BC Blasts St. Vincent, 57-0

Eagles Force Four Turnovers In Win

Posted: September 7, 2013

BRIDGEWATER – On Thursday, Bridgewater College quarterback Willie Logan said his team wanted to make a statement in Saturday’s season opener against St. Vincent.
Consider the 57-0 final score mission accomplished.
The Eagles racked up 461 total yards, including 163 passing yards by Logan, who had two touchdowns and another two scores on the ground in the non-conference win.
“I think we did, and nothing looks better than a big goose egg on the scoreboard,” Logan said of the team’s statement game. “In college football, holding a team to no points, that’s hard.”
Saturday’s result was the most lopsided win for the Eagles in a season opener since 2006, when they defeated McDaniel 41-0.
BC jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on a Chandler DeHaven 39-yard field goal and a Logan 3-yard touchdown run. The touchdown run was set up by a 40-yard completion from Logan to receiver Cassidy Burns.
Burns, who was suspended last season, finished the day with two catches for 82 yards and a touchdown.
“I felt awesome,” Burns said. “It was great to be back, the adrenaline – you don’t have another feeling like being out getting ready for a football game. It was great to be back with all the guys, especially on a big win.”
BC continued the offensive attack in the second quarter, scoring on touchdown runs by tailback Jacob Wright (1 yard) and Logan (34 yards) to make it 24-0 Bridgewater.
With less than a minute before halftime, the Eagles struck again. Defensive end Kenneth Szabo returned an Andy Borgen fumble 30 yards for a touchdown to extend the lead to 31-0.
“Our kids never really discussed St. Vincent, what their record was, what happened to them a year ago,” coach Michael Clark said. “They just kind of prepared… and I told our kids they have to prepare to make plays when the game’s on the line.”
BC would score two offensive touchdowns in the third quarter. Logan hit receiver Shawn Lee for a 25-yard score and Burns on a 42-yard streak down the sideline.
The Burns touchdown was an audible at the line of scrimmage after Logan saw a one-on-one matchup.
“They were bringing pressure and we had a screen called, which is good against pressure,” Logan said. “You look out there, and if you got a one-on-one, sometimes you just got to take it.”
The touchdown to Burns was Logan’s final play of the day as he gave way to backup Ross Rushing. The sophomore only attempted five passes, but Clark liked what he saw.
“He has a quick release and had a couple nice passes,” Clark said. “Not only did he play, but he moved the sticks. This is still Willie’s team, but he’s one play from taking every play, and that’s got to be his mindset.”
Bridgewater’s other scores came on a Daryus Beale 69-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the third quarter and a Warner Hunter IV 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, BC held St. Vincent to just 181 yards and 10 first downs. The Eagles also turned the Bearcats over four times.
Andrew Palmer led the defense with nine tackles and an interception.
“I felt like I was just really prepared for the game,” said Palmer, a first-team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference player last season. “I owe a lot of that to my coaches. I got in a groove I like to get into and I felt comfortable. That’s the most important thing when you’re out there – we knew what to expect.”
The Eagles had one injury of note on Saturday. Right tackle Joshua Giusto went down with a left knee injury in the second quarter and did not dress out of the second half. His status for next week’s game against Greensboro is unknown.
Even in the blowout victory, the challenge for BC is to move on.
“That’s a good statement,” Clark said. “That’s a stat builder on both sides of the ball. I think the challenge for our kids is, they have to make a statement on Sunday night when they come in and study. Are they willing to pick out the flaws and ID where we need to get better? We have to take this and be able to ID what needs to change for us to continue to get better next week at Greensboro.”