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Crucial Game for Both Teams on Family Weekend

corey jochim makes a nice catch against hampden-sydney

Bridgewater College Eagles (3-1, 0-1 ODAC) vs. Randolph-Macon College Yellow Jackets (2-2, 0-1 ODAC)

Randolph-Macon entered 2017 as defending ODAC champions. Bridgewater entered last weekend as the conference's only undefeated team. Now both desperately need a win on Saturday to keep pace in the league standings.

When: Saturday, October 7
Where: Jopson Athletic Complex
Start Time: 2:00 p.m.

Gameday Media:
Live Stats: http://bridgewatereagles.com/sports/fball/2017-18/boxscores/20171007_wikj.xml
Video: https://boxcast.tv/view/football-vs-randolph-macon-986590
Audio: https://tunein.com/radio/Radiall-s263083/

Full Game Notes
Bridgewater Roster
Bridgewater Stats
Randolph-Macon Roster
Randolph-Macon Stats

LAST TIME OUT:

Bridgewater couldn't get over the hump in a game where the Eagles never led, falling 37-27 at Hampden-Sydney to open ODAC play.

William Clift III forced a fumble in the third quarter, leading to Malivai Barker gaining a combined 31 yards on two carries. His TD rush made it 23-21. After cutting the lead to two points, the Eagles allowed an 11-play, 80-yard drive later in the third to increase the deficit to 30-21. After another fumble that was forced by Joe Cellini and recovered by Braden Thomson, the Eagles drove down to the five yard line, but a field goal attempt from 25 yards out hit the left upright to keep it a two-score game.

Bridgewater went down 37-21 in the fourth quarter but again had a chance to make it a one-score game after Dakoda Shrader caught a 14-yard TD pass on fourth-and-goal from the 14. The two-point conversion failed however.

Barker rushed for 111 yards and a score. Corey Jochim had six catches for 75 yards and Shrader caught five balls for 65 yards and a TD. Clift led the defense with 10 tackles, including his forced fumble. Brandon Pitt had nine stops, and Josh Brooks added two pass breakups and an interception.

PREVIOUS MEETING:

Bridgewater managed just 83 yards in the rain at Randolph-Macon, falling 21-0 to the Yellow Jackets in a game where both Jay Scroggins and Brendon Maturey were knocked out with injuries.

Davey Hardesty made a game-high 14 tackles including four for loss as the Bridgewater defense battled successfully against several short fields until RMC scored twice in the final 17 minutes of the contest. Fellow senior Andrew Donafrio punted 10 times for an average of 40.6 yards without a touchback.

The Yellow Jackets led 7-0 at the half after a tight opening 30 minutes. A 19-yard Tre Frederick rush from midfield late in the first quarter was the first time either side had made it past the opposition 48-yard line. A few plays later, he broke a tackle to the right side and took it 20 yards for a 7-0 RMC lead. The dam finally broke late in the third quarter as Sean McDonald made a great catch in double coverage on 3rd-and-20 down to the 2-yard line. Frederick carried it in on the next play for a 14-0 lead.

SERIES:

Randolph-Macon leads the all-time series 58-16-3 and holds a 31-7-2 mark at Bridgewater.

HEAD COACHES:

Michael Clark's career record at Bridgewater now stands at 146-91-1. Pedro Arruza is in his 14th season in charge at Randolph-Macon, and celebrated his second ODAC title last fall.

BRIDGEWATER OFFENSE:

Barker ranks second in the ODAC in carries (87) and third in yards (423). Rayvon Johnson now leads the team in receptions (14), and has three touchdown catches. Scroggins has completed 52-of-86 passes (60.5%) for 523 yards, five TDs and three interceptions.

Overall, the Eagles have fallen to second-to-last in the conference in scoring (32.8 ppg) and total offense (396.3 ypg), despite a 52-point performance in Week 3 vs. Apprentice.

BRIDGEWATER DEFENSE:

The BC defense created four turnovers vs. HSC- forced fumbles by Clift and Cellini, Isaac Evans' fourth interception in as many games, and Brooks' fifth career interception. Bridgewater now has a turnover ratio of +8 in four games; Evans (four) and Brooks (three) lead the conference in interceptions.

BRIDGEWATER SPECIAL TEAMS:

After a miss vs. Hampden-Sydney, Bridgewater is now 2-of-6 on the year for field goal attempts. Plato Eliades also had his first two touchbacks of the year in the punting game, but the Eagles have still not allowed a punt return yard all year, and have conceded a total of four punt return yards over the past two seasons.

RMC OFFENSE:

In a 2-0 start, defending ODAC Player of the Year Fredrick rushed for 315 yards and two scores. Since then, the Yellow Jackets have dropped two games- to former conference rival Catholic and in ODAC play vs. Shenandoah. Their run/pass ratio has flipped from 62%/38% in favor of rushing over the first two games to 56%/44% pass. Frederick still leads the ODAC in rushing yards (575) and attempts (93). Starting quarterback Burke Estes returned last week after missing two games with an injury sustained in the opener.

RMC DEFENSE:

RMC allowed just 9.5 points per game in their 2-0 start, but have allowed 76 points since in  two defeats. The Yellow Jackets still rank second in the ODAC in points allowed per game (23.8) and first in rushing defense (128/5 ypg)- which was their forte a year ago. However, they have forced just six turnovers and recorded just four sacks, with the team's overall turnover ratio standing at -5.

Nose tackle Jake Pinkston anchors the defensive line and has recorded 1.5 sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss, while defensive end Steve McNair has 1.5 sacks and team-best 4.0 TFLs. At the back RMC has safeties Calvin Whitehead and De'Angelo Barr, who both rank among the team's top three tacklers.

RMC SPECIAL TEAMS:

Freshman Chris Vidal has made 4-of-5 field goals and all 14 extra points in his first month of college ball. Julian Drew leads the ODAC in punting average (40.9 ypa).

ODAC WEEKLY UPDATE:


Week one of conference play let all supporters know that the ODAC is up for grabs this season, and offense just might lead the way to a title. League teams combined to score 261 points overall. Shenandoah eclipsed 50 points and Emory & Henry topped 40 markers in opening their ODAC slates with victories. Hampden-Sydney came just shy of the 40-point mark in its league win.

Hampden-Sydney took down the last of the ODAC's unbeaten squads in a tight matchup with Bridgewater on Saturday, defeating the Eagles 37-27 in Hampden-Sydney.

Shenandoah and Randolph-Macon combined for 89 points and 1,168 yards of total offense in Ashland on Thursday evening, but it was four R-MC turnovers and SU's quick-strike offense behind a stellar passing game that proved the difference in the Hornets' first win over the Yellow Jackets since joining the ODAC in 2012-13.

TAILGATING:

Spaces are filling up fast for the last two home games at the new Mapp Field Tailgating Area. Overflow spots will be available in the Commuter Lot- cars will be directed from Riverside Drive. For day games, Mapp Field will remain open for two hours following the conclusion of the game, but alcohol can only be consumed for an hour following the end of the contest. Reserve your tailgating parking spot here: https://jhin.bridgewater.edu/eagles-club-forms/football-tailgating-sign-up

FAMILY WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday is Family Weekend, and Bridgewater would like to welcome all family members and other fans to campus. Check out the new Mapp tailgating area, and stop by the soccer fields to see the regionally-ranked women play at 11 a.m., and the men, fresh off an upset over #5 Washington & Lee, kicking off at 4 p.m.

View the full schedule of campus events here: https://bridgewater.edu/files/alumni/Family-weekend_schedule.pdf

NEXT TIME OUT:

Next weekend, the Eagles will have another tough test against the ODAC's leading passer- Shenandoah's Hayden Bauserman (1590 yards, 19 TDs). Bridgewater's Office of Alumni Relations will host its second Alumni Away Tailgate of the season for the Eagles' big rivalry game, which will also be Homecoming for the hosts.