Franklin & Marshall Holds Off W&L Football, 29-27

Franklin & Marshall Holds Off W&L Football, 29-27

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee sophomore quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) was stopped just shy of the goal line on a two-point conversion attempt with 1:17 remaining as Franklin & Marshall held on for a 29-27 victory over the Generals on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.

The Generals (0-1) trailed 29-14 early in the fourth quarter, but sliced it to a 29-21 game at the 9:37 mark on a 1-yard touchdown run by Westfal. The seven-play drive was was set up by a 66-yard kickoff return from sophomore defensive back John Kavanagh (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich) to the Diplomats’ 22-yardline.

W&L forced an F&M (1-0) punt with 2:38 left in the game and proceeded to march 82 yards on eight plays and used just 1:21 in scoring with 1:17 remaining. Westfal found sophomore running back Harrison Hudson (Salem, Va./Salem) with a 19-yard touchdown pass to cap the drive and make the score 29-27. Westfal ran an option keeper on the PAT attempt, but was snubbed by F&M junior defensive lineman Mark Surma (Philadelphia, Pa./Central) just short of the endzone. The Diplomats then recovered the ensuing onside kick ran out the clock for the win.

Westfal finished the game completing 8-of-20 passes for 113 yards and one touchdown but was intercepted four times. He also rushed 10 times for 24 yards and two scores. Hudson rushed three times for 17 yards and caught two passes for 31 yards and a touchdown, while sophomore running back Jonathan Clemo (Salem, Va./Salem) carried 22 times for 66 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore defensive back Mike Hartford (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) recorded a team-best 11 tackles.

Sophomore quarterback John Harrison (Fourtown, Pa./LaSalle College) paced the Diplomats by completing 35-of-47 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Senior wide receiver George Eager (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township) hauled in 13 passes for 104 yards and three touchdowns, while sophomore running back John Kaschak (Lake Hoptacong, N.J./Jefferson Township) rushed 12 times for 43 yards and one touchdown. First-year linebacker Sam Masaro (Old Tappan, N.J./North Valley Old Tappan) led the F&M defense with eight tackles and one interception.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Sewanee for a 1:00 pm contest.