Washington and Lee Football Release

Davidson at Washington and Lee - Oct. 11, 1997
THE SERIES: W&L leads the all-time series 17-11-1, but the series is tied 3-3 since being resumed in 1991. Four of the last six games have been decided by a touchdown or less. Davidson won last year's game 23-12 to end a two-year W&L winning streak. THE TEAMS: W&L - 0-4, 0-2 in the ODAC DC - 2-2 as a Division I-AA independent THE COACHES: W&L - Frank Miriello (East Stroudsburg '67) Overall Record: 10-12-1 (3rd year) Record vs. DC: 1-1 Record at Wilson Field: 5-6-1 DC - Tim Landis (Randolph-Macon '85) Overall Record: 18-25-1- (5th year) Record vs. W&L: 2-2 A LOOK AT DAVIDSON The Wildcats scored 83 points in their first two games, wins over Maryville and Sewanee, but have since lost to ODAC members Emory & Henry and Guilford. The Wildcats are still averaging 35.0 points per game as junior quarterback Tommy Dugan has thrown for 851 yards and five touchdowns while running for 195 yards and four touchdowns. Davidson averages 188.5 rushing yards, led by sophomore fullback Eric Ferguson with 246 yards. ODAC STANDINGS ODAC All TEAM W-L W-L Guilford 2-0, 3-1 Emory & Henry 1-0, 4-0 Randolph-Macon 1-0, 3-1 Bridgewater 1-1, 1-3 W&L 0-2, 0-4 Hampden-Sydney 0-2, 0-4 Last Week Randolph-Macon 24, W&L 3 Bridgewater 24, Hampden-Sydney 0 Emory & Henry 37, Greensboro 3 Guilford 25, Davidson 22 Last Week GENERALS STRUGGLE IN 24-3 LOSS TO RANDOLPH-MACON Randolph-Macon quarterback Sidney Chappell threw for 302 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets handled the Generals 24-3. W&L was held to just three first downs in the first half, but trailed only 7-0 until the Yellow Jackets put up 10 points on the board in the final five minutes of the half to take a 17-0 lead. W&L pulled to within 17-3 on a 32-yard field goal by Matt Holbrook with 58 seconds remaining in the third quarter, but R-MC iced the game on Chappell's second touchdown pass with six minutes left to play. Randolph-Macon's experienced defensive secondary held the Generals to a season-low 102 yards passing and only 187 yards of offense. Randolph-Macon had a large advantage in possession time and finished with 451 total yards. Generals' Notebook LUKA LEADS DEFENSE Senior linebacker Matt Luka led the Generals defensive effort on Saturday by making eight tackles, including three for losses. Luka also intercepted a pass and returned it 44 yards to set up the Generals only score in the game. Luka is tied for third on the team with 26 tackles. SAC-KING THE QUARTERBACK W&L's defense put plenty of pressure on Randolph-Macon's quarterbacks on Saturday. The Generals registered four sacks and also forced an intentional grounding penalty. Sophomore defensive end Scott King led the way with two sacks and senior linebackers Scott Dynan and David Foster each had sacks. W&L had only five sacks in the first three games combined. McKINLEY CLIMBS TO SIXTH ON RUSHING CHART Senior running back Seth McKinley had his best game of the season against Randolph-Macon, running for 73 yards on just 15 carries. McKinley moved into sixth place on the school's all-time rushing list with 1,538 career yards, passing Randy Broyles (1950-52) and Tom Mason (1990-93). McKinley also had kickoff returns of 46 and 34 yards and finished the game with 159 all-purpose yards. HOLBROOK LEADS LEAGUE IN KICKING Senior placekicker Matt Holbrook booted his league-leading third field goal of the season on Saturday and it was also the 11th of his career. Holbrook needs just one more field goal to tie Cary Green (1964-67) for fourth place on W&L's career field goal list. Holbrook also ranks third in the league in punting with a 38.2 yard average. He averaged 42.2 yards on five punts in Saturday's game. HOMECOMING AT W&L Saturday's game will be Homecoming at Washington and Lee and the Generals will be looking for a repeat of 1995 when they defeated Davidson 19-13. W&L opened up a 10-0 lead on Randolph-Macon in last year's Homecoming game before losing 21-10. GENERAL NEWS In just four games W&L has already blocked three kicks...three different players Q John McAllister, Omar Moneim and Josh Myerberg Q have blocked the kicks and they've all been different kicks - a punt, field goal and PAT attempt...Moneim leads the Generals with 35 tackles and junior safety Trey Carr is close behind with 33...senior CB John Benazzi has a team-high 22 solo tackles...sophomore WR J.T. Malatesta is third in the league in receiving with 20 catches for 344 yards and two touchdowns...Seth McKinley ranks second in kickoff return average (23.0).
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