Washington and Lee Football Release

Washington and Lee at Randolph-Macon - Oct. 4, 1997
THE SERIES: Randolph-Macon has dominated the series in recent years to take a 21-20-3 lead in the all-time series. R-MC has won seven straight since a 33-8 victory by W&L in Ashland in 1989. W&L opened up a 10-0 lead last year before the Yellow Jackets came back for a 21-10 victory. R-MC pulled out a 24-21 win in Ashland in 1995, returning a blocked W&L field goal attempt for a touchdown in the second half. THE TEAMS: W&L - 0-3, 0-1 in the ODAC R-MC - 2-1, 0-0 in the ODAC THE COACHES: W&L - Frank Miriello (East Stroudsburg '67) Overall Record: 10-11-1 (3rd year) ODAC Record: 5-6 Record vs. R-MC: 0-2 R-MC - Scott Boone (Wabash '81) Overall Record: 2-1 (1st year) Record vs. W&L: 0-0 A LOOK AT RANDOLPH-MACON The Yellow Jackets are off to an impressive start under first year coach Scott Boone. R-MC sandwiched a 34-21 loss to nationally-ranked Catholic between a 37-25 season-opening win over Franklin & Marshall and last week's 38-3 win over Chowan. All-ODAC QB Sidney Chappell has thrown for 619 yards and seven TD's while running for 156 yards and four TD's. ODAC STANDINGS TEAM W L W L Guilford 2 0 2 1 Emory & Henry 1 0 3 0 Randolph-Macon 0 0 2 1 W&L 0 1 0 3 Hampden-Sydney 0 1 0 3 Bridgewater 0 1 0 3 Last Week Centre 30, W&L 14 Randolph-Macon 38, Chowan 3 Emory & Henry 49, Davidson 35 Guilford 34, Hampden-Sydney 7 Last Week CENTRE BEATS THE GENERALS 30-14 Centre fullback Steve Herron ran for four touchdowns and the Colonels pulled out a 30-14 victory over W&L in a nonconference game. The Generals were held to just three first downs in the first half, but trailed just 21-14 at halftime thanks to two long pass plays from Christian Batcheller to J.T. Malatesta that set up touchdowns. The score was tied 14-14 before Herron scored his third touchdown of the game with just 37 seconds remaining in the half. In the second half W&L's defense tightened up and held Centre to just four first downs in the last 30 minutes. Seventy-four of Centre's 120 yards in the second half came on one long pass play in the final minutes of the game with the Colonels already leading 24-14. W&L was unable to generate much offense in the second half and started with an average field position at its own 13-yard line in the third quarter. Generals' Notebook MALATESTA RESPONDS WITH ANOTHER BIG GAME With junior wide receiver Chas Chastain sidelined with an injury, W&L sophomore J.T. Malatesta came through with another big game. The 6-foot-5 wideout had career-highs of seven catches for 166 yards. Malatesta hauled in catches of 53 and 41 yards to set up both of W&L's first half touchdowns. Malatesta is the third leading receiver in the ODAC with 17 catches for 293 yards and two touchdowns. MONEIM STRONG UP FRONT FOR W&L Senior defensive tackle Omar Moneim led the Generals defensive effort again last week. Moneim had a game-high 11 tackles (3 solo, 8 assists) and combined with senior linebacker Mike Vasallo for a quarterback sack. Moneim is tied with junior safety Trey Carr for the team lead with 28 tackles this season and leads the team with one and a half quarterback sacks. MIDDENDORF HELPS DEFENSIVE EFFORT Playing alongside Moneim and recording a great effort was junior defensive tackle Ben Middendorf. Middendorf had eight tackles, including the first sack of his career, and he also recovered a fumble on Centre's first offensive possession of the second half. That fumble was forced by junior Brad Baker who had eight tackles in the contest. YOUTH EVIDENT FOR W&L Injuries have forced a number of freshmen into action for the Generals, including three rookies starting on offense. Colin Fitzgibbons and Justin Holton have started at the offensive guard spots the last two weeks and Wesley Hardy started at wide receiver last week. A number of other freshmen have seen considerable playing time, most notably backup tight end Scott Humphreys. On the defensive side of the ball, freshman tackle Michael Navalkowsky has seen extensive action in short yardage situations. GENERAL NEWS Sophomore QB Christian Batcheller's bid for a third straight 200-yard passing game came up just short as he threw for 181 yards...Batcheller, who also ran for a touchdown Saturday, leads the ODAC in passing yards with 706 in three games and ranks second in total offense...senior TB Seth McKinley scored his 16th career touchdown Saturday on a four-yard run in the first quarter...McKinley, J.T. Malatesta and placekicker Matt Holbrook are tied for ninth in the ODAC in scoring with an average of 4.0 points per game...W&L senior defensive end Jack Boyd leads the team with four tackles for loss and has 20 total tackles...senior DB John Benazzi remains tied for the ODAC lead in interceptions with two.

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