Bridgewater Beats Ferrum, 51-28

Logan Throws Three Touchdowns In Win

Posted: September 21, 2013

BRIDGEWATER – With Jason Aldean’s “Texas Was You” blaring from speakers in the locker room, Bridgewater College senior quarterback Willie Logan was all smiles.
He had every reason to be in a good mood following a 22-of-36 passing, 350-yard and two-touchdown performance in a 51-28 win over Ferrum.
Bridgewater coach Michael Clark is the first person to tell you Logan is not the perfect quarterback. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Logan hails from tiny Luray High School, possesses average mechanics at best and won’t win any foot races.
But on a day when the Panthers committed eight defenders to stopping Jacob Wright and the running game, Logan had a field day.
“We knew we had some matchups on the outside,” Logan said. “That’s another thing we can do — we can get one-on-ones and take advantage of them because our guy is better than whoever we’re going to see.”
The biggest mismatch – senior receiver Cassidy Burns versus helpless Ferrum defensive backs – was open time and time again. Logan connected with his former roommate 11 times for 193 yards and a 51-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.
Ferrum put its cornerbacks on an island with Burns for most of the game and came away with very little to show for it. One defensive back was pulled from the game in the second half because he could not stay with Burns.
“I didn’t think it was going to be this big of a day,” said Burns, who finished with a career-high yards and receptions. “We had a lot of plays in the scheme for me to get open and the other guys to get open too, but it seemed like we were clicking, and we kept running that same play and it kept working.”
That play – a “stick” 7-10-yard route to the outside – was BC’s bread and butter on Saturday. With the defenders playing inside leverage, Logan hooked up with Burns and Shawn “Bruce” Lee numerous times on the way to the highest passing total for the Eagles since Carlos Gonzalez's record-setting 409-yard effort in 2011 against Randolph-Macon.
BC scored on its opening drive for the second-straight week, marching 61 yards down the field on five plays, capped off by a Nick Wimer 30-yard touchdown. After forcing a Ferrum punt, the Eagles scored again, this time on a Wright 12-yard run.
Wright, whose goal is to get 100 yards each game, fell short of that mark Saturday (97 yards on 21 carries). He did finish with three touchdowns.
“We do want to try and establish a running game, but it goes back to what are they giving us, and early on they were giving us the run and we were taking it, and once they started devoting more bodies to it and giving us single coverage, we worked trying to exploit that as well,” offensive coordinator J.D. Shaw said.
Clark was wary of the Panthers entering the game, warning of the 37-6 loss in 2011. After building a 27-7 lead, Ferrum scored on a 22-yard Tae Gilgert run before halftime and opened the second half with 75-yard touchdown drive to cut the BC lead to 27-21.
The Panthers trailed 34-28 entering the fourth quarter, but the Eagles answered with 17 unanswered points to end the game.
“I thought the Ferrum team that we played today was better than the Ferrum team that we watched on film,” Clark said. “They were going to say we’re going to make you play in the fourth quarter to beat us, and I thought for us having an answer in the fourth quarter, that was important for our team.”
With momentum on Ferrum’s side in the fourth quarter, BC cornerback Lucas Elliott intercepted Ferrum quarterback Tim Reynolds at the BC 4-yard line, which set up an eight-play, 96-yard scoring drive, ending with Burns’ 51-yard touchdown.
“The value of that 96-yard drive, you have a game right there that could go either way,” Clark said. “Lucas intercepts the ball, and I think that’s one of those offensive and defensive statements that good teams need to make and I’m glad we were able to do it.”
The Eagles (3-0) head into conference play against Shenandoah after a bye week. Clark and his staff will devote one day to Hampden-Sydney, BC’s opponent following Shenandoah, he said.
When things are going as well as they did Saturday, everybody was in a high spirits in Nininger Hall after the game. Shaw summed up that feeling well.
“I can’t believe I get paid to do this,” he said.