Washington and Lee Football Release

Bridgewater at Washington and Lee - Nov. 1, 1997
THE SERIES: The Generals own a commanding 19-8 advantage over Bridgewater in the series and have won four straight against the Eagles after Bridgewater won four straight from 1989-92. W&L's defense played one of its strongest games of the season in last year's 24-13 win at Bridgewater. Jack Boyd returned a fumble for a TD in the win and Lee Miller returned an interception 61 yards to set up another score. THE TEAMS: W&L - 2-5, 1-2 in the ODAC BC - 1-6, 1-2 in the ODAC THE COACHES: W&L - Frank Miriello (East Stroudsburg '67) Overall Record: 12-13-1 (3rd year) Record vs. BC: 2-0 Record in ODAC: 6-7 Record at Wilson Field: 6-6-1 BC - Michael Clark (Cincinnati '79) Overall Record: 6-20-1 (3rd year) Record vs. W&L: 0-2 A LOOK AT BRIDGEWATER The Eagles were picked to finish second in the league after last season's 5-5 record, but injuries have hindered BC in a 1-6 start. The Eagles are strong defensively, but have struggled offensively with an average of just 10.3 points per game. ODAC STANDINGS TEAM W-L W-L Randolph-Macon 2-0, 6-1 Emory & Henry 3-1, 6-1 Guilford 3-1, 5-2 W&L 1-2, 2-5 Bridgewater 1-2, 1-6 Hampden-Sydney 0-4, 0-7 Last Week Sewanee 48, W&L 14 Emory & Henry 35, Guilford 27 Randolph-Macon 22, Davidson 15 Catholic 40, Hampden-Sydney 10 Johns Hopkins 21, Bridgewater 10 Last Week SEWANEE USES GROUND ATTACK TO ROUT W&L Washington and Lee would just as soon forget about Saturday's 48-14 loss at Sewanee. The Tigers spread option attack finished with 641 total yards of offense, including a staggering 537 rushing yards. W&L took a brief 7-6 lead early in the first quarter on a 39-yard touchdown run by freshman Hanley Sayers, but then the Tigers ripped off 35 consecutive points to put the game out of reach. The loss snapped a string of three consecutive W&L victories over Sewanee and means that W&L will have to win its final three games to finish with a .500 or better record for the fourth straight year. Generals' Notebook SAYERS HAS SECOND CONSECUTIVE 100-YARD EFFORT Freshman tailback Hanley Sayers had another impressive performance, running for 143 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries in the loss to Sewanee. After not playing in W&L's first five games, Sayers has topped the 100-yard mark in each of the last two weeks. Sayers had 112 yards and two touchdowns against Hampden-Sydney in his debut, a 29-7 victory on October 18. HODGE RETURNS TO THE LINEUP A bright spot for Washington and Lee on Saturday was the return of senior captain Nick Hodge to the starting lineup. Hodge, a 6-foot-3 wide receiver, missed the first six games after breaking his collar bone in preseason camp. Hodge ranked third in the ODAC in receiving in 1995 with 28 catches for 304 yards and then had 27 catches for 419 yards and two touchdowns last season. WELCOME PARENTS Saturday's game will be part of the Parents Weekend festivities at Washington and Lee and playing in front of the moms and dads has been a good thing for the Generals in recent years. W&L has won five straight Parents Weekend games, including victories over Bridgewater in 1993 and 1995. BENAZZI SNARES THIRD INTERCEPTION Senior defensive back John Benazzi snared his team-leading third interception of the season on Saturday. Benazzi leaped over the shoulder of a Tiger receiver to stop a scoring threat inside the W&L 25-yard line. Benazzi is tied for fifth in the league in interceptions. Benazzi was a first team All-ODAC pick last season when he led the Generals with four interceptions. PUNTING SHOWDOWN The top two punters in the ODAC will be going head to head in Saturday's game. Bridgewater's Von Lewis leads the league with a 39.0 average on 48 punts and W&L's Matt Holbrook is right behind with a 38.9 yard average on 44 punts. After a slow start to the season Holbrook has averaged 40.3 yards per punt in the last four games. He's also one of the league's top kickers, converting 14-of-14 PAT and 4-of-6 field goal opportunities this season. GENERAL NEWS Senior defensive lineman Omar Moneim blocked a PAT attempt on Saturday, his third blocked kick of the season...Moneim and senior defensive end Jack Boyd have now combined for 100 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and five sacks...sophomore defensive end Scott King had his team-leading fourth sack of the season, forcing a fumble on the play...W&L's offensive line did not allow a sack for the second straight week and the Generals finished with 173 rushing yards...W&L now ranks third in the ODAC in rushing (112.3 yards/game)...senior tailback Seth McKinley missed Saturday's game with an injury and is questionable for this week...McKinley leads the Generals with 310 yards rushing.
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