Washington and Lee Football - Averett Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Averett Game Notes

W&L (1-1) vs. AVERETT (1-1)

Saturday, September 25, 2010
Lexington, Va. • 1:00 pm

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DATE: September 25, 2010
TIME: 1:00 pm
STADIUM: Wilson Field (4,000)
TV/INTERNET: America One (http://www.b2livetv.com/partner_members.asp?id=157)
RADIO: WLUR 91.5 FM (http://wlur.wlu.edu)
LAST MEETING: 9/26/09 at AU (14-10 AU)
FIRST MEETING: 9/22/07 in Salem, Va. (35-21 W&L)
LAST W&L WIN: 9/27/08 in Salem, Va. (31-23)
LAST AU WIN: 9/22/07 in Salem, Va. (35-21)

Washington and Lee and Averett will be meeting for the fourth time, with the Generals holding a 2-1 edge in the all-time series that began during the 2007 season.  The Cougars took a 14-10 win last season in Danville, Va., while W&L took the first two encounters between the two teams played on a neutral field in Salem, Va.  This week's game will be the first played between the two teams on Wilson Field.

Frank Miriello (East Stroudsburg '67) is in his 16th season as the head coach at W&L and his 43rd year of coaching.  He has led W&L to 10 non-losing campaigns, including the 2006 season when W&L went 7-4 overall, won the ODAC title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.  Miriello is currently tied with his mentor, Gary Fallon (1978-94), as the winningest coach in program history.  Since taking over following Fallon's death in the spring of 1995, Miriello is 76-74-1 (.507) overall.  Fallon was enshrined in the W&L Athletic Hall of Fame after notching a 76-85-1 (.472) record over 17 seasons.

Averett is led by ninth-year Head Coach Mike Dunleavy (Otterbein '87), who has posted a 40-40 record (.500) with the Cougars.  The program's all-time wins leader, he has led Averett to five winning seasons, including a 7-3 record and a USA South title in 2006.  His 2009 team also finished 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the USA South.  Prior to arriving at Averett, Dunlevy served as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Waynesburg College (1994-01) and he was a member of the staffs at Ohio State and Toledo.

Washington and Lee has played 1,004 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 463-502-39 (.481) overall record.  Only five other schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia have played more games than W&L, which played the first intercollegiate football game in the South, an 1873 matchup with neighboring VMI.

Washington and Lee has posted a 15-9 record all-time against the current members of the USA South Conference and is 6-2 against the eight programs in the conference since the league's formation in 2001. Of those six wins, four have come against Greensboro and two against Averett. 

(W&L 48, Sewanee 17 • 9/11/10 • 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 September 11. The win was W&L's sixth-straight over the Tigers and the 467 rushing yards were the third-most all-time at W&L.  The 48 points constituted the Generals' highest scoring total since a 49-28 win over Samford during the 1984 campaign. Washington and Lee jumped out to a 7-0 lead just 7:23 into the game when sophomore running back Brett Murray capped a 9-play, 71-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown run.  Sophomore running back Luke Heinsohn made it 13-0 when he scored on a 10-yard scamper just 4:03 later.  The PAT failed.  Junior quarterback Charlie Westfal 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, along with a passing touchdown from Westfal to Murray for a 41-10 lead entering the fourth quarter. First-year running back Tate Bloomer 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 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, who notched a team-best 10 tackles.  Sophomore linebacker Stephen Peck notched seven tackles and a sack, while sophomore linebacker Doug Fraser contributed six tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.

(W&L 31, Sewanee 13 • 9/12/09 • Lexington, Va.)
Averett University limited Washington and Lee to just 37 yards in the second half and forced four Generals' turnovers in posting a 14-10 win over W&L at the Cougar Den. The Generals led 10-0 with 3:34 remaining in the first half as running back Jonathan Clemo capped a 9-play, 65-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.  Averett made it a 10-7 game just 1:59 later as quarterback Cody Ladutko found senior wide receiver Anthony Squillini with a 28-yard scoring strike at the 1:35 mark to make it a 10-7 game at the break.  Neither team could move the ball to begin the third period until the Cougars scored on a 31-yard touchdown connection between Ladutko and Squillini for a 14-10 advantage at the 2:25 mark of the third quarter. The Averett defense then intercepted three W&L passes in the final 16 minutes in posting their first win in the series between the two teams.  W&L gained just 184 yards in the game and was led by Clemo, who rushed 24 times for 89 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Charlie Westfal rushed 12 times for 30 yards and completed 6-of-17 passes for 60 yards, but was intercepted three times. Senior defensive end Matt Cassilly paced the Generals' defense with 10 tackles and a pair of sacks. Linebacker Rob Look also notched 10 stops. Averett was led by Ladutko, who completed 14-of-31 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Squillini snared seven balls for 87 yards and two scores, while running back Antwan Hughes rushed 14 times for 71 yards. Linebacker Logan Smyth had a team-best eight tackles for the Cougar defense.

Averett is 1-1 on the season following a 45-9 victory over Guilford on Saturday afternoon in Danville, Va.  The Cougars racked up 426 yards of total offense and forced four Quaker turnovers in producing the 36-point win.  Averett led just 14-9 at the break, but a 79-yard punt return touchdown by junior cornerback Jerel Robinson early in the third quarter jump-started the Cougars into scoring 31 second-half points.  First-year quarterback Kirkland Brown completed 12-of-21 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns, while senior running back James Wilson galloped for 79 yards and a touchdown on just 13 carries.  First-year running back Clayton Navarre added 56 yards and a score on eight carries, while sophomore wide receiver Owen Hayden snared four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown.  Senior linebacker Mario Huffman led the Cougar defense with seven tackles.  For the season, Averett is averaging 37.5 points and 359.0 yards per game.  Kirkland has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 431 yards and four touchdowns (1 INT), while Wilson (94 yds., 2 TD) and Navarre (84 yds., 2 TD) have combined to produce 178 yards and four touchdowns over the first two games.  Senior wide-out Jeremy Dixon is the team's leading receiver with 13 catches for 169 yards and one touchdown.  Hayden has seven catches for 122 yards and two scores.  Huffman claims a team-leading 20 tackles and Robinson had 12 stops while averaging 24.0 yards over five punt returns.
Junior quarterback Charlie Westfal is etching his name in the W&L record books despite only having played in just 22 games to date.  The 2008 ODAC Rookie of the Year, Westfal has rushed for 1,084 yards and 10 touchdowns over his first 2+ seasons and can become the school's all-time leading rusher from the quarterback position with 26 more yards.  Former legend Gil Bocetti currently holds the record with 1,109 yards.  Westfal has also completed just over 50 percent of his passes for 2,540 yards and 20 touchdowns over his first two seasons and change.

Washington and Lee amassed 541 yards of total offense against Sewanee last Saturday, the Generals' highest offensive output since posting 567 yards in a 40-13 win over Swarthmore during the 1999 campaign.  It was the fifth game that W&L has produced over 500 yards, two of which occurred against the Tigers.

Washington and Lee's 467 rushing yards against Sewanee was the third-highest total in school history and the most since accruing 495 yards in a 67-7 win over Richmond in 1950.  The school record is 525 yards which were amassed in a 47-0 win over Shepherd in 1953.

In Saturday's win over Sewanee, a total of 10 different players carried the ball, with seven players toting the rock on more than one occasion.  Five players found the end zone on the ground led by sophomore Luke Heinsohn, who scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.

Sophomore running back Luke Heinsohn announced his presence as the Generals' starting option back during Saturday's win over Sewanee, rushing for 170 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries.  Prior to that game, Heinsohn had rushed just 14 times for 51 yards in the first 11 games of his career.  The grandson of former W&L Head Coach Lee McLaughlin (1957-67), Heinsohn rushed for more than 4,700 yards and 70 touchdowns during his high school career at the Covenant School in Charlottesville.

Senior Greg Kurkis is in his final season with the Generals' offensive line as the team's most accomplished player.  The quintessential student-athlete, Kurkis is a team captain and three-year starter, who has maintained one of the top grade-point averages in his class while majoring in biochemistry.  The 2007 ODAC Rookie of the Year, Kurkis received the ODAC Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award last season.  He has received Second Team All-ODAC honors all three seasons to date and he was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Second Team Academic All-America squad last fall.

Sophomore linebacker Jesse Jenkins has also emerged on the scene for the Generals' defense this fall.  After two games, Jenkins leads the team with 19 tackles and he is tied for second in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in tackles per game (9.5).  A Roanoke native and graduate of William Fleming High School, Jenkins posted seven tackles in reserve duty as a first-year.

Fans of 1980's pop music may remember (and most certainly forgotten) this heading as the name of Debbie Gibson's second album that spawned four Top 20 hits.  However, nothing is a more fitting description of the Generals' defense in 2010.  W&L's top nine tacklers through the first two games are all underclassmen, including five sophomores and one first-year.  In fact, the top three tacklers (Jesse Jenkins, Doug Fraser, Jake Pelton) are all sophomores.  Jenkins leads the team with 19 stops, Fraser has 14 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one sack, and Pelton has 12 tackles, including nine solo stops.

Since Frank Miriello took over as head coach in 1995, the Generals are 65-28 (.699) when scoring 20 or more points and 53-8-1 (.863) when allowing fewer than 20 points. Furthermore, W&L is 29-3 (.906) under Miriello when scoring 30 or more points and 23-1-1 (.940) when allowing fewer than 10 points.  The flip side is that the Generals are just 2-20-1 (.109) when scoring less than 10 points and 3-39 (.071) when allowing 30 or more points.  So, the object is to keep the opponents to less than 10 points or to score more than 30 points.  If either happens, the W&L should win 92 percent of the time.