LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee intercepted five Bridgewater passes, including one returned for a touchdown, en route to posting a 42-13 victory over the Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.
The Generals (4-3, 2-2) jumped out to an early lead in the game, taking the opening kickoff and driving 69 yards on 12 plays as first-year running back Marshall Hollerith (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's) scored on a 9-yard run just five minutes into the game.
Bridgewater (3-4, 0-4) responded with a 12-play, 46-yard drive that stalled out at the W&L 19-yardline and resulted in a 36-yard field goal by sophomore placekicker Chandler DeHaven (Winchester, Va./James Wood) to make it 7-3 with 4:09 left in the quarter.
W&L increased its lead to 14-3 on the next possession, reeling off an 18-play drive that covered 78 yards and ate 6:27 off the clock. Hollerith scored his second touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run at 12:42 of the second quarter to cap the drive.
After a reverse on the kickoff return gave BC the ball at the W&L 35-yardline to start the next drive, senior quarterback Willie Logan (Luray, Va./Luray) scored on a 27-yard run on 4th-and-2 to make it a 14-10 game with 10:32 left in the half. The Generals made it 21-10 seven plays later when first-year running back Evan Hinkle (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) scored on a 7-yard touchdown run.
Bridgewater's next possession was the first of five-straight drives that ended with a turnover between the two teams. Logan was intercepted at the W&L 35-yardline by senior linebacker Peter Partee (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's) and W&L senior quarterback Nick Lombardo (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) fumbled at the BC 26-yardline three plays later. Logan was again picked off, this time by senior safety Walter Ramsey (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) at the W&L 45-yardline, but Lombardo was intercepted at the Bridgewater 6-yardline with just over a minute to play in the half. Logan then tossed his third interception on the final play of the first half, as sophomore linebacker Christian Cranford (Greensboro, N.C./Page) picked a pass off at the W&L 31-yardline.
The Eagles began the second half with a 15-play drive that used 6:58 from the game clock and covered 69 yards. DeHaven ended the possession with a 23-yard field goal to make it a 21-13 contest. Neither team could mount a drive for the remainder of the third quarter, but Partee intercepted Logan for the second time on the Bridgewater 19-yardline on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Generals missed a 33-yard field goal after stalling out three plays later, but the Eagles were called for running into the kicker and the Generals went for it on a 4th-and-2 from the BC 11-yardline. Hollerith scored on an 11-yard run to give W&L a 28-13 lead with 12:52 left.
The Generals' defense held on a 4th-and-1 from the W&L 30 on the next possession and sophomore running back Austin Eisenhofer (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) found paydirt seven plays later to give W&L a 35-13 lead with 6:51 to play.
Senior linebacker Jeff Schulte (Perkiomenville, Pa./Malvern Prep) provided the final margin when he intercepted a pass and rumbled 40 yards for a touchdown with 3:59 left in the game.
Hollerith paced the W&L offense, which amassed 372 yards, all on the ground. He carried 16 times for 93 yards and three touchdowns. Lombardo rushed 14 times for 92 yards in the first half, before leaving the game with an injury at halftime. Eisenhofer finished with 90 yards and one touchdown on nine carries, while Hinkle gained 30 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Senior cornerback Mitchell Thompson (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) recorded a team-high 11 tackles, while Partee totaled six tackles, two interceptions and one pass breakup.
Logan completed 17-of-31 passes for 158 yards and four interceptions, and rushed 11 times for 76 yards and one touchdown. Senior wide receiver Cassidy Burns (Clifton Forge, Va./Allegheny) snared a team-best five passes for 53 yards. Senior linebacker Andrew Palmer (Penn Laird, Va./Spotswood) paced the Eagles' defense with a game-high 13 tackles.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Catholic for a 1:00 pm contest.