LAST WEEK'S SCORES:
Guilford 17, Hampden-Sydney 15
Bridgewater 14, Ferrum 7
Emory & Henry 17, Davidson 13
Washington and Lee 23, Centre 17
Time: 1:00 pm
Site: Day Field (3,500)
Series: R-MC Leads 23-20-3
Last Meeting: 10/3/98 at W&L (R-MC won 34-6)
First Meeting: 10/17/03 at R-MC (W&L won 39-0)
Last W&L Win: 9/30/89 at R-MC (33-8)
Last R-MC Win: 10/3/98 at W&L (34-6)
Current Series Streak: R-MC +9
W&L vs. R-MC at W&L: 11-11-3
W&L vs. R-MC at R-MC: 8-12-0
This is the 47th meeting between the two schools, with Randolph-Macon holding a 23-20-3 advantage in the series that began during the 1903 season. Macon has won each of the last nine meetings between the two schools, including a 34-6 victory last season in Lexington.
THE LAST MEETING:
(R-MC 34, W&L 6, October 3, 1998 - Lexington, Va.) Randolph-Macon rolled up 466 yards of total offense, 345 through the air, while holding Washington and Lee to just 205 total yards in posting a 34-6 win over the Generals. Quarterback Brian Partlow opened the scoring for the Yellow Jackets with 4:51 remaining in the first quarter when he hit wide-out Michael Becker on a three-yard scoring strike to make the score 7-0. Then, with 13:40 remaining in the second quarter, Partlow tossed his second of five touchdown passes on the day, hitting wide receiver Sean Eaton with a four-yard strike to up the Yellow Jackets' lead to 14-0. W&L would score its only points of the game in the second period on two field goals by sophomore placekicker Andy Vendig, one from 32 yards and another from 37 yards on the last play of the first half. The Generals would not challenge the Yellow Jackets from that point on. Partlow completed 25-of-51 passes for 342 yards, but tossed three interceptions. Becker paced the Yellow Jacket receiving corps with eight catches for 97 yards. Quarterback Christian Batcheller completed 22-of-38 attempts for 146 yards to lead the Generals' offensive attack.
Randolph-Macon enters its game with W&L with a 1-2 overall record. Most recently, the Yellow Jackets were downed by Washington & Jefferson, 55-28, on Sept. 18. Macon is averaging a league-best 403.7 yards of total offense, but is allowing a league-worst 453.7 yards of offense. The Yellow Jackets are led by senior quarterback Brian Partlow. He has completed 53 percent of his tosses for 994 yards and 10 touchdowns. His favorite targets are senior wide-outs Sean Eaton and Michael Becker. Eaton has snared 28 passes for 397 yards and three touchdowns and Becker has 20 receptions for 357 yards and three touchdowns. The leading ground gainer for Macon is junior tailback Clint Sullivan. He has gained 176 yards on 38 carries. Junior defensive back Scottie Brubek leads the team with 31 tackles and one interception.
LAST TIME OUT:
The Washington and Lee defense tied a school record with seven sacks and came back from a 10-0 second quarter deficit to defeat Centre College, 23-17. The Colonels (2-1) began the scoring with 13:27 remaining in the second quarter as senior placekicker Jason Engel booted a 25-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. Centre would then take a 10-0 lead as sophomore quarterback Drew Mildren hit senior wide receiver Josh Elliott on an eight-yard touchdown strike with 6:54 remaining in the opening half. W&L (1-2, 1-1) countered with a four-yard scoring pass from senior quarterback Christian Batcheller to freshman tight end Davis White with :19 remaining in the half to cut the Colonels lead to 10-7. W&L assumed a 14-10 lead on its opening possession of the second half as junior running back Marc Watson broke off a 53-yard run to begin the series and capped it off with a four-yard scamper with just 1:37 gone-by in the third quarter. Centre would answer nearly one quarter later as Mildren scored on a quarterback sneak from one-yard out to knot the game at 17-17 with 14:24 remaining. The Generals answered with 7:42 remaining on the clock as Batcheller scored on an 11-yard run to make the score 23-17 in favor of Washington and Lee. The point after touchdown was missed. Centre had one last chance to win the game on its final possession, but Mildren was sacked by junior nose tackle Mike Navalkowsky for a 20-yard loss as time expired. The Washington and Lee offense was led by Watson, who rushed for 118 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries. Senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta caught six balls for 167 yards and Batcheller completed 14-of-24 attempts for 248 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, senior defensive end Michael Moore recorded seven tackles and a career-high four sacks. Centre was led offensively by senior running back Kevin Chapman, who rushed for 127 yards on 24 carries.
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 19-22-1 (.464) overall record, 0-4 against Randolph-Macon. The Yellow Jackets are led by third-year head coach Scott Boone (Wabash '81). He is 16-7-0 overall at Macon and in his career, 2-0 against W&L.
W&L vs. THE ODAC:
W&L sports a 43-67-1 (.392) all-time record in the ODAC and is 83-90-5 (.480) all-time against the current members of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. members of the ODAC:
Emory & Henry (6-22)
W&L has compiled a 402-449-39 (.474) all-time record. The Generals have been linked to the first intercollegiate football game played in the south, an 1873 matchup with VMI.
In the Generals win over Centre last Saturday, the W&L defense produced seven sacks, tying a school record that was set against Georgetown during the 1991 season. One individual, senior Michael Moore, produced four sacks. Moore's total was just one from the school record of five set by Robert Hull during the 1995 season, also against Centre. On the season, W&L has 10 sacks total, just one shy of last season's total.
TALE OF TWO HALVES:
The Generals' offense thus far can be summed up as a tale of two halves. The Generals are averaging 154 yards of total offense and 4.7 points in the first half and 218 yards and 14.3 points per game in the second half.
MALATESTA NAMED OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta was named the ODAC Offensive Player of the Week after catching six passes for 167 yards against Centre. Malatesta is just 49 receptions, 465 yards, and six TD's away from the W&L career marks in each of those categories.
KUDOS TO THE O-LINE:
The Generals' offense is averaging 372.3 yards per game after three games, due in large part to the play of the offensive line. The Generals are averaging an ODAC-best 161.7 rushing yards per game and the line has allowed 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 three weeks, totaling 102 yards against Johns Hopkins, 114 yards against Guilford, and 118 yards against Centre. With a 100-yard rushing performance this week, 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 1,157 yards rushing for his career. His average of 111.3 rushing yards per game leads the ODAC.
This week's game pits a match-up of two of the ODAC's best offenses and worst defenses thus far. The Yellow Jackets are averaging a league-best 403.7 yards per game, while the Generals are third with an average of 372.3 yards per game. Defensively, Macon is dead-last, giving up an average of 453.7 yards per game, while W&L is second-to-last with an average of 388.7 yards per game allowed. Macon is also allowing an ODAC-high 34.3 points per game.
Senior quarterback Christian Batcheller is on pace to break a number of W&L career records. Batcheller is 214 attempts, 108 completions, 389 yards, and four 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 423 yards from breaking the career mark for total offense.