BRIDGEWATER, Va. — The Southern Virginia University team suffered their first loss of the 2019 season Saturday afternoon as Bridgewater College defeated the Knights 40-6.
"It is tough went you have a difficult loss like this," said Head Coach Ed Mulitalo. "The good that can come from this is that we learn from the loss. We come back Monday, take a look at the film and correct those mistakes. We have to tip our hats to Bridgewater they played much better than us. "
The Knights (2-1) struggled to find success offensively as they were held to 82 yards passing and failed to slow down the high-powered Eagles (4-0) offense.
Bridgewater wasted no time with the first play of the game scoring on a 94-yard kickoff return by Jarrod Denham giving the Eagles the 7-0 lead (following a successful Logan Weis PAT).
Five minutes later, Weis connected on a 24-yard field goal to push the Eagles to a 10-0 edge.
Southern Virginia collected its first points in the first quarter following a 16 play 68-yard drive that resulted in a Jackson Hatch 24-yard field goal, trimming the Eagles lead to 10-3.
The Eagles recorded with their longest pass of the game sixteen seconds into the second quarter when Jay Scroggins found Demetreus Jalepes for 69 yards giving Bridgewater the 17-3 advantage.
After a Southern Virginia three-and-out, the Eagles' Weis added his second field goal of the game this time from 33 yards for a 33-0 lead.
The Knights offense looked to gain momentum the next drive but fell short following in a Logan Beatty punt. The Eagles next possession resulted in Scroggins second touchdown pass of the game with a 19-yard completion to Grant Monson.
Bridgewater added one more touchdown before the half to take a 33-0 lead at the half.
The Knights lone turnover of the game came in the third quarter as Davis Pinkston was intercepted deep in Knight territory. Bridgewater capitalized on the turnover with their final score of the game, leading now 40-3.
Southern Virginia scored one more time on a Hatch in the third quarter on a field goal from 34 yards.
In the fourth quarter, both teams were held scoreless for the final score of 40-6.
Despite the loss, senior running back Akiva Wedge continued his strong season after a game-high 144 rushing yards on 25 carries.
On defense, five Knights recorded a team-high four tackles while Simi Moala led the defensive front with a sack and a pair of tackles for loss.
"I want our team to feel this loss for the next couple of days," said Mulitalo. "We will then come back Monday put the game away and move forward. We have a good amount of football left in our season. The mistakes we make now will help us progress and adapt our coaching and how we play as a team moving forward."
Southern Virginia will now prepare for their Old Dominion Athletic Conference matchup next Saturday, Sept. 28 against Shenandoah starting at 7 p.m.