Washington and Lee Football Release

Washington and Lee at Emory & Henry - Nov. 8, 1997
THE SERIES: Emory & Henry has dominated this series with 14 straight victories since a 21-15 W&L victory in 1982. E&H leads the overall series 20-6. W&L jumped out to a 14-0 lead in last year's game, but Emory & Henry came back for a 43-27 victory behind 288 rushing yards and three touchdowns from senior tailback J.D. Davis. THE TEAMS: W&L - 3-5, 2-2 in the ODAC E&H - 7-1, 3-1 in the ODAC THE COACHES: W&L - Frank Miriello (East Stroudsburg '67) Overall Record: 13-13-1 (3rd year) Record vs. E&H: 0-2 Record in ODAC: 7-7 E&H - Lou Wacker (Richmond '58) Overall Record: 121-46 (16th year) Record vs. W&L: 14-1 A LOOK AT EMORY & HENRY Emory & Henry has the top-rated offense and defense in the league and is led by the explosive trio of Aaron Brand, Aaron Fuller and Oliver Jordan. Brand has thrown for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns; Fuller has caught 42 passes for 758 yards and four touchdowns and Jordan has run for 1,177 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Wasps are coming off of a 13-10 win over Ferrum in four overtimes. ODAC STANDINGS TEAM W L W L Guilford 4 1 6 2 Emory & Henry 3 1 7 1 Randolph-Macon 2 1 6 2 W&L 2 2 3 5 Bridgewater 1 3 1 7 Hampden-Sydney 0 4 0 8 Last Week W&L 22, Bridgewater 10 Guilford 35, Randolph-Macon 21 Emory & Henry 13, Ferrum 10 (4 ot) Davidson 43, Hampden-Sydney 0 Last Week GENERALS RELY ON DEFENSE TO EVEN ODAC RECORD Washington and Lee evened its Old Dominion Athletic Conference record at 2-2 with a 22-10 victory over Bridgewater before a large Parents Day turnout at Wilson Field. The Generals held the Eagles to just 274 yards of total offense, including just 97 yards through the air on 10-of-25 passing. W&L senior safety Ryan Fletemeyer intercepted a pass and returned it 39 yards to set up a one-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Christian Batcheller to give the Generals an early 8-0 lead. Matt Luka's fumble recovery in Bridgewater territory set up Hanley's Sayer's game-clinching five-yard touchdown run with 1:42 to play. Sophomore fullback Scott Moses also scored on a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Generals' Notebook LUKA NAMED ODAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK W&L senior linebacker Matt Luka was named the ODAC Defensive Player of the Week after an exceptional effort against Bridgewater. Luka had a game-high 11 tackles, including six solo stops, and a quarterback sack to lead the Generals defense. He also had two pass breakups, but his biggest play was a fumble he picked out of midair in the fourth quarter with 4:20 to play and the Generals leading 16-10. W&L went on to score the game-clinching touchdown following his recovery. Luka is second on the team with 48 tackles and also has two and a half sacks. BATCHELLER SHOWS OFF RUNNING GAME The Generals finished Saturday's game with only 223 yards of total offense, including just 74 yards passing, but sophomore quarterback Christian Batcheller still had a big game. Batcheller had a career-high 61 rushing yards to lead the team and made several big plays. His 16-yard scramble on third down set up the game's first score, his own one-yard keeper. After Bridgewater had closed to within 16-10, he ran for 40 yards on a 3rd-and-9 play with W&L backed up to its own 11-yard line. Finally, on a 3rd-and-15 play in the closing minutes he ran 15 yards to pick up a first down and keep W&L's game-clinching TD drive alive. FLETEMEYER COMES UP BIG AGAIN W&L senior safety Ryan Fletemeyer came up with yet another big play. His 39-yard interception return helped set up the Generals first score and was his third pick of the season. Fletemeyer is tied with John Benazzi for the team lead in interceptions. Fletemeyer, a three-year starter, also ran in a lateral on a fumble recovery for an apparent score, but it was called back. Fletemeyer already has one defensive touchdown this year. ODAC TITLE ON THE LINE Emory & Henry has won three straight ODAC championships and needs a win to clinch at least a share of its fourth straight title. A W&L victory would give Guilford the title outright and assure the Generals of at least a third place finish in the league standings. If E&H and Randolph-Macon win out then there would be a three-way tie with Guilford for the league title. If E&H beats W&L and R-MC loses one of its final two ODAC games then E&H wins the title outright. GENERAL NEWS W&L needs to beat Emory & Henry to post a winning conference record for the second time in three years under Frank Miriello...sophomore Harry Brookby had a team-best 27-yard punt return (excluding blocked punts) to set up W&L's second touchdown...junior defensive tackle Ben Middendorf had one and a half sacks against BC and hit the QB to break up another pass attempt...senior LB David Foster had five solo tackles and seven total tackles.
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