W&L Football Knocked off by Emory & Henry, 23-16

EMORY, Va. – Emory & Henry quarterback Drew Piscopo threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Wasps to a 23-16 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC football action on Saturday afternoon at Fullerton Field.

W&L jumped out to a 3-0 lead after driving 68 yards on 15 plays during its opening drive. The Generals moved the ball to the E&H 2-yardline before settling for a 20-yard field goal from junior placekicker Martin Prichard (Paris, Ky./Asheville School) at the 5:46 mark of the first quarter.

Emory & Henry (6-3, 2-3) then strung together a 9-play drive that Piscopo capped off with a 2-yard touchdown plunge for a 7-3 advantage at the 2:08 mark of the opening quarter. The Wasps added a 41-yard field goal by Matt Turchin for a 10-3 lead at the 6:20 mark of the second quarter, but the Generals retaliated with a Prichard 27-yard field goal to make it a 10-6 game with 52 seconds left in the half. However, the Wasps had enough time for one more score before the break as Piscopo found Jonathan Hawkins with a 16-yard touchdown strike just 39 seconds later for a 17-6 lead at the break.

Another Piscopo to Hawkins connection, this time from 13-yards out at the 5:59 mark of the third quarter, gave E&H a 23-6 lead. Turchin’s PAT failed.

The Generals climbed to within 23-13 on a 1-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Jonathan Clemo (Salem, Va./Salem) at the 1:59 mark of the third quarter and a 37-yard Prichard field goal made it a 23-16 game with 5:24 left. W&L successfully executed an onside kick to regain possession, but lost four yards on three plays and was forced to punt. The Wasps then ran seven plays to bleed the final 3:43 and walk away with the win.

Clemo led the Generals on offense with 96 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Sophomore quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) completed 12-of-28 passes for 128 yards and one interception, while sophomore running back Harrison Hudson (Salem, Va./Salem) carried nine times for 39 yards and caught four passes for 41 yards. Senior defensive back Donavon Sawyer (Little Rock, Ark./Robinson) paced the defense with 13 tackles.

Piscopo completed 4-of-11 passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns (1 INT) and rushed 14 times for 82 yards and one touchdown. Running back Caleb Jennings toted the ball 32 times for a game-high 188 yards, while Hawkins snared two passes for 29 yards and two touchdowns. Ed Smith led the Wasp defense with 10 tackles and one sack.

The loss ends Washington and Lee’s season at 3-7 overall and 2-4 in the ODAC.

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