Foreign exchange student gives Great Bridge a boost as Wildcats hold off Western Branch

Greg Giesen, The Virginian-Pilot
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Pit Eitz has been playing football for three weeks.

On Monday night, the foreign exchange student from Germany got Great Bridge High’s football season off on the right foot figuratively and literally.

Eitz kicked a 20-yard field goal with 4:32 left, giving the Wildcats a 3-0 victory over Western Branch in both teams’ Southeastern District opener Monday at Western Branch.

The field at Western Branch was a muddy mess, making it difficult for either offense to move the ball.

With the teams tied at zero in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats (1-0, 1-0) forced a turnover and moved the ball to the 13, where the drive stalled. But back-to-back penalties on the Bruins moved the Wildcats to the 3-yard line to set up the field goal.

Western Branch (0-1, 0-1) had one final opportunity and was helped by pass interference and a personal foul on the Wildcats. The Bruins moved down to the 19-yard line and took four shots at the end zone, but failed to score.

OSCAR SMITH-HICKORY POSTPONED: The Oscar Smith-Hickory game was postponed until Tuesday because of poor field conditions.

After Monday afternoon’s rain showers, the field had standing water on it and the game was called off.

The game is tentatively rescheduled for 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.