Shenandoah Tops Bridgewater
WINCHESTER, Va. – The Shenandoah University football team earned its first-ever ODAC victory with a 29-20 victory Saturday night over Bridgewater before a packed Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium.
Shenandoah (2-2, 1-0 ODAC) jumped out to a 29-7 lead before Bridgewater (3-1, 0-1) rallied with 13 fourth quarter points.
The Eagles final touchdown, a 38-yard Darrick Gore 'pick six', brought BC to within nine at 29-20.
BC missed the ensuing PAT, allowing SU to maintain its two-score advantage.
The two teams then traded a pair of possessions each before Shenandoah held the Eagles on a 4th-and-10 from the Hornets 40.
SU had one kneel down to give itself just its second victory over BC since restarting football in 2000.
The win is the Hornets first at home since October 15, 2011.
Shenandoah seized total control of the contest by scoring on four of its first five possessions of the game.
Sophomore Andrew Smith got matters started with a 13-yard TD run at the 11:40 mark of the first, and after Bridgewater answered with a Willie Logan 6-yard run on the ensuing drive, the Hornets answered right back.
This time, it was Devon Newton hauling in a 14-yard TD pass from Justin Neff to cap a three-play, 50-yard drive.
SU missed both of the PATs to lead 12-7.
Sophomore kicker Tim Frye, who had missed those two kicks, redeemed himself at the 14:21 mark of the second by drilling a 32-yard field goal.
The FG is the first of the season for the squad.
Another Smith TD run, this one from three yards out, made it 22-7 with 10:53 remaining in the second and capped the first half scoring.
The Hornets final touchdown, a Miles Green 32-yard TD pass from Neff, was the most impressive.
Shenandoah was faced with a 4th-and-4 from the BC 32 when Green hauled in the pass from Neff in the middle of the field and rumbled 28-yards for the back-breaking score.
BC made things interesting with a Logan TD at 9:45 of the fourth and the Gore pick six, but the SU defense came up with enough stops to ice the victory.
Coach Scott Yoder's defense had six sacks, intercepted its first pass of the season (by Bayvon Young) and forced three fumbles.
Senior co-captain Byron Mitchell, playing his first game at outside linebacker, was dominant. He had a game-high 13 tackles (11 solo), had 2.5 sacks and 3.5 TFL.
He also recovered one fumble.
Smith paced offense with 72 yards rushing while Green had four catches for 90 yards.
Shenandoah travels to Guilford next week for a 1:00 kick.