SU Football Preview – Bridgewater
Greetings from The Booth!
Before we get to this week’s Hornet’s matchup, what do you call the Washington Capitals without skates? The answer is, of course, the Washington Nationals.
That’s a cruel joke today around the Nation’s Capital, as the Nats have once again been given an early exit from the playoffs, following a 9-8 heartbreaking loss to the Cubs in the NLDS. Once again, Nationals fans are left wondering today what is next for the team as they try to get over this ever-growing hump of not being able to win an opening-round series.
Well, we always have the Caps…wait…never mind.
OK, now on to more pleasant things, like Shenandoah University football. The Hornets are halfway through a dream season (so far), with a 4-1 record, and sit atop the ODAC at 2-0, after beating the pre-season favorite Wasps of Emory & Henry 47-24. Oh, nothin’…just another 495 through the air for QB Hayden Bauserman and his corps of Hornet receivers. Those of us who are watching and broadcasting SU football every week are seeing something truly special.
This week’s game scares me. Rival Bridgewater College heads north on I-81 this weekend with hopes of spoiling the Hornet’s run to a league title. The Eagles are wounded, having dropped 2 ODAC games, and with their own championship hopes probably gone, would love to knock the hornets from the top of the league.
BC has a signature win this year, beating highly regarded Thomas More earlier in the year. They have talented skill players like speedy reciever Alex Galloway, and senior tailback Malvai Barker. And the Eagles are well-coached, with Mike Clark seemingly always full of surprises for Shenandoah.
The “game within the game” to watch will be the Hornet’s O-Line versus the BC pass rush. SU has only given up 4 sacks on the year, while the Eagles have the most in the league. This will be a key.
Look for Bridgewater to try to play ball-control and keep the Shenandoah offense ( 45.8 points per game) on the sidelines. The Hornets will need to keep the chip on their shoulder and not cross the line between confidence and over-confidence.
Despite their best efforts, I do see the Hornets staying atop the ODAC, but it will not be easy. As they say, in a rivalry game, you can throw all the numbers and records out the window. SU will prevail 41-27.
That’s the way I see it from The Booth. Enjoy the game, and until the next visit…GO HORNETS!