Washington and Lee Football - Hampden-Sydney Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Hampden-Sydney Game Notes

W&L (6-2, 5-0) vs. #19 HAMPDEN-SYDNEY (8-0, 4-0)

Saturday, November 6, 2010
Lexington, Va. • 1:00 pm

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DATE: November 6, 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: 10/17/09 at H-SC (38-31 H-SC)
FIRST MEETING: 11/1899 at ?? (6-5 W&L)
LAST W&L WIN: 10/14/06 at W&L (28-6)
LAST H-SC WIN: 10/17/09 at H-SC (38-31)

Washington and Lee and Hampden-Sydney will be meeting for the 69th time, with the Tigers holding a 35-31-2 advantage in the all-time series that began during the 1899 season.  W&L has played the Tigers more often than any other opponent in program history and the two teams have met every season since 1955 making it the Generals' longest standing rivalry.  The Tigers have claimed three-straight wins in the series and six of the last eight meetings overall against W&L, including a 38-31 win last season in Hampden-Sydney, Va.  The last three meetings have all been high-scoring encounters with an average of 74.7 points scored between the two teams per game.  The average margin of victory has been just 6.7 points per game.

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 11 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 earlier this season.  Since taking over following Fallon's death in the spring of 1995, Miriello is 81-75-1 overall.

Hampden-Sydney is led by 11th-year Head Coach Marty Favret (Catholic '84), who is 80-30 overall with the Tigers.  Favret has led H-SC to a pair of conference championships over his first 10 seasons and he has been named the ODAC Coach of the Year on three occasions, including last season when he led Hampden-Sydney to a 10-0 regular season record.  He ranks second all-time in victories at H-SC and has steered them to eight-win seasons in five of the last six years.  Favret was an assistant coach at Catholic for six years before coming to Hampden-Sydney.

Washington and Lee has played 1,010 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 468-503-39 (.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 79-100-1 all-time record against ODAC opponents and is 45-46 all-time against conference opponents under Frank Miriello.

(W&L 49, Catholic 14 • 10/29/10 • Washington, D.C.)
The Washington and Lee football team amassed a season-best 604 yards of total offense and set new ODAC 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 on Friday. The Generals had three players rush for 100 yards led by sophomore running back Luke Heinsohn, 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 notched 101 yards on 11 carries, while junior running back Harrison Hudson 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 intercepted the Cardinals 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 to assume a commanding 42-7 lead en route to their fifth-straight win. Junior quarterback Charlie Westfal 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, senior tight end Patrick Conley and sophomore running back Sasha Vandalov 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 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.

(Hampden-Sydney 38, W&L 31 • 10/17/09 • Hampden-Sydney, Va.)
W&L recovered from a 28-3 deficit late in the second quarter, but Hampden-Sydney held off the Generals for a 38-31 win at Everett Stadium. The Generals assumed a 3-0 lead at the 8:50 mark of the first quarter as placekicker Martin Prichard capped a 12-play, 69-yard game-opening drive with a 26-yard field goal. However, the Tigers responded with four-straight touchdown drives, including a pair of touchdown runs by halfback Kirk Rohle, for a 28-3 lead with 4:52 left in the first half. W&L ended the first half scoring with an 8-yard touchdown run by running back Jonathan Clemo with 1:28 remaining in the second quarter to make it 28-10 at the break. The Generals then opened the third quarter with a 33-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Charlie Westfal to senior wide receiver Ryan Welsh at the 10:27 mark to make it 28-17. Westfal and Welsh hooked up again just 5:26 later for a 15-yard touchdown to make it a 28-24 game at 5:01 of the third. W&L then took an intentional safety to make the score 30-24 with 45 seconds left in the third quarter and Rohle scored his third touchdown of the day on the ensuing possession at 11:36 of the fourth quarter for a 38-24 lead. The Generals climbed to within 38-31 on a 7-yard touchdown reception by Welsh, his third of the day, but could get no closer. The Generals got the ball back and drove to the H-SC 27-yardline with just under three minutes remaining, but were stopped on four-straight plays and the Tigers ran out the clock for their third-straight win in the series. Welsh led W&L with nine catches for 156 yards and a school-record-tying three touchdowns. Westfal completed 13-of-26 passes for 206 yards and three scores (1 INT), and he also rushed 17 times for 66 yards. Clemo toted the ball 23 times for 88 yards and one touchdown. Senior defensive back Donavon Sawyer led the defense with seven tackles and a pair of interceptions. Rohle carried 25 times for 86 yards and three touchdowns for H-SC, while quarterback Corey Sedlar completed 18-of-36 attempts for 298 yards and two touchdowns (3 INT's). Wide receiver Anthony Mancini snared four passes for 83 yards and one touchdown and linebacker Andrew Sellers and defensive lineman Will Riggenbach paced the defense with eight tackles and one sack apiece. 

Hampden-Sydney is 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the ODAC and the Tigers are ranked 19th in the lastest D3football.com Division III poll.  Most recently, H-SC knocked off Guilford on Saturday by a 49-20 score.  The Tigers posted 535 yards of total offense in the contest, led by 397 yards and four touchdowns from junior quarterback Travis Lane.  Sophomore running back Evan King carried 14 times for 59 yards and three touchdowns and caught two passes for 72 yards and another score, while junior wide receiver Sean Cavanagh recorded seven catches for 90 yards and one touchdown.  Junior wide-out Kyle Vance chipped in 118 yards on five receptions.  Senior linebacker Trevor Ikwild paced the defense with nine tackles and a sack.  For the year, the Tigers average 430.2 yards and 36.5 points per game.  Lane has completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 2,430 yards and 23 touchdowns with 13 interceptions, while King has rushed 81 times for 373 yards and 11 touchdowns.  Vance leads the receiving corps with 56 catches for 913 yards and six touchdowns, and Cavanagh has 46 receptions for 686 yards and seven scores.  Defensively, Ikwild leads the conference in tackles (88) and has six pass breakups and one sack.  Senior safety Bill Doody has 44 tackles and four interceptions, and he ranks among the conference leaders with 12 pass breakups.

On the heels of their five-game winning streak, the Generals have begun to get some love in the Division III polls this week.  In the latest American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III poll, Washington and Lee has picked up three points to appear among the "others receving votes" section of the poll.  It is the first time that W&L has received votes in the poll since gathering a few votes in the AFCA's week nine poll of the 2006 season.  The Generals were also receiving votes in the D3Football.com poll that same week back in 2006.  W&L fell in the game that week to Bridgewater (27-8) and remained out of the ranking picture until this week.  Hampden-Sydney ranks 19th in the latest D3Football.com poll and is currently 17th in the AFCA poll.

W&L is on a five-game winning streak for the first time since the 2006 campaign when the Generals won six-straight on their way to the program's first ODAC title since 1985.  Additionally, W&L has won five-straight ODAC contests for the first time in program history.  The Generals have never gone through a season with an undefeated ODAC slate.

W&L has recorded five 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 has already bested its point production from all of last season (291 in 2010, 238 in 2009) and is just 28 points from breaking the school record for season scoring (318) set in 1950.

In 118 seasons of football, Washington and Lee has won just seven conference championships,  including just three ODAC titles in 35 years.  However, a win against Hampden-Sydney would give W&L its second conference title in the last five seasons.
Below is a listing of the Generals' conference championships over the years:

Washington and Lee All-Time Conference Championships
1914 - South Atlantic Champions
1934 - Southern Conference Champions
1950 - Southern Conference Champions
1962 - College Athletic Conference Champions
1981 - Old Dominion Athletic Conference Champions
1985 - Old Dominion Athletic Conference Champions
2006 - Old Dominion Athletic Conference Champions

The Washington and Lee offense has been rolling along this season with averages of 455.9 yards and 36.4 points per game. The Generals also rank fourth in Division III with an average of 376.0 rushing yards per game.  A major reason for this success has been the play of W&L's offensive line, which consists of senior center Greg Kurkis, junior right guard John Fitzgibbons, sophomore left guard Mike Stefanelli, first-year left tackle Connor Hollenbeck and first-year right tackle Bobby Jones.  Following the record-breaking performance against Catholic on Friday, the line was officially recognized for its efforts by being named the ODAC Offensive Player of the Week.  The Generals amassed 604 yards of total offense in the contest, including an ODAC-record 496 rushing yards.  As a group, the line averages 6-3 and 257 pounds across the front.

Sophomore running back Luke Heinsohn has already added his stamp to his family's tradition at W&L.  Heinsohn is the grandson of former W&L Head Coach Lee McLaughlin and is the brother of former W&L soccer and lacrosse standout Angie Carrington.  Both are enshrined in the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.  Heinsohn has begun etching his legacy by becoming just the seventh player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.  Heinsohn has rushed 141 times for 1,020 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.  He is the ODAC's leading rusher with an average of 127.5 yards per game, a total which ranks 14th in Division III.  He is also tied for the team lead with 10 touchdowns on the season.  Heinsohn has rushed for 100 or more yards six times this year, including a season-best 223 yards (4th-best in W&L history) against Guilford back on October 2.  Additionally, he has just one carry for negative yardage this season, losing a single yard against Averett.

The moniker Triple H did wonders for the professional wrestling career of Paul Michael Levesque and perhaps Double H could do the same for the college football career of W&L junior running back Harrison Hudson.  Hudson has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of the past two games and he enters this week's contest second on the team in rushing with 661 yards and five touchdowns on 73 carries.  He also has a team-high 12 catches for 222 yards and three more scores.  Hudson is averaging a gaudy 8.9 yards per carry this season and he has averaged better than 8.7 yards every time he has touched the ball on offense for his career.  The W&L record for season average per carry is 7.1 yards and the career record is 5.8 yards (Hudson is currently at 8.0 ypc).  He has rushed 130 times for 1,037 yards over his first three seasons and has also snared 37 passes for 418 yards.

Sophomore running back Brett Murray, a native of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., completes the Generals' three-headed monster from the running back position.  Murray is tied with Heinsohn for the team lead with 10 touchdowns and he has carried 68 times for 538 yards and seven scores.  He is also second on the team with eight runs of 20 yards or more.  Murray also has 10 catches for 116 yards and three touchdowns.

Junior quarterback Charlie Westfal ranks fifth on the school's career total offense list with 4,374 yards and is the school's all-time leading rusher from the quarterback position with 1,381 career rushing yards (12th-best overall). For his career, Westfal has rushed for 15 touchdowns and has completed 53 percent (250-472,. 530) of his passes for 2,993 yards and 27 touchdowns.  He is currently tied for fifth all-time at W&L in career touchdown passes and is ninth in career passing yards.

Sophomore defensive back Jake Pelton intercepted two more passes in Friday's win over Catholic and now leads the ODAC with five interceptions this season.  The Generals' second-leading tackler with 64 total stops, Pelton earned the ODAC Defensive Player of the Week award for the third time this season for his 11-tackle, two-interception performance against Catholic.

The Generals are quite literally on a historic run this season.  W&L has already shattered the school (2,995) and ODAC (2,740) record for season rushing yards with 3,008 yards. The Generals have also set a new conference record for rushing touchdowns (33) in a season. Along the way, W&L has rushed for more than 400 yards in a game six times, including during each of the last five weeks.  To put this into perspective, there were only five 400-yard rushing performances in the history of the league prior to W&L's six this season.  Below is a listing of the top team rushing efforts in ODAC history:

1. Washington and Lee vs. Catholic, 2010 - 496
2. Emory & Henry vs. Greensboro, 1998 - 483
3. Washington and Lee vs. Sewanee, 2010 - 467
4. Washington and Lee vs. Guilford, 2010 - 463
5. Bridgewater vs. Tennessee Wesleyan, 1987 - 444
6. Bridgewater vs. Lebanon Valley, 1990 - 441
7. Washington and Lee vs. Bridgewater, 2010 - 438
8. Washington and Lee vs. Randolph-Macon, 2010 - 427
9. Washington and Lee vs. Emory & Henry, 2010 - 425
10. Bridgewater vs. Methodist, 1989 - 410

The W&L offense has been downright dominating in its five conference games this season, averaging 521.8 yards per game, including 449.8 yards per game on the ground.  The Generals are also averaging 45.2 points per game and 6.8 yards per carry in conference contests.  Additionally, junior quarterback Charlie Westfal has completed 58.1 percent of his passes for 341 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions across the five games.

W&L has set a new school record for PAT's in a season (39) and junior placekicker Peter Alston has also set a new mark for individual PAT's made in a season (37).  Alston is also closing in on the record for consecutive PAT's made, which has been held by Matt Holbrook since 1997.  Holbrook made 39 in a row, while Alston has currently made good on 31 in a row.