Washington and Lee Football Release

Week 3 - W&L at Centre - September 26 - 1:30 pm
RECORD: Overall 0-2 Home 0-1 Away 0-1 ODAC 0-1 GAME INFORMATION: Time: 1:30 pm Site: Farris Stadium (2,500), Danville, Ky. Series: Centre Leads 31-17-2 Last Meeting: 9/27/97 at W&L (Centre won 30-14) First Meeting: 10/30/1897 at Centre (CC won 22-0) Last W&L Win: 9/28/96 at Centre (29-21) Last Centre Win: 9/27/97 at W&L (30-14) Current Series Streak: Centre +1 W&L vs. Centre at W&L: 10-10-2 W&L vs. Guilford at Centre: 6-19-0

LEAGUE STANDINGS Team League Overall Emory & Henry 1-0 2-0 Guilford 1-0 2-0 Randolph-Macon 0-0 1-1 Hampden-Sydney 0-0 1-1 Washington & Lee 0-1 0-2 Bridgewater 0-1 0-3

THE SERIES: This is the 51st meeting all-time between the two schools with Centre holding a 31-17-2 advantage in the series that began during the 1897 season. The Colonels have won three of the last five meetings, including a 30-14 win in Lexington last season. W&L won the last meeting in Danville, Ky., 29-21 in 1995.

THE LAST MEETING: (Centre 30, W&L 14, September 27, 1997 - Lexington, Va.) Centre running back Steve Herron was held to just 66 yards on 22 carries, but scored four touchdowns as Centre downed W&L, 30-14 in Lexington. Trailing just 21-14 at the half, the Generals' high-powered offense was held scoreless the entire second half despite seven catches for 166 yards by wide receiver J.T. Malatesta. The Colonels outgained W&L 320-222 in the contest and racked up 101 yards on five punt returns.

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 14-16-1 (.468) overall record, 1-1-1 against Centre. Centre is led by first-year head coach Andy Frye (Muskinghum '81). He is 0-2 at Centre and in his career.

W&L vs. THE SOUTHERN COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: W&L sports a 49-63-3 (.439) all-time record against SCAC competition. However, those records are against only three of the member schools, Sewanee, Rhodes, and Centre. The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the SCAC:

Centre (17-31-2) Millsaps (0-0) Rhodes (6-11-1) Sewanee (26-21) Trinity (0-0)

ALL-TIME RECORD: According to research compiled by the sports information department over the years, W&L has compiled a 397-443-39 (.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 CENTRE: Centre fell to 0-2 on the season, 0-1 in the SCAC after dropping a 22-15 decision to SCAC-rival Rhodes on Saturday, September 19 at Rhodes. The Colonels trailed 12-0 at the half and then 15-0 early in the third quarter before tacking on a couple of touchdowns in the second half, but could get no closer than the final score. Centre outgained Rhodes 280 yards to 239. The Colonels are averaging just 230.5 yards of total offense per game, while their opponents are averaging 287.5 yards per game.

GUILFORD GAME BREAKDOWN - DEFENSE: The Generals' defense played much better against Guilford, allowing 388 yards of total offense but, more importantly, it gave the offense the opportunity to win the game. W&L dug in and held when it needed to, stopping the Quakers on three-straight rushing attempts inside the five-yard line with 5:09 to go in the game, eventually leading to a missed field goal by Guilford to keep the score at 27-20. Then, with :31 remaining, the Generals held again, forcing a Quaker punt deep in Guilford territory allowing for one final offensive attempt to tie the game in the final seconds.

GUILFORD GAME BREAKDOWN - OFFENSE: W&L totaled 351 yards of total offense, exhibiting a more balanced attack then in week one, rushing for 157 yards and passing for 198 yards. The Generals were 7-13 on third down and also converted on a fourth down conversion leading to their first touchdown of the day. The passing game showed plenty of diversity with seven different Generals hauling in at least one pass.

GUILFORD GAME BREAKDOWN - THE INTANGIBLES: W&L committed five turnovers (three fumbles, two interceptions) on the day, while forcing two from Guilford. The Generals continued to play clean football, committing just six penalties for 29 yards on the day as opposed to 12 penaltied by the Quakers for 90 yards. W&L is now averaging 4.5 penalties for 23 yards per game.

HE'S EVERYWHERE: In the Generals' first two games, senior defensive tackle Ben Middendorf has shined, recording 12 tackles, five for loss (-13), two sacks and one blocked field goal. Against Guilford, he amassed eight tackles, three for loss (-6), and a sack.

KEEP AN EYE ON: J.T. Malatesta. The junior wide receiver has grabbed 12 balls for 169 yards and two touchdowns on the season. That's an average of six catches for 84.5 yards and one touchdown per game. In last season's meeting with Centre, Malatesta snagged seven balls for 166 yards.

TWO GENERALS RECORD CAREER-FIRSTS: Two W&L defensive players single-handedly snuffed a Guilford drive last week while recording career-firsts in the process. Junior defensive end Ross Kester and sophomore cornerback Andy Robinson each collected their first career interception against the Quakers. Kester's pick came on the final play of the first half and Robinson's interception came during the third quarter (3:27 remaining) and ended a potential Guilford scoring drive on the Generals' 16-yard line.

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. Batcheller is 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.

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) 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, hes only a junior.


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