RECORD: Overall 3-6 Home 1-4 Away 2-2 ODAC 1-4
Washington and Lee Football ReleaseWeek 10 - W&L at Swarthmore - November 14 - 1:00 pm
GAME INFORMATION: Time: 1:00 pm Site: Clothier Field (2,000), Swathmore, Pa. Series: W&L leads 4-1 Last Meeting: 11/15/97 at W&L (W&L won 41-13) First Meeting: 11/7/14 at Lynchburg (W&L won 10-0) Last W&L Win: 11/15/97 at W&L (41-13) Last SC Win: 11/11/95 at W&L (2-0) Current Series Streak: W&L +2 W&L vs. SC at W&L: 1-1 W&L vs. SC at SC: 2-0 LEAGUE STANDINGS Team League Overall Emory & Henry 5-0 9-0 Randolph-Macon 3-1 6-3 Guilford 3-2 4-5 Hampden-Sydney 2-2 3-6 Washington & Lee 1-4 3-6 Bridgewater 0-5 0-9
THE SERIES: This is the sixth meeting between the two schools, with W&L holding a 4-1 advantage in the series. The Generals have won each of the last two meetings between the two schools, including a 41-13 win last season in Lexington, Va. The Garnet Tide have dropped 27 straight games, with its last win coming in Lexington, 2-0, during the 1995 season.
THE LAST MEETING: (W&L 41, SC 13, November 15, 1997 - Lexington, Va.) Christian Batcheller completed 14-of-21 passes for 296 yards and four touchdowns to help lead W&L to a 41-13 win over Swarthmore. The Generals got on the board early and often against the Garnet Tide, racking up their most points since defeating Bridgewater 41-16 during the 1993 season. J.T. Malatesta hauled in six of Batcheller's tosses for 130 yards and two scores and Matt Holbrook booted two field goals, one from 26 yards and another from 27 yards out.
THE HEAD COACHES: Frank Miriello (East Stroudsburg '67) is in his fourth season as the head coach at W&L and his 31st year of coaching. He claims a 17-20-1 (.461) overall record, 2-1 against Swarthmore. The Garnet Tide is led by head coach Peter Alvanos (Drexel '88), who is in his first season at Swarthmore. He is 0-7 at Swarthmore and in his career.
W&L vs. THE CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE: W&L is 23-17-1 (.573) all-time against the current members of the Centennial Conference, 0-1 this 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 (5-2-1) Swarthmore (4-1) Ursinus (3-3) Western Maryland (3-5) GENERALS SITTING ON 400: According to research compiled by the sports information department over the years, W&L has compiled a 400-447-39 (.474) 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.
SCOUTING SWARTHMORE: Swarthmore enters its game against W&L with an 0-7 overall record, 0-7 in the Centennial Conference. The Garnet Tide has lost 27 consecutive games and is coming off a 42-0 loss to Western Maryland last week. Swarthmore managed just -15 yards rushing against the Green Terror and 144 yards of total offense. On the flip side, the Garnet Tide allowed 512 yards of total offense. Quarterback J.P. Harris completed 14-of-25 passing attempts for 139 yards on the day. He was sacked four times. On the season, the Garnet Tide is averaging just 205 yards of total offense and 8.0 points per game. Donovan Goodly leads the team in rushing with 339 yards and three touchdowns on 101 carries. Harris has completed 42-of-83 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns and Brian Bell paces the team in receiving with 26 catches for 401 yards and two touchdowns.
W&L LAST WEEK: Trailing 20-6 in the fourth quarter, 14th-ranked Emory & Henry scored 17 points in the final 10:14 of the game to post its 16th straight victory over Washington & Lee, 23-20. The Wasps' comeback started with W&L on its own one yard line with 6:02 remaining in the contest. W&L punter Doug Williams intentionally stepped out of the end zone to take a safety, making the score 20-8 in favor of the Generals. On the ensuing E&H drive, the Wasps scored on a 41-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tom Crigger to wide receiver David Miller with 3:28 remaining to cut the Generals lead to 20-15. W&L was forced to punt after four plays on its next possession and Emory & Henry took over on its own 20 yard line with 1:36 remaining. The Wasps then drove to the Generals' 34 yard line with :35 left, but were facing a fourth-and-10 play. On the play, Crigger dropped back and lofted a pass to Miller, who hauled the ball in and fell into the end zone to make the score 21-20, Emory & Henry. The Wasps were then successful on a two-point conversion and walked away with a 23-20 win. Running back Oliver Jordan rushed for a game-high 126 yards to pace the E&H offense. W&L was led by quarterback Christian Batcheller, who completed 19-of-29 attempts for 207 yards and one touchdown. Running back Marc Watson rushed for 96 yards and tight end David Ritchey hauled in five passes for 86 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter to give the Generals a 13-6 lead. Defensively, the Generals (3-6, 1-4) were led a pair of brothers in senior linebacker Brad Baker and sophomore defensive back Will Baker. Brad totaled 16 tackles and Will amassed 13 tackles, a fumble recovery for a touchdown (21 yards) and one interception.
EMORY & HENRY GAME BREAKDOWN - DEFENSE: Against Emory & Henry, the Generals' defense had its best performance of the season, dominating the Wasps for 50 minutes. The Generals forced six turnovers (four fumbles, two interceptions), but couldn't contain the Wasps in the final 10 minutes of the game, allowing two touchdown passes of over 30 yards for scores.
EMORY & HENRY GAME BREAKDOWN - OFFENSE: The W&L offense cut through the E&H defense like a knife, rolling-up 355 yards of total offense, a season-high. However, the Generals had trouble converting in the red zone, coming away with just six points on four trips inside the E&H 20-yard line. W&L was also 0-for-10 on third down conversions.
EMORY & HENRY GAME BREAKDOWN - THE INTANGIBLES: The Generals won the war of intangibles, forcing six E&H turnovers while committing just two themselves. Penalties were fairly even at 34 yards for E&H and 32 for W&L, and the Generals outplayed the Wasps in the punting game, averaging 39.0 yards per punt to just 32.8 for E&H.
FAMILY AFAIR: Aganist Emory & Henry, the W&L defense was led by brothers Brad and Will Baker, who combined for a total of 29 tackles. Brad had a team-high 16 stops and Will accounted for 13 tackles, one interception, and a fumble recovery which he returned 21 yards for a touchdown. Will was named the ODAC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Wasps. For the season, Will leads the team in tackles with 79 stops and Brad is second with 73 tackles. Will also leads the team in interceptions with three.
KEEP AN EYE ON THESE THREE: Juniors Christian Batcheller and J.T. Malatesta are making an assault on the W&L record books this season. Batcheller is currently fourth all-time at W&L in total offense (3,709), fifth in passing yards (3,607), fourth in completions (297), fourth in touchdown passes (25), and fifth in attempts (543). Last week, he broke the W&L record for career 200-yard passing games with his eighth in just 24 games played. Malatesta is seventh all-time in receiving yards (1,288) and fifth in career touchdown receptions (10). Marc Watson is just 177 yards (823) from 1,000 and could be the first back to hit the 1,000 mark since the 1993 season.
RE-WRITING THE RECORD BOOKS: Junior quarterback Christian Batcheller had a break-out season last year, setting school records for passing yards in a season (1,998), total offense (2,037), and touchdown passes in a season (16). He also tied the school record for touchdown passes in a game twice with four TDÕs 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, heÕs only a junior.