Washington and Lee Football Release

Washington and Lee at Sewanee - Oct. 25, 1997
THE SERIES: The Generals have beaten the University of the South three straight times to take a 26-20 lead in the all-time series between the two schools. W&L and Sewanee first played in 1892 and have played continuously since 1955. W&L jumped out to a 21-0 lead last season and held off a late Tiger rally for a 24-21 win. THE TEAMS: W&L - 2-4, 1-2 in the ODAC US - 3-3, 0-2 in the SCAC THE COACHES: W&L - Frank Miriello (East Stroudsburg '67) Overall Record: 12-12-1 (3rd year) Record vs. US: 2-0 Record vs. SCAC schools: 3-1-1 US - John Windham (Vanderbilt '86) Overall Record: 7-7 (2nd year) Record vs. W&L: 0-1 A LOOK AT SEWANEE The Tigers opened the year 3-1 before dropping their last two games - Centre (30-0) and Rhodes (27-17) to fall to 3-3. The Tigers average over 239 rushing yards per contest,with freshman QB Max Fuller leading the way with 365 yards. Senior QB John Stroup has thrown for 335 yards. Senior LB Jon Trussler leads the defense with 59 tackles, including 3.5 sacks. ODAC STANDINGS TEAM W L W L Guilford 3 0 5 1 Randolph-Macon 2 0 5 1 Emory & Henry 2 1 5 1 W&L 1 2 2 4 Bridgewater 1 2 1 5 Hampden-Sydney 0 4 0 6 Last Week W&L 29, Hampden-Sydney 7 Randolph-Macon 27, Emory & Henry 20 Guilford 30, Bridgewater 14 Last Week GENERALS ROLL PAST HAMPDEN-SYDNEY Washington and Lee beat Hampden-Sydney 29-7 in one of its most dominating performances in recent years. The Generals rolled up a season-high 399 yards of offense, including 250 on the ground, while holding the Tigers to just 195 yards of offense and forcing three turnovers - interceptions by Brad Baker, Harry Brookby and Ryan Fletemeyer. W&L led 16-0 at the half and had a 29-0 lead before the Tigers got on the board in the fourth quarter. Generals' Notebook HANLEY WHO? That's the question Hampden-Sydney's coaches had to have been asking on Saturday. Hanley Sayers, a freshman from Nashville, made his first collegiate game memorable as he carried the ball 20 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns in the Generals 29-7 win over the Tigers. With W&L leading 2-0 early in the second quarter, Sayers carried the ball on four consecutive plays, netting 13, 11 and 13 yards on the first three carries and then scoring from two yards out. Sayers later added a 23-yard TD run in the third quarter to put W&L up 29-0. OFFENSIVE LINE IN THE SPOTLIGHT It's hard to imagine a better game for W&L's offensive line than Saturday's performance. The group - senior center Stefan Neumeister, junior tackle Marc Granger, sophomore tackle John Sensing and freshman guards Colin Fitzgibbons and Justin Holton - helped W&L to a season-high 399 yards of offense, including 250 rushing yards. W&L quarterbacks Christian Batcheller and Ryan Gielen were also not sacked in 20 pass attempts. OMAR AWESOME AGAIN Senior defensive tackle Omar Moneim continued his stellar season with a team-high eight tackles against Hampden-Sydney. Three of those tackles went for losses, including a quarterback sack. Moneim also forced an intentional grounding call in the end zone that resulted in a safety for the Generals. Moneim leads the Generals with 51 tackles and is tied with Scott King for the team lead with three sacks. MALATESTA HITS 100 AGAIN Sophomore wide receiver J.T. Malatesta had his second 100-yard receiving effort of the season, finishing with seven catches for 100 yards. Malatesta's long reception was a 49-yard touchdown from Christian Batcheller, his fourth TD catch of the season. Malatesta leads the Generals and ranks third in the ODAC in receiving with 32 catches for 517 yards. Malatesta already has more receptions and receiving yards than W&L's leaders had last season in 10 games. BOYD GARNERS FIRST SACK Senior defensive end Jack Boyd had a team-high four solo tackles on Saturday, including his first sack of the season. Boyd is second on the team with 38 total tackles and has a team-high 11 tackles for loss, an average of nearly two per game. Boyd had six sacks last season when he earned second team All-ODAC honors. GENERAL NEWS Sophomore fullback Scott Moses ran for a career-high 48 yards on nine carries and also played a key role in W&L's rushing success with his blocking...W&L senior kicker/punter Matt Holbrook had a career-best punt of 70 yards against Hampden-Sydney and now ranks second in the league in punting average (39.6)...W&L head coach Frank Miriello is now 5-0 all-time against teams with the nickname Tigers.

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