Football Falls to Bridgewater, 37-26
November 15, 2008
WASHINGTON-- The CUA football squad suffered its second loss of the season today, as Bridgewater entered Cardinal Stadium and handed the Cardinals a 37-26 loss.
Keith Ricca (Poolesville, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall), who passed the 11,000 yard mark early in today's contest, was 18 of 36 for 231 yards and three touchdowns. While Ricca spread the ball around, hitting eight receivers, his longest pass of the day came to Pete Mercantanti (Newtown, Pa./Pennington School) early in the second quarter.
While the Eagles only sacked Ricca one time, the pressure applied through their front seven and strong coverage downfield gave Ricca a problem throughout the afternoon. The defensive backfield of Bridgewater marked five pass breakups and had several other plays that intense coverage forced a tough pass that was unable to be reeled in.
Achille Kolla (Rockville, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) marked the only interception on the day for CUA. His 32 yard return in the third quarter set up a touchdown for the Cardinals only two plays later. Stevie Hendley (Annandale, Va./Bishop O'Connell) capped the two play drive with a three yard run after the Eagles were penalized for pass interference in the endzone.
In the fourth quarter the Cardinals found themselves down three scores after Bridgewater converted a 28-yard field goal with 2:25 on the clock. On the ensueing drive Ricca orchestrated a 3-play 51-yard drive that consumed only thirty seconds and was capped by Miles Sabrick's (Douglassville, Pa./Reading Central Catholic) 27 yard reception in the corner of the end-zone.
With no timeouts remaining the Cardinals were forced to go for an onside kick which was nearly successful but Bridgewater's Ryan Richmond fell on the ball just as four Cardinals converged on him.
CUA will now have to await an at-large bid by the NCAA to enter the Div. III national championship tournament.
Miles Sabrick's touchdown in the 4th quarter
Kevin and Keith Ricca,
CUA's top two quarterbacks after the game
Joe Mayer just before sacking Bridgewater's QB