LAST WEEK'S ODAC SCORES:
Catholic 35, Randolph-Macon 26
Emory & Henry 36, Hampden-Sydney 7
Maryville 21, Bridgewater 20
Davidson 35, W&L 28
Ferrum 17, Guilford 14
Emory & Henry 4-1, 2-0
Catholic 4-1, 2-0
Guilford 3-2, 2-0
Randolph-Macon 2-3, 1-1
Bridgewater 2-3, 1-1
Washington and Lee 1-4, 1-2
Hampden-Sydney 1-4, 0-3
Time: 1:00 pm
Site: Fulton Field (2,400)
Series: H-SC Leads 28-27-2
Last Meeting: 10/17/98 at W&L (H-SC won 21-14)
First Meeting: 11/1899 (W&L won 6-5)
Last W&L Win: 10/18/97 at H-SC (29-7)
Last H-SC Win: 10/17/98 at W&L (21-14)
Current Series Streak: H-SC +1
W&L vs. H-SC at W&L: 14-13-2
W&L vs. H-SC at H-SC: 8-12
THE LAST MEETING:
(H-SC 21, W&L 14, October 17, 1998 - Lexington, Va.) Hampden-Sydney amassed 395 yards of total offense and held the ball for 40:48 of the game, including the final 9:28 in defeating Washington and Lee, 21-14. The Tigers opened the scoring with 13 seconds remaining in the first quarter when running back Shannon Evans scored on a one-yard plunge to make it 7-0. Evans scored his second touchdown of the day on another one-yard run with 3:51 remaining in the second quarter to put the Tigers up 14-0. The Generals cut into the Hampden-Sydney lead with 1:07 remaining in the opening half when running back Marc Watson scored on a one-yard run to make it 14-7 going in at the half. W&L then tied the game at 14-14 with 6:42 remaining in the third stanza when Watson scored his second touchdown of the day, this time on a 51-yard scamper. He finished the day with a career-high 155 yards rushing on 27 carries. Hampden-Sydney scored the game-winner with 11:27 remaining in the fourth quarter when wide-out Neal Herndon caught a 16-yard scoring strike from junior quarterback Walt Bondurant. Running back Trey Kern led the Hampden-Sydney attack with 100 yards on 23 carries. Bondurant completed 14-of-22 attempts for 189 yards and one touchdown. Free safety Will Baker totaled a career-high 17 tackles and two pass break-ups for the W&L defense.
THE SERIES -- 100 YEAR RIVALRY:
This is the 58th meeting between the two schools, with Sydney holding a 28-27-2 advantage in the series that began in November of the 1899 season, nearly 100 years ago. W&L won the first meeting 6-5 for its lone win of the season. W&L has won three of the last four meetings, including a 29-7 win at Hampden-Sydney during the 1997 season.
The Tigers enter their game with W&L with a 1-4 overall record, 1-3 in the ODAC. Most recently, Hampden-Sydney was defeated by Emory & Henry, 36-7. The Tigers managed just 94 yards of total offense and turned the ball over four times. On the season, Sydney is averaging 271.2 yards of total offense, while giving up just 292.8 yards of total offense. Ernest Cheatham leads the team in rushing with 293 yards and one touchdown on 74 carries. Cheatham, a transfer from Emory & Henry, ran for 62 yards against the Generals last season while a member of the Wasps. Walt Bondurant has completed 68-of-117 passing attempts for 682 yards and three touchdowns. He has been intercepted six times on the season. Neal Herndon leads the team in receiving with 19 catches for 179 yards.
LAST TIME OUT:
Senior quarterback Christian Batcheller surpassed Brooks Fischer (1993-96) as the school's career leader in passing yards (5,030) and total offense (5,282) in a 35-28 loss to Davidson. The Generals jumped out to a quick 14-0 first quarter lead on a pair of touchdown runs by freshman tailback Chris Sullivan. Sullivan scored his first touchdown on a seven-yard scamper with 5:37 remaining and his second on a 28-yard run with 3:04 left. Davidson answered on a one-yard scoring run by senior quarterback Shaun Tyrance with just 35 seconds gone-by in the second quarter and tied the game when junior Corey Crawford returned a blocked punt 29 yards for a touchdown with 6:48 remaining in the first half. However, W&L would answer with 2:03 remaining in the half when Batcheller scored on an 18-yard run to put the Generals up 21-14. Once again, Davidson retaliated, this time with just 15 seconds remaining in the half as Tyrance found junior running back John DeBord with a 12-yard scoring strike to send the two teams into the half tied at 21-21. Riding momentum, the Wildcats assumed their first lead of the game just 43 seconds into the third quarter as Tyrance found senior wide receiver Roland Williams with a 62-yard touchdown pass to make the score 28-21. W&L tied the game on a one-yard touchdown plunge by senior fullback Scott Moses with 8:06 left in the third, but Davidson added another score on a 29-yard touchdown reception by freshman wide receiver Mike Chase with 1:27 left in the third to give the Wildcats a 35-28 lead which they would not relinquish. The Generals drove to the Davidson 22-yard line with 1:31 remaining, but the Wildcats defense held on a fourth down conversion attempt. Batcheller completed 18-of-33 attempts for 203 yards and ran for another 59 yards to lead the Generals' offense. Sullivan rushed for 111 yards on 25 carries, while senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta hauled in seven passes for 107 yards.
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 19-24-1 (.443) overall record, 3-1 against Hampden-Sydney. The Tigers are led by third-year head coach Phil Culicerto (Virginia Tech '84). He is 4-21 (.160) overall at Hampden-Sydney and in his career, 1-1 against W&L.
W&L vs. THE ODAC:
W&L sports a 43-68-1 (.388) all-time record in the ODAC and is 83-91-5 (.478) 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 402-451-39 (.473) 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 15 on the season. W&L had a total of 11 sacks all of last season. Senior defensive end Michael Moore leads the charge with 4.5 sacks, four of which came in the win over Centre.
MALATESTA ON A TEAR:
Senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta has been on a tear of late, totaling 24 receptions for 425 yards and two touchdowns during the last three weeks. On the season, Malatesta claims 33 catches for 554 yards and two touchdowns. He had just 42 catches for 494 yards and four touchdowns all of last season. Malatesta is just 31 catches, 208 yards, and four touchdowns from breaking the W&L career marks in each category.
KUDOS TO THE O-LINE:
The Generals' offense is averaging 394.4 yards per game after five games, due in large part to the play of the offensive line. The Generals are averaging 158.8 rushing yards per game and the line has allowed just five sacks on 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.
Junior running back Marc Watson rushed for over 100 yards in each of the Generals' first three games and was leading the ODAC with an average of 111.3 rushing yards per game. However, Watson was diagnosed with mononeucleosis and isn't expected to return to action until after the Sydney game. Filling in for Watson, freshman Chris Sullivan has rushed for a combined 199 yards and two touchdowns against Randolph-Macon and Davidson.
TO THE POINT:
Through the first five games, W&L has scored 108 points for an average of 21.6 points per game. That is W&L's highest scoring total through the first five games of a season since the 1989 squad put up 131 points (26.2 avg.) during its first five games.
BATCHELLER BREAKS MORE RECORDS:
In the Generals' 35-28 loss to Davidson last week, senior quarterback Christian Batcheller broke the W&L record for career passing yards (5,030) and career total offense (5,282). His next touchdown pass will set a new record for career touchdowns and he needs just 166 attempts and 78 completions for the career record in each of those categories.