September 10, 2011

W&L Football Downs Sewanee Tigers, 31-14

LEXINGTON, Va. – Senior quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Washington and Lee football team defeated Sewanee, 31-14, on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.

The win was W&L's seventh in a row over the Tigers and extended the Generals' regular-season winning streak to nine games.

The Generals (2-0) opened the scoring with 2:23 left in the first quarter with a 10-play, 73-yard drive that was finished off by a 16-yard touchdown run from junior running back Sasha Vandalov (Vienna, Va./James Madison). 

The lead grew to 14-0 on another 10-play drive (67 yds.) that was capped by a 27-yard touchdown pass from Westfal to senior wide receiver Cody Smith (Irvine, Calif./Orange Lutheran) on 4th down and 8 yards to go with 4:11 left in the second quarter.  Following a Sewanee (1-1) turnover on the next possession, senior placekicker Peter Alston (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy) gave the Generals a 17-0 lead at the break when he drilled a 35-yard field goal with 1:48 to play in the half.

The Tigers found paydirt on their first possession of the third quarter, stringing together a 9-play drive that covered 60 yards.  Senior running back Ben Cleveland (Ft. Worth, Texas/Trinity Valley School) scored from 8-yards out to make it 17-7 with 10:06 left in the third quarter.  The drive was extended on a 17-yard run from senior running back/punter Zeke Wilson (Snellville, Ga./George Walton) on a fake punt on 4th and 11 from the Tigers' 39-yardline.

The Generals countered just 3:49 later on a 14-yard touchdown run from Westfal, and upped their lead to 31-7 with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Westfal to sophomore tight end Alex Evans (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) with 7:17 left in the fourth quarter.  The Tigers added a late score with 47 seconds remaining as sophomore quarterback Lee Schurlknight (Darlington, S.C./The Byrnes School) scored on a 1-yard run for the 31-14 final margin.

As a team, the Generals gained 414 total yards led by Westfal, who completed 5-of-10 passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns.  He also rushed 12 times for a team-best 83 yards and one score.  Junior running back Brett Murray (Lookout Mountain, Tenn./Baylor) chipped in 51 yards on 13 carries, while Vandalov totaled 31 yards and one touchdown on five carries.  Evans snared three passes for 52 yards and one touchdown. 

On defense, W&L limited the Tigers to just 256 yards.  Junior defensive back Jake Pelton (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) posted a team-high 11 tackles (9 solo) and recovered a fumble, while junior linebacker Stephen Peck (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Cranbrook-Kingwood) notched seven tackles and one sack.

Cleveland rushed for a team-high 73 yards and one touchdown on nine carries to lead the way for the Tigers.  Senior defensive back Alfonza Knight (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) paced the defense with 11 stops. 

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Centre College for a 7:30 pm contest.

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