Washington and Lee Football Release

Week 2 - Guilford at W&L - September 20 - 1:30 pm
THE SERIES: 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. THE TEAMS: W&L - 0-1, 0-0 in the ODAC Guilford - 0-1, 0-0 in the ODAC THE COACHES: 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. 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. Generals' Notebook 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 PAT attempts. TAILBACK TANDEM 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. RECEIVING PUNISHMENT 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. GENERAL NEWS 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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