Washington and Lee Football Release
Week 2 - Guilford at W&L - September 20 - 1:30 pm
This has developed into a very competitive series since Guilford
joined the ODAC in 1991. The series is tied 5-5 after 10 meetings
and the Quakers snapped a two-year W&L winning streak last year with
a 24-10 win in Greensboro. Three of the last four games have been
decided by a touchdown or less.
W&L - 0-1, 0-0 in the ODAC
Guilford - 0-1, 0-0 in the ODAC
W&L - Frank Miriello (East Stroudsburg '67)
Overall Record: 10-9-1 (3rd year)
ODAC Record: 5-5
Record vs. Guilford: 1-1
Record at Wilson Field: 5-4-1
GC - Mike Ketchum (Guilford '78)
Overall Record: 26-33 (7th year)
Record vs. W&L: 3-3
A LOOK AT GUILFORD
Guilford had 393 yards of offense last week, but fumbled the ball
nine times in a 26-19 loss to Methodist. Senior wide receiver Junior
Lord and senior running back David Heggie are two of the most
dangerous players in the league. Lord had 12 catches for 192 yards
and two touchdowns last week.
JOHNS HOPKINS RUNS PAST W&L 34-28 IN OPENER
Johns Hopkins piled up 294 rushing yards to rally past W&L 34-28 in
the Generals season opener last week. On opportunistic W&L team took
advantage of several Johns Hopkins miscues to take a 20-14 halftime
lead. Sophomore Josh Myerberg blocked a punt in the first quarter to
set up a 20-yard Matt Holbrook field goal and give W&L an early 3-0
lead. In the second quarter W&L's Scott King recovered a fumble deep
in JHU territory to set up a 15-yard touchdown pass from Christian
Batcheller to J.T. Malatesta and on Hopkins next possession, W&L
senior John Benazzi intercepted a pass at midfield to set up a
14-yard touchdown run by Seth McKinley that gave W&L a 17-7 lead.
Johns Hopkins scored on its first possession of the second half to
take a 21-20 lead, but the Generals answered with a 67-yard scoring
strike from Batcheller to junior tight end David Ritchey. Batcheller
then ran in the two-point conversion to give W&L a 28-21 lead. The
Blue Jays came right back with another touchdown, but John
McAllister blocked the extra point attempt to preserve a 28-27 lead,
but Hopkins threw a short touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter
and W&L was unable to get inside the Blue Jays 30-yard line again.
BATCHELLER COMES UP BIG IN FIRST START
W&L sophomore quarterback Christian Batcheller looked very poised
in his first collegiate start and finished the day completing
13-of-25 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns with no
interceptions. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound QB also ran for a two-point
conversion and had a long run of 22 yards.
HOLBROOK OUTDUELS HIGHLY TOUTED KICKER
Johns Hopkins senior kicker Todd Bencivenni was selected as a
preseason All-American by a number of publications, but W&L senior
Matt Holbrook was the star kicker on Saturday. Holbrook went 2-for-2
on field goals, including a 38-yarder into a stiff wind as the clock
wound to 0:00 at the end of the first half, and also went 2-for-2 on
The Generals had an extremely productive day from their tailback
tandem of senior Seth McKinley and junior Floyd Young on Saturday.
Young finished with 40 yards on just eight carries and his 12-yard
run on a 3rd-and-13 play helped ignite the offense. Young picked up
the first down on the next play and Batcheller threw his first
touchdown following that. McKinley had his 14th career rushing
touchdown in the contest and had three catches for 46 yards,
including two difficult over the shoulder catches.
With senior captain Nick Hodge already sidelined with an injury,
the last thing W&L's receiving corps needed was another injury.
Unfortunately, junior catalyst Chas Chastain and two-way threat John
Benazzi were both banged up during the game and unable to play in
the fourth quarter. Sophomore J.T. Malatesta, who had missed a fair
of amount of practice time in the preseason because of injuries,
responded with a big game. The 6-foot-5 wideout caught four passes
for 52 yards, including a touchdown.
W&L is 0-1-1 in home openers under Frank Miriello, tying Centre 7-7
in 1995 and losing to playoff bound Ursinus 27-0 last year...five
W&L players registered double-digit tackles against Johns Hopkins as
the Blue Jays ran 82 offensive plays...leading the tacklers were
junior linebacker Brad Baker, junior safety Trey Carr and senior
safety Ryan Fletemeyer with 12 tackles each.
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