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Washington and Lee at Hampden-Sydney - Oct. 18, 1997
THE SERIES: 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. THE TEAMS: W&L - 1-4, 0-2 in the ODAC H-SC - 0-5, 0-3 in the ODAC THE COACHES: 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. ODAC STANDINGS 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 Last Week 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 Last Week 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. Generals' Notebook 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 average. 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. GENERAL NEWS 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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