Highfill Leads Bridgewater Past Guilford, 76-28

Bridgewater, Va. (10/13/07) -- Senior quarterback Jeff Highfill threw four touchdowns to Brandon Copeland and ran for three more in Bridgewater College's 76-28 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football win over Guilford College Saturday at Jopson Field.

The Eagles (5-1, 1-1 ODAC) took advantage of six Guilford (4-2, 0-2 ODAC) turnovers (5 interceptions, 1 fumble) and scored touchdowns on 11 of their first 14 possessions. Bridgewater's average starting field position for the game was the Quakers' 47-yard line, thanks to Guilford's turnovers and four failed fourth-down conversions.

Bridgewater's 76 points mark the most scored by a Guilford opponent since Lenoir-Rhyne handed the Quakers a 76-0 loss in 1952.

Highfill started the scoring late in the first quarter with a six-yard touchdown pass to Copeland. Senior Earl Chaptman's interception at the Quakers' 33-yard line set up the score. Sophomore Damien Ward made the first of his two interceptions on the ensuing drive, which led to senior Philip Carter's one-yard scoring run and a 14-0 Eagles' edge headed to the second quarter.

Two more interceptions led to two of Bridgewater's four second-quarter touchdowns that opened a 41-0 lead. Guilford's Josh Vogelbach completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Hagen Miller to make it 41-6 at halftime.

Highfill's fourth touchdown pass to Copeland capped an 11-play, 63-yard scoring drive to start the third quarter. Bridgewater outscored Guilford, 55-6, in the second and third periods as both teams substituted liberally.

Highfill completed 18-of-26 passes for 248 yards and four scores without an interception. He also ran for a game-high 93 yards and three scores on 11 carries. Copeland caught 12 passes for 165 yards and four touchdowns.

Vogelbach, who entered the game as NCAA Division III's passing leader, managed nine completions in 21 attempts with four interceptions in just over one half of work. He threw for a career-low 85 yards before giving way to rookie Billy Watkins early in the third quarter. Watkins completed 11-of-21 passes for 119 yards and three fourth-quarter scores, all career highs. Miller finished with a game-high 10 receptions for 99 yards and two touchdowns.

With one league loss in the open ODAC title race, the Eagles head to Emory & Henry College next week. Guilford hosts defending league champion Washington and Lee University Oct. 20 at 1:00 p.m.

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