October 10, 2009

W&L Football Rushes Past Catholic, 28-14

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee rushed for 316 yards and four touchdowns in posting a 28-14 homecoming victory over Catholic University on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.

The Generals (2-4, 1-1) won on homecoming for the fourth year in a row and ran their home record against the Cardinals to a perfect 8-0 all-time.

Catholic (0-5, 0-2) jumped out to a 7-0 lead just 2:29 into the game as junior running back Rich Barry (Wilmington, Mass./Wilmington) ripped off a 36-yard run on the fifth play of the game and then capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run two plays later.

W&L retaliated at the 6:00 mark of the first quarter when sophomore quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) capped a 14-play, 66-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to knot the score at 7-7. Sophomore running back Jonathan Clemo (Salem, Va./Salem) gave W&L a 14-7 advantage at the 12:36 mark of the second quarter when he ended an 8-play, 80-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run.

The Generals marched 65 yards in eight plays to begin the third quarter scoring as sophomore running back Harrison Hudson (Salem, Va./Salem) scored on a 25-yard run for a 21-7 lead just 2:34 into the second half.

Catholic responded with a 1-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Matt Cantafio (Wynnwood, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) at the 6:24 mark of the third quarter to make it a 21-14 game, but W&L first-year running back Brett Murray (Lookout Mountain, Tenn./Baylor School) scored on a 34-yard touchdown run on a 4th-and-3 play with 6:47 remaining to put the game away.

Clemo led the Generals’ rushing attack with his second-straight 100-yard performance. He carried 23 times for 137 yards and one touchdown. Hudson rushed five times for 76 yards and one score, while Westfal rushed 15 times for 61 yards and one touchdown. Westfal also completed 5-of-9 passes for 30 yards and Murray added 44 yards and one touchdown on six carries. Sophomore linebacker Rob Look (Dallas, Texas/Hillcrest) led the defense with 12 tackles, while senior linebacker Gus Cavanaugh (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) posted 10 stops.

Barry paced the Cardinals with 57 yards rushing and one touchdown on 10 carries. Cantafio completed 13-of-24 passes for 105 yards and one interception, while junior running back Mike Smith (Silver Spring, Md./Bullis) snared six balls for 25 yards. Senior linebacker Joe Mayer (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) had a team-best 10 tackles.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Hampden-Sydney for a 1:00 pm contest.

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