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Strong Second Half Lifts Bridgewater in ODAC Football

Senior DB Rod Smith had two interceptions this afternoon.
Senior DB Rod Smith had two interceptions this afternoon.

Ferrum, Va. -- Bridgewater College scored 35 second-half points en route to a 42-21 Old Dominion Athletic Conference football win over Ferrum College this afternoon at W.B. Adams Stadium.

Bridgewater (5-4, 4-3 ODAC)
Ferrum (5-4, 3-4 ODAC)

Ferrum led early in the second quarter on a pair of Brian Mann rushing touchdowns. The Panthers held a 14-7 lead at the break but Bridgewater took a 21-14 lead on Demetreus Jalepes' one-yard touchdown run and Devonta Womack's 68-yard pun return for a score.

Ferrum answered with Nick Pierce hauled in a 56-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Titus Jones to open the fourth quarter. The Eagles scored three touchdowns in a seven-minute window late in the fourth quarter to close it out.

Bridgewater: Brendon Maturey 106 yds, 16 att, TD; Jalepes 89 yds, 18 att, 2 TD;
         Jay Scroggins 6-10 passing, 75 yds; Re'Shaun Myers 10 sacks, 3 TFL, 1 sack
Ferrum: Mann 108 yds 22 att, 2 TD; Zack Clifford 11-14 passing 109 yds,
         Niccolas Helvy 13 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack; Rod Smith 4 tackles, 2 INT

"Give Bridgewater and Coach Clark all the credit. They out-coached us and out-played us in the second half. We need to learn from our mistakes and have a great week of practice to finish the season against a very good Averett football team."  -- Head Coach Rob Grande

Coach Rob Grande's team will close out the 2018 season Saturday November 17 at Averett University. The non-conference game is set to kick-off at 2:00 p.m. in Danville, Virginia. This is a make-up game originally set for September 15 but was postponed due to Hurricane Florence.