Washington and Lee Football Release

Week 8 - W&L at Bridgewater - October 31 - 1:30 pm
RECORD: Overall 2-5 Home 1-3 Away 1-2 ODAC 0-3

GAME INFORMATION: Time: 1:30 pm Site: Jopson Field (3,500), Bridgewater, Va. Series: W&L Leads 20-8 Last Meeting: 11/1/97 at W&L (W&L won 22-10) First Meeting: 10/31/64 at W&L (W&L won 28-16) Last W&L Win: 11/1/97 at W&L (22-10) Last BC Win: 10/31/92 at BC (20-12) Current Series Streak: W&L +5 W&L vs. BC at W&L: 10-4 W&L vs. BC at BC: 10-4

LEAGUE STANDINGS Team League Overall Emory & Henry 4-0 7-0 Guilford 3-1 4-3 Randolph-Macon 1-1 4-3 Hampden-Sydney 2-2 3-4 Washington & Lee 0-3 2-5 Bridgewater 0-3 0-7

THE SERIES: This is the 29th meeting between the two schools, with W&L holding a 20-8 advantage in the series that began during the 1964 season. The Generals have won each of the last five meetings between the two schools, including a 22-10 win last season in Lexington.

THE LAST MEETING: (W&L 22, BC 10, November 1, 1997 - Lexington, Va.) The Generals' defense held Bridgewater to just 274 yards of total offense and forced four Eagle turnovers in producing a 22-10 victory in Lexington. Christian Batcheller rushed for a team-high 61 yards and a touchdown and completed seven-of-18 passing attempts for another 74 yards to lead the W&L offense. Ben Middendorf registered seven tackles, one pass break-up and 1.5 sacks to help pace the W&L defense.

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 16-19-1 (.458) overall record, 3-0 against Bridgewater. The Eagles are led by fourth-year head coach Michael Clark (Cincinnati '79). He is 4-14 (.222) at Bridgewater and in his career. He is 0-4 against W&L.

W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 41-65-1 (.388) all-time record in the ODAC and is 78-88-5 (.471) all-time against the current members of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, 0-3 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 (27-28-2) Randolph-Macon (20-24-3)

GOING FOR NUMBER 400: According to research compiled by the sports information department over the years, W&L has compiled a 399-445-39 (.474) all-time record. The Generals can reach the 400-win plateau today with a win over the Eagles. 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 BRIDGEWATER: Bridgewater enters today's game with an 0-7 overall record, 0-3 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Eagles are coming off a 43-19 defeat at the hands of Johns Hopkins last Saturday. Bridgewater took an early 3-0 lead when placekicker Michael Padgett booted a 30-yard field goal with 8:32 remaining in the opening quarter, but it would be all JHU from there as the Blue Jays went in at the half, up 16-6. Hopkins then would score two quick touchdowns in the third quarter to put the Eagles away. JHU amassed 416 yards of total offense in the game and converted on four fourth down opportunities. Running back Mario Webb led the BC offensive attack with 86 yards rushing on 18 attempts. Quarterback Jason Lutz was 10-for-19 through the air for 67 yards an one touchdown. Lutz is the leader of the Eagles' offense, rushing for a team-high 313 yards and six touchdowns and passing for a team-best 519 yards and three scores. Webb is not far behind with 295 yards on the ground and another 112 yards receiving.

W&L LAST WEEK: Freshman placekicker Brad Wiginton kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired to lead the Generals past Sewanee 23-21. The Generals rallied from a 14-point deficit with under five minutes to play. Trailing 21-7 in the fourth quarter, W&L quarterback Christian Batcheller hit wide receiver Chas Chastain on a 44-yard pass play to the Sewanee one-yard line on a 4th-and-14 play. Fullback Scott Moses scored on a one-yard run on the next play to cut the Sewanee lead to 21-14 with 4:56 remaining. W&LŐs defense then held and the Generals drove 70 yards in just 50 seconds, scoring on a one-yard touchdown run by tailback Marc Watson with 51 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 21-20. The Generals attempted a two-point conversion, but BatchellerŐs pass was incomplete. W&L then attempted an onsides kick and sophomore Tom Monaco recovered Andy VendigŐs kick at the W&L 48-yard line. W&L drove into Sewanee territory, but was faced with 4th-and-5 at the 34-yard line before Batcheller connected with tight end Scott Humphreys on a nine-yard completion with 11 seconds remaining and W&L then rushed on the field goal unit and Wiginton connected on the game winner in his first collegiate try. Sewanee (1-6) piled up 375 rushing yards, led by quarterback Max Fuller with 198 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Sophomore running back Brian Morrison added 60 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Batcheller completed 17-of-37 passes for 219 yards in the game, including an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver J.T. Malatesta in the second quarter. Batcheller threw for 148 of his yards in the fourth quarter and earned ODAC Player of the Week honors for his efforts.

SEWANEE GAME BREAKDOWN - DEFENSE: The Generals' defense allowed 383 total yards in the game, but just 23 yards in the entire fourth quarter, allowing the offense to mount a comeback. Sewanee totaled just 16 first downs in the game and completed only one pass for eight yards.

SEWANEE GAME BREAKDOWN - OFFENSE: The W&L offense laid sleeping for three quarters before erupting for 218 of their 337 yards in the fourth quarter. The Generals converted on just four-of-15 third down plays, but were three-of-four on fourth downs.

SEWANEE GAME BREAKDOWN - THE INTANGIBLES: W&L and Sewanee played even in the turnover battle with each squad surrendering the ball once. Penalties were also a toss-up with the Generals committing six for 68 yards and Sewanee committing six for 73 yards. As usual, W&L came out on top in special teams play, averaging 37.8 per punt as opposed to 34.2 for Sewanee and recovering an onsides kick which gave W&L the ball. leading to the game-winning field goal.

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES: The W&L defense has produced 13 turnovers on the season, but has been able to generate just 17 points from those miscues. However, they have been taking advantage of the miscues much more of late, scoring 14 of the 17 points in the last two contests. In addition, the Generals have begun eight drives in opponent territory and have been able to produce just 10 points from those possessions.

KEEP AN EYE ON THESE THREE: Juniors Christian Batcheller and J.T. Malatesta and sophomore Marc Watson are making an assault on the W&L record books this season. Batcheller is currently fourth all-time at W&L in total offense (3,377), fifth in passing yards (3,278), fifth in completions (264), fifth in touchdown passes (22), and sixth in attempts (491). He is tied with Brooks Fisher (1993-96) for the lead in career 200-yard passing games with seven and is currently fifth in career completion percentage (53.8). Malatesta is 10th all-time in receiving yards (1,204) and fifth in career touchdown receptions (10). Watson claims 1,164 all-purpose yards this season and is just 81 yards shy from breaking the single-season all-purpose yards record held by Chris Leiser since the 1979 season.

BIG FIRST STEP: Freshman placekicker Brad Wiginton made good on his first career field goal attempt on Saturday by booting a game-winning 42-yarder with no time left against Sewanee. It was not Wiginton's first action; however, he has been attempting the Generals' extra points all 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 TDŐs 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, heŐs only a junior.


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