Bridgewater Football Survives Generals, 35-34, in OT

Bridgewater Football Survives Generals, 35-34, in OT

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee football team missed a potential game-winning 24-yard field goal with four seconds remaining and fell in overtime to Bridgewater by a score of 35-34 on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.

Trailing 28-20, the Eagles (6-2, 3-1) knotted the game with 5:33 remaining on a 73-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Hagan Driskell (Ruther Glen, Va./Caroline) to junior wide receiver Tyler Beiler (Ronks, Va./Conestoga Valley). Driskell then found junior wide receiver Leigh Bradley (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park) for the two-point conversion to make it 28-28.

After each team exchanged turnovers around midfield, the Generals (3-6, 2-3) were driving in Bridgewater territory just over a minute remaining when sophomore running back Jonathan Clemo (Salem, Va./Salem) broke off a 20-yard run and intentionally slid down on the 6-yardline. The Generals ran three plays to center the ball for the field goal attempt with seven seconds remaining, but junior placekicker Martin Prichard (Paris, Ky./Asheville School) was wide left and the game went to overtime.

In the extra session, Bridgewater scored three plays in when Driskell again hooked up with Beiler, this time from 20 yards out for the 35-28 lead. The Generals found paydirt just two plays into their possession on a 1-yard touchdown run by Clemo and then went for two points and the win. However, sophomore quarterback Charlie Westfal’s (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) pass was knocked away in the end zone and the Eagles escaped with the win.

Westfal paced the Generals’ offense by completing 10-of-16 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He also rushed 16 times for 79 yards and a touchdown. Clemo carried 23 times for 93 yards and one touchdown, while sophomore running back Harrison Hudson (Salem, Va./Salem) rushed for 71 yards on eight carries. Senior wide receiver Ryan Welsh (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) caught three passes for 55 yards and one touchdown. Senior linebacker Matt Cassilly (Gambrills, Md./Archbishop Spaulding) paced the defense with six tackles, five for a loss, three sacks and a forced fumble.

Driskell completed 15-of-24 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns (1 INT) for BC, while Beiler caught five passes for 108 yards and three touchdowns. Junior running back Thomas Tate (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) chipped in 100 yards rushing on 18 carries and senior defensive back Aubrey Dicks (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Archbishop McCarthy) notched a team-best 10 tackles.

Washington and Lee will complete its 2009 campaign with a road contest at Emory & Henry on Saturday at 1:00 pm.