Washington and Lee Football Release

Week 7 - W&L vs. Sewanee - October 24 - 1:30 pm
RECORD: Overall 1-5 Home 0-3 Away 1-2 ODAC 0-3

GAME INFORMATION: Time: 1:30 pm Site: Wilson Field (7,000), Lexington, Va. Series: W&L Leads 26-21 Last Meeting: 10/25/97 at Sewanee (Sewanee won 48-14) First Meeting: 1892 (Sewanee won 22-16) Last W&L Win: 10/18/96 at W&L (24-21) Last Sewanee Win: 10/25/97 at Sewanee (48-14) Current Series Streak: Sewanee +1 W&L vs. Sewanee at W&L: 20-4 W&L vs. Sewanee at Sewanee: 6-16

LEAGUE STANDINGS Team League Overall Guilford 3-0 4-2 Emory & Henry 3-0 6-0 Randolph-Macon 1-1 4-2 Hampden-Sydney 2-2 3-3 Washington & Lee 0-3 1-5 Bridgewater 0-3 0-6

THE SERIES: This is the 48th meeting all-time between the two schools with W&L holding a 26-21 advantage in the series that began during the 1892 season. The Generals have won three of the last four meetings and the last four games in Lexington.

THE LAST MEETING: (Sewanee 48, W&L 14, October 25, 1997 - Sewanee, Tenn.) The Tigers amassed 641 yards of total offense, including 537 yards on the ground en route to a 48-14 win over the Generals. Craig May and Scott Matthews led the offensive attack for Sewanee, rushing for 121 and 118 yards respectively and a touchdown each. Hanley Sayers paced W&L with 143 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries, while Christian Batcheller completed just eight-of-28 attempts for 87 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 15-19-1 (.443) overall record, 2-1 against Sewanee. The Tigers are led by third-year head coach John Windham (Vanderbilt '86). He is 10-13 (.435) at Sewanee and in his career. His 1997 Tiger team went 5-4, their first winning season in five years.

W&L vs. THE SOUTHERN COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: W&L sports a 50-63-3 (.444) all-time record against SCAC competition, including a 21-20 win over Centre earlier this season. The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the SCAC:

Centre (18-31-2) 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 398-445-39 (.473) 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 SEWANEE: Sewanee enters today's game with a 1-5 overall record, 0-4 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Tigers are coming off a 34-26 defeat at the hands of Rhodes last Saturday. Sewanee trailed just 27-26 in the fourth quarter before a Rhodes touchdown with 3:47 remaining in the game sealed the win. The Tigers surrendered 557 yards of total offense to the Lynx, including 326 yards on the ground. Offensively, Sewanee was led by quarterback Max Fuller who rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns in Sewanee's wing- one option offense. Fullback Brian Morrison added 130 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries. Fuller is the key to the Sewanee attack, rushing for 628 yards and six touchdowns on the season. He has also completed 10-of-23 attempts for 149 yards through the Tigers' first six games. Morrison is not far behind, galloping for 606 yards and three touchdowns on a team-high 118 carries. Wide receiver Ted Morrissey has seven catches for 99 yards to pace the Sewanee receiving corps. On average, the Tigers are allowing 25.8 points and 437.8 yards per game.

W&L LAST WEEK: Hampden-Sydney amassed 395 yards of total offense and held the ball for 40:48 of the game, including the final 9:28 in defeating Washington and Lee, 21-14. The Tigers (3-3, 2-2) opened the scoring with 13 seconds remaining in the first quarter when running back Shannon Evans scored on a one-yard plunge to make the score 7-0. Evans scored his second touchdown of the day on another one-yard run with 3:51 remaining in the second quarter to put the Tigers up 14-0. The Generals (1-5, 0-3) cut into the Hampden-Sydney lead with 1:07 remaining in the opening half when running back Marc Watson scored on a one-yard run to make it 14-7 going in at the half. W&L then tied the game at 14-14 with 6:42 remaining in the third stanza when Watson scored his second touchdown of the day, this time on a 51-yard scamper. He finished the day with a career-high 155 yards rushing on 27 carries. Hampden-Sydney scored the game-winner with 11:27 remaining in the fourth quarter when wide-out Neal Herndon caught a 16-yard scoring strike from quarterback Walt Bondurant. Running back Trey Kern led the Hampden-Sydney attack with 100 yards on 23 carries. Bondurant completed 14-of-22 attempts for 189 yards and one touchdown. Free safety Will Baker totaled a career-high 17 tackles and two pass break-ups for the W&L defense.

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY GAME BREAKDOWN - DEFENSE: The Generals' defense forced two turnovers (one interception, one fumble) on the afternoon, but couldn't stop the Hampen-Sydney ball control offense as the Tigers held the ball for 40:48 of the game and converted on 12-of-18 third down attempts. In all, the Tigers totaled 79 offensive plays to just 46 for the Generals.

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY GAME BREAKDOWN - OFFENSE: The W&L offense exhibited a balanced attack, rushing for 177 yards and passing for 118 yards. The Generals averaged an outstanding 6.4 yards per play and had a back rush for over 100 yards for the second time this season. However, W&L was just one-for-eight on third down conversions and was stopped on its only fourth down play of the game.

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY GAME BREAKDOWN - THE INTANGIBLES: W&L won the turnover battle with the Tigers, producing two turnovers while not allowing a single give away. The Generals played fairly even with H-SC in penalties committing seven for 70 yards, while the Tigers were flagged eight times for 56 yards. W&L also held the advantage in the punting game, averaging 43.2 yards per punt and opposed to a 36.0 average for Hampden-Sydney.

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES: The W&L defense has produced 12 turnovers on the season, but has been able to generate just 10 points from those miscues. Seven of those points came last week against Hampden-Sydney. 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 together are climbing the ranks in the W&L career record books. Batcheller is currently sixth all-time at W&L in passing yards (3, 059) and fifth in completions (247). Malatesta is 10th all-time in receiving yards with 1,151 for his career.

UNEXPECTED HELP: Captains Brad Baker and David Ritchey both returned to the lineup earlier than expected last week to start against Hampden-Sydney. Baker had been out for two weeks with a shoulder injury and Ritchey missed one game with a fractured sternum. Baker, a linebacker, registered eight tackles, while Ritchey, a tight end, caught two passes for 32 yards.

CAREER DAYS: Two Generals posted career performances against Hampden-Sydney. Sophomore running back Marc Watson amassed career-highs in rushing yards (155), carries (27), all-purpose yards (269), and touchdowns (2), while sophomore free safety Will Baker totaled a career-high 17 tackles. Watson's 155 yards rushing were the most by a Generals since the 1993 season and his 51-yard touchdown run was the longest since the 1995 season. Baker's 17 tackles surpassed every effort by a W&L defender since the 1996 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 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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