BRIDGEWATER, Va. â€“ Thomas Tate rushed for 157 yards and three first-half touchdowns in Bridgewater Collegeâ€™s 40-9 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football win over visiting Guilford College Saturday. Bridgewater moves to 4-2 (1-1 ODAC) with its 10th win in 11 meetings with Guilford (1-5, 0-2 ODAC).
The Eaglesâ€™ David Arnaud returned two kickoffs for 146 yards, including a 93-yard touchdown in the second quarter. His 53-yard return on the gameâ€™s opening kickoff, plus two Quakersâ€™ penalties, set up Tateâ€™s 15-yard scoring run 22 seconds into the game.
Tate struck again on the first play of the Eaglesâ€™ second possession when he took a handoff and ran it up the middle 77 yards for a touchdown and a quick 12-0 Bridgewater edge. He capped the first-half scoring with an eight-yard scamper that sent the Eagles into halftime with a 33-9 advantage.
Bridgewater rolled up 422 total offensive yards, including 240 yards on the ground. Quarterback Hagan Driskell completed 11-of-18 passes for 173 yards and two scores, including an 11-yard scoring strike to Argaud in the second quarter. Driskellâ€™s 32-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Beiler in the third quarter ended the gameâ€™s scoring.
Guilford quarterback Billy Watkins completed 17-of-30 passes for 184 yards. He accounted for the Quakersâ€™ lone score with a one-yard keeper in the second quarter. Teammate Justin Parker had a game-high seven receptions for 40 yards. Richie Paulâ€™s 11 tackles paced Guilfordâ€™s defense.
Bridgewater held Guilford to four-for-14 on third-down conversions and 280 offensive yards. Seth Littles and Scottie Littles both recorded a team-best eight tackles.
Guilford returns to action Saturday (10/24) at league-rival Washington and Lee University at 1:00 p.m.
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