W&L Football Stumbles at Bridgewater, 31-14
BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater College limited Washington and Lee to its lowest scoring total since the 2010 season in defeating the Generals, 31-14, in ODAC football action on Saturday afternoon at Jopson Field.
The Generals (5-2, 3-1) drove to the BC 28-yardline early in the second quarter, but a fumbled snap thwarted W&L's first good scoring opportunity. The Generals drove into into the red zone on the very next possession, but the Eagles (5-2, 2-2) held on downs at the 1-yardline to preserve a 3-0 lead. Bridgewater then scored four plays later when quarterback Willie Logan found wide receiver John Lezcano with an 85-yard scoring strike and the Eagles carried a 10-0 lead into the halftime break.
W&L took the opening kickoff of the second half and put together a 12-play, 65-yard drive that resulted in a 13-yard touchdown run by senior running back Brett Murray (Lookout Mountain, Tenn./Baylor) to make it a 10-7 game with 10:24 left in the third quarter.
The Generals forced a three-and-out the next possession and stopped a Bridgewater fake punt to take over at the BC 46-yardline with 10:12 left in the quarter. However, W&L could not take advantage, punting it away three plays later. The Eagles responded with a 66-yard touchdown pass from Logan to tight end Michael Colee two plays later for a 17-7 lead at the 7:17 mark.
W&L counter-punched with a 9-play, 53-yard drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown run from senior running back Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant) to cut it to a 17-14 game with 2:54 left in the third quarter.
The Blue & White forced a BC punt on the next possession and drove to the Eagles' 11-yardline with just over 10 minutes remaining, but a fumble on a 3rd-and-2 play was recovered by Bridgewater, preserving the Eagles' lead.
Bridgewater then drove 62 yards on 14 plays, eating up 7:16 from the game clock in scoring to make it a 24-14 game with 3:00 remaining. The Eagles converted two fourth down plays on the drive, including a 2-yard touchdown pass from Logan to wide receiver Jayme Perry on fourth and goal.
W&L junior quarterback Nick Lombardo (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) was then picked off by defensive back Anthony Moton, who returned it 55 yards for a touchdown and the final margin.
Washington and Lee gained 416 yards of total offense in the contest, led by Lombardo, who rushed 21 times for 142 yards and completed 2-of-11 passes for 31 yards (2 INTs). Heinsohn rushed 15 times for 123 yards and a touchdown and is now just five yards shy of breaking Chris Sullivan's '03 school career rushing record. Murray added 80 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, while senior linebacker Zach Zoller (Roanoke, Va./Roanoke Catholic) totaled a team-best 11 tackles.
Logan keyed the Bridgewater offense, completing 21-of-26 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Lezcano snared three passes for 118 yards and a touchdown, and running back Jacob Wright amassed 68 yards on 13 carries. Defensive back Sammy Coleman paced the defense with 15 tackles.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Catholic for a 1:00 pm contest.