Washington and Lee Football Release

Week 6 - W&L vs. Hampden-Sydney - October 17 - 1:30 pm
RECORD: Overall 1-4 Home 0-2 Away 1-2 ODAC 0-2

GAME INFORMATION: Time: 1:30 pm Site: Wilson Field (7,000), Lexington, Va. Series: H-SC Leads 27-26-2 Last Meeting: 10/18/97 at H-SC (W&L won 29-7) First Meeting: 11/1899 (W&L won 6-5) Last W&L Win: 10/18/97 at H-SC (29-7) Last H-SC Win: 10/15/94 at W&L (21-17) Current Series Streak: W&L +3 W&L vs. H-SC at W&L: 14-12-2 W&L vs. H-SC at H-SC: 8-12

LEAGUE STANDINGS Team League Overall Guilford 2-0 3-2 Emory & Henry 2-0 5-0 Randolph-Macon 1-0 4-1 Hampden-Sydney 1-2 2-3 Washington & Lee 0-2 1-4 Bridgewater 0-2 0-5

THE SERIES: This is the 56th meeting all-time between the two schools with Hampden-Sydney holding a 27-26-2 advantage in the series that began during the 1899 season. The Generals have won each of the last three meetings, including a 29-7 win in Hampden-Sydney, Va., last season. The last game in Lexington was won by W&L 17-13 on Oct. 19, 1996.

THE LAST MEETING: (W&L 29, Hampden-Sydney 7, October 18, 1997 - Hampden-Sydney, Va.) Hanley Sayers rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns and the W&L defense limited Hampden-Sydney to just 195 yards of total offense and 10 first downs in posting a 29-7 win over the Tigers. Christian Batcheller completed 12-of-19 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns. J.T. Malatesta caught seven passes for 100 yards and one touchdown. Omar Moneim led the W&L defense with eight tackles and one sack.

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 15-18-1 (.456) overall record, 3-0 against Hampden-Sydney. The Tigers are led by second-year head coach Phil Culicerto (Virginia Tech '84). He is 2-13 (.133) at Hampden-Sydney and in his career.

W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 41-64-1 (.392) all-time record in the ODAC and is 77-87-5 (.470) all-time against the current members of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, 0-2 this season. The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the ODAC:

Bridgewater (20-8) Emory & Henry (6-21) Guilford (5-7) Hampden-Sydney (26-27-2) Randolph-Macon (20-24-3)

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 HAMPDEN-SYDNEY: Hampden-Sydney enters today's game with a 2-3 overall record, 1-2 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference after ending last season with an 0-10 mark. The Tigers are coming off a 35-14 defeat at the hands of Emory & Henry last Saturday. Junior quarterback Walt Bondurant completed 18-of-36 passes for 219 yards and one touchdown. Freshman wide- out Neal Herndon was the recipient of six of Bondurant's passes for 107 yards and one score. Sophomore wide receiver Jeff Woody caught eight passes for 95 yards. On the season, the Tigers are led offensively by Bondurant, who is 65-of-124 for 854 yards and five touchdowns. His top target has been Woody, who has 26 catches for 374 yards and one touchdown. The Tigers rushing leader is junior tailback Shannon Evans. He has rushed for 199 yards on 71 attempts with five touchdowns.

W&L LAST WEEK: The Washington and Lee football team saw its record fall to 1-4, dropping a 29-7 decision at Davidson College (3-2). Following a W&L turnover, the Wildcats took an early lead when running back Eric Ferguson ran two yards for a touchdown with 5:33 remaining in the first quarter to give Davidson a 7-0 lead. With 10:54 remaining in the second quarter, Davidson quarterback Tommy Dugan called his own number and ran 12 yards for a touchdown. He called his own number on the next play to score the two-point conversion and gave the Wildcats a 15-0 lead going into halftime. Dugan scored his second touchdown of the day with 10:32 remaining in the third quarter to put Davidson up, 22-0. The Generals got on the board with 5:50 left in the third quarter when Marc Watson rumbled 21 yards for a score and cut the Davidson lead to 22-7. However, Davidson would dash the Generals' hopes for a comeback when Dugan threw a 27-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Roland Williams with 9:32 left, to give Davidson a 29-7 lead that stood for the rest of the game. Watson led the Generals in rushing with 84 yards on 15 attempts. Christian Batcheller was 17-of-27 for 142 yards and two interceptions. J.T. Malatesta had three receptions for 60 yards.

DAVIDSON GAME BREAKDOWN - DEFENSE: The Generals' defense forced Davidson into five drives of four plays or less and six punts on the afternoon, but allowed the Wildcats four touchdowns. Two of the Davidson scores came on drives that started inside the Generals' 27 yard line.

DAVIDSON GAME BREAKDOWN - OFFENSE: The W&L offense was sluggish against the Wildcats, producing just 264 yards of total offense and one touchdown. The Generals were also just 2-of-12 on third down conversions. Two interceptions also hurt the Generals. One interception gave Davidson the ball on the 27 yard line which led to a score and another thwarted a W&L scoring opportunity in the end zone.

DAVIDSON GAME BREAKDOWN - THE INTANGIBLES: W&L lost the turnover battle with the Wildcats, surrendering two turnovers and producing none. On special teams, the Generals had a punt blocked which gave the Wildcats the ball on the W&L 23 yard line, leading to a Davidson touchdown.

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES: The W&L defense has produced 10 turnovers on the season, but has been able to generate just three points from those miscues. In addition, the Generals have begun eight drives in opponent territory and have been able to produce just 10 points from those possessions.

PROLIFIC DUO: Juniors Christian Batcheller and J.T. Malatesta have combined to make an assault on the W&L career record books. Batcheller is currently sixth all-time at W&L in passing yards (2,941) and completions (237). Malatesta is 10th all-time in receiving yards with 1,135 for his career.

TWO CAPTAINS REMAIN INJURED: W&L has suffered through the loss of not just two players, but two captains. Senior linebacker Brad Baker and senior tight end David Ritchey are both out of the lineup. Baker has missed each of the past two games with a shoulder injury and Ritchey missed last week's game with a fractured sternum. Both will be out this week, but may return on Oct. 24 against Sewanee.

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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