Washington and Lee Football Release

Centre at Washington and Lee - Sept. 27, 1997
THE SERIES: Centre is one of the oldest rivalries on W&L's schedule. The two schools first met in 1897 and the series has been played continuously since 1955. Centre leads the series 30-17-2, but W&L won last year's game 29-21 in Kentucky behind Tommy Rueger's two touchdown runs and TD pass. THE TEAMS: W&L - 0-2, 0-1 in the ODAC Centre - 0-2, 0-0 in the SCAC THE COACHES: W&L - Frank Miriello (East Stroudsburg '67) Overall Record: 10-10-1 (3rd year) Record vs. Centre: 1-0-1 Record vs. SCAC Schools: 3-0-1 Record at Wilson Field: 5-5-1 CC - Joe McDaniel (Muskingum '56) Overall Record: 95-62-3 (18th year) Record vs. W&L: 9-7-1 A LOOK AT CENTRE The Colonels are off to an 0-2 start with losses to Wooster (31-10) and Hanover (22-18). Starting QB Jonathan Pruitt was injured in the preseason and DB Jeff Floyd has moved over to offense where he is 19-of-54 passing for 201 yards. Junior RB Phil Edge has 177 yards rushing in the first two weeks and WR Montas Allen is a deep threat, averaging 18.5 yards on his four catches. Clay Curry has 19 tackles and an interception to lead the defense. ODAC STANDINGS TEAM W L W L Emory & Henry 1 0 2 0 Guilford 1 0 1 1 Randolph-Macon 0 0 1 1 Hampden-Sydney 0 0 0 2 W&L 0 1 0 2 Bridgewater 0 1 0 3 Last Week Guilford 34, W&L 20 Emory & Henry 31, Bridgewater 7 Catholic 34, Randolph-Macon 21 Hampden-Sydney idle Last Week TURNOVERS DOOM W&L IN 34-20 LOSS Five turnovers, including four inside the Guilford 25-yard line, spelled doom for the Generals in their ODAC opener, a 34-20 loss to Guilford. W&L rallied from a 13-0 deficit to take a 14-13 halftime lead as sophomore quarterback Christian Batcheller threw second quarter touchdowns to J.T. Malatesta and Scott Humphreys. Guilford regained the lead 19-14 midway through the third quarter before W&L senior safety Ryan Fletemeyer picked up a fumble and raced 29 yards for a score to put the Generals in front 20-19. Guilford went back on top 27-20 early in the fourth quarter on a short touchdown run and held onto that lead until the final two minutes. W&L recovered a fumble inside Guilford territory with 1:40 to play and picked up one first down before Guilford's Dwayne Cherry intercepted a pass and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown with 20 seconds remaining to seal the Quakers 34-20 victory. Generals' Notebook MONEIM LEADS DEFENSIVE EFFORT W&L senior defensive tackle Omar Moneim had a great individual day. Moneim made eight tackles, including a quarterback sack and one other tackle for loss. Moneim also forced the fumble that Ryan Fletemeyer returned for a touchdown in the third quarter and Moneim recovered a fumble in Guilford territory with under two minutes to play to give the Generals a final scoring opportunity. CHASTAIN HAS CAREER DAY Junior wide receiver Chas Chastain had a career day against Guilford, catching 13 passes for 158 yards. Seven of his receptions went for first downs and his long reception of 32 yards set up W&L's first touchdown. Chastain, who finished the day with 225 all-purpose yards, had previous highs of seven catches for 120 yards in last year's 29-21 victory over Centre. Chastain's reception and yardage totals rank fourth and seventh, respectively, on W&L's single game charts. MALATESTA EMERGING AS RECEIVING THREAT Washington and Lee sophomore wide receiver J.T. Malatesta moved into the starting lineup at the start of the season because of the injury to senior Nick Hodge and Malatesta has cashed in on the opportunity. Malatesta had six catches for 75 yards against Guilford, including a diving 23-yard touchdown reception for W&L's first score. Malatesta has 10 catches for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the season. DEFENSE MAKES BIG PLAYS W&L's defensive unit came up with a number of big plays on Saturday, highlighted by Ryan Fletemeyer's touchdown runback of a Guilford fumble in the third quarter. On Guilford's next two possessions the Generals got interceptions from junior John McAllister and senior John Benazzi and then the defense forced the big turnover with under two minutes to play to give the offense a final chance to tie the contest. GENERAL NEWS Senior kicker Matt Holbrook has now made 22 consecutive PAT attempts, breaking the school record of 21 straight shared by Jack Baizley, Carter Quayle and Drew Thomas...freshman tight end Scott Humphreys caught the first two passes of his career on Saturday with the second one going for a touchdown...John Benazzi is tied for the ODAC lead in interceptions after recording two in W&L's first two games of the season...sophomore linebacker Mike Moore made a career-high 10 tackles against Guilford, including two for losses...Christian Batcheller's 27 completions was tied for the third most in school history and his 286 passing yards was the eighth best single game performance.

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