Washington and Lee Football - Bridgewater Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Bridgewater Game Notes

W&L (4-2, 3-0) at BRIDGEWATER (5-1, 1-1)

Saturday, October 23, 2010
Bridgewater, Va. • 1:00 pm

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DATE: October 23, 2010
TIME: 1:00 pm
STADIUM: Jopson Field (3,500)
TV/INTERNET: Penn Atlantic (http://pennatlantic.com/?module=event-detail&eventId=18536)
RADIO: WLUR 91.5 FM (http://wlur.wlu.edu)
LAST MEETING: 10/31/09 at W&L (35-34 BC)
FIRST MEETING: 10/31/64 at W&L (28-16 W&L)
LAST W&L WIN: 10/27/07 at W&L (17-14)
LAST BC WIN: 10/31/09 at W&L (35-34)

Washington and Lee and Bridgewater will be meeting for the 41st time, with the Generals holding a 23-17 lead in the all-time series that began during the 1964 season.  Bridgewater has won nine of the last 10 meetings, including a 35-34 overtime win last season in Lexington.  Washington and Lee has not defeated Bridgewater at Jopson Field since a 20-12 win during the 1998 season.  Over that span (5 games), the Generals have been outscored by a grand total of 175-58 (35.0 ppg - 11.6 ppg).

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 the winningest coach in program history, having surpassed Gary Fallon for that honor this season.  Since taking over following Fallon's death in the spring of 1995, Miriello is 79-75-1 overall.

Bridgewater is led by 16th-year Head Coach Mike Clark (Cincinnati '80), who is 107-63-1 (.629) for his career with the Eagles. Under Clark's direction, BC has participated in 16 postseason games and has won two NCAA South Region Championships and five ODAC titles. BC's postseason experience peaked in 2001 when it went 12-1 and finished as the national runner-up after falling to Mount Union in the Stagg Bowl, 30-27.  Clark has also held assistant coaching stints at Murray State, Virginia Tech and VMI during his professional career.

Washington and Lee has played 1,008 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 466-503-39 (.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 77-100-1 all-time record against ODAC opponents and is 43-46 all-time against conference opponents under Frank Miriello.

(W&L 42, #20 Randolph-Macon 28 • 10/16/10 • Lexington, Va.)
Aside from the end of the first half, W&L scored on its first six possessions in posting a 42-28 victory over Randolph-Macon on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field. The Generals rushed for better than 400 yards for the fourth time in six games, totaling 427 on the ground and 495 yards total. R-MC opened the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run by running back Drake Sanders at the 9:14 mark.  However, W&L responded by scoring just one minute later on a 38-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Luke Heinsohn and took a 14-7 lead on a 13-yard Heinsohn touchdown run with 38 seconds left in the opening quarter.  Junior running back Harrison Hudson then gave W&L a 21-7 advantage on a 9-yard touchdown run with 9:46 left in the half. Sanders made it 21-14 when he scored on a 1-yard run with 4:31 left in the half, but the Generals marched down the field and posted a 28-14 lead on an 8-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Charlie Westfal with 1:12 left in the half.  R-MC drove to the W&L 13 in the final minute, but quarterback Luke Sellers' pass was intercepted in the end zone by sophomore defensive back Jake Pelton with 33 seconds remaining. Washington and Lee opened the second half with another scoring drive as Hudson capped a 6-play, 60-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown reception from Westfal for a 35-14 lead just 2:48 into the third quarter.  Sophomore running back Brett Murray scored on a 42-yard touchdown run for good measure as the Generals defeated Randolph-Macon in Lexington for the sixth-straight time. Heinsohn paced the W&L offensive onslaught with 147 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.  Murray totaled 100 yards and one touchdown on just 10 carries, while Westfal rushed for 97 yards and a score on 18 attempts.  He also completed 3-of-5 passes for 67 yards and one touchdown.  Hudson carried eight times for 48 yards and one score and caught three passes for 67 yards and another touchdown. The Generals' defense forced four more turnovers in the win and were led by Pelton's 11 tackles and one interception.  Sophomore linebacker Jesse Jenkins added nine stops.

(Bridgewater 35, W&L 34 [OT] • 10/31/09 • Lexington, Va.)
The W&L football team missed a potential game-winning 24-yard field goal with four seconds remaining and fell in overtime to Bridgewater by a score of 35-34 at Wilson Field. Trailing 28-20, the Eagles knotted the game with 5:33 remaining on a 73-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Hagan Driskell to wide receiver Tyler Beiler. Driskell then found wide receiver Leigh Bradley for the two-point conversion to make it 28-28. After each team exchanged turnovers around midfield, the Generals were driving in Bridgewater territory just over a minute remaining when running back Jonathan Clemo  broke off a 20-yard run and intentionally slid down on the 6-yardline. The Generals ran three plays to center the ball for the field goal attempt with seven seconds remaining, but placekicker Martin Prichard was wide left and the game went to overtime. In the extra session, Bridgewater scored three plays in when Driskell again hooked up with Beiler, this time from 20 yards out for the 35-28 lead. The Generals found paydirt just two plays into their possession on a 1-yard touchdown run by Clemo and then went for two points and the win. However, quarterback Charlie Westfal's pass was knocked away in the end zone and the Eagles escaped with the win. Westfal paced the Generals' offense by completing 10-of-16 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He also rushed 16 times for 79 yards and a touchdown. Clemo carried 23 times for 93 yards and one touchdown, while running back Harrison Hudson rushed for 71 yards on eight carries. Senior linebacker Matt Cassilly paced the defense with six tackles, five for a loss, three sacks and a forced fumble. Driskell completed 15-of-24 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns (1 INT) for BC, while Beiler caught five passes for 108 yards and three touchdowns. Senior defensive back Aubrey Dicks notched a team-best 10 tackles.

Bridgewater is 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the ODAC following a 56-27 victory over Guilford on Saturday afternoon in Greensboro.  The Eagles trailed 13-7 late in the second quarter, but ran off 35-straight points to assume a 42-13 lead early in the fourth quarter.  Senior running back Darrin McKenzie led the Eagles' offense with 219 yards and two touchdows on 19 carries.  Senior quarterback Hagan Driskell (118 yds., 1 TD) and sophomore quarterback Carlos Gonzalez (78 yds., 2 TD) combined to complete 14-of-29 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Tyler Beiler snared five passes for 106 yards and one touchdown.  Senior linebacker T.J. Montague paced the BC defense with seven tackles and a pair of pass breakups.  For the year, Bridgewater is led by Beiler, who has caught 37 passes for 785 yards and nine touchdowns.  McKenzie has rushed 69 times for 581 yards (8.4 avg) and five touchdowns, while Driskell has completed 59.1 percent of his passes for 1,179 yards and 10 touchdowns (4 INT's).  Defensively, Montague is the team's top performer with 43 tackles and 1.5 sacks.  Senior linebacker Scottie Littles has 36 tackles, while junior defensive end Dominic Jeter has 24 tackles and a team-best 8.0 sacks.

Junior quarterback Charlie Westfal narrowly missed his first 100-yard rushing game on Saturday against Randolph-Macon, finishing with 97 yards on 18 carries.  He is already W&L's all-time leading rusher from the quarterback position with 1,248 yards and he can move into 12th place on the Generals' all-time rushing list with 59 more yards.  For his career, Westfal has rushed for 14 touchdowns and has completed completed nearly 53 percent (244-461,. 529) of his passes for 2,849 yards and 25 touchdowns.  He currently ranks sixth all-time at W&L in career touchdown passes and is ninth in career passing yards.

Sophomore running back Luke Heinsohn keeps chugging ahead like a locomotive.  He currently leads the ODAC and ranks 10th nationally in rushing with an average of 134.5 yards per game.  He has carried the ball 104 times for 807 yards and six touchdowns, averaging a gaudy 7.8 yards per carry.  Heinsohn has amassed five-straight 100-yard rushing efforts, the most since Chris Sullivan '03 strung together 8-straight during the 2001 season.  Heinsohn amassed 223 yards and one touchdown on just 20 carries against Guilford, a performance which ranks as the fourth-highest single-game rushing total in school history.  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.

Heinsohn is not the only W&L running back who is having a productive season.  Junior Harrison Hudson and sophomore Brett Murray are also having standout campaigns from their slotback positions.  Murray is averaging 8.0 yards per carry, having carried 47 times for 378 yards and six touchdowns.  Hudson has 44 rushes for 344 yards and three touchdowns for an average of 7.8 yards per rush.  The duo are also the team's top receiving threats, with Hudson catching 10 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns and Murray snaring nine balls for 115 yards and three touchdowns.  Murray is the team's top scoring threat with nine total touchdowns, while Hudson has found paydirt five times.

Washington and Lee enters this week's game ranked fifth nationally in rushing offense, averaging 345.7 yards per game and a whopping 6.4 yards per carry.  To put things into perspective, below are the top team rushing efforts in ODAC HISTORY:

1. Emory & Henry vs. Greensboro, 1998 -- 483
2. Washington and Lee vs. Sewanee, 2010 -- 467
3. Washington and Lee vs. Guilford, 2010 -- 463
4. Bridgewater vs. Tennessee Wesleyan, 1987 -- 444
5. Bridgewater vs. Lebanon Valley, 1990 -- 441
6. Washington and Lee vs. Randolph-Macon, 2010 -- 427
7. Washington and Lee vs. Emory & Henry, 2010 -- 425

W&L has recorded four games of 40+ points this season, the first time in program history that the Generals have had four games of 40 or more points.  W&L will match its scoring total from all of last season with 31 more points (238 in 2009, 207 in 2010) and the Generals can crack the top three season scoring totals in school history with 93 more points.  The 1950 team holds the record with 318 points.  

Sophomore defensive back Jake Pelton was named the ODAC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Randolph-Macon on Saturday when he notched a team-best 11 tackles, including 10 solo stops.  He also recorded an interception in the end zone with just 33 seconds remaining in the first half to preserve a 28-14 lead at the break. The weekly honor is Pelton's second of the season as he also garnered league defensive POW honors after his eight-tackle, one-interception effort in a win over Guilford on October 2.

Washington and Lee has been known over the years for disciplined football and the 2010 season is a prime example.  The Generals lead the ODAC in both turnover margin (+9) and penalties, having committed just 20 penalties for 208 yards.  The W&L defense has forced 13 turnovers over the past three weeks, while committing just two turnovers.

Since Frank Miriello took over as head coach in 1995, the Generals are 67-28 (.705) when scoring 20 or more points and 53-8-1 (.863) when allowing fewer than 20 points. Furthermore, W&L is 31-3 (.912) 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.