BRIDGEWATER, VA — The Greensboro College Pride football team returned to action on Saturday night against the Eagles of Bridgewater College. The night game for the Eagles was the first ever night game played in Bridgewater that saw the Pride fall by a final score of 43-14.
The Eagles jumped out to an early 14-0 lead on the Pride in the first quarter of play, but the Pride was able to cap off a 12 play eighty yard drive that cut the deficit in half at 14-7.
Following the second touchdown from the Eagles, Pride senior running back Warren Scott Jr rushed for the first 16 yards of the drive before Ryan Throndset connected with Cortez Vernon for 13 yards putting the Pride in Eagles territory for the second time on the day.
Over the course of the remainder of the possession, it continued to be a mix of the run and pass before Throndset connected with fellow senior Justin Dukes for the 15 yard scoring strike. On the scoring drive, Throndset was able to connect on all eight of his passing attempts for 75 of his team high 211 yards passing.
On the Eagles following possession, freshman linebacker Chase Sams and the Pride defense was able to force Bridgewater to a three and out getting the ball back into the Pride offense’s hands with 12:41 left to play in the first half. However, Greensboro was not able to get anything going on the drive and was forced to give the ball back to the Eagles.
The Eagles were able to score on their next two possessions of play, taking a 24-7 lead into the halftime break.
Coming out of the intermission break, Greensboro College was able to put together their second long drive of the day but came up just short of the end zone turning the ball over on downs at the Eagle five yard line. Following the change of possession, the Pride defense continued their strong play forcing Brigdewater into another three and out giving Greensboro the ball inside Eagles territory.
Once Greensboro got the ball back in the hands of their senior captain, they were able to go the full 48 yards in just five plays to bring the score to within 24-14. Warren Scott found the end zone for the first time this season with a two yard dash to close out the drive before Amilcar Martinez connected for the point after attempt.
After Scott found the end zone for the Pride, Bridgewater was able to score the game’s final 19 points for the 43-14 victory.
“Our guys never got down on themselves as the game went on,” Pride Head Coach Bill Young said. “They continued to play hard until the last whistle, but we just have to keep getting better each and every day.”
Pride senior quarterback Ryan Throndset led the way through the air completing 27 of his 39 attempts on the day for 211 yards and one touchdown. Raymond Bridges hauled in a team high nine balls for 89 yards, while Warren Scott had 40 yards receiving to go along with his 76 yards on the ground.
The Greensboro defense was once again anchored by freshman linebacker Chase Sams who collected a team high 14 tackles (7 solo, 7 assisted) including 1.5 tackles for loss. Seniors Mart Grinton and Sam Parker each recorded one sack in the contest.
With the loss, the Pride’s overall record drops to 0-2 on the young season. The Pride football team will make their first appearance at home next Saturday afternoon when they welcome USA South Conference foe LaGrange College into town. The kickoff is slated for 1:00 PM. For the latest on Greensboro College football and Pride athletics, continue to follow www.greensborocollegesports.com.