Washington and Lee Football Release

Swarthmore at Washington and Lee - Nov. 15, 1997
THE SERIES: The series between two of the top academic schools in the country was renewed in 1994 and has been very competitive. W&L holds a 3-1 lead in the series, including last year's 31-21 victory, but two of the last three games have been decided by three points or less. THE TEAMS: W&L - 3-6, 2-3 in the ODAC SWAT - 0-9, 0-7 in the Centennial THE COACHES: W&L - Frank Miriello (East Stroudsburg '67) Overall Record: 13-14-1 (3rd year) Record vs. SWAT: 1-1 Record at Wilson Field: 7-6-1 SWAT - Karl Miran (Middlebury '77) Overall Record: 29-50-1 (8th year) Record vs. W&L: 1-1 A LOOK AT SWARTHMORE It's been a long season for Swarthmore as the Garnet come into the season finale winless at 0-9. Swarthmore has been shut out in six of its games and is allowing 55.6 points per game. Junior wide receiver Mason Tootell is the top offensive threat with 32 catches for 321 yards. Sophomore running back Joe Aleffi has run for 387 yards and a pair of touchdowns and also has 21 receptions. Sophomore linebacker Tucker Zengerle leads the defense with 119 tackles. ODAC STANDINGS TEAM W L W L Emory & Henry 4 1 8 1 Guilford 4 1 7 2 Randolph-Macon 3 1 7 2 W&L 2 3 3 6 Bridgewater 1 4 1 8 Hampden-Sydney 0 4 0 9 Last Week Emory & Henry 27, W&L 17 Randolph-Macon 37, Bridgewater 20 Guilford 46, Greensboro 7 Methodist 7, Hampden-Sydney 0 (ot) Last Week EMORY & HENRY RALLIES TO AVOID UPSET Washington and Lee went to nationally-ranked Emory & Henry last week looking to beat the Wasps for the first time since 1982, and it almost happened. The Generals took a 17-6 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Wasps scored three touchdowns in the final 8:30 of the game to rally for a 27-17 victory. After E&H pulled to within 17-14, the Generals fumbled the ensuing kickoff, but the defense held and forced a punt. The punt went to the W&L one-yard line and W&L fumbled on second down to set up the Wasps go ahead score. Now trailing 21-17 with 5:36 to play, W&L sophomore quarterback Christian Batcheller hooked up with wide receiver J.T. Malatesta three times to drive to the Emory & Henry 12-yard line, but Batcheller then had a pass deflected at the line of scrimmage on second down and a Wasp defensive lineman came up with an interception to end the scoring threat. E&H's Chris Helvey scored his third touchdown of the game with 1:29 to play for the final points. Generals' Notebook LUKA NAMED ODAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK For the second straight week Washington and Lee senior linebacker Matt Luka has been named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Luka had 12 tackles, including a sack as the Generals held the top-rated offense in the ODAC to 90 yards under its season average. Luka also had a huge fourth down stop at the W&L 10-yard line early in the fourth quarter that allowed W&L to hold on to a 17-6 lead. Luka is second on the team with 60 tackles, trailing defensive tackle Omar Moneim who has 65. BATCHELLER THROWS FOR CAREER-HIGH Sophomore quarterback Christian Batcheller threw for a career-high 304 yards Saturday, only the sixth 300-yard passing game in W&L history. Batcheller completed 24-of-44 passes for a pair of touchdowns. He enters this week's final game within reach of two W&L single season records. Batcheller has thrown for 1,702 yards and needs 175 yards to break Phillip Sampson's school record of 1,876 passing yards set in 1989. Sampson also holds the school mark for TD passes in a season with 14 in both 1987 and 1989 and Batcheller has 12 TD strikes this season. MALATESTA BREAKS OUT After two relatively quiet weeks, sophomore wide receiver J.T. Malatesta had a huge game on Saturday. Malatesta hauled in seven passes for 184 yards with a 78-yard touchdown, the longest completion in the ODAC this season. Malatesta's 184 receiving yards was the fourth best effort in W&L history and he now has 42 catches for 733 yards and five touchdowns this season. Malatesta's 733 receiving yards is the third best single season total at W&L. MATCHUP OF RANKED TEAMS Swarthmore and W&L are both ranked in the top 10 in the nation Q in the U.S. News listing of the nation's top liberal arts colleges. Swarthmore is ranked first and W&L is one of several schools tied for eighth. The two schools will meet again in just six days when W&L's men's basketball team opens its season at Swarthmore on November 21. GENERAL NEWS W&L's defensive front of Jack Boyd, Scott King, Ben Middendorf and Omar Moneim combined for 38 tackles against E&H with King registering 12 tackles, including two for losses...junior tight end David Ritchey has 18 catches for 299 yards this season to rank second on the team in receiving...Matt Holbrook moved into fourth place at W&L with his 13th career field goal and he's now made 34 consecutive PAT attempts, a W&L record.

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