Bridgewater Football Escapes Emory& Henry With A 31-23 ODAC Win Saturday


EMORY, Va. - The Bridgewater College Football Team (4-3, 1-3 ODAC) scored 20-straight points between the end of the first quarter and the middle of the third quarter to propel itself to a 31-23 win over Emory & Henry College (2-5, 1-3 ODAC) Saturday afternoon in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference contest. The game served as the highlight of E&H's annual Homecoming Weekend.

The Basics FINAL SCORE - Bridgewater 31, Emory & Henry 23 LOCATION - Emory, Virginia - Nicewonder Field at Fred Selfe Stadium RECORDS - Emory & Henry (2-5, 1-3 ODAC); Bridgewater (4-3, 1-3 ODAC)

How It Happened - The Wasps opened the game with a 29-yard touchdown catch by junior wideout Chris Gannon (Alexandria, Va.) from freshman Hunter Taylor (Summerville, S.C.) for a 7-0 lead. - Bridgewater went up 8-7 thanks to an 88-yard catch and run by Dakoda Schrader. Brendan Maturey ran the ball in for the two-point conversion. - The Wasps went back up 10-8 thanks to a 29-yard field goal by sophomore Matt Seals (Rogersville, Tenn.), but a 100-yard return by Raymond Goodman on the ensuing kickoff put the Eagles back ahead, 15-10. - A pair of field goals from Cameron Gieseman bookended a 10-yard touchdown pass from Jay Scroggins to Alex Galloway, giving Bridgewater a 28-10 advantage, its largest lead of the game. - Emory & Henry began fighting back, getting a touchdown at the 3:32 mark of the third quarter from senior running back Isaiah Rodgers (Canton, Ga.) - Seals hit another two field goals to draw the score to 28-23 with 11:22 to play but a 40-yarder from Gieseman with just under five minutes left on the clock would be enough to put the game away.

Emory & Henry Individual Leaders - Taylor led the Wasps both through the air and on the ground in his first collegiate start, throwing for 161 yards and a touchdown while also running for 113 yards on 20 carries. - Rogers added 88 rushing yards while freshman Brady Justice (Hurley, Va.) had 49 yards on 14 carries. - Junior wideout Jesse Santiago (Yorktown, Va.) caught four passes for 25 yards while Rodgers and freshman Gunner Griffith (Bluff City, Tenn.) had three receptions each for 28 and 23 yards. - Junior defensive back Justin Banks (Coeburn, Va.) made 10 tackles and broke up a pass while senior linebacker Zack Manley (Tobaccoville, N.C.) and junior defensive lineman Josh Fleenor (Christiansburg, Va.) added seven stope each. - Junior linebacker Austin Oyler (Roanoke, Va.) picked off a pass for the Wasps' only takeaway of the game.

Bridgewater Individual Leaders - Scroggins threw for 277 yards on 19-for-30 passing with two touchdowns to Shrader and Galloway. - Goodman was the Eagles' leading rusher with 27 yards as the Wasps held Malivai Barker to just 17 yards. - Shrader caught six passes for 199 yards to lead the BC receivers. - Matt Dang made a team-high 10 tackles including 1.5 stops for a loss while William Clift and Tyler Bonner finished with nine tackles each. - Luke Barnum recovered a fumble while Brandon Pitt had an interception.

Up Next - Emory & Henry will remain at home next Saturday when it hosts Hampden-Sydney College in an ODAC contest. - The Wasps will honor their seniors prior to start of the game, which is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m., kickoff.

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