Washington and Lee Football Release

Week 1 - W&L vs. Johns Hopkins - September 12 - 1:30 pm
LAST WEEK'S SCORES Emory & Henry 12, Washington and Jefferson 10 Western Maryland 56, Bridgewater 24 Sewanee 24, Hampden-Sydney 14 THE SERIES: This is the ninth meeting all-time between the two schools with Washington & Lee holding a 5-2-1 advantage in the series that began during the 1913 season. Hopkins has won two of the last three meetings including a 34-28 win last season. W&L is 1-0-1 all-time vs. the Blue Jays in Lexington. THE LAST MEETING: (Johns Hopkins 34, W&L 28 - Sept. 13, 1997 at Baltimore, Md.) Johns Hopkins' Adam Gentile and Don Zajick each rushed for 144 yards and one touchdown to help lead the Blue Jays over W&L, 34-28, in the season-opener for both teams. JHU amassed 451 yards of total offense in the game, but needed a touchdown with 11:43 remaining in the game to take the 34-28 lead and the victory. Christian Batcheller completed 13- of-25 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns to pace the W&L offense. THE HEAD COACHES: Frank Miriello (East Stroudsburg '67) is beginning his fourth season as the head coach at W&L and his 31st year of coaching. He claims a 14-14-1 (.500) overall record, 0-1 against Hopkins. Johns Hopkins is led by ninth-year head coach Jim Margraff (Johns Hopkins '82) who is 44-33-3 (.569) overall. He has led JHU to five winning seasons during his tenure, including a 7-3 mark last season. He is 1-0 all-time vs. W&L. W&L vs. THE CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE: W&L is 23-16-1 (.588) all-time against the current members of the Centennial Conference, including a 1-1 mark last season. The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the Centennial Conference: Dickinson (3-0) Franklin & Marshall (4-2) Gettysburg (1-3) Johns Hopkins (5-1-1) Swarthmore (4-1) Ursinus (3-3) Western Maryland (3-5) FOR OPENERS: Since 1900, W&L is 52-42-1 (.553) in its season opening games (No games were played from 1943-45 because of World War II). However, the Generals have not won a season- opener since defeating Dickinson, 33-7, on September 8, 1984. In home season-openers, W&L is 45-17 (.726) since 1900 and did not lose a home season-opener from1900 until 1932. ALL-TIME RECORD: According to research compiled by the sports information department over the years, W&L has compiled a 397-441-39 (.475) all-time record. W&L has been linked to the first intercollegiate football game played in the south, an 1873 matchup with VMI, however, several games before the 1890 season are not offically recognized, including the 1873 contest. W&L AT HOME: Since 1900, W&L is 218-113-14 (.652) at home, including a streak of 51 consecutive home victories from the 1910 season until the 1924 season. THE 1998 W&L TEAM CAPTAINS: The W&L football captains for the 1998 season are senior linebacker Brad Baker, senior wide receiver Chas Chastain, tight end David Ritchey, and junior quarterback Christian Batcheller. Baker is a two-year letterwinner who collected 25 tackles and two interceptions last season. Chastain is a two-year letterwinner who caught 15 balls for 195 yards in just two games last season after suffering a season-ending knee injury. Ritchey is a three-year letterwinner who caught 21 balls for 373 yards and two touchdowns. Batcheller is a one-year letterwinner and the first junior captain at W&L in nearly two decades. ALL-ODAC GENERALS RETURN TO THE GRIDIRON: Two W&L players return to the field this season after earning all-conference kudos in 1997. Senior offensive lineman Marc Granger was a first team selection from his right tackle slot and senior tight end David Ritchey earned second team honors . In addition, junior quarterback Christian Batcheller and junior wide-out J.T. Malatesta earned second team all-state honors from the Roanoke Times. DEFENSIVELY SPEAKING: The Generals enter the season-opener with plenty of doubts on the defensive side of the ball. Just five starters return on defense from a crew that allowed an average of 187.9 yards per game on the ground. W&L allowed 200 or more yards on the ground in three games last season, including a whopping 537 yards to Sewanee. Hopkins rushed for 294 yards against W&L in last year's season-opener. OFFENSIVELY SPEAKING: On the plus side, W&L returns a veteran offense which includes nine starters and two All-ODAC picks. The skill positions are set, as the starting quarterback, tailback, fullback, wide receivers, and tight end all return. QUITE A CORPS RETURNING: The Generals return a corps of receivers, backs, and tight ends that accounted for 90 percent of the team's catches lst season. Senior flanker Chas Chastain returns after catching 15 balls in just two games before being lost for the season with a knee injury. Junior J.T. Malatesta had a tremendous sophomore campaign, ranking 41st nationally with an average of 86.3 yard receiving per game. RE-WRITING THE RECORD BOOKS: Junior quarterback Christian Batcheller had a break-out season in 1997, setting school records for passing yards in a season (1,998) and touchdown passes in a season (16). He also tied the school record for touchdown passes in a game twice with four TDs in wins over Davidson and Swarthmore. On the baseball diamond, Batcheller owns school records in career home runs (18), season home runs (9 in each of his first two years), home runs in a game (2, twice), career RBI (72), season RBI (45), RBI in a game (7), total bases in a season (92), total bases in a game (10), season hits (51), hits in a game (5), hits in a season (34), extra base hit in a game (3), career batting average (.443), and season batting average (.490). Keep in mind, he's only a junior.
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