Bridgewater Thumps Guilford, 64-0, in ODAC Grid Matchup

Greensboro, NC (10/14/00) -- Visiting Bridgewater scored a school-record 64 points and handed Guilford its worst loss since 1935 in Saturday's 64-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football win. The Eagles (5-1, 2-1 ODAC) took advantage of six Guilford turnovers and scored on seven of their first nine possessions. The 64 points mark the third-highest total in ODAC history and the most scored against Guilford (1-5, 1-3 ODAC) since 1987.

Junior quarterback Jason Lutz (Bayse, VA/Stonewall Jackson) ran for three touchdowns and completed seven of 10 passes for 125 yards in less than three quarters. His replacement, sophomore Robbie Jenkins (Culpepper, VA/Culpepper), threw for a touchdown pass and caught another from senior Vince Turner (Miramar, FL/Miramar) on a halfback pass.

Bridgewater's defense forced four first-half turnovers, which led to 28 points and helped the guests to a 38-0 halftime lead. The Eagles recovered two Guilford fumbles on the Quakers' one-yard line in the first quarter, which resulted in two quick scores. Junior defensive lineman Jeremy Fox (New Kent, VA/Clover Hill) forced a David Hessler (Rockville, MD/Walter Johnson) fumble on the Quakers' second possession, which senior Luis DeJesus (Dale City, VA/Osbourn Park) recovered on the Guilford one. Lutz scored on the next play to give the Eagles a 6-0 lead. Later in the quarter, sophomore defensive lineman Ryan Bailey (Culpepper, VA/Culpepper) returned a Hessler fumble 34 yards to the Guilford one, which led to junior tailback Davon Cruz' (Glen Burnie, MD/Allegheny) one-yard plunge.

Lutz started the second-quarter scoring and capped a 10-play, 82-yard drive with a seven-yard touchdown run. Sophomore cornerback Papi Rodriguez (Ft. Myers, FL/Cypress Lake) set up the scoring drive by intercepting Hessler on the Eagles' two-yard line and returning it 16 yards. Hessler's third fumble of the day on his own 12-yard line led to Turner's halfback touchdown pass to Jenkins and the commanding halftime lead.

The Eagles received the second-half kickoff and marched 65 yards in six plays behind Lutz' passing and running. He kept the drive alive with a 32-yard pass to sophomore tight end Van Williams (Smithfield, VA/Isle of Wight) on third down. Lutz also completed an 11-yard pass to senior receiver Marcus Richardson (South Boston, VA/Halifax) before capping the drive with a 14-yard option keeper.

Bridgewater's reserves played effectively in the second half as the Eagles added 19 fourth-quarter points and preserved the team's first shutout since a 24-0 whitewash of Hampden-Sydney October 4, 1997. Sophomore quarterback Brad McCready (Roanoke, VA/Northside) threw his first career touchdown pass and directed a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive midway through the period. Rookie linebacker Ryan Nelson (Hustle, VA/Essex) finished off the scoring with 31 seconds left when he picked up a Roger Lorince (Cary, NC/Cary) fumble and returned it 40 yards for a score.

The Eagles outgained Guilford, 462-114, with a balanced offensive attack. Rookie running back Michael Kelley (Edgewood, MD/Edgewood) led 10 Bridgewater ballcarriers with 52 yards on six carries. The Eagles rolled up 237 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. Richardson caught six of the Eagles' 12 completions for 129 yards.

Senior running back Marques Williams (Riviera Beach, FL/Suncoast) led Guilford's rushers with a season-high 44 yards on 12 carries. Hessler and Lorince combined for just four of 19 passing for 45 yards and an interception. Junior linebacker Will Black (Charlotte, NC/Providence Day) made a career-high 13 tackles.

Guilford hosts Emory & Henry in ODAC play next Saturday at 1:00, while the Eagles host Johns Hopkins next week at 1:00.