|Bridgewater 34, Catholic 13||Nov. 16, 2002|
WASHINGTON --- Catholic had upset on their minds but Bridgewater, the No.2 team in the country, proved its worth in a regular season ending 34-13 win over the Cardinals in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference contest at a rainy and muddy DuFour Field. Big plays by the Eagles on defense in the second half allowed Bridgewater to finish 10-0 on the season.
The Eagles' Robbie Jenkins ran for two scores and added one through the air as Bridgewater (10-0, 6-0 ODAC) rolled up 396 total yards. Jamie Langley added 88 yards on 12 carries and Robert Matthews registered 102 yards on just two carries, including an 80-yard score. Jenkins was 5-of-14 for 105 yards with a touchdown and an interception and added 38 yards on the ground on 12 carries
Senior quarterback Bill Sutton (Columbia, Md./DeMatha) threw for 253 yards on 18-of-39 passing and a touchdown but was intercepted three times and sacked on four occasions as Catholic gave the Eagles all they could handle in the first half.
The weather caused problems early as Bridgewater took advantage of a Tokollo Moffat (Wheaton, Md./Good Counsel) fumble on CUA's first drive. Four plays later, Jenkins would use a quarterback draw from four-yards out to take a 7-0 lead early in the first-quarter.
After a blocked punt on the Catholic 39, Bridgewater's Jamie Langley dashed 20 yards up the middle on the first play of the new drive into the end zone for a 14-0 lead as the Eagles looked to break the game open. But the Cardinals answered on their next possession as Sutton led the offense 71 yards on 15 plays, capped off by Moffat's two-yard run to cut the BC lead to 14-7. Jenkins' run from one-yard out early in the second quarter put the Eagles back on top but the extra point was blocked, making it a 20-7 lead.
The next CUA possession saw Sutton hit sophomore Nick Bublavi (Norwood, Pa./Interboro) on a 20-yard strike to the left side of the end zone for the score. Bublavi finished the day with six receptions for 110 yards. Freshman kicker Chris Waechter (St. Petersburg, Fl./St. Petersburg Catholic) extra point attempt was blocked keeping it a seven-point Eagle lead at 20-13.
Catholic looked to score before the end of the half but on a third and goal from the Bridgewater 10 yard-line, the Eagles' Papi Rodriguez picked off Sutton in the end zone to end the threat.
The Eagle defense stepped up again on Catholic's first possession of the second half as the Cardinals were deep in Bridgewater territory. Gary Nelson picked off Sutton at the BC 25-yard line to take the wind out of the CUA sails.
Bridgewater added two scores in the later in the third quarter to put the game away as the teams were affected by the rainy conditions.
Catholic could only manage just 32 net yards on the ground, but held the Bridgewater passing attack to a season-low 105 yards.
Defensively, senior Jeff Tabery (Saylorsburg, Pa./Stroudsburg) posted seven tackles. Junior Justin Kelly (Milton, Ma./Boston College) added six stops including one for a loss and a pass breakup.
The Cardinals finish 4-6 and 2-4 in conference play under first-year head coach Tom Mulholland.