Washington and Lee Football Release
Washington and Lee at Hampden-Sydney - Oct. 18, 1997
Hampden-Sydney leads the series 27-25-2, but W&L has won the last
two meetings and is looking to beat the Tigers in three straight years
for the first time since 1979-80-81. W&L won 21-7 at H-SC in 1995 and
then beat the Tigers 17-13 in Lexington last year. These two schools have
met continuously since 1955.
W&L - 1-4, 0-2 in the ODAC
H-SC - 0-5, 0-3 in the ODAC
W&L - Frank Miriello (East Stroudsburg '67)
Overall Record: 11-12-1 (3rd year)
Record vs. H-SC: 2-0
Record in the ODAC: 5-7
H-SC - Phil Culicerto (Va. Tech '84)
Overall Record: 0-5 (1st year)
Record vs. W&L: 0-0
A LOOK AT HAMPDEN-SYDNEY
H-SC quarterback Walt Bondurant was injured in the season opener
and the Tigers have struggled on offense. Five different players have
played QB in the Tigers 0-5 start and H-SC is averaging just 6.2 points
and 153.8 yards per game. DB Brent Rusnak leads the team with 67 tackles
and leads the ODAC with three interceptions, including one he returned
for a TD in last week's 33-10 loss to Emory & Henry.
TEAM W L W L
Emory & Henry 2 0 5 0
Guilford 2 0 4 1
Randolph-Macon 1 0 4 1
Bridgewater 1 1 1 4
W&L 0 2 1 4
Hampden-Sydney 0 3 0 5
W&L 32, Davidson 22
Emory & Henry 33, Hampden-Sydney 10
Randolph-Macon 44, Gettysburg 13
Guilford 28, Ferrum 22 (OT)
Methodist 18, Bridgewater 0
BATCHELLER TIES RECORD AS W&L WINS HOMECOMING GAME
Sophomore quarterback Christian Batcheller threw for a
career-high 288 yards and tied a Washington and Lee record with four
touchdown passes to lead the Generals to a 32-22 victory over Davidson in
the Homecoming game on Wilson Field. Batcheller was named the Old
Dominion Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week. He completed
18-of-28 passes with no interceptions.
W&L trailed 14-3 midway through the second quarter before
Batcheller threw two touchdowns and a two-point conversion in the final
2:08 of the first half to give the Generals an 18-14 halftime lead.
Batcheller then threw for two more scores in the second half and W&L's
defense held the Wildcats to just one score in the final 30 minutes.
SHARING THE WEALTH
W&L's banged up receivers corps came through with a huge game on
Saturday. With projected starters Chas Chastain and Nick Hodge both still
sidelined, W&L's young receivers stepped up. Sophomore wideout J.T.
Malatesta had another big game with five catches for 73 yards, including
his team-leading third touchdown of the season. Freshman tight end Scott
Humphreys had a career-best day of five catches for 72 yards and a
touchdown. Also catching touchdown passes were sophomore fullback Scott
Moses and freshman wide receiver Wesley Hardy. Hardy's TD covered 47
yards and gave W&L a 25-14 lead early in the second half.
DEFENSE COMES UP WITH BIG PLAYS AGAIN
W&L's defense gave up 359 yards of offense against Davidson, but
that hardly told the story of the game. W&L registered seven tackles in
the Davidson backfield, including sacks from Omar Moneim and Scott King,
and held the Wildcats to negative yardage on three of their possessions.
Senior defensive end Jack Boyd led the backfield penetration with three
tackles for losses totalling 11 yards. W&L's John Benazzi also forced a
fumble at the W&L five-yard line in the closing minutes of the game and
Ryan Fletemeyer picked up the ball and raced 36 yards to seal the victory.
HOLBROOK GETS DEFENSIVE
Senior kicker Matt Holbrook had another great day placekicking
with his fourth field goal of the season and three extra points, but it
was his punting that proved especially big for the Generals. Holbrook
averaged 42.8 yards on six punts and pinned Davidson inside its own
10-yard line twice in the fourth quarter with W&L holding on to a 32-22
lead. Holbrook is tied for second in the league with a 39.1 yard punting
SECOND HALF TURNAROUND AGAIN?
W&L Head Coach Frank Miriello hopes that Saturday's win over
Davidson will be the start of another strong second half to the season.
W&L has traditionally improved as the season goes along and since 1994
W&L is 1-9-1 in September, 10-5 in October and 5-2 in November. W&L won
five of its final six games in 1994 and 1995 and four of its final five
games in 1996.
Senior TB Seth McKinley was a workhorse against Davidson with a
season-high 94 yards on 28 carries...he finished with 179 all-purpose
yards...W&L's 32 points on Saturday were its most since a 36-21 victory
over Sewanee in 1995...W&L has scored at least 20 points in seven of its
last nine games...Batcheller's four TD passes tied a record shared by
five players, most recently by Chris Smythe against Ursinus in 1989.
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