November 1, 2010

W&L Football Sweeps ODAC Player of the Week Awards

FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference has released its football player of the week awards for the week ending October 31 and, for the second time this season, Washington and Lee has swept the league's weekly offensive and defensive awards.

The Generals' entire offensive line, comprised of senior Greg Kurkis (Roswell, Ga./Westminster), junior John Fitzgibbons (Martinsville, Va./Martinsville), sophomore Mike Stefanelli (Moscow, Pa./North Pocono) and first-years Bobby Jones (Lynchburg, Va./Heritage) and Connor Hollenbeck (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) earned offensive player of the week recognition for W&L's 49-14 win over Catholic University on Friday evening.  Additionally, sophomore defensive back Jake Pelton (Charlottesville, Va./Monticello) was named the defensive player of the week for the third time in the last four weeks.

The W&L offense had a record-setting week against the Cardinals, totaling 604 yards of total offense and holding the ball for better than 41 of the game's 60 minutes.  The Generals had three backs eclipse the 100-yard rushing barrier in amassing an ODAC record for rushing yards in a game (496).  It was Washington and Lee's fifth-straight game of better than 400 yards rushing and the sixth overall 400-yard rushing performance this year.

With Friday's offensive performance, the Generals also set a school and conference record for rushing yards in a season (3,008) and eclipsed the ODAC record for season rushing touchdowns (33). 

As a group, the W&L offensive line has paved the way for an average of 455.9 yards and 36.4 points per game.

Pelton garnered the ODAC Defensive Player of the Week Award for the third time after notching 11 total tackles, including nine solo stops, against Catholic.  Pelton also had two interceptions in the game, the first of which occurred just before halftime on the Generals' 1-yardline to preserve a 21-7 lead that swelled to 28-7 before the break.

For the year, Pelton is second on the team with 64 tackles and he leads the ODAC with five interceptions.  He has a team-best 43 solo tackles and also has four pass breakups and a half sack to his credit.

Washington and Lee (6-2, 5-0 ODAC) hosts 19th-ranked Hampden-Sydney (8-0, 4-0) on Saturday at 1:00 pm.  A win would give the Generals the 2010 ODAC title and the accompanying bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

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