Washington and Lee Football Release

Week 1 - W&L at Johns Hopkins - September 11 - 1:00 pm
LAST WEEK'S SCORES Western Maryland 24, Bridgewater 0 John Carroll 26, Catholic 21 Washington & Jefferson 24, Emory & Henry 17 Sewanee 14, Hampden-Sydney 0 Randolph-Macon 54, Gettysburg 20 THE SERIES: This is the 10th meeting between the two schools, with W&L holding a 5-3-1 advantage in the series that began during the 1913 season. Hopkins has won each of the last two meetings between the two schools, including a 43-23 win last season in Lexington. SERIES INFO: Time: 1:00 pm Site: Homewood Field (10,000); Baltimore, Md. Series: W&L Leads 5-3-1 Last Meeting: 9/12/98 at W&L (JHU won 43-23) First Meeting: 10/18/13 at JHU (W&L won 34-3) Last W&L Win: 10/20/62 at W&L (22-8) Last JHU Win: 9/12/98 at W&L (43-23) Current Series Streak: JHU +2 W&L vs. JHU at W&L: 1-1-1 W&L vs. JHU at JHU: 4-2-0 THE LAST MEETING: (JHU 43, W&L 23, September 12, 1998 - Lexington, Va.) Johns Hopkins rolled up 454 yards of total offense, 262 yards through the air, to defeat Washington and Lee, 43-23, in the season-opener for both teams. The Blue Jays did much of their damage in the second quarter, scoring four touchdowns to take a 29-10 lead going in at the half. Tailback Donald Davis provided much of the offensive spark for Hopkins, rushing for 54 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. Quarterback Wayne Roccia completed nine-of-14 attempts for 163 yards and two touchdowns, while wide-out Sam Skinner caught five passes for 119 yards and one score. Washington and Lee was paced offensively by quarterback Christian Batcheller, who completed 19-of-28 attempts for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Wide-out J.T. Malatesta also caught eight passes for 124 yards and one touchdown. SCOUTING JOHNS HOPKINS: Hopkins takes the field for the 1999 season after posting three straight 7-3 seasons and finishing in a second place tie in the Centennial Conference last season. The Blue Jays return a talented team which includes 15 starters and 64 lettermen. Offensively, the Blue Jays are led by a pair of senior quarterbacks in Wayne Roccia and Jamie Monica. The two combined to pass for 1,941 yards and 19 touchdowns last season and have started 30 games the last three years. Senior tailback Adam Gentile and Sam Skinner are also back from a year ago. Gentile rushed for 1,001 yards and eight touchdowns in 1998, while Skinner caught 33 passes for 705 yards and three touchdowns. Hopkins also welcomes back three returning starters to the offensive line. Defensively, the Blue Jays are led by Second Team All-America defensive back Harrison Bernstein, who recorded 72 tackles and two interceptions last season. Senior defensive linemen Greg Gorla also returns. Gorla earned First Team All-Centennial Conference honors after totaling 54 tackles and 3.5 sacks. THE HEAD COACHES: Frank Miriello (East Stroudsburg '67) is in his fifth season as the head coach at W&L and his 32nd year of coaching. He claims a 18-20-1 (.474) overall record, 0-2 against Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays are led by 10th-year head coach Jim Margraff (Johns Hopkins '82). He is 51-36-3 (.583) at Hopkins and in his career. He is 2-0 against W&L. W&L vs. THE CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE: W&L is 24-17-1 (.583) all-time against the current members of the Centennial Conference. The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the Centennial Conference: Dickinson (3-0) Franklin & Marshall (4-2) Gettysburg (1-3) Johns Hopkins (5-3-1) Swarthmore (5-1) Ursinus (3-3) Western Maryland (3-5) FOR OPENERS: Since 1900, W&L is 52-43-1 (.547) in its season opening games (No games were played from 1943-45 because of World War II). However, the Generals have not won a season- opener since defeating Dickinson, 33-7, on September 8, 1984. ALL-TIME RECORD: W&L has compiled a 401-447-39 (.474) all-time record. The Generals have been linked to the first intercollegiate football game played in the south, an 1873 matchup with VMI. WHAT'S BACK?: The Generals enter the 1999 season with 17 starters (7 offense, 8 defense, 2 specialists) and 27 letterwinners returning. Offensive starters from last season include senior First Team All-ODAC and HM All-State quarterback Christian Batcheller, senior fullback Scott Moses, junior First Team All-ODAC tailback Marc Watson, senior HM All-ODAC wide receiver J.T. Malatesta, junior Second Team All-ODAC offensive tackle Justin Holton, senior center Matt Seals, and junior guard Colin Fitzgibbons. Defensive starters include senior defensive end Bill McGettigan, sophomore defensive tackle Jeff McIntyre, junior nose tackle Mike Navalkowsky, senior linebacker Keith Prusek, junior linebacker Jayson Lipsey, senior cornerback Harry Brookby, junior HM All-ODAC cornerback Andy Robinson, and junior First Team All-ODAC and All-State free safety Will Baker. Last season, Batcheller completed 59.6 percent of his passes for 1,813 yards and 11 touchdowns. Watson rushed for 823 yards and seven touchdowns, while amassing a school-record 1,500 all-purpose yards. Malatesta snatched 42 passes for 494 yards and four touchdowns. Baker recorded 84 tackles and four interceptions, while Robinson notched 65 tackles and one interception. TWO-SPORT WONDER: Senior quarterback Christian Batcheller is not only an amatuer football player, but a professional baseball player. Batcheller signed a professional contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in June after being selected in the 46th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Batcheller spent his summer playing for the Pirates minor league teams in Bradenton, Fla., and Williamsport, Pa. A three-year starter for the W&L baseball team, Batcheller surrendered his final year of eligability with the Generals as the school's record holder in career home runs (23), single-season home runs (9), single-game home runs (2), career RBI (90), single-season RBI (45), single-game RBI (7), single-season total bases (92), single-game total bases (11), single-season hits (51), single-game hits (5), career runs (93), single-season runs (34), single-game extra base hits (3), career batting average (.378), and single-season batting average (.490). THE 1999 SCHEDULE: The Generals 1999 schedule includes 10 teams that had a combined record of 44-53 (.454) during the 1998 season. Two schools, Bridgewater and Swarthmore, were winless last season. One team, Emory & Henry, was 10-0. The Generals' non-conference opponents went a combined 20-27 (.426), while the ODAC foes were a combined 24-26 (.480). RECORDS WATCH: Senior quarterback Christian Batcheller is on pace to break a number of W&L career records as is his favorite target, senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta. Batcheller is 292 attempts, 154 completions, 1,021 yards, and seven touchdowns away from breaking the career marks in each category. He also is just 1.2 percentage points from the career mark in completion percentage and 1,125 yards from breaking the career mark for total offense. Batcheller currently holds numerous single-game and single-season W&L records. Malatesta is just 64 receptions, 761 yards, and six TD's away from the career marks in each of those categories.

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