Bridgewater College Football Holds Off Ferrum

Special Teams Play Big Role in Eagles 26-16 Win


Bridgewater Eagles Athletics

Freshman defensive back Michael Madsen celebrates with his teammates after a big play. Bridgewater defeated Ferrum College 26-16.

Evan Maxey, Staff Writer

Bridgewater, Va. – The Eagles football team left Ferrum, Virginia late Friday evening with a 26-16 victory over the Panthers of Ferrum College. BC is now 1-1 in the ODAC and 2-1 overall for the season. 

The Eagles came out ready to roll, with sophomore wideout Viante Tucker taking the opening kickoff all the way down the Ferrum seven-yard line. This set the Eagles up for a successful two play drive, which was capped off by a three-yard touchdown run from senior running back Demetreus Jalepes. The touchdown gave the Eagles a 6-0 lead early in the first quarter, after a missed extra point by senior Nathan Chaput. 

Both offenses traded empty possessions for the rest of the first quarter, before Panthers junior quarterback Titus Jones called his own number for the two-yard touchdown run with twelve seconds remaining in the first quarter to give Ferrum a 7-6 lead. 

Ferrum would tack on a field goal by freshman kicker Kyle Stevens to extend their lead to 10-6 with 5:23 left in the half. 

BC came back with a score of their own, coming on a grueling twelve play, 63-yard drive. The drive ended with another short touchdown run from Jalepes — his second of the game. That would be the score at the half, Bridgewater ahead 13-10 over Ferrum.

The Eagles came out of the half and made some huge plays on special teams to help open up their lead. BC forced the Panthers into a three and out on their first possession to set up senior wideout Chad Jones for a great punt return, plus an extra fifteen yards from a flag on the play. 

The return sparked the BC offense for a 33-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Noah Beckley to sophomore wideout Derrick Jenkins on the first play of the drive, which gave the Eagles a 20-10 lead. 

The BC special teams would make yet another big play, with a blocked punt for a touchdown after forcing the Panthers to punt once again. The score really opened up the game, giving the Eagles a 26-10 lead. 

Ferrum would add on a last-minute score as time was running down in the fourth quarter. The score came on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Jones to first-year receiver Tmahdae Penn — which made the final score 26-16.  

The Eagles are currently in fourth place in the ODAC standings at 1-1. The originally scheduled game against Washington and Lee for next week was cancelled, due to W&L ending their season. 

The Eagles will end their regular season at home on Friday, March 26 vs Shenandoah in a rematch from week one.