ODAC Football Report | Week 9

ODAC Football Report | Week 9

FOREST, Va. --- We were seconds away from having just one team with an unblemished ODAC record thru week nine, but some late heroics for Randolph-Macon helped the Yellow Jackets keep pace with nationally 25th-ranked Bridgewater at 6-0 in the conference table. The Eagles improved to 8-0 overall with their eighth straight victory, while R-MC sits at 7-1 overall. Shenandoah got back in the "W" column as well, along with Southern Virginia as the Knights snapped a five-game losing skid.

This week's ODAC Offensive and Defense Players of the Week are Shenandoah first-year quarterback Chris Sonnenberg and Southern Virginia senior defensive back Neil Davis.

THE GAMES | WEEK 9

#25 BRIDGEWATER 35, EMORY & HENRY 3 | Box Score | BC Recap | E&H Recap
Bridgewater's defense limited Emory & Henry to just 190 yards of offense as the 25th-ranked Eagles stayed unbeaten in ODAC play at 6-0 with a 35-3 win in Emory. E&H is the fourth straight opponent in which Bridgewater has held under 200 yards from scrimmage. Matt Dang highlighted the defensive effort as he blocked a punt for the second straight week, this time recovering it in the end zone for a touchdown. His block last week went out of the end zone for a safety. Devonte Smith led BC's offense with 138 yards on five receptions that included a 49-yard scoring play for one of his two touchdown catches. Quarterback Jay Scroggins threw for 236 yards and three TDs with the third score going to Matt DeMasi. Emory & Henry receivers Gunner Griffith and Derrick Yates each had four catches and combined for 128 yards thru the air. Defensive lineman Da'von Keith had a pair of sacks, increasing his ODAC lead to 10.0 on the season, five more than any other ODAC player.

SHENANDOAH 49, FERRUM 31 | Box Score | SU Recap | FC Recap
Shenandoah quarterback Chris Sonnenberg made the most of his first collegiate start as he threw for 393 yards and six touchdowns en route to a 49-31 victory for Shenandoah. He hit eight different receivers overall and threw TD passes to Casey Stewart (3), Brant Butler (2) and Jack Massie. Stewart (162) and Butler (124) went over 100 yards receiving with Butlers powered by a pair of 58-yard TD catches. Nate Hill and Bernie Hayes intercepted passes on defense. For Hill, it mark his ODAC-leading seventh pick and sixth straight game with an interception. Ferrum QB Zack Clifford threw a pair of TD passes to Ryan Beidleman and Chris Baker and also ran in a third touchdown. Dustin Swaine forced and recovered a fumble to highlight the FC defense.

RANDOLPH-MACON 36, WASHINGTON AND LEE 35 | Box Score | R-MC Recap | W&L Recap
Randolph-Macon kicker Chris Vidal scored 11 points in the fourth quarter and started a recovered on-side kick to help setup his game-winning 38-yard field goal with 0:02 on the scoreboard to keep the Yellow Jackets unbeaten in ODAC play at 6-0. Quarterback Presley Egbers tossed a pair of TD passes to Deandre Gill and Mike Avent and ran for 115 yards and a third score. Tre Frederick ran for 154 yards on 32 carries as R-MC posted 42:30 of possession time. Washington and Lee rang up 450 yards of offense powered by four touchdowns of 66 yards or more despite only holding the ball for 17:30. Josh Breece registered a season-high 195 yards rushing and two touchdowns on just eight carries. That moved him to second all-time at W&L with 3,490 rushing yards. He needs just 28 yards to take over the top spot from Luke Heinsohn '13.

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA 30, GUILFORD 17 | Box Score | SVU Recap | GC Recap
Southern Virginia defensive back Neil Davis intercepted two passes in the Knights' end zone and returned the second one 100 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, creating a potential 14-point swing and sealing the Knights' second ODAC win to snap a five-game losing skid. Guilford had pulled to within 23-17 before the 100-yard play, which goes down in SVU's record book as the longest scoring play in the program's Division III history. Quarterback Davis Pinkston threw a pair of TD passes to Josh Newman and ran in a third score. Guilford running back Shanaan McKoy ran for 85 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown to lead the offense. Defensive lineman Jarrod Russ made four tackles, three of which were quarterback sacks.

ODAC FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK | WEEK 9

FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Neil Davis | Southern Virginia | Sr. | Defensive Back
Davis, a senior from Salem, Utah, put his name in Southern Virginia's record books on Saturday as he helped spur the Knights to a 30-17 victory over Guilford to snap a five-game losing skid. Davis made two plays in SVU's end zone that not only kept possible Guilford points off the board, but added to SVU's score towards its second ODAC win of the season. He finished with 10 tackles on the day including seven solo stops that featured a 4th-and-2 tackle for no gain inside SVU territory with 6:17 to play. Davis also intercepted a pair of passes with both coming in the end zone to stifle GC drives. His first interception came on the opening drive of the second half with Guilford inside SVU's 20-yard line. He picked off the pass in the end zone and returned it 24 yards. Davis's second takeaway was arguably the most important play of the game. Leading 23-17 with less than four minutes to play, Davis again picked off a pass in the end zone, but this time returned it 100 yards for a potential 14-point swing to seal the victory for Southern Virginia. The points were the first scored by SVU's defense since 2016, and the 100-yard return is the longest scoring play in Southern Virginia's Division III history.

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FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Chris Sonnenberg | Shenandoah | Fy. | Quarterback
Sonnenberg, a first-year from Bristow, Va., was nearly flawless in his first collegiate start as he led Shenandoah to a 49-31 road victory at Ferrum. Sonnenberg, who got his first extended playing time last week against Emory & Henry, went 21-of-27 for 393 yards and six touchdowns without an interception thru the air. The passing yards are the second most in the ODAC this season, while the six touchdown passes tie teammate Ben Agostino for the most by an ODAC passer this year. Sonnenberg missed on just two passes after the start of the second quarter - with one of those being an intentional throw away - and found his target with his final 10 attempts of the game. Sonnenberg completed passes to eight different players with scoring plays going to three receivers. Seven times he connected with Casey Stewart, posting a trio of touchdown passes of 21, 29, and 14 yards. Sonnenberg and Brant Butler teamed up for a pair of 58-yard scoring plays, and the remaining TD pass was a three-yard toss to Jack Massie to open the game's scoring. Sonnenberg finished the game with seven passing plays of better than 20 yards. Over the past two weeks, Sonnenberg has thrown for 733 yards and eight touchdowns while completing 61.8-percent of his passes.

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THE COACHES | RECORDS THRU WEEK 9

MIKE CLARK | 25TH SEASON AT BRIDGEWATER
 
- Overall | 162-100-1 (.618)  |   ODAC | 90-62-0 (.592)

CURT NEWSOME | 6TH SEASON AT EMORY & HENRY
 - Overall | 32-25-0 (.561)  |   ODAC | 22-18-0 (.550)

ROB GRANDE | 4TH SEASON AT FERRUM
 - Overall | 22-16-0 (.579)   |   ODAC | 5-8-0 (.385)

CHRIS RUSIEWICZ | 9TH SEASON AT GUILFORD
 - Overall | 44-43-0 (.506)   |   ODAC | 28-32-0 (.467)

MARTY FAVRET | 20TH SEASON AT HAMPDEN-SYDNEY
 - Overall | 131-73-0 (.643)   |   ODAC | 83-43-0 (.659)

PEDRO ARRUZA | 16TH SEASON AT RANDOLPH-MACON
 - Overall | 97-65-0 (.599)   |   ODAC | 61-41-0 (.598)

SCOTT YODER | 7TH SEASON AT SHENANDOAH
 - Overall | 36-32-0 (.529)   |   ODAC | 20-28-0 (.417)

ED MULITALO | 2ND SEASON AT SOUTHERN VIRGINIA
 - Overall | 6-12-0 (.333)   |   ODAC | 2-5-0 (.286)

GARRETT LeROSE | 2ND SEASON AT WASHINGTON AND LEE
 - Overall | 9-8-0 (.529)   |   ODAC | 6-7-0 (.462)

UP NEXT | MATCHUPS FOR WEEK 10

RANDOLPH-MACON AT BRIDGEWATER | SAT. NOVEMBER 9 | 1:00 PM
Jopson Field | Bridgewater, Va.
 - FIRST MEETING | 1926
 - ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD | Randolph-Macon leads the series, 60-16-3
 - LAST MEETING | Randolph-Macon def. Bridgewater, 44-41 in OT, in Ashland in 2018

EMORY & HENRY AT GUILFORD | SAT. NOVEMBER 9 | 1:00 PM
Armfield Athletic Center | Greensboro, Va.
 - FIRST MEETING | 1930
 - ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD | Emory & Henry leads the series, 40-30
 - LAST MEETING | Emory & Henry def. Guilford, 70-27, in Emory in 2018

FERRUM AT HAMPDEN-SYDNEY | SAT. NOVEMBER 9 | 1:00 PM
Lewis C. Everett Stadium | Hampden Sydney, Va.
 - FIRST MEETING | 2011
 - ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD | Series is tied 2-2
 - LAST MEETING | Ferrum def. Hampden-Sydney, 32-19, in Ferrum in 2018

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA AT WASHINGTON AND LEE | SAT. NOVEMBER 9 | 1:00 PM
Wilson Field | Lexington, Va.
 - FIRST MEETING | 2008
 - ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD | Washington and Lee leads the series, 1-0
 - LAST MEETING | Washington and Lee def. Southern Virginia, 35-28, in Lexington in 2008

SHENANDOAH | BYE
The Hornets are idle in week 10 on their scheduled bye