Randleman HS Alum Brooks Julian celebrates his 38 yard catch.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Darrin McKenzie rushed for 219 yards and two touchdowns in visiting Bridgewater College's 56-26 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football win at Guilford College Saturday.
McKenzie's yardage came on 19 carries and ranks 15th in Bridgewater (5-1, 1-1 ODAC) history. It marks the second-best rushing day by an ODAC back this season. Washington and Lee University's Luke Heinsohn rushed for 223 yards at Guilford (0-6, 0-2 ODAC) Oct. 2.
Eagles' sophomore Carlos Gonzalez made his first college start at quarterback in place of senior Hagan Driskell, who was banged up in last week's ODAC setback at Hampden-Sydney College. After Guilford opened a 13-7 lead midway through the second quarter, Driskell entered and led the Eagles to five touchdowns and a 42-13 fourth-quarter lead. He capped his second series of the game with a one-yard scoring plunge that gave Bridgewater the lead for good, 14-13, 2:28 before halftime.
Bridgewater's Mike Clements recovered Guilford's second fumble of the quarter on the Quakers' 26-yard line, which led to a McKenzie one-yard touchdown run 59 seconds before halftime. The Eagles collected Guilford's third fumble of the quarter on the ensuing kickoff, but missed a 19-yard field goal as time expired to keep the intermission score at 21-13.
The Quakers had some decent chances in the third quarter to get back into the game. Timmy Boyd recovered a fumble on the third quarter's opening kickoff, the Quakers' defense stopped Bridgewater's Dwight Sweatt on fourth-and-one from the Quakers' 10-yard line and Jordan Nelson made Guilford's first interception of the season, but the hosts failed to convert the opportunities into points.
Bridgewater extended its lead thanks in large part to McKenzie, who gained 172 yards on just six carries in the third quarter. He scored on a two-yard plunge on early in the period and his 32-yard run set up a 19-yard touchdown pass from Driskell to Beiler that made it a 35-13 game.
Driskell completed seven-of-16 passes for 118 yards and a score. He also ran three times for 10 yards and a touchdown. Gonzalez added with 78 passing yards and two touchdowns. Sweatt carried 14 times for 51 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns. T.J. Montague led the defense with seven tackles and made two of the Eagles' 10 pass breakups.
The loss offset a record-setting performance by Guilford wideout Ben King (Archdale, N.C./Trinity (Appalachian State)), who set the school standard with 251 receiving yards on 15 receptions. The redshirt-sophomore caught two of the three touchdowns thrown by senior quarterback Billy Watkins (Mebane, N.C./Eastern Alamance), who completed 25-of-47 passes for 339 yards and no interceptions. In addition to his interception, Nelson also returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown and made a game-high 11 tackles.
Guilford visits league-rival Randolph-Macon College next Saturday (10/23) at 1:00 p.m. The Eagles host Washington and Lee next Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
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