Washington and Lee Football - Centre Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Centre Game Notes

W&L (2-0) at CENTRE (1-0)

Saturday, September 17, 2011
Danville, Ky. • 7:30 pm

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DATE: September 17, 2011
TIME: 7:30 pm
STADIUM: Farris Stadium (2,500)
TV/INTERNET: College TV Ticket
SERIES RECORD: Centre leads 35-22-2
RECORD VS. CC AT W&L: 12-12-2
LAST MEETING: 9/23/06 at CC (24-15 W&L)
FIRST MEETING: 10/30/1897 at CC (22-0 CC)
LAST W&L WIN: 9/23/06 at CC (24-15)
LAST CC WIN: 9/24/05 at W&L (35-26)

Washington and Lee and Centre will be meeting for the 60th time, with the Colonels holding a 35-22-2 advantage in the all-time series that began during the 1897 season.  The two teams met every season from 1955-2006 and now renew their rivalry for the first time in five seasons.  The two teams have split the last 10 meetings, with the Generals winning the last encounter, 24-15, in Danville, Ky., in 2006.

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 84-77-1 (.522) overall record.

Centre is led by Andy Frye (Muskingum '89), who is in his 14th season as the head coach.  Frye carries a 73-47 (.608) overall record with the Colonels, including a 4-5 overall record against the Generals.

Centre utilized its bye week in week number two and is 1-0 on the season following a 38-21 win at Hanover on September 3. After falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter, the Colonels used a safety, three field goals and a touchdown to take an 18-7 lead into halftime.  Two more field goals and a touchdown run by senior running back Jonathan Pinque in the third quarter extended CC's lead to 31-7 entering the fourth quarter as the Colonels won comfortably.  Centre was out-gained 382-286, but the Colonels forced four turnovers and controlled the ball for nearly 39 of the game's 60 minutes.  Pinque rushed 24 times for 52 yards and a touchdown, and caught five passes for 55 yards and another score.  Junior running back Monte Scotton carried 12 times for 50 yards and one score and senior quarterback Tyler Osterman completed 20-of-28 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown (1 INT).  Junior placekicker Jordan Gay was true on all five of his kicks, including a 46-yarder in the second quarter.  Senior defensive end Cooper McGuire logged a team-best five tackles, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble, while senior defensive back Kent Crick recorded two tackles, picked off two passes and had two pass breakups.  Senior defensive back Ryan Gallas added four tackles and an interception on the day.

Washington and Lee has played 1,014 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 472-504-39 (.484) 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 began the season ranked 19th in the Sporting News Preseason Division III poll.  Currently, the Generals are receiving votes in the D3Football.com poll.

(W&L 31, Sewanee 14 • 9/10/11 • Lexington, Va.)
Senior quarterback Charlie Westfal 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 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.  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 on 4th down and 8 yards to go with 4:11 left in the second quarter.  Following a Sewanee turnover on the next possession, senior placekicker Peter Alston 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 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 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 with 7:17 left in the fourth quarter.  The Tigers added a late score with 47 seconds remaining as sophomore quarterback Lee Schurlknight 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 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 posted a team-high 11 tackles (9 solo) and recovered a fumble, while junior linebacker Stephen Peck notched seven tackles and one sack. 

(W&L 24, Centre 15 • 9/23/06 • Danville, Ky.)
Quarterback Hunter Dawkins threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns as the Washington and Lee football team won 24-15 at Centre. The Generals netted the first points of the contest when Dawkins found wide receiver D.J. Hackett in the end zone on 2nd and 29 for a 35-yard score with 10:25 remaining in the first quarter, capping a 10-play, 80-yard drive. Running back Stuart Sitterson put W&L in scoring column again when he scored a touchdown from one yard out at 2:11 in the first quarter. Centre responded with a touchdown of its own at 6:15 in the second when quarterback Kevin Phelps hooked up with Justin Jones for a 22-yard reception. The Colonels' momentum was interrupted by another crack in the scoring column by the Generals with a 31-yard field goal by senior Ben Long with 1:59 left in the first half. Neither team connected for any points in the third quarter and the score remained 17-7 until 12:25 remained in the fourth quarter when wide receiver Jack Martin snagged a 63-yard touchdown reception from Dawkins. The Colonels rallied in the fourth quarter after a safety and 5-yard touchdown run by Phelps cut the margin to 24-15, but the Generals held on for the win. W&L was led by Dawkins, who completed 14 of his 28 attempts. Martin caught three passes for 97 yards and a touchdown, while Sitterson pulled down eight passes for 81 yards and carried the ball 20 times for one yard and a touchdown. Sophomore running back Tom Pacicco also handled the ball nine times for 60 yards. On defense, the Blue and White were paced by defensive back Jimmy Gift, who notched seven tackles and one interception. Defensive lineman Tommy Matteo added six tackles and a sack to the Generals' defensive effort, which held Centre to just 268 yards of total offense. Matt Johnson led CC with 10 tackles and a half sack. Phelps completed 24-of-41 passes for 217 yards, one touchdown and one interception to lead the Colonels. Jones caught eight passes for 60 yards and a touchdown, while Adam Blandford rushed for 39 yards off eight carries.

With a 31-17 win over Sewanee on Saturday, Washington and Lee extended its regular-season winning streak to nine games, the longest such streak since winning nine-straight across the 1962-63 seasons.  The next longest string was 15 games, stretched across the 1960-62 seasons.

Washington and Lee has started a season with a 2-0 record 32 times in 118 seasons of play, including just six times over the last 50 seasons.  Of those six years since the beginning of the 1962 season, W&L failed to extend its season winning streak to three games four times, with only the 2000 team (started 4-0) and the 1963 team (started 3-0) winning its third contest of the season.  Despite starting those seasons a combined 15-0, the Generals finished those campaigns with a combined 18-22 over the remainder of those seasons.

Senior placekicker Peter Alston currently leads the team in scoring with 13 points after making both of his field goal attempts and all seven of his PAT attempts this season.  Alston carried a school-record string for consecutive PAT's made into the 2011 season after making his final 44 attempts in 2010.  His streak current sits at 51 in a row.  Alston went 4-of-6 on field goals and 50-of-51 on PAT's last season en route to scoring 62 points.

W&L has begun a season with a 3-0 record just 16 times in 118 seasons and hasn't done so since beginning the 2000 season with a 4-0 mark.  Incidently, the Generals moved to 3-0 that season with a 45-7 win at Centre.

W&L featured an opportunistic defense last season, forcing 32 turnovers for an average of 2.9 turnovers per game.  The Generals are looking to continue their ways in 2011 after forcing five turnovers against Franklin & Marshall and one more against Sewanee.  The 2010 team finished fifth in Division III in turnover margin (+17) and the 2011 team is keeping pace with a +4 margin through two games.

The W&L defense forced five turnovers and recorded five sacks in a season-opening win over Franklin & Marshall.  One might think it is a rare event to have at least five turnovers and five sacks in a game.  And, you would be right.  It has only happened twice in the 103 games played since the turn of the century (2000).  However, consider that the Generals have now done it twice in the last five games, having logged five turnovers and five sacks in a 38-27 win over Hampden-Sydney last season that clinched the ODAC title.  The other game during that stretch was a 31-27 win over Catholic in 2003 when the Generals trailed 27-7 in the third quarter.

Senior quarterback Charlie Westfal continues to climb several of the school's record categories.  The only quarterback in ODAC history with better than 3,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards, Westfal ranks eighth all-time with 3,364 career passing yards and 10th all-time with 1,622 rushing yards.  He can move into sixth all-time in passing yards with 175 more yards.  Westfal also ranks fourth all-time with 4,986 yards of total offense and is tied for third with 33 career touchdown passes.

The Generals' rushing attack has been known for spreading the wealth and the 2011 season is no different.  In Saturday's win over Sewanee, nine different players recorded at least one rushing attempt, with no one player rushing more than 13 times on the day.  For the season, junior Brett Murray leads the team in rushing with 107 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries.  Junior Luke Heinsohn led the team with 1,321 yards last season, but has rushed just 16 times for 74 yards this fall.

Washington and Lee's defense has been much improved during the 2011 campaign, allowing an average of just 286.0 yards per game while forcing six turnovers in two contests.  Junior linebacker Jesse Jenkins leads the way with 17 total stops, while junior safety Jake Pelton has tallied 14 stops.  A Preseason All-America selection by the Sporting News, Pelton notched six interceptions last season en route to recording First Team All-ODAC laurels.  Jenkins was a Second Team All-ODAC selection last season.

Since 1995, the Generals are 74-28 (.725) when scoring 20 or more points and 57-8-1 (.871) when allowing fewer than 20 points. Furthermore, W&L is 37-3 (.925) under Miriello when scoring 30 or more points and 24-1-1 (.942) 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 4-40 (.091) when allowing 30 or more points.