LAST WEEK'S ODAC SCORES:
Bridgewater 42, Randolph-Macon 14
Catholic 31, Guilford 13
Emory & Henry 23, W&L 21
Maryville 13, Hampden-Sydney 3
Catholic 8-1, 5-0
Emory & Henry 6-3, 4-2
Bridgewater 5-4, 3-2
Randolph-Macon 4-5, 3-2
Washington and Lee 4-5, 3-3
Guilford 3-6, 2-4
Hampden-Sydney 1-8, 0-5
Time: 1:00 pm
Site: Wilson Field (7,000)
Series: W&L Leads 5-1
Last Meeting: 11/14/98 at SC (W&L won 37-7)
First Meeting: 11/7/14 at Lynchburg (W&L won 10-0)
Last W&L Win: 11/14/98 at SC (37-7)
Last SC Win: 11/11/95 at W&L (2-0)
Current Series Streak: W&L +3
W&L vs. SC at W&L: 1-1
W&L vs. SC at SC: 3-0
This is the seventh meeting between the two schools, with W&L holding a 5-1 advantage in the series that began during the 1914 season. The Generals have won each of the last three meetings, including a 37-7 win last season in Swarthmore, Pa. The average margin of victory in the last three meetings has been 22.7 points.
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 22-25-1 (.469) overall record, 3-1 against Swarthmore. The Garnet Tide is led by head coach Peter Alvanos (Drexel '88), who is in his second season at Swarthmore. He is 1-15 at Swarthmore and in his career, 0-1 against W&L.
W&L vs. THE CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE:
W&L is 24-18-1 (.570) 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:
Franklin & Marshall (4-2)
Johns Hopkins (5-4-1)
Western Maryland (3-5)
THE LAST MEETING:
(W&L 37, SC 7, Nov. 14, 1998 - Swarthmore, Pa.) The Washington and Lee football team finished its 1998 regular season with a 37-7 win at Swarthmore. The Generals finished the season with a 4-6 record. W&L pounded out its greatest offensive output of the season with a total of 422 offensive yards. W&L got the scoring started early when Chas Chastain, playing in his final collegiate game, scored on 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Christian Batcheller just 1:56 into the game. Sophomore kicker Andy Vendig extended the lead to 10-0 with a 28-yard field goal with 1:02 remaining in the first quarter. The Generals then exploded for 21 points in the second quarter. Running back Hanley Sayers scored on a three-yard touchdown run with 1:28 remaining in the second quarter and then again with 8:57 remaining in the quarter. Batcheller completed the second quarter scoring when he called his own number with 3:22 left in the half to give the Generals a 31-0 lead going into the half. With 4:28 left in the third quarter, the Generals finished off their scoring when wide receiver J. T. Malatesta caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Batcheller. The conversion failed, giving the Generals a 37-0 lead. The Garnet Tide was held scoreless until 1:59 remained in the game when Joe Aleffi scored on a three-yard TD run, finishing the scoring at 37-7. Batcheller completed 16-of-26 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns. Sayers led the Generals in rushing with 28 attempts for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Malatesta caught six balls for 73 yards and a touchdown, while Chastain had four receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. David Ritchey and Geoff Gober caught three and two balls, respectively, in their last games as Generals. Defensively, W&L was led by freshman lineman Jeff McIntyre, who had six tackles. Safety John McAllister and defensive back Will Baker had five tackles apiece.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington and Lee missed a go-ahead 35-yard field goal with 1:42 remaining in dropping a 23-21 decision to the Wasps of Emory and Henry. The Wasps jumped ahead with 6:31 remaining in the first quarter when wideout Jason Gardner hauled in a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Olexy. Emory & Henry extended its lead to 10-0 over the Generals when Chris Epperly booted a 31-yard field goal just 2:47 into the second quarter. W&L senior fullback Scott Moses cut the lead to 10-7 just 2:01 later with a one-yard touchdown run. The Wasps scored just before halftime on an Olexy five-yard run, making the score 17-7 at the break. W&L came out on fire in the second half, with Moses once again scoring on a one-yard run. The touchdown and extra-point sliced the E&H lead to 17-14 with 10:12 left in the third. W&L then took its only lead of the day at 21-17 when junior wide reciever Wes Hardy snatched a 18-yard pass from senior signal-caller Christian Batcheller at the 2:11 mark of the third quarter. W&L would hold the lead until Wasp tailback Oliver Jordan scored on a 40-yard scamper with 4:16 left in the game. W&L defensive lineman Jeff McIntyre gave the Generals a chance to win with a field goal when he blocked the extra point attempt by Epperly, making the score 23-21 in favor of the Wasps. W&L was able to drive into field goal range at the E&H 18-yard line, but sophomore placekicker Brad Wiginton misfired, allowing the Wasps to claim their 17th consecutive victory in the series. W&L was led on offense by freshman tailback Chris Sullivan, who rushed the ball 27 times for 147 yards. Batcheller was 9-of-25 on the day for 104 yards through the air. Junior safety Will Baker led the defense with 10 tackles. W&L sophomore linebacker Jeff Bahl tallied nine tackles, one fumble recovery, and one pass breakup on the day.
Swarthmore enters this week's contest with a 1-7 overall record, 0-7 in the Centennial Conference. The Garnet Tide's lone win came in the season-opener against Oberlin as it defeated the Yoemen, 42-6, to end a 28-game losing streak. Prior to that, Swarthmore's last win was a 2-0 victory over the Generals on Nov. 11, 1995. Most recently, Swarthmore was defeated by Western Maryland, 41-14. On the season, the Garnet Tide are being outscored by an average of 22.2 points per game and is averaging just 227.4 yards per game. Offensively, Swarthmore is led by tailback Ken Clark, who has gained 626 yards and scored two touchdowns on 175 carries. Scott Murray leads the air attack with 880 yards and five touchdowns. He is completing just 46.6 percent of his passes. His favorite target is wide receiver Blake Atkins, who has snagged 30 passes for 286 yards. Wide-out Keith McManimen is the second option, grabbing 22 balls for 279 yards and three scores. Linebacker Axel Neff leads the defense with 79 tackles and two sacks. Another linebacker, Joe Corso, isn't very far behind with 77 tackles, including 11 for loss, and one interception.
W&L has compiled a 405-452-39 (.474) all-time record. The Generals have been linked to the first intercollegiate football game played in the south, an 1873 matchup with VMI.
The Generals have recorded a sack in every game thus far for a total of 22 on the season. W&L had a total of 11 sacks all of last season. Senior defensive end Michael Moore leads the charge with five sacks, four of which came in the win over Centre.
LIPSEY LEADS LEAGUE:
Junior linebacker Jayson Lipsey leads the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in tackles with a total of 100 stops. He has 14 tackles more than the next closest competitor, junior free safety Will Baker. Two weeks ago against Bridgewater, Lipsey totaled a career-high 25 tackles earning ODAC Defensive Player of the Week honors. His 25 tackles were just three short of tying the school record.
The 1999 Washington and Lee football team is now officially the cardiac kids. Of W&L's nine games this season, six have come down to the final minutes. The average margin of victory in W&L's four wins is just 6.8 points and the average margin of defeat is just 7.0 points. Take away the 17-point loss to Johns Hopkins and that total falls to just 4.5 points. W&L's three conference losses this season are by a combined total of 11 points or just 3.7 points per game.
ON THE BAHL:
Sophomore linebacker Jeff Bahl was on the ball against Sewanee, literally. Bahl recovered four fumbles against the Tigers. He also recorded a career-high 15 tackles, one sack, and a pass deflection. Bahl was named the ODAC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
Sophomore defensive tackle Jeff McIntyre had a large hand in the Generals defensive plans the last two weeks. Against Bridgewater, McIntyre forced a fumble on W&L's one-yard line in the second quarter and blocked a Bridgewater field goal attempt in the third quarter. He also totaled six tackles including one for a loss of two yards. Last week at Emory & Henry, McIntyre totaled three tackles, but recorded a sack and blocked an extra point. On the season, McIntyre has 33 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
TURNOVERS ARE FAIR PLAY:
W&L may be allowing 399.1 yards of total offense per game this season, but the defense continues to stop opponents for one very simple reason -- turnovers. The Generals have forced 22 turnovers (five interceptions, 17 fumbles) in their nine games to date, an average of 2.4 per game. Offensively, W&L has committed only 12 turnovers for an average of just 1.3 per game. Jeff Bahl recovered more fumbles at Sewanee (4) than the Generals have lost all season (3). The Generals are among the ODAC leaders turnover margin.
ODAC'S MOST PROLIFIC PASSER?:
Senior quarterback Christian Batcheller has been a record-breaker this season. In all, he's broken or tied nine W&L single-game, single-season, and career records and can possibly break four more against Swarthmore. In addition, Batcheller has already broken the ODAC record for career completions and is just four passing attempts and 177 passing yards from breaking the ODAC records in those categories. If he does so, he will become the most prolific passer in ODAC history.
IS THAT A FLAG?:
This season, seeing the yellow flag fly against the Generals has been a rarity. W&L is the least penalized team in the ODAC, having been flagged just 38 times for 351 yards. That's an average of just 4.2 penalties for 39 yards per game. Against Guilford, W&L committed no penalties and the Generals were flagged just once for 10 yards against Bridgewater.
The Generals are averaging 364.4 yards per game for the season. The W&L record for single-season total offense is 341.5 yards per game, a record set by the 1950 squad that won the Southern Conference and played in the 1951 Gator Bowl.
Freshman tailback Chris Sullivan had his best game in a W&L uniform last week at Emory & Henry when he rushed 27 times for 147 yards. Sullivan also returned a kickoff 59 yards to help set up the Generals' potential game-winning field goal in the final minutes. All told, Sullivan accounted for nearly 62 percent of W&L's total offense on the day and combined for 206 all-purpose yards. On the season, Sullivan has rushed for 559 yards and five touchdowns, caught 23 passes for 191 yards and another score, and returned 21 kickoffs for 391 yards. He now has 1,141 all-purpose yards on the season, the fifth highest total in W&L history. Keep in mind, Sullivan didn't start at tailback until the fourth game of the season and he has one left to play.