Washington and Lee Football Release

Week 9 - W&L at Emory & Henry - November 6 - 1:00 pm

Randolph-Macon 27, Guilford 0
Catholic 42, Emory & Henry 19
W&L 44, Bridgewater 38 (OT)
Davidson 31, Hampden-Sydney 12

Catholic 7-1, 4-0
Randolph-Macon 4-4, 3-1
Emory & Henry 5-3, 3-2
Washington and Lee 4-4, 3-2
Bridgewater 4-4, 2-2
Guilford 3-5, 2-3
Hampden-Sydney 1-7, 0-5

Time: 1:00 pm
Site: Fullerton Field (5,500)
Series: E&H Leads 22-6
Last Meeting: 11/7/98 at W&L (E&H won 23-20)
First Meeting: 10/8/21 at W&L (W&L won 27-0)
Last W&L Win: 9/18/82 at W&L (21-15)
Last E&H Win: 11/7/98 at W&L (23-20)
Current Series Streak: E&H +16
W&L vs. E&H at W&L: 5-11
W&L vs. E&H at E&H: 1-11

This is the 29th meeting between the two schools, with E&H holding a 22-6 advantage in the series that began during the 1921 season. E&H has won each of the last 16 meetings, including a 23-20 come-from-behind win last season in Lexington, Va. W&L led each of the last two games heading into the fourth quarter.

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 22-24-1 (.479) overall record, 0-4 against Emory & Henry. The Wasps are led by 18th-year head coach Lou Wacker (Richmond '58). He is 137-50 (.733) overall at E&H and in his career, 16-1 against W&L.

W&L sports a 45-68-1 (.399) all-time record in the ODAC and is 85-91-5 (.483) 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 (22-8)
Catholic (4-0)
Emory & Henry (6-22)
Guilford (5-8)
Hampden-Sydney (28-28-2)
Randolph-Macon (20-24-3)

(E&H 23, W&L 20, November 7, 1998 - Lexington, Va.) Trailing 20-6 in the fourth quarter, 14th-ranked Emory & Henry scored 17 points in the final 10:14 of the game to post a 23-20 win over Washington & Lee. The Wasps comeback started with W&L on its own one yard line and 6:02 remaining in the contest. W&L punter Doug Williams intentionally stepped out of the end zone to take a safety, making the score 20-8 in favor of the Generals. On the ensuing E&H drive, the Wasps scored on a 41-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tom Crigger to wide receiver David Miller with 3:28 remaining to cut the Generals lead to 20-15. W&L was forced to punt after four plays on its next possession and E&H took over on its own 20 yard line with 1:36 remaining. The Wasps then drove to the 34-yard line with :35 left, but were facing a fourth-and-10 play. Crigger dropped back and lofted a pass to Miller, who hauled the ball in and fell into the end zone to make the score 21-20. The Wasps were then successful on a two-point conversion and walked away with a 23-20 win. Running back Oliver Jordan rushed for a game-high 126 yards to pace the E&H offense. Crigger completed seven-of-18 attempts for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Miller caught two passes for 75 yards and two scores. W&L was led by quarterback Christian Batcheller, who completed 19-of-29 attempts for 207 yards and one touchdown. Running back Marc Watson rushed for 96 yards and tight end David Ritchey hauled in five passes for 86 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter to give the Generals a 13-6 lead. Defensively, the Generals were led by brothers Brad and Will Baker, who totaled 16 and 13 tackles, respectively. Will also had a fumble recovery for a touchdown, and one interception. The Emory & Henry defense was led by defensive back Tyronn Peterson, who had 13 stops and one interception.

Washington and Lee scored 24 points in the final 1:06 of the fourth quarter and overtime to defeat Bridgewater, 44-38. W&L trailed 31-20 with 3:59 remaining in the fourth quarter as Bridgewater senior wide receiver Robert Ziegenfuss hauled in a 22-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Jason Lutz. The Generals then responded on their next drive as sophomore placekicker Brad Wiginton booted a 28-yard field goal, his school-record tying third of the day, with 1:06 remaining. It pulled W&L to within eight points of the Eagles (31-23). W&L freshman cornerback Matt Conners then recovered an onside kick by junior placekicker Andy Vendig to give the Generals the ball on their own 49-yard line. The Generals then drove to the BC 12-yard line before senior quarterback Christian Batcheller hit senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta with a 12-yard TD pass to make the score 31-29 with :38 remaining. The reception gave Malatesta the W&L record for career receiving yards (2,139). The Generals' two-point conversion attempt was good as Batcheller hit Malatesta to tie the game at 31-31. Bridgewater ran out the clock and the two teams headed to overtime. In the extra frames, Bridgewater scored first as sophomore running back Davon Cruz produced a two-yard TD run to make the score 38-31. Washington and Lee retaliated on its first play in its first-ever overtime game as freshman running back Chris Sullivan hauled in a 25-yard scoring strike from Batcheller to make the score 38-38. In the second overtime, W&L received the ball on offense first and scored on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Batcheller to Malatesta. The PAT attempt failed and W&L led 44-38. The Generals then stopped Bridgewater on four plays to emerge with the victory, their third in a row. The Eagles were led by Cruz's 116 yards rushing and one touchdown. Lutz completed 16-of-26 attempts for 208 yards and two touchdowns. W&L was led by Batcheller, who completed 24-of-44 attempts for 309 yards and a school-record tying four touchdowns. Malatesta hauled in 10 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Junior linebacker Jayson Lipsey led the W&L defensive unit with a career-high 25 tackles, two of which were for a loss.

Emory & Henry enters this week's contest with a 5-3 overall record, 3-2 in the ODAC. Most recently, the Wasps were defeated by Catholic, 42-19. E&H allowed 569 yards of total offense to the Cardinals while committing three turnovers. Running back Oliver Jordan, the 1998 ODAC Player of the Year, rushed for just 36 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries. Quarterback Matt Olexy completed 20-of-33 attempts for 233 yards, but was intercepted twice. Wide receiver David Miller caught nine passes for 103 yards and one touchdown. On the season, E&H is led by Jordan, who has 536 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. Olexy has completed 82-of-141 attempts for seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Miller is his favorite target, collecting 32 receptions for 461 yards and four touchdowns.

W&L has compiled a 405-451-39 (.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 20 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.

Junior linebacker Jayson Lipsey leads the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in tackles with a total of 93 stops. He has 17 tackles more than the next closest competitor, junior free safety Will Baker. On Saturday 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. His selection as the defensive player of the week was the third week in a row that a W&L player has received the award.

The 1999 Washington and Lee football team is now officially the cardiac kids. Of W&L's eight 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 8.3 points. Take away the 17-point loss to Johns Hopkins and that total falls to just 5.3 points. The overtime win over Bridgewater marked the first overtime in Washington and Lee history.

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. He also produced a stellar performance against Bridgewater, totaling seven tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss (-7), and two pass breakups. His two breakups occurred on back-to-back plays during Bridgewater's final posession of the overtime when the Generals stopped the Eagles on four plays.

Sophomore defensive tackle Jeff McIntyre had a large hand in the Generals comeback win over Bridgewater. McIntyre forced a BC 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. On the season, McIntyre has 30 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

W&L may be allowing 400.8 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 20 turnovers (five interceptions, 15 fumbles) in their eight games to date, an average of 2.5 per game. Offensively, W&L has committed only 11 turnovers for an average of just 1.4 per game. Jeff Bahl recovered more fumbles at Sewanee (4) than the Generals have lost all season (3). The Generals lead the ODAC in turnover margin (+1.13).

Senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta is on a roll having amassed over 100 yards receiving in six of the seven games he's played in this season, including five in a row. His six 100-yard games ties a W&L record and his five straight 100-yard games is a W&L record. Against BC, Malatesta broke the W&L record for career receiving yards (2,139), breaking the record formally held by Tony Perry (1973-76). His two touchdowns against the Eagles also tied the W&L mark for career TD receptions. Malatesta is just 13 catches from breaking the record for career receptions.

Sophomore placekicker Brad Wiginton was on target against the Eagles last Saturday, connecting on all three field goal attempts. That tied the school record for field goals attempted and made in a game. On the season, Wiginton has made 4-of-6 field goal attempts and 22-of-23 extra point attempts.

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 33 times for 296 yards. That's an average of just four penalties for 37 yards per game. Against Guilford, W&L committed no penalties and the Generals were flagged just once for 10 yards last week against Bridgewater.

The Generals are averaging 380.3 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.

The W&L offense would not be clicking without the efforts of a pair of freshmen in tailback Chris Sullivan and tight end Davis White. Sullivan stepped in for Marc Watson in the fourth game of the season and hasn't looked back. He leads the team in scoring (36 pts.), rushing (103 att., 412 yds.), kick returns (20 ret., 332 yds., 16.6 avg.), and all-purpose yards (133.6 ypg.). He is also third on the team in receiving (23 rec., 191 yds.). White is second on the team in receiving (35 rec., 596 yds.) and fourth in scoring (30 pts.).


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