Greensboro, NC -- Sophomore tailback Winston Young (Brampton, Ontario/Boyd Anderson) scored three rushing touchdowns in Bridgewater's 63-7 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football win at Guilford Saturday afternoon. The Eagles (4-2, 2-0 ODAC) assumed first place in the league standings with their sixth straight convincing win over the Quakers (0-6, 0-2 ODAC).
Bridgewater, the three-time defending ODAC champions, entered the game ranked 25th in this week's D3football.com NCAA Division III poll.
Junior cornerback Rico Haynes' (Gretna, VA/Gretna) touchdown on a school-record 92-yard fumble return highlighted Bridgewater's tenacious defensive effort that limited the Quakers to 93 total offensive yards, including nine rushing yards. The fumble return effectively took the wind out of Guilford's sails after the Quakers mounted a brief comeback after trailing 28-0. After the Quakers' Kyle Kiser (Winston-Salem, NC/North Forsyth) hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Chris Gammon (Graham, NC/Graham) to make it 28-7, Guilford's Scottie Byrd (Thomasville, NC/South Davidson) recovered an Eric Spence (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) fumble at the Eagles' 42-yard line on Bridgewater's ensuing possession. The Quakers drove to Bridgewater's one-yard line where on first-and goal, rookie running back Desmond Jordan (Rocky Point, NC/Trask) could not handle a Gammon pitch and Haynes picked up the ball and raced 92 yards for the score and a 35-7 Eagles' lead.
Bridgewater junior Brian Awkard (Afton, VA/Nelson County) scored two touchdowns to lead a strong special teams performance. One of the nation's top punt returners, Awkard scored on a 58-yard return in the first quarter and also caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Brandon Wakefield (Chesapeake, VA/Hickory) to open Bridgewater's scoring. The Eagles' blocked two Guilford punts, including one by Haynes that set up a four-play, 21-yard scoring drive capped by Wakefield's six-yard scoring pass to senior tight end Matthew Stuth (Harrisonburg, VA/Spotswood).
Sophomore running back Tyrone Harrington (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) paced the Eagles' offense with 72 rushing yards off the bench on 11 carries. The third-string tailback had a 73-yard touchdown run called back in the fourth quarter by a penalty, one of three Eagles' scores negated by penalties. Young finished with 58 rushing yards on eight carries. Backup quarterback Jacob Lewis (Roanoke, VA/Cave Spring) relieved Wakefield at the start of the third quarter and completed seven of nine passes for 128 yards and a touchdown. He also scored on a one-yard keeper in the fourth quarter.
Gammon completed 10 of 17 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown for Guilford. Sophomore Chris Barnette (Semora, NC/Person) made a game-high four catches for Guilford.
Guilford returns to action next Saturday (10/23) on the road against ODAC rival Washington and Lee. The Eagles host league-foe Emory & Henry at Jopson Field in Bridgewater.