RECORD: Overall 1-2 Home 0-1 Away 1-1 ODAC 0-1
Washington and Lee Football ReleaseWeek 4 - W&L vs. Randolph-Macon - October 3 - 1:30 pm
GAME INFORMATION: Time: 1:30 pm Site: Wilson Field (7,000), Lexington, Va. Series: R-MC Leads 23-20-3 Last Meeting: 10/4/97 at R-MC (R-MC won 24-3) First Meeting: 10/17/03 at R-MC (W&L won 39-0) Last W&L Win: 9/30/89 at R-MC (33-8) Last R-MC Win: 10/4/97 at R-MC (24-3) Current Series Streak: R-MC +8 W&L vs. R-MC at W&L: 11-10-3 W&L vs. R-MC at R-MC: 8-13
LEAGUE STANDINGS Team League Overall Guilford 2-0 3-0 Emory & Henry 1-0 3-0 Randolph-Macon 0-0 2-1 Hampden-Sydney 0-1 1-2 Washington & Lee 0-1 1-2 Bridgewater 0-1 0-4
THE SERIES: This is the 46th meeting all-time between the two schools with Randolph-Macon holding a 23-20-3 advantage in the series that began during the 1903 season. The Yellow Jackets have won each of the last eight meetings, including a 24-3 win in Ashland, Va., last season. The last game in Lexington was won by R-MC 21-10 on Oct. 5, 1996.
THE LAST MEETING: (Randolph-Macon 24, W&L 3, October 4, 1997 - Ashland, Va.) Randolph-Macon totaled 451 yards of total offense and held the Generals to just 187 total yards in posting a 24-3 win. Senior quarterback, Sidney Chappell completed 16-of-34 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns, while senior running back Michael Hurt rushed for 96 yards and one score on 16 carries to lead the Yellow Jackets' offensive attack. Christian Batcheller completed just nine-of-25 attempts for 102 yards for W&L. He was sacked three times.
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 15-16-1 (.485) overall record, 0-3 against Randolph-Macon. Randolph-Macon is led by second-year head coach Scott Boone (Wabash '81). He is 8-2 at Randolph-Macon and in his career. His first Yellow Jacket squad posted a 4-1 ODAC record and tied for the conference title with Guilford and Emory & Henry.
W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 41-63-1 (.395) all-time record in the ODAC and is 77-86-5 (.473) all-time against the current members of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, including a 2-3 mark last season. The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the ODAC, which began in 1976:
Bridgewater (20-8) Emory & Henry (6-21) Guilford (5-7) Hampden-Sydney (26-27-2) Randolph-Macon (20-23-3)
ALL-TIME RECORD: According to research compiled by the sports information department over the years, W&L has compiled a 398-443-39 (.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 RANDOLPH-MACON: Randolph-Macon improved to 2-1 overall with a 34-7 win over Chowan last weekend in Ashland, Va. The game was never in doubt as R-MC stormed out to a 20-0 lead until Chowan scored its only points on a 41-yard pass with 6:17 remaining in the opening half. The Yellow Jackets totaled 411 yards of total offense and held Chowan (1-3) to just 144 yards of total offense, 41 of which came on their only tally of the game. Junior quarterback Brian Partlow, a William and Mary transfer, completed 22-of-41 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Michael Becker hauled in 13 of those passes for 164 yards and one touchdown, earning ODAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance. On the season, Partlow leads the ODAC in total offense (307.7 avg.) and passing yards (311.3). Junior wide receiver Sean Eaton paces the league in receptions per game (6.7 avg.) and receiving yards (118.3 avg.).
W&L LAST WEEK: Senior wide receiver Chas Chastain caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Christian Batcheller with 3:36 remaining to give the Generals a 21-20 win at Centre College. The Generals (1-2, 0-1) dominated the decisive fourth quarter, controlling the ball for 11:14 and running 31 plays in the period to just 12 for the Colonels (0-3). A major part of W&L's offense during the second half was sophomore running back Marc Watson, who rushed 14 times for 101 yards in the second half. He finished the game with 110 yards on 19 carries with one touchdown. Watson also opened the scoring for the Generals in the first quarter when he scored on a five-yard scamper with 2:01 remaining to knot the game at 7-7. After Centre took a 17-7 lead 3:49 into the second half, Batcheller hit senior tight end David Ritchey with a 52-yard touchdown pass just 56 seconds later to bring the Generals within three at 17-14. Centre would tack on its second field goal of the day, a 29-yarder with 1:59 remaining in the third stanza to produce a 20-14 lead before the Generals took control of the game with their ball control offense. Batcheller finished the game completing 18-of-30 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
CENTRE GAME BREAKDOWN - DEFENSE: The Generals' defense employed a bend but don't break philosophy at Centre, allowing the Colonels 371 yards of total offense, 312 on the ground, while still allowing just 20 points. In the second half, the defense came of age, allowing just 10 points and 136 yards of total offense. More importantly, the Generals stopped the Colonels on three straight possessions, allowing just 12 plays in the fourth quarter, setting up the opportunity for the game-winning score with 3:36 remaining.
CENTRE GAME BREAKDOWN - OFFENSE: The W&L offense also came of age against Centre, exhibiting a nice balance of run and pass. For the first time this season, the Generals featured a 100-yard back in Marc Watson, who rushed for 110 yards on 19 carries. In the decisive fourth quarter, the Generals used their balanced attack to control the ball for 11:14 of the quarter.
CENTRE GAME BREAKDOWN - THE INTANGIBLES: W&L shook loose of its turnover woes, committing just one on the day while inducing five from the Colonels. The Generals also outplayed the Colonels on special teams, amassing 127 return yards to just 59 for Centre. Marc Watson led the way with 95 yards on three kick returns.
THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS: Brothers Brad and Will Baker both had a huge day for the W&L defense at Centre. For the first time in their careers at W&L, both intercepted a pass in the same game. Will returned his pick 40 yards, while Brad returned his 35 yards for an apparent touchdown that was called back due to penalty. Brad suffered a shoulder injury on the play and may be lost for the remainder of the season. All told, the duo accounted for 11 tackles, two interceptions, and two pass break-ups.
WATSON STEPS UP: Sophomore running back Marc Watson stepped up his play on Saturday at Centre, rushing for 110 yards on 19 carries, the Generals first 100-yard rushing effort since October 25, 1997 at Sewanee. Watson also totaled 95 yards on three punt returns. On the season, Watson leads the ODAC in kick return average (26.7) and all-purpose yards (131.3 avg.).
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 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.