FOREST, Va. - The Bridgewater College football team swept the ODAC's first Player of the Week awards for 2019, as Jarrod Denham and Chase Rosenthal each really made their touches count in a win over Gettysburg.
Denham, a senior wide receiver from Alexandria, Va., was lightning in a bottle for the Eagles in their 41-10 season-opening victory. Denham touched the ball just three times in the contest, but all three resulted in touchdowns covering 14 or more yards.
He opened the game's scoring early in the first quarter when he hauled in an over-the-shoulder throw from Jay Scroggins for a 41-yard touchdown reception. Denham then etched his name in the BC record books with his second score midway thru the second quarter. He burst through the left side of the line for a 93-yard touchdown run, marking the second-longest rush in school history.
Denham found the end zone for a third time early in the fourth quarter, as he took an end-around handoff 14 yards for the score, capping his day with 141 all-purpose yards.
Rosenthal, a junior cornerback from Chesapeake, Va., had a hand in two of the three turnovers forced by Bridgewater's defense and helped put points on the board.
Rosenthal, who made one tackle on the day, came up with a pair of first-half interceptions as the Eagles built a 34-0 edge at halftime. His first takeaway came late in the first quarter and with the Bullets pinned deep in their own territory. On the first play of the drive, Rosenthal intercepted a pass at the 8-yard line and scampered to the end zone for a 13-0 BC advantage.
His second interception came a few minutes before halftime. With Gettysburg in BC territory, Rosenthal intercepted a pass at the Eagles' 28-yard line and returned it 36 yards to the Bullets' 36. Three plays later, Bridgewater tacked on its final points of the half to go up 34-0.
Bridgewater was one of just two ODAC teams to win on opening weekend, joining newcomer Southern Virginia (who defeated Montclair State).