LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee scored 31 first-half points en route to ending a six-game losing streak with a 31-13 victory over Sewanee on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.
W&L (1-1) first-year running back Brett Murray (Lookout Mountain, Tenn./Baylor School) returned the opening kickoff 61 yards to the Sewanee 33-yardline and sophomore running back Jonathan Clemo (Salem, Va./Salem) gave the Generals a 7-0 lead seven plays later when he scored on a 2-yard touchdown run just 3:09 into the game.
After a fumble recovery by W&L senior defensive end Matt Cassilly (Gambrills, Md./Archbishop Spaulding) set the Generals up on the Sewanee 20-yardline, Clemo scored his second touchdown with a 20-yard run on the next play for a 14-0 lead with 1:56 left in the opening quarter.
The Tigers (0-1) dented the scoreboard with a 13-yard scoring strike from sophomore quarterback Patrick Shelton (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) to senior tight end Roscoe Dean (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) with 14:11 left in the second quarter to make the score 14-7 in favor of W&L.
Following an interception thrown by W&L sophomore quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan), Cassilly gave the Generals a 21-7 lead one play later when he picked off a pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown at the 13:04 mark of the second quarter.
Westfal stretched it to a 28-7 lead when he scored on a 5-yard touchdown run with just 32 seconds left in the half and W&L made it a 31-7 game at the break following a 26-yard field goal from junior placekicker Martin Prichard (Paris, Ky./Asheville School). The final score was occurred following an interception by senior defensive back Donavon Sawyer (Little Rock, Ark./Robinson) and a 44-yard completion from Westfal to sophomore wide receiver Cody Smith (Irvine, Calif./Orange Lutheran).
Neither team could find paydirt in the second half until first-year quarterback Robert Ratliff (Fort Worth, Texas/Nolan Catholic) found junior wide receiver Chalankis Brown (Millbrook, Ala./Stanhope Elmore) with a 28-yard touchdown pass to cap the scoring.
Westfal led the W&L offense by rushing 17 times for 69 yards and one touchdown and completing 8-of-15 passes for 74 yards and one interception. Clemo rushed 13 times for 52 yards and two touchdowns and Murray carried five times for 36 yards. He also totaled 169 return yards for 205 all-purpose yards on the day. Defensively, Cassilly notched four tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery and picked off two passes. Sawyer posted eight stops and one interception.
Ratliff completed 12-of-22 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown with one pick, while first-year running back Michael Poarch (Chattanooga, Tenn./Tyner Academy) toted the ball 24 times for 62 yards. Brown snared four passes for 62 yards and one touchdown and sophomore linebacker Alfonza Knight led the defense with 11 tackles, one interception and one sack.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Greensboro College for a 1:00 pm contest.
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