Bridgewater Gridders Stay Perfect With 56-7 Win At Guilford

Greensboro, NC (10/19/02) -- Senior quarterback Robbie Jenkins (Culpeper, VA/Culpeper) completed 10 of 16 passes for 182 yards and a career-four touchdowns as Bridgewater scored a 56-7 road win over Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) rival Guilford Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles (6-0, 2-0 ODAC) are ranked second in this week's American Football Coaches Association Division III Football Poll and have won 24 of their last 25 regular-season games, dating back to 2000.

The Eagles dominated early and scored touchdowns on seven of their first nine possessions to build a 49-0 halftime lead. Bridgewater blocked a punt and recovered four Guilford (3-4, 0-3 ODAC) fumbles in the opening half, which led directly to four scores, including senior nose tackle Jason Frizzelle's (Columbia, MD/Oakland Mills) 33-yard return of a Josh Smith (Goldsboro, NC/Rosewood) fumble late in the second quarter. Junior defensive end Ryan Bailey (Culpeper, VA/Culpeper) forced the fumble with his second of the Eagles' six quarterback sacks.

Aside from a 17-yard touchdown on a shovel pass to freshman running back Jamie Langley (Springfield, VA/West Springfield) on Bridgewater's second drive of the game, Jenkins misfired on his first six pass attempts and was intercepted by Guilford junior cornerback O.J. Batts (Wallace, NC/Rose Hill) in the first quarter. He settled down to complete his last nine passes before leaving the game early in the third quarter. Jenkins completed all six of his second-quarter passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns, including a 61-yard strike to senior wideout Andre Jones (West Point, VA/West Point).

When Jenkins wasn't passing, the Eagles' 14th-ranked ground game rolled up 304 yards and averaged 5.8 yards per carry. Freshman tailback Marcus Washington (Crozet, VA/Western Albemarle) rushed for a game-high 73 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and Langley added 47 yards on six carries. Ten different Eagles gained rushing yards, including senior punter Chad Coffey (Buena Vista, VA/Parry McCluer), who's 28-yard scamper on a fake punt sustained a first-quarter drive capped by Washington's three-yard touchdown run.

The Eagles entered the game ranked ninth in NCAA Division III with 488.4 total offensive yards per game and finished with 505 yards in 73 plays.

Bridgewater forced five Guilford turnovers and limited the Quakers to 146 total offensive yards. Aided by the six sacks, the Eagles held Guilford to 43 rushing yards on 42 attempts. The Quakers scored late in the third quarter on redshirt-freshman Clint Duckworth's (Morganton, NC/Freedom) first college touchdown pass, an eight-yard strike to senior receiver Oren Robinson (Westside, SC/Anderson). The play ended an 11-play, 87-yard drive, Guilford's longest of the game and lone venture into Bridgewater territory.

The Eagles host Emory & Henry next Saturday (10/26) in an ODAC contest. Guilford returns to action November 2 at league-rival Randolph-Macon.