LAST WEEK'S SCORES:
Catholic 63, Newport News Apprentice 7
Emory & Henry 24, Bridgewater 21
Guilford 22, Washington and Lee 20
Washington and Jefferson 55, Randolph-Macon 28
Time: 1:00 pm
Site: Wilson Field (7,000)
Series: CC Leads 31-18-2
Last Meeting: 9/26/98 at CC (W&L won 21-20)
First Meeting: 10/30/1897 at CC (W&L won 22-0)
Last W&L Win: 9/26/98 at CC (21-20)
Last CC Win: 9/27/97 at W&L (30-14)
Current Series Streak: W&L +1
W&L vs. CC at W&L: 10-10-2
W&L vs. CC at CC: 7-20
This is the 52nd meeting between the two schools, with Centre holding a 31-18-2 advantage in the series that began during the 1897 season. W&L has won two of the last three meetings, including a 21-20 victory last season in Danville, Ky.
THE LAST MEETING:
(W&L 21, CC 20, September 26, 1998 - Danville, Ky.) Wide receiver Chas Chastain caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Christian Batcheller with 3:36 remaining to give the Generals a 21-20 win at Centre. The Generals dominated the decisive fourth quarter, controlling the ball for 11:14 and running 31 plays in the period to just 12 for the Colonels. A major part of W&L's offense was running back Marc Watson, who rushed 14 times for 101 yards in the second half. He finished the game with 110 yards on 19 carries with one touchdown. Watson opened the scoring for the Generals when he scored on a five-yard scamper with 2:01 remaining in the first quarter to knot the game at 7-7. After Centre took a 17-7 lead 3:49 into the second half, Batcheller hit tight end David Ritchey with a 52-yard touchdown pass just 56 seconds later to bring the Generals within three at 17-14. Centre would tack on its second field goal of the day, a 29-yarder with 1:59 remaining in the third stanza to produce a 20-14 lead before the Generals took control of the game with their ball control offense. Batcheller finished the game completing 18-of-30 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
Centre enters its game with W&L with a 2-0 overall record after having defeated Kenyon, 34-14, and Rhodes, 21-14 last week. The Colonels are averaging nearly 400 yards of offense (396.5) and 27.5 points per game, while allowing just an average of 248.0 yards and 14.0 points per game to their opponents. On the ground, Centre is led by senior running back Kevin Chapman, who has rushed for 242 yards and a pair of touchdowns in two games. Sophomore quarterback Drew Mildren heads up the air attack having completed 32-of-54 attempts for 384 yards and two touchdowns. Mildren's favorite target is sophomore wide-out Jeremy Gomez. Gomez has caught nine passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, senior linebacker Adam Browning paces the squad with 22 tackles and one sack, including an 18-tackle performance against Kenyon.
LAST TIME OUT:
Sophomore placekicker Luke Southam booted a 24-yard field goal with :21 remaining to lift Guilford to a 22-20 win over Washington and Lee. W&L junior tailback Marc Watson scored on a 19-yard run with 4:11 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Generals a 20-19 lead. W&L's attempt for a two-point conversion failed. Guilford then produced an 11-play, 67-yard drive to set up the game-winning field goal. Guilford opened the scoring with 10:08 remaining in the opening quarter as freshman quarterback David Hessler scored on a two-yard plunge to take a 6-0 lead. The Quakers' attempt at a two-point conversion failed. With 1:07 remaining in the opening quarter, Hessler scored on another two-yard scamper to give Guilford a 12-0 lead. Another attempt for a two-point conversion failed and the two teams went scoreless for the remainder of the half as the Quakers held a 12-0 advantage at the break. In the second half, W&L began a comeback as freshman tight end Davis White hauled in a 23-yard scoring strike from senior quarterback Christian Batcheller to bring the Generals within 12-7 with 8:05 remaining in the third quarter. Following another Guilford touchdown, this time on a 1-yard run by sophomore fullback Jeff Faulkner, the Generals retaliated with a 27-yard scoring strike from Batcheller to Watson to make the score 19-14 in favor of Guilford. The score would remain 19-14 until Watson's tally that gave the Generals the lead. For the game, Watson rushed 26 times for 114 yards and one touchdown and caught three passes for 24 yards and another touchdown. He also amassed 64 yards on kickoff returns for 202 all-purpose yards. Batcheller completed nine-of-20 attempts for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Junior linebacker Jayson Lipsey led the Generals' defense with 14 tackles and a fumble recovery.
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 18-22-1 (.451) overall record, 2-1-1 against Centre. The Colonels are led by second-year head coach Andy Frye (Muskingum '81). He is 5-7 overall at Centre and in his career, 0-1 against W&L.
W&L vs. THE SOUTHERN COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE:
W&L sports a 51-63-3 (.449) all-time record against SCAC competition, including a 2-0 mark last season. The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the SCAC:
W&L has compiled a 401-449-39 (.474) all-time record. The Generals have been linked to the first intercollegiate football game played in the south, an 1873 matchup with VMI.
HOME SWEET HOME:
Since 1900, W&L is 219-118-14 (.644) at home, including a streak of 51 consecutive home victories from the 1910 season until the 1924 season.
AS CLOSE AS IT COMES:
The Generals came as close as a team can come to playing mistake-free football against Guilford. W&L committed no penalties and no turnovers in the contest. The lack of yellow laundry marked the first time in the 1990's that the Generals were not flagged in a game.
KUDOS TO THE O-LINE:
The Generals' offense is averaging 349.0 yards per game after two games, due in large part to the play of the offensive line. W&L has had a running back rush for over 100 yards in each of its first two games and the line has surrendered just one sack for a loss of two yards on the season.
Junior running back Marc Watson has rushed for over 100 yards in each of the past two weeks, totaling 102 yards against Johns Hopkins and 114 yards last week. With two more 100-yard rushing performances in the next two weeks, Watson can tie Gene Girard for second on the consecutive 100-yard games list with four. The top spot is occupied by Kevin Weaver, who compiled eight 100-yard rushing performances in a row during the 1985 season. Watson now has 1,039 yards rushing for his career.
Linebackers Jayson Lipsey and Keith Prusek have been a pair of defensive demons this season, totaling 26 and 22 tackles a piece thus far. Lipsey has also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble on the season.
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 238 attempts, 122 completions, 637 yards, and five touchdowns away from breaking the career marks in each category. He also is just 0.7 percentage points from the career mark in completion percentage and 703 yards from breaking the career mark for total offense. Batcheller currently holds numerous single-game and single-season W&L records. Malatesta is just 55 receptions, 632 yards, and six TD's away from the career marks in each of those categories.