W&L Football Rushes Past Sewanee, 48-17

W&L Football Rushes Past Sewanee, 48-17

SEWANEE, Tenn. – The Washington and Lee football team racked up 541 yards of total offense, including 467 yards rushing, in posting a 48-17 victory over Sewanee on Saturday afternoon at McGee Field.

The win was W&L's sixth-straight over the Tigers and tied Head Coach Frank Miriello with Gary Fallon (1978-94) for the most wins in program history.  Miriello is now 76-74-1 over his 16 seasons with the Generals.

W&L's (1-1) 467 rushing yards are the third-most all-time, while the 48 points constituted the Generals' highest scoring total since a 49-28 win over Samford during the 1984 campaign.

Washington and Lee (1-1) jumped out to a 7-0 lead just 7:23 into the game when sophomore running back Brett Murray (Lookout Mountain, Tenn./Baylor School) capped a 9-play, 71-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown run.  Sophomore running back Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant School) made it 13-0 when he scored on a 10-yard scamper just 4:03 later.  The PAT failed.  Junior quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) upped the W&L lead to 20-0 with a 10-yard touchdown run at 9:57 of the second quarter and the Tigers capped the first-half scoring on a 31-yard field goal by sophomore Trey Knighton with 2:57 to play in the second quarter.

The Generals used rushing touchdowns by Heinsohn and sophomore quarterback Russell Stewart (Elkin, N.C./Elkin), along with a passing touchdown from Westfal to Murray for a 41-10 lead entering the fourth quarter.

First-year running back Tate Bloomer (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) capped the scoring with 2:04 left in the game when he rambled 60 yards for a touchdown.

Heinsohn led the Generals' rushing attack with a career-high 170 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.  Junior running back Harrison Hudson (Salem, Va./Salem) totaled 82 yards rushing on seven carries, while Murray rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and caught three passes for 27 yards and a touchdown.  Westfal completed 6-of-11 passes for 74 yards and one touchdown and rushed 10 times for 45 yards and one score.  Defensively, W&L limited Sewanee to just 232 yards led by sophomore linebacker Jesse Jenkins (Roanoke, Va./William Fleming), who notched a team-best 10 tackles.  Sophomore linebacker Stephen Peck (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Cranbrook-Kingswood) notched seven tackles and a sack, while sophomore linebacker Doug Fraser (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) contributed six tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.

First-year quarterback Lee Schurlknight paced the Tigers' (1-1) offense by rushing for 68 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and completing 3-of-6 passes for 15 yards.  Junior linebacker Alfonza Knight posted a team-best 10 tackles and two forced fumbles.

Washington and Lee now has a bye week and will return to action on Sat., Sept. 25 when it hosts Averett for a 1:00 pm contest.