Washington and Lee Football - Guilford Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Guilford Game Notes

W&L (1-2) at GUILFORD (0-3)

Saturday, October 2, 2010
Greensboro, N.C. • 1:00 pm

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DATE: September 25, 2010
TIME: 1:00 pm
STADIUM: Armfield Athletic Center (2,200)
TV/INTERNET: Penn Atlantic (http://pennatlantic.com/?tableName=event&fileName=results&recordId=&module=event-results&orderBy=&searchIt=yes&sport=0&month=0&day=01&year=2009&conferenceId=0&schoolId=308)
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LAST MEETING: 10/24/09 at GC (28-21 W&L)
FIRST MEETING: 10/16/65 at W&L (26-20 W&L)
LAST W&L WIN: 10/24/09 at GC (28-21)
LAST GC WIN: 10/25/08 at W&L (34-27)

W&L and Guilford will be meeting for the 24th time, with the Generals holding a 12-11 advantage in the all-time series that began during the 1965 season.  W&L has won three of the last four encounters, including a 28-21 win last season in Greensboro.  The Generals will be playing the Quakers in Greensboro for the sixth time in the last nine meetings, having posted a 3-2 record in the last five meetings at the Armfield Athletic Center.

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 76-75-1 (.503) overall.  Fallon was enshrined in the W&L Athletic Hall of Fame after notching a 76-85-1 (.472) record over 17 seasons.

Guilford is led by sixth-year Head Coach Kevin Keisel (Gettysburg '81), who is 25-28 (.473) with the Quakers and 89-87-1 for his career.  Keisel also served as the head coach at Albright (1993-95), Fairfield (1996-00) and Millersville (2001-04).  He has been an assistant coach at West Chester, Navy, Fordham, Gettysburg, Temple and Kentucky.

Washington and Lee has played 1,005 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 463-503-39 (.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 74-100-1 all-time record against ODAC opponents and is 40-46 all-time against conference opponents under Frank Miriello. 

(Averett 20, W&L 10 • 9/18/10 • Lexington, Va)
Averett University scored all 20 of its points in the fourth quarter to post a 20-10 victory over W&L on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field. The Generals jumped out to a 7-0 lead just 5:05 into the game when junior quarterback Charlie Westfal capped a 10-play, 83-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown run. W&L forced three Averett turnovers in the first half and maintained its 7-0 lead until junior placekicker Peter Alston booted a 37-yard field goal to give the Generals a 10-0 advantage with 2:49 remaining in the third quarter. The Cougars scored their first points on a 45-yard field goal by sophomore placekicker Brad Scott just 48 seconds into the final period and knotted the game at 10-10 with a 12-play, 71-yard drive that resulted in a 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back James Wilson at the 6:19 mark. Following a W&L three-and-out on the next possession, the Generals' punt traveled just nine yards setting Averett up on the W&L 25-yardline.  Five plays later with 2:06 remaining, Scott nailed a 33-yard field goal to give the Cougars their first lead of the game at 13-10. Averett senior safety Jeremy Clifton then intercepted Westfal and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown with 1:36 remaining to put the game away. Sophomore running back Luke Heinsohn paced the Washington and Lee offense with his second-straight 100-yard performance, gaining 129 yards on 20 carries.  Westfal completed 8-of-15 passes for 112 yards and one interception and rushed for seven yards and one touchdown.  Defensively, W&L limited the Cougars to just 221 yards and forced three turnovers.  Sophomore linebacker Jesse Jenkins led the way with 13 tackles, while sophomore linebacker Doug Fraser posted nine tackles and one interception.

(W&L 28, Guilford 21 • 10/24/09 • Greensboro, N.C.)
Quarterback Charlie Westfal scored on a 21-yard touchdown run with 3:39 remaining to lift the W&L football team to a 28-21 victory over Guilford. The Generals jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Westfal to running back Harrison Hudson in the first quarter and a second-quarter 2-yard touchdown run from running back Jonathan Clemo. The Quakers cut it to a 14-7 game just 4:11 into the second half as they intercepted Westfal and quarterback Billy Watkins scored on a 2-yard touchdown run nine plays later. Guilford then knotted the game at 14-14 just 35 seconds into the final quarter when running back Mike Williams found paydirt on a 27-yard touchdown run. However, W&L struck just 16 seconds after Williams' touchdown as defensive back John Kavanagh returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards to give the Generals a 21-14 advantage. Guilford again tied the game (21-21) at the 6:38 mark when linebacker David LaPlaca scooped up a Generals' fumble and returned it 42 yards for the equalizing score. W&L then took the ensuing kickoff and marched 70 yards on eight plays, capped by Westfal's touchdown. Westfal completed 9-of-15 passes for 95 yards and one touchdown with one interception. He also rushed 10 times for 27 yards and one score. Clemo carried 20 times for a game-high 82 yards and one touchdown. Hudson rushed eight times for 81 yards and caught four passes for 38 yards and one touchdown. Senior linebacker Gus Cavanaugh and senior defensive back Donavon Sawyer both notched nine tackles to lead the W&L defense. Watkins completed 29-of-43 passes for 209 yards and one interception and he rushed five times for four yards and one score to lead the Quakers. Linebacker Richie Paul amassed a career-high 18 tackles and forced a fumble to lead the GC defense.

Guilford is 0-3 on the season and is coming off of a bye week. The Quakers last played on September 18 when they fell to Averett by a score of 45-9.  Guilford trailed just 14-9 at halftime, but turned the ball over four times and surrendered 31 second-half points in the rout.  Sophomore quarterback Luke Vandall (14-23, 97 yds., 1 INT) and senior quarterback Billy Watkins (10-16, 100 yds., 1 INT) both played under center, while senior Thomas Kicinski was the leading rusher with 26 yards on five carries.  Sophomore wide receiver Ben King had a team-best five catches for 42 yards and senior wide receiver Tyler Hasty snared four passes for a team-high 54 yards.  Defensively, junior linebacker Chris Jessup led the way with nine tackles and a sack.  Sophomore safety De'Shawn Lindsay notched eight stops and returned a fumble 92 yards for a touchdown.  For the year, Vandall has paced the offense by completing 57.5 percent of his passes for 488 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.  Sophomore Mike Williams has rushed for a team-best 65 yards on 16 carries, while King is the top receiving threat with 22 catches for 283 yards and two scores.  Hasty has seven catches for 98 yards and one score.  On defense, Lindsay has recorded a team-high 23 tackles, with senior cornerback Jordan Nelson (21 TT) and Jessup (20 TT) close behind.  Jessup and junior defensive lineman Brad Gayhardt both have two sacks on the season.
Junior quarterback Charlie Westfal is etching his name in the W&L record books despite only having played in just 23 games to date.  The 2008 ODAC Rookie of the Year, Westfal has rushed for 1,091 yards and 11 touchdowns over his first 2+ seasons and can become the school's all-time leading rusher from the quarterback position with 19 more yards.  Former legend Gil Bocetti currently holds the record with 1,109 yards.  Westfal has also completed just over 50 percent (232-441,. 526) of his passes for 2,652 yards and 20 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 two games.  Heinsohn carried 15 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns against Sewanee and hauled it 20 times for 129 yards against Averett.  Heinsohn currently ranks second in the ODAC with 102.3 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.

Sophomore linebacker Jesse Jenkins has also emerged on the scene for the Generals' defense this fall.  After three games, Jenkins leads the team with 32 tackles and he leads the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in tackles per game (10.7).  A Roanoke native and graduate of William Fleming High School, Jenkins posted seven tackles in reserve duty as a first-year.

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.

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.  Eight of W&L's top nine tacklers through the first three games all have another season of eligibility remaining, including five sophomores.  In fact, the top three tacklers (Jesse Jenkins, Doug Fraser, Jake Pelton) are all sophomores.  Jenkins leads the team with 32 stops, Fraser has 23 tackles, two fumble recoveries, one sack and one interception, and Pelton has 19 tackles and a half sack.

W&L is 10-24 all-time in ODAC confernece openers and 3-4 all-time against Guilford in those contests.  W&L has opened its conference schedule with only Emory & Henry (3-15), Randolph-Macon (4-5) and Guilford (3-4) since the league formed in 1976.  W&L last faced Guilford in its opening game of the ODAC schedule in 2002, defeating the Quakers by a score of 31-30.     

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.