Washington and Lee Football - Catholic Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Catholic Game Notes

W&L (7-1, 4-0)
  CATHOLIC (5-2, 1-2)

Friday, October 28, 2011
Lexington, Va. • 7:00 pm

PDF Version of Notes

DATE: October 28, 2011
TIME: 7:00 pm
STADIUM: Wilson Field (4,000)
TV/INTERNET: First Team Broadcasting
SERIES RECORD: W&L leads 12-3
LAST MEETING: 10/29/10 at CUA (49-14 W&L)
FIRST MEETING: 11/7/81 at W&L (24-10 W&L)
LAST W&L WIN: 10/29/10 at CUA (49-14)
LAST CUA WIN: 10/11/08 at CUA (48-29)


9/3/11 Franklin & Marshall W, 24-10 3-4 Results
9/10/11 Sewanee W, 31-14 3-5 Results
9/17/11 at Centre L, 35-42 6-0 Results
9/24/11 Alma W, 49-42 1-6 Results
10/1/11 Guilford W, 63-0 1-6 Results
10/8/11 at Emory & Henry W, 17-14 4-4 Results
10/15/11 at Randolph-Macon W, 34-30
6-2 Results
10/22/11 Bridgewater W, 52-42
4-3 Results
10/28/11 Catholic 7:00 pm 5-2 Results
11/5/11 at Hampden-Sydney 1:00 pm 6-1 Results

Washington and Lee and Catholic will be meeting for the 16th time, with the Generals holding a 12-3 advantage in the all-time series that began during the 1981 season.  W&L has won seven of the last eight meetings, including each of the last two.  Additionally, the Generals have never lost to the Cardinals in Lexington, going 8-0 against CUA at Wilson Field.  Last season, the Generals defeated Catholic by a score of 49-14 in Washington, D.C.

Frank Miriello (East Stroudsburg ‘67) is in his 17th season as the head coach at W&L and his 44th year of coaching.  He has led W&L to 11 non-losing campaigns, a pair of ODAC titles and the program’s only two appearances in the NCAA Tournament.  Miriello is the winningest coach in program history with an 89-78-1 (.533) overall record.  He is 8-3 all-time against Catholic.

Catholic is led by sixth-year Head Coach Dave Dunn (San Diego ‘89), who is 27-31 (.466) overall with the Cardinals.  Dunn helped lead CUA to a share of the ODAC title in 2008. He is 1-4 all-time against W&L.

Catholic is 5-2 overall and 1-2 in the ODAC following a 28-24 win over Emory & Henry on Saturday in Washington, D.C.  The Cardinals trailed 24-14 midway through the fourth quarter, but scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 6:26, including the game-winner with 21 seconds remaining when sophomore running back Mike Pitsenberger scored from 1-yard out.  Junior quarterback Greg Cordivari led the offense by completing 46-of-64 passes for 401 yards and three touchdowns (2 INTs).  Sophomore wide receiver Andrew Ouelette grabbed 12 passes for 111 yards and one touchdown, while sophomore wide receiver Tanner Keefe snared seven balls for 111 yards as well.  Pitsenberger rushed 18 times for 66 yards and one score, and senior wide receiver Wesley Stringfield caught 10 balls for 59 yards and one score.  Junior defensive end Anthony Albanese led the defense with 10 tackles.  For the year, Catholic averages 401.3 yards per game led by Cordivari, who has completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 2,310 yards and 18 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.  Ouelette is his favorite target, catching 41 passes for 449 yards and two touchdowns.  Junior wide-out Alonzo Cooke has 37 catches for 539 yards and five touchdowns, while Keefe has 25 receptions for 390 yards and five scores.  Pitsenberger leads the team in rushing with 457 yards and six touchdowns on 107 carries.  Sophomore linebacker Connor Stueckler has a team-best 59 tackles, one sack and one interception, and senior defensive back James Fucillo has 54 tackles, one interception and one sack as well.

(W&L 52, Bridgewater 42 • 10/22/11 • Lexington, Va.)
Washington and Lee racked up 606 yards of total offense and scored 21 fourth quarter points to pull away for a 52-42 win over Bridgewater in ODAC football action on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field. The two teams combined for 1,090 yards of offense, with 35 total points scored in the final 15 minutes of action. The Generals took a 31-28 lead with 2:12 left in the third quarter on a 32-yard touchdown reception by junior running back Brett Murray and extended their lead to 38-28 on a 1-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Charlie Westfal with 9:50 left in the game. The Eagles climbed to within 38-35 on a 64-yard touchdown run by senior running back Anthony Carter just 1:09 later, but W&L responded with a 9-play, 73-yard drive that was finished with an 8-yard touchdown run by junior running back Russell Stewart with 4:32 left in the game to make it 45-35.  Bridgewater struck quickly when junior tight end Cord Keating hauled in a 21-yard scoring strike from junior quarterback Carlos Gonzalez to make it a 45-42 game with 3:04 left.  The Generals recovered an onside kick and scored four plays later when Westfal plunged in from 3-yards out for a 52-42 lead with 2:00 to play.  Senior linebacker John Kavanagh intercepted Gonzalez on the ensuing possession and the Generals ran out the clock for their 10th-straight ODAC victory. Neither team led by more than a touchdown in the opening half and the Generals carried a 24-21 lead into the halftime break.  Carter scored on a 51-yard touchdown run to give BC a 28-24 lead just 58 seconds into the third quarter, but W&L seized the lead back late in the third quarter setting up the fourth period scoring bonanza. Washington and Lee was led by Westfal, who completed 11-of-15 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 16 times for 109 yards and two more scores. Murray rushed 17 times for 123 yards and one touchdown, and caught five passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns, while junior running back Luke Heinsohn rushed 20 times for 138 yards and one touchdown and caught two passes for 40 yards.  Senior linebacker Rob Look and senior defensive back Jake Pelton each recorded 11 tackles to lead the W&L defense.
(W&L 49, Catholic 14 • 10/29/10 • Washington, D.C.)
W&L amassed a season-best 604 yards of total offense and set an ODAC record for rushing yards in a game (496) in posting a 49-14 victory at Catholic. The Generals had three players rush for 100 yards led by running back Luke Heinsohn, who tallied 114 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries.  Running back Brett Murray notched 101 yards on 11 carries, while 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.  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, one by Heinsohn and one by Hudson, to assume a commanding 42-7 lead. 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 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 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.

Washington and Lee has played 1,021 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 477-505-39 (.486) 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.

Since the turn of the century (2000), Washington and Lee is a combined 39-17 (.696) in games played at Wilson Field.  Over the last two seasons, W&L is 8-1 in games played at home, including a 5-0 record this season.

Washington and Lee is currently in the midst of a 10-game winning streak against ODAC opponents after going 6-0 in league play last season and winning its first four games of the 2011 campaign.  This is the longest such streak in the Generals’ 36-year history in the conference.  The prior longest streak was a string of six-straight wins across the 1981-82 seasons.

A win this week would give the Generals their second-straight 8-win season and just their 10th season with eight or more wins in the program’s 119-year history. The last time that W&L had back-to-back 8-win seasons was a string of three in a row from 1960-62.

Washington and Lee’s offense has been rolling along and the Generals rank among the national leaders in total offense (482.4 ypg), rushing offense (330.4 ypg) and scoring offense (38.1 ppg).  However, it has been during the recent 5-game winning streak that W&L has really turned the corner offensively.  Over its first three games (2-1 overall), W&L averaged 364.3 yards per game (281.0 rushing) and 30.0 points per game.  The Generals were also completing just 44.1 percent of their passes for an average of 83.3 passing yards per game.  Compare those numbers to the numbers during the winning streak.  Since the loss to Centre, W&L is averaging 553.2 yards per game, including an average of 360.0 yards per game on the ground.  The Generals have also completed 71.2 percent of their passes for an average of 193.2 yards per game through the air, and W&L is averaging 43.0 points per game.

Prior to the 2010 season, you could count the number of 400-yard rushing performances during the league’s history on one hand.  While this number continues to be a lofty goal, the Generals have begun to set it as the magic number.  W&L hit 400 rushing yards six times last season and three times this year.  In those games, the Generals are 9-0, scoring an average of 48.6 points per game with an average margin of victory of 23.1 points per game.  To contrast this point, over the last two seasons, when failing to rush for 400 yards in a game, W&L is just 6-4 with an average of 25.5 points per game and a scoring margin of just 1.9 points per game.

W&L forced two more turnovers against Bridgewater and failed to turn it over itself for the second-straight week to improve to a league-leading +12 turnover margin this season (10 turnovers/22 turnovers forced).  Over the last two seasons, Washington and Lee has a +29 turnover ratio.

Junior running back Luke Heinsohn is back to the form that earned him First Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-Region honors last season.  He is currently third in the ODAC in rushing with 737 yards and a league-leading 12 touchdowns on just 115 carries (6.4 yards per carry).  Heinsohn has picked up his game in conference play, rushing for 481 yards and eight touchdowns in four ODAC games for an average of 120.2 yards per game and 7.9 yards per rush.  Heinsohn currently ranks seventh all-time at W&L with 2,101 rushing yards and he is 10th on the all-time scoring list with 150 career points.

Junior running back Brett Murray is also a force to be reckoned with in the Generals’ backfield.  He currently leads the ODAC in rushing with 749 yards and eight touchdowns on 108 carries, and he also leads the team in receiving with 20 catches for 299 yards and two touchdowns.  Murray averages 6.9 yards per carry on the season and he has averaged 8.3 yards per carry throughout the Generals’ 5-game winning streak.  A Second Team All-ODAC selection after rushing for 738 yards and nine touchdowns last season, Murray has totaled 1,690 yards and 19 touchdowns rushing over his first 2+ seasons.  He totaled 197 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns last week against Bridgewater.

Senior quarterback Charlie Westfal compiled 271 total yards against Bridgewater, eclipsing the W&L career record for total offense with 6,508 yards.  The two-time reigning ODAC Offensive Player of the Week, Westfal currently leads the ODAC in passing efficiency rating (191.7) and is sixth in the conference in rushing with a career-high 602 yards.  He has completed 62.2 percent of his passes for 1,141 yards and 10 touchdowns and just one interception.  Westfal continues to climb other career categories at W&L, ranking third in touchdown passes (40), fifth in passing yards (4,367) and sixth in rushing yards (2,141).

You wouldn’t think the Generals’ passing game would instill much fear in its opponents given that W&L attempts just 13.4 passes per game on average.  However, W&L has been efficient with its opportunities.  The Generals complete nearly 63 percent (62.6) of their passes for an average of 19.9 yards per completion and one touchdown for every 10.7 attempts.  Heading into last week’s game with Bridgewater, W&L ranked fourth nationally in passing efficiency rating (187.71).

Senior placekicker Peter Alston continues to be perfect on his PAT’s this season.  Alston is third on the team in scoring this season with 55 points on six field goals (6-8) and 37 PAT’s (37-37).  He is now 87-for-88 on PAT’s for his career and 10-for-13 on field goal attempts.  Alston is in the midst of a school-record string of 81 consecutive PAT’s made.  The former record was 39.

The Washington and Lee football team is raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org) by seeking donations of one penny for every yard gained during the 2011 season.  Currently, the Generals have gained 4,579 total yards for an expected donation of $45.79 per donation pledge.  If you would like to pledge to the program, simply contact program leaders Gavin Colliton (collitong@wlu.edu) or Garrett LeRose (leroseg@wlu.edu) or visit the Generals Wounded Warriors pledge website at http://WWPProudSupporter.kintera.org/generalsfootball.