Washington and Lee Football - Emory & Henry Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Emory & Henry Game Notes

W&L (4-1, 1-0)
EMORY & HENRY (4-1, 1-0)

Saturday, October 8, 2011
Emory, Va. • 1:00 pm

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DATE: October 8, 2011
TIME: 1:00 pm
STADIUM: Fred Selfe Stadium (5,500)
SERIES RECORD: E&H Leads 28-12
LAST MEETING: 10/9/10 at W&L (45-24 W&L)
FIRST MEETING: 10/8/21 (27-0 W&L)
LAST W&L WIN: 10/9/10 at W&L (45-24)
LAST E&H WIN: 11/7/09 at E&H (23-16)

Washington and Lee and Emory & Henry will be meeting for the 41st time, with the Wasps holding a 28-12 advantage in the all-time series that began during the 1921 season.  E&H dominated the series for the entire 80's and 90's, winning 19 in a row against the Generals from 1983-2001.  However, over the last nine seasons, W&L has won six of the nine meetings, including taking a 45-24 win last season in Lexington.

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 86-78-1 (.521) overall record.  He is 6-10 all-time against Emory & Henry.

Emory & Henry is led by seventh-year Head Coach Don Montgomery (Mount Union '77), who is 32-32 (.500) at E&H and 2-4 against W&L.  Montgomery came to E&H from Mount Union, where he helped guide the Purple Raiders to seven national championships and 104-straight regular season wins. As defensive coordinator, his teams led the nation in scoring defense and total defense numerous times.  In 1999, he was named the AFCA National Assistant Coach of the Year.

Emory & Henry is 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the ODAC following a 17-10 victory over Randolph-Macon on Saturday in Ashland.  The Wasps held Macon to just 3-of-13 on third downs and intercepted four passes to walk away with the win.  Offensively, sophomore quarterback Kyle Boden completed 33-of-42 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns (1 INT).  He also had 22 of the team's 26 rushing yards for the day.  Boden's favorite target was junior wide-out Preston Jennings, who caught 11 balls for 50 yards.  On defense, junior linebacker Devan Sproles had a team-best 11 tackles and two interceptions en route to earning ODAC Defensive Player of the Week accolades.  For the year, Boden has completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 1,231 yards and 13 touchdowns with just four interceptions.  The Wasps average just 2.9 yards per rush and 87.8 rushing yards per game, led by junior Adam Pugh, who has gained 148 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries.  Jennings has a team-best 34 receptions for 308 yards and three scores, while senior wide receiver Adrian Jordan has 24 catches for 248 yards and two touchdowns.  Junior wide receiver Davon Ross is also a top target for E&H, snaring 18 passes for 200 yards and a team-high four touchdowns.  Sproles leads the defense with 53 tackles and two interceptions. 

(W&L 63, Guilford 0 • 10/1/11 • Lexington, Va.)
Washington and Lee scored its most points in 61 years and recorded its largest margin of victory in 89 years with a 63-0 homecoming win over Guilford on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field. The point total was the most since a 67-7 win over Richmond in 1951 and the final margin was the highest since an 85-0 win over Emory & Henry in 1922.  The game also marked W&L's first shutout since a 20-0 win over Franklin & Marshall to open the 2007 campaign. Guilford fumbled on its first offensive play of the game and senior quarterback Charlie Westfal scored from 13-yards out just three plays later to give the Generals a 7-0 lead just 1:01 into the game.  A pair of touchdown runs by junior running back Luke Heinsohn, one from three yards out and another from 23 yards, gave W&L a 21-0 lead just 4:45 into the contest. Washington and Lee tacked on four more touchdowns in the second quarter, including a 63-yard scoring run by Heinsohn and a 4-yard run by junior running back Brett Murray with five seconds left in the half for a 49-0 lead at the break. Guilford turned the ball over six times on the day and the Generals out-gained the Quakers by a total of 535-190 in cruising to their third-straight win over Guilford. Heinsohn paced the offense with a season-high 167 yards and a career-high four touchdowns on just 12 carries.  Murray tallied 85 yards and one score on 11 rushes, while Westfal rushed seven times for 23 yards and two touchdowns.  He also completed 2-of-3 passes for 71 yards and one touchdown.  Junior running back Russell Stewart added two catches for 71 yards and a touchdown for the day.  Defensively, the Generals were led by senior linebacker Rob Look, who totaled eight tackles.  Junior defensive back Jake Pelton added six tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery. Guilford was led by first-year running back Josh Williams, who notched 71 yards on 20 carries.  First-year defensive back Robert Smith amassed a team-high 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops.

(W&L 45, E&H 24 • 10/9/10 • Lexington, Va.)
Running backs Luke Heinsohn and Brett Murray both rushed for over 100 yards as Washington and Lee rolled up 425 rushing yards in posting a 45-24 victory over Emory & Henry at Wilson Field. The Generals trailed 7-3 early in the second quarter when Murray jump-started the W&L rushing effort with a 52-yard touchdown run at the 12:41 mark for a 10-7 lead.  W&L added to the lead 6:37 later when quarterback Charlie Westfal capped a 12-play, 86-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Alex Evans for a 17-7 advantage. Defensive back Jake Pelton intercepted Emory & Henry quarterback Dustin Beck in the end zone on the ensuing drive and the Generals proceeded to march 80 yards on 11 plays to assume a 24-7 halftime lead on an 8-yard touchdown run by Westfal with just 19 seconds remaining in the half. W&L upped its lead to 31-7 just 2:17 into the third quarter when Westfal found Murray for a 17-yard touchdown pass.  The Wasps responded with 10-straight third quarter points to make it a 31-17 game with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter, but the Generals scored two more rushing touchdowns in the fourth, one by Heinsohn (1 yard) and another by Murray (6 yards) to secure the victory. Heinsohn finished with 130 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries, while Murray totaled 121 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.  He also caught two passes for 22 yards in producing 225 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.  Running back Harrison Hudson registered 95 yards on 11 carries and Westfal rushed eight times for 65 yards and one touchdown.  He also completed 6-of-9 passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns.  Linebacker Doug Fraser paced the defense with 10 tackles.  Beck led the Wasps by completing 25-of-37 passes for 255 yards, but was intercepted twice.  Senior running back Caleb Jennings rushed nine times for 69 yards and one touchdown, but was injured late in the first half and played sparingly in the second half.  Wide receiver Preston Jennings caught six passes for 77 yards and defensive end Daniel Preston totaled a game-high 14 tackles to lead the E&H defense.

Washington and Lee has played 1,015 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 474-505-39 (.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.

The Washington and Lee offense used a couple of weeks to get started but the Generals are now firing on all cylinders.  Over the last two weeks, W&L is averaging 596.0 yards and 56.0 points per game.  The Generals have rushed for better than 400 yards each week and set a school record with 657 total yards in a 49-42 win over Alma on September 24.  W&L's offensive yardage has generally led to points as well, with the Generals scoring on 9-of-14 offensive possessions against Guilford and on 8-of-14 possessions against Alma.  Of the 11 total possessions that did not end in points over the last two weeks, four ended with a turnover.

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 twice this year.  In those games, the Generals are 8-0, scoring an average of 48.3 points per game with an average margin of victory of 24.8 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 4-4 with an average of 25.5 points per game and a scoring margin of just 1.4 points per game.

Junior running back Luke Heinsohn had a bit of a slow start to the 2011 campaign, gaining just 133 yards and two touchdowns over his first three games.  However, over the last two games, Heinsohn has regained the form that saw him compile a league-best 1,321 rushing yards last season.  Heinsohn hit the century mark in each of his past two games, compiling 123 yards and two touchdowns against Alma and 167 yards and four touchdowns against Gulford in receiving ODAC Player of the Week honors.  He achieved these marks on just 38 carries, averaging 7.6 yards per rush.  Heinsohn currently ranks fourth in the ODAC in rushing with 423 yards on just 66 carries (6.4 per rush).  He also ranks second in scoring with an average of 9.6 points per game.  Heinsohn is already beginning to climb the W&L all-time rushing list (10th) with 1,787 career yards.  

Junior running back Brett Murray is also having a fine season in the Generals' offensive backfield.  Murray currently leads the ODAC in rushing with 529 yards and five touchdowns on just 73 carries (7.2 per rush).  Murray has also done most of his damage of late, rushing for 137 yards and a touchdown against Centre, 200 yards and two touchdowns against Alma and 85 yards and a touchdown against Guilford.  A Second Team All-ODAC selection after rushing for 738 yards and nine touchdowns last season, Murray has totaled 1,470 yards and 16 touchdowns rushing over his first 2+ seasons.

Senior quarterback Charlie Westfal has proven to be one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in ODAC history.  Currently, Westfal has passed for 3,760 yards and rushed for 1,813 yards for 5,573 yards of total offense.  He moved into second place on the school's total offense list, just 811 yards from overtaking Christian Batcheller '01 for first place.  Westfal also ranks sixth all-time at W&L in passing yards and ninth all-time in rushing yards.

Washington and Lee has now scored at least 60 points in a game a total of 12 times in the program's history.  As you can imagine, the Generals are 12-0 in those games.  However, the most surprising fact is that W&L has posted a shutout in 10 of those games, outscoring its opponents a combined 859-10.  Saturday's 63-0 win over Guilford marked W&L's first 60-point scoring outburst since a 60-0 win over Virginia Tech during the 1951 season. 

Senior wide receiver Tate Davis snared five passes for a career-high 119 yards and one touchdown two weeks ago against Alma.  Given the Generals' propensity to run the ball, Davis had never had more than two catches in any game and his career-high for receiving yards was 42 yards, occuring on one catch against Catholic last season.  Davis' 100-yard receiving day was W&L's first since Ryan Welsh '10 racked up 156 yards and three touchdowns on nine catches in a  38-31 loss to Hampden-Sydney in 2009.

You wouldn't think the Generals' passing game would instill much fear in its opponents given that W&L attempts just 11.6 passes per game on average.  However, W&L has been efficient with its opportunities.  The Generals complete nearly 59 percent (58.6) of their passes for an average of 17.3 yards per completion and one touchdown for every 9.7 attempts.  W&L has also not thrown an interception since the third game of the 2010 season, a total of 133-straight pass attempts without throwing a pick.  Entering this week's game, the Generals lead the ODAC with a 177.9 passing efficiency rating.  Individually, senior quarterback Charlie Westfal leads the conference with a 178.6 rating.  He has now thrown 122 consecutive passes without an interception.

Senior placekicker Peter Alston continues to be perfect on his PAT's this season after making a school-record nine PAT's against Guilford on Saturday.  Alston is second on the team in scoring this season with 38 points on four field goals (4-5) and 26 PAT's (26-26).  He is now 76-for-77 on PAT's for his career and 8-for-11 on field goal attempts.  Alston is in the midst of a school-record string of 70 consecutive PAT's made.  The former record was 39.

Washington and Lee has forced nine turnovers the last two weeks (six against Guilford on Saturday) and now leads the ODAC in turnover margin.  The Generals have turned it over eight times this season, but the defense has forced 16 turnovers for a +8 margin.  W&L led the league last season as well, forcing 32 turnovers for a +17 margin.