By Marty Gordon
Another member of the Blacksburg High School’s 2018 football team will continue their playing career in college. Logan Hudson has announced plans to sign with Bridgewater.
The announcement means the 6-3, 195 senior is the third Bruin linebacker to move on to the next level.
“I chose Bridgewater because I felt at home on campus and feel like I can make the most impact (there) on and off the field,” he said.
For now, he is undecided on a major, but his goals are to be an early contributor to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference team.
Bridgewater College is a private liberal-arts college in Bridgewater, Virginia. Established in 1880, he boasts an enrollment of 1,800 and participates in the Division III of he NCAA with 13 other institutions.
In 2019, Michael Clark enters his 25th season as head coach of the Bridgewater football program and his 40th year as a collegiate coach. Clark is the longest tenured coach in Bridgewater College football history and is now the longest-tenured active collegiate head coach in Virginia. Furthermore, his 154 wins are also the highest of any active head coach in the Commonwealth. The team finished 6-4 this past season.
In one of college football’s great turnarounds, the 14 winning seasons under Clark this century already has surpassed the five the program enjoyed in its’ previous 64 years of competition. It is a run that has included five ODAC Championships, a 36-game conference winning streak, and 16 NCAA Playoff games.
The BC post-season experience peaked in 2001 where the Eagles finished their best season in school history with a 12-1 record, losing in the Stagg Bowl, the Division III national championship game, to perennial power Mount Union, 30-27.
Hudson is excited about the opportunity at Bridgewater.
When he stepped on the field for the first time in eighth grade, Hudson admits he felt something that he can’t really put into words, falling in love with the game itself.
“Those feelings only got stronger when my school went to the state championship and won my sophomore year. I was shown the satisfaction of working so hard to achieve a goal. Going all the way with people that I call my brothers. Football has done and shown a lot for me, and I want to be able to take it to the next level.”
“I started out at the Blacksburg middle school not knowing anything about the game. That year taught me the fundamentals of football, and I started to become a lot more passionate about the game,” he said.
His BHS team has been very successful for the past three years making it to the state playoffs each year, and Hudson calls it, an amazing experience to be a part of the team throughout that time.
“We all worked very hard and always had each other’s backs and realized that we couldn’t be successful without relying on each other to do our jobs. The biggest thing I took from the experience was the importance of teamwork and not being selfish,” he said.