WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington and Lee football team amassed a season-best 604 yards of total offense and set new Old Dominion Athletic Conference records for rushing yards in a game (496), rushing yards in a season (3,008) and rushing touchdowns in a season (33) in posting a 49-14 victory at Catholic University on Friday evening.
The Generals (6-2, 5-0) had three players rush for 100 yards led by sophomore running back Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant), who tallied 114 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries to become the seventh player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (1,020 yds.). Sophomore running back Brett Murray (Lookout Mountain, Tenn./Baylor) notched 101 yards on 11 carries, while junior running back Harrison Hudson (Salem, Va./Salem) totaled 100 yards and two touchdowns on 11 rushes. He also caught one pass for a 30-yard touchdown.
W&L scored on six of its' first eight possessions, including a 9-play, 99-yard drive to take a 28-7 lead into halftime. Sophomore defensive back Jake Pelton (Charlottesville, Va./Monticello) intercepted the Cardinals (3-5, 1-3) at the 1-yardline with 4:36 left in the half and Hudson capped the ensuing offensive drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 57 seconds left in the first half. The Generals added two more scores in the third quarter, one by Heinsohn and one by Hudson, to assume a commanding 42-7 lead en route to their fifth-straight win.
Junior quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) added to the W&L offensive effort by completing 3-of-5 passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns, and rushing 14 times for 71 yards. Senior running back Jason Zelesnik (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains-Fanwood), senior tight end Patrick Conley (Little Rock, Ark./Little Rock Central) and sophomore running back Sasha Vandalov (Vienna, Va./James Madison) all found the end zone as well for W&L. Pelton paced the defense with 11 tackles and a pair of interceptions, while junior linebacker Rob Look (Dallas, Texas/Hillcrest) totaled nine stops.
Catholic was led by running back Nick Cortese, who rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Quarterback Greg Cordivari completed 21-of-36 passes for 209 yards, but was intercepted twice. Linebacker Christian Pavlik led the CUA defense with 13 tackles and a fumble recovery.
Washington and Lee returns to action next Saturday as it hosts Hampden-Sydney for a 1:00 pm contest. A win in the parent's weekend contest would give the Generals their second conference title in the last five seasons.
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