Bridgewater Tops Greensboro, 38-13
Wright Scores Two Touchdowns In Win
It’s the fifth-straight season the Eagles have started 2-0, and through two games, BC seems to be clicking in all areas of the game.
BC (2-0) wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, scoring on a three-play opening drive, culminating with a Willie Logan 7-yard keeper to take a 7-0 lead.
“We started fast, but give Greensboro credit, being behind didn’t really kick them out of their plan,” coach Michael Clark said on the phone after the game. “We had opportunities to have that game decided by halftime, and with penalties and a missed field goal, we weren’t able to do that.”
After forcing a three-and-out on defense, the Eagles drove 61 yards on four plays, ending with a Cassidy Burns 8-yard touchdown to make it 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
In its wins this season, BC has outscored opponents 24-0 in the first quarter.
“We’re well planned and I thought we executed well,” Clark said. “We held the ball for 19 minutes in the first half. It’s not one of those things that you can put your finger on, but you’re just glad that it happens.”
The 14 points would ultimately be all the Eagles needed.
The Eagles held the Pride to just 224 yards Saturday, led by linebacker Andrew Palmer’s seven tackles.
For the second-straight week, the Eagles scored a defensive touchdown. Against St. Vincent, Kenneth Szabo and Daryus Beale returned fumbles for touchdowns. Saturday, Sammy Coleman returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown.
In fact, BC’s defense has outscored the opposition through two games (21-13).
“It’s a credit to our defense – in two games they have 21 points and have their name attached to it,” Clark said. “That’s usually difficult for opponents to overcome. I know what that does to the team on the other side, and that’s tough to overcome.”
Penalties hurt the Eagles. BC was flagged 10 times for 95 yards against Greensboro, including multiple touchdowns negated by flags.
“Penalties were a big issue with us,” Clark said. “They took away scores, they took points off the board. That was a little bit of an Achilles heel here today.”
The lone bright spot for the Pride was the quarterback-wide receiver combination of Ryan Throndset and Dexter Russell. The two combined for 100 yards and a touchdown.
“They moved the ball a little bit on us, but it wasn’t with big plays,” Clark said. “We made them work, and they’re going to run bubble and quick screens and a little bit of a read-zone.”
BC allowed just 64 yards rushing, and has held both St. Vincent and Greensboro to less than 100 yards on the ground.
“Putting people in catch-up situations helps and it alters their game plan somewhat,” Clark said. “Our defense and the 4-2-5 scheme allows us to get people around the ball and stop the running game, and if people are [running that ball], that’s what the defense is designed to do.”
Logan finished the game an efficient 14 of 18 passing for 169 yards and one TD, spreading the ball to eight receivers in the process.
“If somebody looked at us offensively after two games, I don’t think there’s one individual or dimension that you can point to and say ‘stop this and the offense will struggle,’” Clark said.
Tailback Jacob Wright led the Eagles on the ground with 18 carries for 109 yards and two touchdowns.