Battler Football Downs Eagles 52-22
BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- Alderson-Broaddus football defeated Bridgewater College’s junior varsity team 52-22 Saturday at Jopson Field.
“I thought the team played really well at times and at times they played very sloppy,” said Head Coach Dennis Creehan. “I told them after the game that we were the better football team than them, but we did a lot of things that we can’t do as a Division II football team.”
The Battlers (8-1) took a 17-0 advantage into the second quarter after scoring on a pair of Wilson Vaughn touchdown passes and kicker Phillip Warner splitting the uprights on a 42-yarder to start the game.
Tailback Brehon Daniels raced into the endzone with 46 seconds remaining in the first half to extend the A-B lead to 24.
The Eagles came into the second half and immediately reversed their fortunes against the Battlers. BC tacked on a field goal on their first possession of the third quarter and capitalized on an A-B fumble turning it into another seven points.
Bridgewater scored another touchdown on a 19-yard scamper to close within nine of the Battlers, following an interception. BC attempted a two-point conversion following the score, but it failed.
The Battlers regained their momentum as Wilson led a seven-play, 75-yard drive punctuated by an eight-yard touchdown catch by Isaac Silafau at 5:08.
BC fumbled less than a minute into its next possession and the Battlers moved down the field, but missed a field goal attempt.
Following the missed field goal and with the Battlers leading 31-15, the Eagles attempted to put together another scoring drive. BC’s drive stalled as A-B recovered a fumble and Vaughn dialed up receiver Logan Bauder for another six points.
The Eagles cut into the Battler lead with a 14-yard touchdown pass to start the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Matt Hommell gave A-B a 45-22 lead after hitting wideout Preston Bailey for a six-yard touchdown pass. Wesley Nesmith threw a touchdown to Brandon Jones to secure the Battler victory at 3:33.
Vaughn led all passers with four touchdown tosses and 138 yards. Jones carried the ball 12 times for 135 yards. The Williamsburg, Va., native averaged 11 yards a carry and recorded the games’ longest carry, a 64-yard scamper.
Silafau, Andre Garcia, Cooper Schroeder, Bailey and Jones caught touchdown passes. Silafau led all receivers with 55 yards on four grabs.
The Battler defense recorded six sacks and was led by lineman Zack Barnes. Barnes recorded two sacks and three tackles. Linebacker Brandon Noble snagged A-B’s lone interception. Robby Hogue and Tyler Hargrove each forced a fumble.
A-B travels to face Albright College Sunday, Oct. 28, at 3:30 p.m. ET.