RECORD: Overall 3-5 Home 1-3 Away 2-2 ODAC 1-3
Washington and Lee Football ReleaseWeek 9 - W&L vs. #14 Emory & Henry - November 7 - 1:30 pm
GAME INFORMATION: Time: 1:30 pm Site: Wilson Field (7,000), Lexington, Va. Series: E&H Leads 21-6 Last Meeting: 11/8/97 at E&H (E&H won 27-17) First Meeting: 10/8/21 at W&L (W&L won 27-0) Last W&L Win: 9/18/82 at W&L (21-15) Last E&H Win: 11/8/97 at E&H (27-17) Current Series Streak: E&H +15 W&L vs. E&H at W&L: 5-10 W&L vs. E&H at E&H: 1-11
LEAGUE STANDINGS Team League Overall Emory & Henry 4-0 8-0 Randolph-Macon 2-1 5-3 Guilford 3-2 4-4 Hampden-Sydney 2-2 3-5 Washington & Lee 1-3 3-5 Bridgewater 0-4 0-8
THE SERIES: This is the 28th meeting between the two schools, with Emory & Henry holding a 21-6 advantage in the series that began during the 1921 season. The Wasps have won each of the last 15 meetings between the two schools, including a 27-17 win last season in Emory, Va.
THE LAST MEETING: (E&H 27, W&L 17, November 1, 1997 - Lexington, Va.) The Generals led 17-6 through three quarters, but Emory & Henry scored three touchdowns in the final 8:30 of the game to walk away with a 27-17 win. Christian Batcheller completed 24-of-44 tosses for 304 yards and two touchdowns and J.T. Malatesta caught seven passes for 184 yards, including a 78-yarder for a touchdown. Chris Helvey rushed for 91 yards and three touchdowns and Oliver Jordan added another 77 yards on the ground for the Wasps.
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 17-19-1 (.473) overall record, 0-3 against Emory & Henry. The Wasps are led by head coach Lou Wacker (Richmond '58), who is in his 16th season of coaching. He is 130-47 (.734) at E&H and in his career.
W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 42-65-1 (.394) all-time record in the ODAC and is 79-88-5 (.474) all-time against the current members of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, 1-3 this season. The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the ODAC:
Bridgewater (21-8) Emory & Henry (6-21) Guilford (5-7) Hampden-Sydney (27-28-2) Randolph-Macon (20-24-3)
GENERALS GET WIN NUMBER 400: The Generals' win over Bridgewater last week was the 400th all-time at W&L. According to research compiled by the sports information department over the years, W&L has compiled a 400-446-39 (.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 EMORY & HENRY: Emory & Henry enters its game with W&L with an 8-0 overall record, 4-0 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and ranked 14th in the nation. The Wasps are coming off a hard-fought 3-0 win over Ferrum on Saturday. E&H held the Panthers to just 94 yards of total offense, including 45 yards on 33 rushes. The difference in the game was a 33-yard field goal by Chris Epperly with 8:04 remaining in the third quarter. The Wasps are led by running back Oliver Jordan, who tops the ODAC in rushing yards (1,101) and scoring (72 points). He is second in all-purpose yards (1,334) only to Marc Watson. Quarterback Matt Olexy has completed 19-of-47 attempts for 310 yards and three touchdowns.
W&L LAST WEEK: Running back Marc Watson rushed for a career-high 168 yards and one touchdown to help lead Washington and Lee to a 20-12 victory over Bridgewater. With his career day, Watson broke the W&L single-season all-purpose yards record (1,251) held by Chris Leiser since the 1979 season. He now has accumulated 1,388 all-purpose yards this season. W&L opened the scoring with 6:23 remaining in the first quarter, when quarterback Christian Batcheller hit tight end David Ritchey with a one-yard touchdown pass to put W&L up, 7-0. The Generals added to their lead when wide receiver Wes Hardy hauled in a 12-yard touchdown pass with 10:18 left in the second quarter. Freshman placekicker Brad Wiginton's extra point was blocked and W&L led, 13-0. Bridgewater retaliated with 6:45 remaining in the half, when Michael Padgett booted a 51-yard field goal to make the score 13-3. Then, with 51 seconds remaining in the half, the Eagles blocked a W&L punt and recovered on the Generals' five-yard line. The W&L defense would hold on three plays and Padgett kicked a 19-yard field goal as W&L went in at the half with a 13-6 advantage. Bridgewater began the scoring in the second half as quarterback Jason Lutz rushed 14 yards to paydirt with 6:07 left in the third to cut the W&L lead to 13-12. Padgett's point after touchdown was blocked by defensive lineman Ben Middendorf to preserve to lead for the Generals. Both teams would play scoreless until the 4:47 mark of the fourth quarter, when Watson took a fourth-and-one play 12 yards to the end zone to give the Generals a 20-12 lead. BC drove to the W&L 23 yard line with 1:14 left on the clock, but the Eagles fumbled a handoff that was recovered by defensive end Ross Kester to end the threat. Batcheller completed 14-of-23 attempts for 122 yards and two touchdowns and J.T. Malatesta caught five balls for 51 yards to supplement the ground game paced by Watson. Linebacker Brad Baker had a season-high 18 tackles and a sack and Middendorf collected 13 tackles, 0.5 sacks, and one blocked kick.
BRIDGEWATER GAME BREAKDOWN - DEFENSE: Against Bridgewater, the Generals' defense had its finest showing of the 1998 season, allowing just 226 total yards to the Eagles. BC converted on only six-of-15 third downs and was stopped on all three of its fourth down attempts. The Generals also held BC to a field goal on one possession in the second quarter, when the Eagles started on the W&L five yard line.
BRIDGEWATER GAME BREAKDOWN - OFFENSE: The W&L offense once again showed some balance (162 rushing, 122 passing) in earning its second-straight win. Although the Generals moved the ball well, turnovers and penalties prevented the opportunity for more scores.
BRIDGEWATER GAME BREAKDOWN - THE INTANGIBLES: Special teams play would have a bearing on the game as both teams had an extra point blocked. In addition, Bridgewater blocked a W&L punt, giving the Eagles the ball on the five yard line. Penalties also cost the Generals as they were flagged six times for 43 yards. More importantly, W&L had a long pass play (50+ yards) called back because of a holding call.
GENERALS SWEEP WEEKLY ODAC AWARDS: W&L swept the ODAC Player of the Week awards after its 20-12 win over Bridgewater. Marc Watson was named the offensive player of the week and Ben Middendorf was the defensive player of the week. Against BC, Watson rushed for a career-high 168 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries, amassing 224 all-purpose yards in the game. Middendorf collected 13 tackles, three for loss (-4 yards), combined on one sack, and blocked an extra point. A W&L player has won two-straight offensive player of the week awards. Christian Batcheller earned the award last week.
HAVE A DAY: Marc Watson not only rushed for a career-high 168 yards last week, but he also set the W&L record for all-purpose yards in a season, breaking the old record of 1,251 held by Chris Leiser since the 1979 season. With his 224 all-purpose yards on Saturday, his total now stands at 1,388 with two games to play. He currently leads the ODAC in that category, averaging 170.8 all-purpose yards per game. In addition, his 727 yards rushing is the highest single-season total at W&L since the 1993 season.
KEEP AN EYE ON THESE TWO: Juniors Christian Batcheller and J.T. Malatesta are making an assault on the W&L record books this season. Batcheller is currently fourth all-time at W&L in total offense (3,462), fifth in passing yards (3,400), tied for fourth in completions (278), fourth in touchdown passes (24), and sixth in attempts (514). He is tied with Brooks Fisher (1993-96) for the lead in career 200-yard passing games with seven and is currently tied for third in career completion percentage (54.1). Malatesta is eighth all-time in receiving yards (1,255) and fifth in career touchdown receptions (10).
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 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.