Washington and Lee Football - Emory & Henry Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Emory & Henry Game Notes

W&L (2-2, 1-0) vs. EMORY & HENRY (4-1, 0-1)

Saturday, October 9, 2010
Lexington, Va. • 1:30 pm

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DATE: October 9, 2010
TIME: 1:30 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: 11/7/09 at E&H (23-16 E&H)
FIRST MEETING: 10/8/21 at W&L (27-0 W&L)
LAST W&L WIN: 11/3/07 at E&H (17-14)
LAST E&H WIN: 11/7/09 at E&H (23-16)

Washington and Lee and Emory & Henry will be meeting for the 40th time, with the Wasps holding a 28-11 advantage in the all-time series that began during the 1921 season.  The Wasps have won the last two encounters, including a 23-16 victory last season in Emory, Va.  The last three games have all been determined by a single score, with Emory taking two of those three contests.  The series has featured several long winning streaks, including a string of 19-straight wins by E&H from 1983-2001.  The Wasps also had a six-game winning streak from 1962-1979, while W&L notched four-straight wins from 2004-07.  In last season's meeting, Caleb Jennings ran for 188 yards to lead E&H to the win.

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 77-75-1 overall.

Emory & Henry is led by sixth-year Head Coach Don Montgomery (Mount Union '77), who is 27-27 (.500) at Emory & Henry and 2-3 against W&L.  Montgomery came to E&H from Mount Union, where he helped guide the Purple Raiders to seven national championships and 104-straight regular season wins. As defensive coordinator, his teams led the nation in scoring defense and total defense numerous times.  In 1999, he was named the AFCA National Assistant Coach of the Year.

Washington and Lee has played 1,006 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 464-503-39 (.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 75-100-1 all-time record against ODAC opponents and is 41-46 all-time against conference opponents under Frank Miriello. 

(W&L 55, Guilford 29 • 10/2/10 • Greensboro, N.C.)
W&L scored its most points in a game in 48 years, producing a 55-29 victory over Guilford in Greensboro, N.C. The Generals' 55 points were the most since a 55-14 win over F&M on Oct. 27, 1962. W&L forced five Guilford turnovers and racked up 545 yards of total offense, including 463 rushing yards. The Quakers jumped out to a 3-0 lead as Tyler Hall capped a 14-play, 56-yard game-opening drive with a 27-yard field goal.  A 26-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Charlie Westfal to sophomore running back Brett Murray on the next possession gave the Generals a 6-3 lead with 4:38 left in the first quarter. Guilford wrestled the lead back on a 23-yard touchdown run by Mike Williams just 12 seconds into the second quarter, but junior running back Harrison Hudson scored a pair of touchdowns, including a 29-yard touchdown catch from Westfal with 42 seconds remaining to give W&L a 20-9 lead.  However, the Quakers drove 61 yards in three plays to make it 20-15 on a 32-yard touchdown reception by Ben King with five seconds left in the half. The Generals scored three unanswered third quarter touchdowns, including a 47-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Luke Heinsohn, to carry a 41-15 lead into the final quarter.  W&L received touchdowns by five different players led by Murray, who totaled three touchdowns on the day, two rushing and one receiving.  He rushed nine times for 69 yards and caught one pass for 26 yards.  Hudson rushed five times for 69 yards and a touchdown and caught one pass for 29 yards and a touchdown.  Heinsohn eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the third-straight game, carrying 20 times for 223 yards and one touchdown. Westfal finished 3-of-6 passing for 64 yards and two touchdowns and he rushed for another score.  Sophomore defensive back Jake Pelton led the defense with eight tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception.

(W&L 28, Guilford 21 • 10/24/09 • Greensboro, N.C.)
Emory & Henry quarterback Drew Piscopo threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Wasps to a 23-16 victory over W&L in Emory, Va. W&L jumped out to a 3-0 lead after moving the ball to the E&H 2-yardline before settling for a 20-yard field goal from placekicker Martin Prichard at the 5:46 mark of the first quarter. Emory & Henry then strung together a 9-play drive that Piscopo capped off with a 2-yard touchdown plunge for a 7-3 advantage at the 2:08 mark of the opening quarter. The Wasps added a 41-yard field goal by Matt Turchin for a 10-3 lead at the 6:20 mark of the second quarter, but the Generals retaliated with a Prichard 27-yard field goal to make it a 10-6 game with 52 seconds left in the half. However, the Wasps had enough time for one more score before the break as Piscopo found Jonathan Hawkins with a 16-yard touchdown strike just 39 seconds later for a 17-6 lead at the break. Another Piscopo to Hawkins connection, this time from 13-yards out at the 5:59 mark of the third quarter, gave E&H a 23-6 lead. Turchin's PAT failed. The Generals climbed to within 23-13 on a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Jonathan Clemo at the 1:59 mark of the third quarter and a 37-yard Prichard field goal made it a 23-16 game with 5:24 left. W&L successfully executed an onside kick, but lost four yards on three plays and was forced to punt. The Wasps then ran seven plays to bleed the final 3:43 and walk away with the win. Clemo led the Generals on offense with 96 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Quarterback Charlie Westfal completed 12-of-28 passes for 128 yards and one interception, while running back Harrison Hudson carried nine times for 39 yards and caught four passes for 41 yards. Senior defensive back Donavon Sawyer paced the defense with 13 tackles. Piscopo completed 4-of-11 passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns (1 INT) and rushed 14 times for 82 yards and one touchdown. Running back Caleb Jennings toted the ball 32 times for a game-high 188 yards, while Hawkins snared two passes for 29 yards and two touchdowns. Ed Smith led the Wasp defense with 10 tackles and one sack.

Emory & Henry is 4-1 overall and 0-1 in the ODAC following a 34-22 home loss to Randolph-Macon on Saturday afternoon.  The Wasps led 15-14 at halftime, but three-straight touchdowns by the Yellow Jackets staked R-MC a 34-15 lead midway through the fourth quarter.  A balanced offensive attack by Macon posted 406 yards of total offense (201 rushing/205 passing) and controlled the ball for nearly 35 of the game's 60 minutes.  Junior quarterback Dustin Beck led the Wasp offense by completing 16-of-24 passes for 198 yards and rushing 13 times for 78 yards and three touchdowns.  Senior All-America running back Caleb Jennings was limited to just 40 yards on 14 carries, while junior wide receiver Preston Jennings snared six passes for 74 yards.  Senior wide receiver Anthony Sims notched four catches for 97 yards and sophomore linebacker Devan Sproles tallied a team-best 10 tackles to lead the defense.  For the year, Caleb Jennings leads the Emory & Henry offense with 723 yards and seven touchdowns on 117 carries.  Beck has rushed for 126 yards and four scores, and has completed nearly 65 percent of his passes for 768 yards and five touchdowns with just one interception.  Preston Jennings is his favorite target, having caught 26 passes for 247 yards.  Sims has hauled in 13 balls for 182 yards and one touchdown.  Defensively, the Wasps are allowing just 14.6 points and 298.0 yards per game on the season.  Sproles is the leading tackler with 43 stops and one sack, while junior defensive end Daniel Preston has 30 tackles and 2.0 sacks.

Washington and Lee swept the ODAC Player of the Week Awards following the 55-29 win over Guilford as sophomore running back Luke Heinsohn was named the Offensive Player of the Week and sophomore defensive back Jake Pelton was selected the Defensive Player of the Week.  It was the first time that W&L has swept the major weekly awards since Oct. 8, 2006 when Stuart Sitterson '08 and Mark Snoddy '07 accomplished the feat following a 28-0 win at Catholic.
Junior quarterback Charlie Westfal is etching his name in the W&L record books despite having played in just 24 games to date.  The 2008 ODAC Rookie of the Year, Westfal has rushed for 1,086 yards and 12 touchdowns over his first 2+ seasons and can become the school's all-time leading rusher from the quarterback position with 24 more yards.  Former legend Gil Bocetti currently holds the record with 1,109 yards.  Westfal has also completed just over 50 percent (235-447,. 526) of his passes for 2,716 yards and 22 touchdowns over his first two seasons and change.

Sophomore running back Luke Heinsohn has emerged on the scene as one of the Generals' top rushing options over the past three games, rushing for at least 100 yards in all three contests. Heinsohn carried 15 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns against Sewanee, hauled it 20 times for 129 yards against Averett and carried 20 times for 223 yards and one touchdown against Guilford.  His 223 yards against Guilford marked the fourth-highest single-game rushing total in school history, while his 8.7 yards per carry this season is on pace to shatter the season record (7.1 ypc).  Heinsohn currently ranks second in the ODAC and 15th nationally with an average of 132.5 rushing yards per game this season.  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.

Washington and Lee enters this week's game ranked ninth nationally in rushing offense thanks to producing two of the best team rushing efforts in ODAC history this season.  In the Generals' 48-17 win over Sewanee in week two, W&L amassed 467 rushing yards, a total which is the second-highest in conference history and the most by W&L since the 1950 season.  In Saturday's 55-29 win over Guilford, W&L produced 463 rushing yards which represent the third-highest total in school history.  All told, W&L is averaging 305.5 yards per game on the ground and 6.2 yards per carry.  A total of 11 different players have run the ball and seven different players have found the end zone via the ground game.

When W&L scored 48 points against Sewanee, it was the most points scored by the Generals since 1984.  The 55 points scored against Guilford on Saturday were the most by W&L since 1962.  This also marked the first time since the 1922 season that the Generals have had two games in the same season in which they scored at least 48 points.  The last time that W&L put up at least 48 points in three games during the same season was 1914.  That season, the Generals defeated Morris Harvey (now the University of Charleston [W.Va.]), 118-0, knocked off Roanoke 69-0 and downed Wake Forest 72-0.

Under Head Coach Frank Miriello, Washington and Lee has consistently ranked among the conference's top teams in penalties -- or rather a lack of penalties.  The Generals again lead the ODAC in that category this season, having been flagged just 16 times for 156 yards.  That's 10 fewer penalties and 79 yards fewer than any other team in the conference.

Since Frank Miriello took over as head coach in 1995, the Generals are 66-28 (.702) when scoring 20 or more points and 53-8-1 (.863) when allowing fewer than 20 points. Furthermore, W&L is 30-3 (.909) 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.