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Washington and Lee Football Release

Week 8 - W&L vs. Bridgewater - October 30 - 1:00 pm

Bridgewater 37, Johns Hopkins 24
Catholic 45, Hampden-Sydney 7
Emory & Henry 24, Guilford 7
Davidson 24, Randolph-Macon 16
W&L 31, Sewanee 28

Catholic 6-1, 3-0
Emory & Henry 5-2, 3-1
Bridgewater 4-3, 2-1
Randolph-Macon 3-4, 2-1
Guilford 3-4, 2-2
Washington and Lee 3-4, 2-2
Hampden-Sydney 1-6, 0-5

Time: 1:00 pm
Site: Wilson Field (7,000)
Series: W&L Leads 21-8
Last Meeting: 10/31/98 at BC (W&L won 20-12)
First Meeting: 10/31/64 (W&L won 28-16)
Last W&L Win: 10/31/98 at BC (20-12)
Last BC Win: 10/31/92 at BC (20-12)
Current Series Streak: W&L +6
W&L vs. BC at W&L: 10-4
W&L vs. BC at BC: 11-4

(W&L 20, Bridgewater 12, October 31, 1998 - Bridgewater, Va.) W&L running back Marc Watson rushed for a career-high 160 yards and one touchdown to help lead the Generals to a 20-12 victory over Bridgewater. The Generals opened the scoring with 6:23 remaining in the first quarter, as quarterback Christian Batcheller hit tight end David Ritchey with a one-yard touchdown pass to make the score 7-0. W&L added to its lead when wide receiver Wes Hardy hauled in a 12-yard touchdown pass with 10:18 left in the second quarter. Brad Wiginton's extra point attempt was blocked and W&L led, 13-0. Bridgewater retaliated with 6:45 remaining in the half when Michael Padgett booted a 51-yard field goal to make the score 13-3. Then, with 51 seconds remaining in the half, the Eagles blocked a W&L punt and recovered on the Generals' five-yard line. The W&L defense would hold on three plays and Padgett kicked a 19-yard field goal to make the score 13-6 at the half. Bridgewater began the scoring in the second half as quarterback Jason Lutz rushed 14 yards to paydirt with 6:07 left in the third to cut the W&L lead to 13-12. Padgett's point after touchdown was blocked by defensive lineman Ben Middendorf to preserve to lead for the Generals. Both teams would play scoreless until the 4:47 mark of the fourth quarter when Watson took a fourth-and-one play 12 yards to the end zone to give the Generals a 20-12 lead. Bridgewater drove to the W&L 23 yard line with 1:14 left on the clock, but the Eagles fumbled a handoff that was recovered by defensive end Ross Kester to end the threat. Batcheller completed 14-of-23 attempts for 122 yards and two touchdowns and J.T. Malatesta caught five balls for 51 yards to suppliment the ground game paced by Watson. Lutz led Bridgewater's offensive attack with 95 yards rushing and one touchdown. He also completed six-of-14 pass attempts for 50 yards.

This is the 30th meeting between the two schools, with W&L holding a 21-8 advantage in the series that began during the 1964 season. W&L has won each of the last six meetings, including a 20-12 win last season in Bridgewater, Va. Bridgewater has not won a game in Lexington, Va., since a 20-12 victory over the Generals in 1991.

The Eagles enter their game with W&L with a 4-3 overall record, 2-1 in the ODAC. They have won four of their last five games, with the only loss coming to Maryville by a 21-20 score. Most recently, Bridgewater defeated Johns Hopkins, 37-24. The Eagles were down 24-10 heading into the fourth quarter but scored 27 points in the final period to claim the victory. The Eagles amassed 420 yards of total offense, led by running back Gary Cook and wide receiver Marcus Richardson. Cook rushed for 132 yards and one touchdown and Richardson caught two passes for 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns. On the season, the Eagles are averaging 317.7 yards of total offense, while giving up just 267.7 yards per game. Quarterback Jason Lutz heads up the offensive unit, completing 63-of-148 attempts for 902 yards and eight touchdowns. He has also rushed 64 times for 238 yards and one touchdown. Davon Cruz leads the Eagles' rushing attack with 378 yards and three touchdowns on 108 carries. Defensively, rover Spencer Nice leads Bridgewater with 75 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.

The Washington and Lee football team improved to 3-4 on the season with a come-from-behind 31-28 victory over the Tigers of Sewanee. Sewanee jumped ahead early when quarterback Max Fuller hit wideout David Witt from 10 yards out only 10:46 into the first. The Tigers extended their lead to 14-0 when Fuller took a quarterback sneak into the endzone from the one-yard line. W&L freshman tailback Chris Sullivan cut the lead in half on a two-yard touchdown run with only 1:53 gone by in the second quarter. W&L tied the game at the 6:55 mark of thesecond when senior fullback Scott Moses took the ball into the endzone from two-yards out. The teams went into halftime with the game knotted at 14 points apiece. The Generals once again found themselves in a hole when the Sewanee defense picked off a pass on the W&L 10-yard line and carried it into the endzone for a 21-14 lead with only 2:54 gone-by in the third quarter. Washington and Lee once again retaliated, this time with a 41-yard touchdown pass from senior signal-caller Christian Batcheller to freshman tight-end Davis White at the 14:26 mark of the fourth quarter. Fuller tallied what proved to be the Tigers final points just 3:04 later when he once again called his own number from two-yards out, making the score 28-21. W&L began its final comeback at the 5:09 mark when junior placekicker Andy Vendig booted a 34-yard field goal to cut the Sewanee lead to 28-24. Sullivan then scored the winning touchdown for W&L on a four-yard carry, putting the Generals ahead 31-28 with 4:21 left in the game. W&L was able to stop the Tigers on their final effort to score. The Sewanee drive ended when W&L sophomore linebacker Jeff Bahl recovered a fumble inside W&L territory with only :50 left in the game. On the day, Bahl tallied 15 tackles, four fumble recoveries, a quarterback sack, and a pass deflection. Batcheller completed 13-of-27 pass attempts for 197 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. White caught four passes for 86 yards and a TD, while Sullivan had six catches for 81 yards.

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 21-24-1 (.467) overall record, 4-0 against Bridgewater. The Eagles are led by fifth-year head coach Michael Clark (Cincinnati '79). He is 11-35-1 (.245) overall at Bridgewater and in his career, 0-4 against W&L.

W&L sports a 44-68-1 (.394) all-time record in the ODAC and is 84-91-5 (.481) 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:

Bridgewater (21-8)
Catholic (4-0)
Emory & Henry (6-22)
Guilford (5-8)
Hampden-Sydney (28-28-2)
Randolph-Macon (20-24-3)

W&L has compiled a 404-451-39 (.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 19 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.

Sophomore linebacker Jeff Bahl was on the ball Saturday at 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.

W&L may be allowing 389.6 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 18 turnovers (five interceptions, 13 fumbles) in their seven games to date, an average of 2.6 per game. Offensively, W&L has committed only 10 turnovers for an average of just 1.4 per game. Jeff Bahl recovered more fumbles last week (4) than the Generals have lost all season (3).

Against Sewanee, the Generals scored a season-high 31 points on a season-low 231 yards of total offense. W&L took advantage of the opportunities the Tigers presented, turning five turnovers into 17 points.

Despite the season low 231 yards gained by the Generals' offense last week, the team is still averaging 378.7 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.

Although just 3-4 on the season, W&L is experiencing a record-breaking season. All told, eight W&L records have been broken or tied and many more may fall in the coming weeks. Records that have been broken include career passing yards (5,514 - Christian Batcheller), career touchdown passes (36 - Christian Batcheller), consecutive 200-yard passing games (6 - Christian Batcheller), 200-yard passing games in a season (6 - Christian Batcheller), consecutive 100-yard receiving games (4 - J.T. Malatesta), career 100-yard receiving games (10 - J.T. Malatesta), career total offense (5,771 - Christian Batcheller), and team sacks in a game (7 - vs. Centre).


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