RECORD: Overall 1-3 Home 0-2 Away 1-1 ODAC 0-2
Washington and Lee Football ReleaseWeek 5 - W&L at Davidson - October 10 - 1:30 pm
GAME INFORMATION: Time: 1:30 pm Site: Richardson Field (5,500), Davidson, N.C. Series: W&L Leads 18-11-1 Last Meeting: 10/11/97 at W&L (W&L won 32-22) First Meeting: 10/22/09 at Roanoke (W&L won 18-6) Last W&L Win: 10/11/97 at W&L (32-22) Last Davidson Win: 10/12/96 at Davidson (23-12) Current Series Streak: W&L +1 W&L vs. Davidson at W&L: 10-5-1 W&L vs. Davidson at Davidson: 6-5 LEAGUE STANDINGS Team League Overall Guilford 2-0 3-1 Emory & Henry 1-0 4-0 Randolph-Macon 1-0 3-1 Hampden-Sydney 1-1 1-2 Washington & Lee 0-2 1-3 Bridgewater 0-2 0-5
THE SERIES: This is the 31st meeting all-time between the two schools with Washington and Lee holding an 18-11-1 advantage in the series that began during the 1909 season. The Generals have won three of the last four meetings in the series, including a 32-22 win over the Wildcats in Lexington last season.
THE LAST MEETING: (W&L 32, Davidson 22, October 11, 1997 - Lexington, Va.) Christian Batcheller completed 18-of-28 passing attempts for 288 yards and a school record tying four touchdowns to help lead the Generals to a 32-22 win over Davidson. The Generals trailed 14-3 late in the opening half before Batcheller hooked up with Scott Humphreys on a four-yard scoring strike. A two-point conversion made it 14-11. Then, with :32 remaining in the half, Batcheller found J.T. Malatesta with a 13-yard TD pass to give the Generals an 18-14 lead heading into the locker rooms. Batcheller would toss two more TD passes in the second half to outdistance the Wildcats. Malatesta caught five passes for 73 yards and Humphreys also caught five passes for 72 yards.
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 15-17-1 (.470) overall record, 2-1 against Davidson. Davidson is led by sixth-year head coach Tim Landis (Randolph-Macon '86). Landis is 20-34-1 at Davidson and in his career. He is 2-3 all-time against the Generals.
ALL-TIME RECORD: According to research compiled by the sports information department over the years, W&L has compiled a 398-444-39 (.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 DAVIDSON: Davidson, an NCAA I-AA Independent, received its first win of the season by defeating Guilford, 24-7, at Davidson. The Wildcats held Guilford to just nine first downs and minus two yards rushing on 35 carries, while racking up 338 yards of total offense, 226 on the ground. Junior running back Eric Ferguson rushed for 140 yards and one touchdown and sophomore wide receiver Corey Crawford rushed for 41 yards and caught five passes for 73 yards and one score to lead the Wildcat attack. On the season, Ferguson leads Davidson in rushing with 301 yards on 68 carries. Quarterback Tom Dugan isn't far behind with 174 yards and four touchdowns on 72 carries. Through the air, Dugan is 33-for-68 for 324 yards and five touchdowns. Crawford tops the squad in receptions with 15 catches for 172 yards and three tallies. Defensively, the Wildcats are allowing just 238 yards of total offense.
W&L LAST WEEK: Randolph-Macon rolled up 466 yards of total offense, 345 through the air, while holding Washington and Lee to just 205 total yards in posting a 34-6 win over the Generals. Junior quarterback Brian Partlow opened the scoring for the Yellow Jackets with 4:51 remaining in the first quarter when he hit sophomore wide-out Michael Becker on a three-yard scoring strike to make it 7-0 Randolph-Macon. Then, with 13:40 remaining in the second quarter, Partlow tossed his second of five touchdown passes on the day, hitting junior wide receiver Sean Eaton with a four-yard strike to make it 14-0 Macon. Washington and Lee would score its only points of the game in the second period on two field goals by sophomore placekicker Andy Vendig, one from 32 yards and another from 37 yards on the last play of the first half. The Generals would not challenge the Yellow Jackets from that point on. Partlow completed 25-of-51 passes for 342 yards. He was intercepted three times by the W&L defense. Becker paced the Yellow Jacket receiving core with eight catches for 97 yards. Junior quarterback Christian Batcheller completed 22-of-38 attempts for 146 yards to lead the Generals offensive attack.
MACON GAME BREAKDOWN - DEFENSE: The Generals' defense allowed 466 yards of total offense but did produce three turnovers and one sack. Will Baker, Jack Arnold, and Keith Prusek each recorded an interception in the contest, with Baker and Arnold leading the squad in tackles with seven a piece. Jeff McIntyre and Ross Kester combined on the Generals' only sack of the day.
MACON GAME BREAKDOWN - OFFENSE: The W&L offense struggled against the Yellow Jackets' defense, producing just 205 yards of total offense (59 yards rushing) and 14 first downs. The Generals averaged just 3.2 yards per play and converted on only five-of-16 third down conversions.
MACON GAME BREAKDOWN - THE INTANGIBLES: The Generals played their first turnover free game of the season vs. Randolph-Macon, while producing three turnovers from the Yellow Jackets. W&L also out-played the Yellow Jackets special teams, averaging 38.8 yards per punt to just 25.3 for Macon. W&L also was able to block one Macon punt, giving the offense the ball on the R-MC 37 yard line.
VENDIG ON TARGET: Placekicker Andy Vendig has been on target this season, connecting on all three of his field goal attempts, including two last week against Randolph-Macon. His field goals have come from 37, 32, and 31 yards. The W&L record for consecutive field goals made is eight by Carter Quayle during the 1988 season.
WATSON CONTINUES TO IMPRESS: Sophomore running back Marc Watson continues to impress after a solid performance against the Yellow Jackets. Watson rushed 12 times for 52 yards, caught four passes for eight yards, returned five kickoffs for 97 yards, returned one punt for two yards, and blocked a punt. He is currently second in the ODAC in kick returns with an average of 23.7 yards per return (leader is at 23.8) and is second in all-purpose yards with an average of 138.3 yards per game. Watson also claims the longest kickoff return by an ODAC player this season with his 43 yard return at Centre.
BAKER DOES IT BACK-TO-BACK: Sophomore cornerback Will Baker went all of last season without an interception and has now done it in back-to-back games. At Centre, Baker recorded a pick and then returned it 40 yards. Then, last week vs. R-MC, Baker made his second career pick. Baker leads the team and is tied for the ODAC lead in interceptions with two. He also paces the Generals' defense with 28 tackles on the 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. Batcheller is the first junior captain at W&L in nearly two decades.
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 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.