ASHLAND, VA – Randolph-Macon held Bridgewater to just seven first downs on the day, but the Eagles used four big scoring plays to jump out to a big lead and held off a furious Yellow Jacket comeback to top R-MC, 31-26, Saturday afternoon in ODAC Football action.
Bridgewater wide receiver Tyler Beiler hauled in seven passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns to snap the BC single-game receiving record by one yard. Beiler's first score came with 10:19 to go in the half, snaring a 70 yard scoring strike from Hagan Driskell to put BC up 10-0.
After R-MC got on the board with a 24-yard Josh Storm field goal, Beiler and Driskell struck for a 78 score three plays into the ensuing Eagle drive to extend the BC advantage to 17-3.
The Eagles defense then came up with a score when Stephen Howard intercepted a Luke Sellers pass on a screen and returned it 32 yards to make it a 23-3 game with just over three minutes to play in the half.
The score remained that way thorough half time and until 12:01 of the third quarter when Storm converted a 23-yard field goal to cut the BC lead to 23-6.
After forcing a three and out on BC's next possession, R-MC got the ball back inside the Eagle 20 yard line. On the second play of the drive, Sellers was picked off by Brandon Mitchell who returned it 15 yards for a score to put the Eagles up 29-6.
The Randolph-Macon rally started late in the third quarter, when the Jackets' defense recovered a fumble and Drake Sanders scampered 42 yards, two plays later to pull R-MC within two scores at 29-12.
The Yellow Jackets held BC to a three and out on its next possession, got the ball back and put together a six play, 53 yard drive that was capped by a 17 yard scoring run by Thaddeus Scruggs to cut the BC lead to 29-19.
The teams exchanged three and outs on the next two possessions before R-MC took over with 7:18 to go in the game and drove 59 yards on seven plays, scoring an 18 yard pass from Greg Petrohovich to Dan Crouch to close the gap to 29-26 with 3:51 to play.
R-MC's defense was able to hold the BC offense and the Yellow Jackets took over at their own 10 yard line with 2:51 to play, but Scottie Littles picked off a pass on the first play of the drive to seal the game for BC.
Randolph-Macon out gained Bridgewater 456 to 308 on the day and held BC to 1-of-11 on third down, but Eagles held R-MC to 1-of-5 on fourth down chances.
Scruggs led the way for R-MC with 140 yards on the ground, while his backfield mate Sanders rushed for 118 yards. Earl Peoples caught four balls for 86 yards through the air.
Randolph-Macon will be back in action next Saturday when it travels to Hampden-Sydney for a 1:00 p.m. contest.