 10-7.
Jalepes broke a 63-yard run to give Bridgewater a chance to extend its lead, but Ferrum intercepted a pass in the end zone to stay within a possession.
Bridgewater falls to 2-4, 0-3 ODAC and will host Apprentice next weekend in a non-conference matchup. Ferrum improves to 4-1, 1-1 on the year.