Turnovers costly in Shenandoah loss to Eagles

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BRIDGEWATER – Host Bridgewater took advantage of three Shenandoah turnovers to key a 27-23 ODAC football victory Saturday night at Jopson Field.

Shenandoah (2-2, 0-1 ODAC) led 10-7 at the break as well as 16-14 and 23-20 in the second half, but saw BC steal the game with a Jacob Wright 47-yard TD reception with 3:39 to play.

Wright’s reception, coming after Bridgewater had been flagged for holding on consecutive plays, capped a five-play, 62-yard drive.

The Hornets had two chances to drive for a go-ahead score in that final 3:39, including a final drive that started at the BC 44, but could not advance the football.

That final drive ended with SU quarterback Drew Ferguson taking a sack on fourth down.

Bridgewater then took a knee for the final play of the contest.

After BC took advantage of a short field to score the game’s initial touchdown, the Hornets answered back with a Josh White interception that gave SU the ball on the Eagles 21.

Five plays later, Cedrick Delaney hauled in a 14-yard TD pass from Ferguson to knot the game at 7-7.

Freshman Jacob Newton gave Shenandoah its first lead by hitting a 25-yard field goal as the first half ended.

SU received the second half kickoff and looked to extend its lead, but fumbled that kick and BC used its second short field to get a Wright 14-yard TD run at the 12:59 mark of the third.

The lead would change hands four more times in the contest with Bridgewater finally getting the upper hand with Wright’s TD reception.

Delaney paced the Shenandoah offense with 121 yards rushing and a touchdown on 19 carries and also added another 58 yards receiving on five receptions.

The Hornets had 395 yards of total offense to the Eagles 347.

Michael Messick had 16 tackles, including one sack and two for loss, to lead the defense.

Shenandoah returns home next Saturday afternoon for a 1 p.m. ODAC contest against Guilford.