Washington and Lee Football Release #11

W&L Football Release #11 Last Week GENERALS CLOSE SEASON WITH WIN Washington and Lee closed the 1997 season with a 41-13 victory over Swarthmore on Wilson Field behind four touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Christian Batcheller. W&L jumped out to an early 10-0 lead behind a 36-yard TD pass from Batcheller to sophomore J.T. Malatesta and a 27-yard Matt Holbrook field goal. The Garnet pulled to within 10-7 on a 14-yard touchdown reception by Joe Aleffi, but W&L then ripped off 31 unanswered points for the victory. Generals' Notebook SENIORS GO OUT AS WINNERS Saturday's victory gave the 17 seniors on the 1997 Washington and Lee football team a 19-18-1 record for their careers. They are the first senior class since the seniors on the 1986 team to finish with a winning record. W&L went 5-4 in 1994, 5-3-1 in 1995, 5-5 in 1996 and 4-6 this year. BATCHELLER BREAKS THREE RECORDS Sophomore quarterback Christian Batcheller set three more school records in Saturday's win. Batcheller threw for 296 yards and four touchdowns (tying the school record) to finish the season with 1,998 passing yards and 16 touchdown passes, both school records. He also set another school record with his fifth 200-yard passing game of the season. Phillip Sampson held all three records that Batcheller broke. In 1989 Sampson threw for 1,876 yards, 14 touchdowns and had four 200-yard passing games. Sampson also threw 14 touchdowns in 1987 and Jack Berry also had four 200-yard passing games in 1975. HOLBROOK KEEPS STREAK INTACT Senior kicker Matt Holbrook hit all five extra point attempts against Swarthmore to finish his W&L career with a school record streak of 39 consecutive PAT attempts. Holbrook went 21-of-21 this year and hit his final 18 PAT attempts last year. Holbrook also made two field goals against the Garnet and completed his W&L career making 15-of-20 field goals (a school record 75.0%) and 41-of-42 PAT attempts (a school record 97.6%). MALATESTA COMPLETES BANNER CAMPAIGN Sophomore J.T. Malatesta completed his breakthrough season by catching six passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Malatesta finished the season with 48 catches (fourth best in W&L history) for 863 yards (third best) and seven touchdowns (second best). Malatesta had four 100-yard receiving games. Craig Irons holds the school records for single season catches (75 in 1989) and yards receiving (1,010 in 1989) and Bruce Green holds the record for touchdown catches in a season (8 in 1969). MONEIM FINISHES STRONG Senior defensive tackle Omar Moneim led W&L's defense with seven tackles, including two for losses, as the Generals limited Swarthmore to 186 yards of offense and 28 rushing yards. Moneim led the Generals this season with 72 tackles and was second with 12 tackles for loss. 1998 CAPTAINS ANNOUNCED Washington and Lee has selected junior linebacker Brad Baker, junior tight end David Ritchey and sophomore quarterback Christian Batcheller as its captains for 1998. Baker had 36 tackles and two interceptions despite missing two games with injuries. Ritchey had 21 catches for 373 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Batcheller will be the first junior football captain at W&L since linebacker John McKee in 1980. GENERAL NEWS Senior wide receiver Nick Hodge missed the first six games this season with a broken collarbone, but came back to catch a 27-yard touchdown pass on Saturday...senior running back Seth McKinley scored on a two-yard touchdown run Saturday to go over 100 points for his career on 17 touchdowns (16 rushing, one receiving). 1997 Top Single Game Performances RUSHING Att: 28, Seth McKinely vs. Davidson Yds: 143, Hanley Sayers vs. Sewanee TDs: 2, Hanley Sayers vs. H-SC, Sewanee LG: 40, C. Batcheller vs. Bridgewater PASSING Att: 47, C. Batcheller vs. Guilford Com: 27, C. Batcheller vs. Guilford Yds: 304, C. Batcheller vs. Emory & Henry TD: 4, C. Batcheller vs. Davidson,Swarthmore LG: 78, C. Batcheller vs. Emory & Henry RECEIVING Rec: 13, Chas Chastain vs. Guilford Yds: 184, J.T. Malatesta vs. Emory & Henry TD: 2, J.T. Malatesta vs. Swarthmore LG: 78, J.T. Malatesta vs. Emory & Henry RETURNS KO Ret: 4, John Benazzi vs. Sewanee KO Ret Yds: 120, J. Benazzi vs. Sewanee LG: 46, Seth McKinley vs. Randolph-Macon Punt Ret: 5, Will Baker vs. Davidson Punt Ret Yds: 39 Will Baker vs. Davidson LG: 30, Josh Myerberg vs. Johns Hopkins DEFENSE Tackles: 12, by the following players: Ryan Fletemeyer (JHU), Trey Carr (JHU), Brad Baker (JHU), Matt Luka (E&H), Scott King (E&H) Sacks: 2, Scott King vs. Randolph-Macon and Ben Middendorf vs. Bridgewater Interceptions: 1, 15 times FINAL ODAC STANDINGS TEAM W-L W-L Emory & Henry 4-1, 8-2 Guilford 4-1, 8-2 Randolph-Macon 4-1, 8-2 W&L 2-3, 4-6 Bridgewater 1-4, 2-8 Hampden-Sydney 0-5, 0-10 Last Week's Scores W&L 41, Swarthmore 13 Randolph-Macon 49, Hampden-Sydney 18 Bridgewater 13, Davidson 10 (ot) Guilford 61, Chowan 0 Maryville 27, Emory & Henry 24
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