Washington and Lee Football - Hampden-Sydney Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Hampden-Sydney Game Notes

W&L (8-1, 5-0)
  HAMPDEN-SYDNEY (7-1, 4-0)

Saturday, November 5, 2011
Hampden-Sydney, Va. • 1:00 pm

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DATE: November 5, 2011
TIME: 1:00 pm
STADIUM: Everett Stadium (1,850)
TV/INTERNET: New Media Television
LAST MEETING: 10/6/11 at W&L (38-27 W&L)
FIRST MEETING: 11/1899 at ?? (6-5 W&L)
LAST W&L WIN: 10/6/11 at W&L (38-27)
LAST H-SC WIN: 10/17/09 at H-SC (38-31)


9/3/11 Franklin & Marshall W, 24-10 3-5 Results
9/10/11 Sewanee W, 31-14 4-5 Results
9/17/11 at Centre L, 35-42 7-0 Results
9/24/11 Alma W, 49-42 1-7 Results
10/1/11 Guilford W, 63-0 1-7 Results
10/8/11 at Emory & Henry W, 17-14 4-5 Results
10/15/11 at Randolph-Macon W, 34-30
6-2 Results
10/22/11 Bridgewater W, 52-42
5-3 Results
10/28/11 Catholic W, 49-13
5-3 Results
11/5/11 at Hampden-Sydney 1:00 pm 7-1 Results

Washington and Lee and Hampden-Sydney will be meeting for the 70th time, with the Tigers holding a 35-32-2 advantage in the all-time series that began during the 1899 season.  W&L has played the Tigers more often than any other opponent in program history and the two teams have met every season since 1955 making it the Generals’ longest standing rivalry.  The Tigers have claimed six of the last nine meetings overall against W&L, but the Generals won last season’s meeting by a 38-27 score in Lexington.  The last four meetings have all been high-scoring encounters with an average of 72.3 points scored between the two teams per game.  However, the average margin of victory has been just 7.8 points per game.

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 a 90-78-1 (.536) overall record.  He is 8-8 all-time against Catholic.

Hampden-Sydney is led by 12th-year Head Coach Marty Favret (Catholic ‘84), who is 88-33 overall (.727) with the Tigers.  Favret has led H-SC to a pair of conference championships over his first 11 seasons and he has been named the ODAC Coach of the Year on three occasions.

Washington and Lee has played 1,022 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 478-505-39 (.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.

Last Friday’s win over Catholic gave W&L its second-straight eight-win season, the first time that has been accomplished since the 1960-62 seasons.  It also makes the 2011 season just the 10th season in 119 years of football that W&L has won at least eight games in a season.  This week, the Generals will go for their first nine-win season since going 9-0 in 1961.

Washington and Lee is currently in the midst of a 11-game winning streak against ODAC opponents after going 6-0 in league play last season and winning its first five 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.

Hampden-Sydney is 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the ODAC following a 63-49 win over Guilford on Saturday in Greensboro.  The Tigers fell behind 14-0 following the first quarter, but scored 35 points in the second quarter to assume a 35-21 lead at halftime.  The two teams exchanged scores throughout the second half for the 14-point final margin.  Senior running back Kirk Rohle earned ODAC Offensive Player of the Week honors after rushing for 139 yards and four touchdowns and catching five passes for 93 yards and a another score.  Senior quarterback Travis Lane completed 20-of-37 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 12 yards and a touchdown as well.  Senior wide receiver Kyle Vance hauled in a team-best eight passes for 133 yards and one touchdown, while junior linebacker Kenny Fryman paced the defense with 12 tackles and a sack.  For the season, the Tigers average 43.0 points and 480.2 yards per game led by Rohle, who has rushed 157 times for 818 yards and 12 touchdowns and has caught 48 passes for 466 yards and three more scores.  Lane has completed 63.0 percent of his passes for 2,511 yards and 22 touchdowns (9 INTs), while Vance has snared 73 passes for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns.  Fryman leads the defense with 77 tackles, including 12 tackles for a loss.  He also has 2.5 sacks.  Sophomore cornerback Zach Morgan has 51 tackles and leads the league with six interceptions.

(W&L 49, Catholic 13 • 10/28/11 • Lexington, Va.)
Washington and Lee jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and never looked back in claiming a 49-13 win over Catholic in ODAC football action on Friday evening at Wilson Field. The Generals took the opening kickoff and marched 65 yards in five plays to assume a 7-0 lead on a 17-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Charlie Westfal just 1:42 into the game.  Westfal then found sophomore tight end Alex Evans with a 25-yard scoring strike to end a 92-yard drive with 8:24 left in the opening quarter for a 14-0 lead. Sophomore quarterback Nick Lombardo capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive with a 3-yard plunge with 1:06 left in the first quarter for a 21-0 lead.  Catholic got on the board with an 11-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Greg Cordivari to sophomore running back Mike Pitsenberger with 4:04 left in the first quarter, but the Generals got the 21-point lead (28-7) right back on an 82-yard kickoff return for a score by junior running back Brett Murray with 3:50 to play in the half. Westfal then gave W&L a 35-7 lead at the break when he drove the Generals 63 yards in 1:34 as he found Evans with a 3-yard touchdown pass as time expired in the first half. Junior running backs Luke Heinsohn and Sasha Vandalov both found the end zone with second-half touchdown runs as W&L built a 49-7 lead midway through the fourth quarter. The Generals racked up 552 yards of total offense, including 439 yards on the ground, led by Westfal, who rushed 12 times for 75 yards and a touchdown and completed 7-of-8 passes for 100 yards and two more scores (1 INT).  Lombardo rushed 12 times for a team-best 79 yards and a touchdown, and Vandalov had 71 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.  Murray tallied 185 all-purpose yards and Heinsohn finished with 50 yards and a touchdown on 11 rushes.  Evans snared four passes for 53 yards and two touchdowns.  Senior linebacker Rob Look paced the defense with 10 tackles.
(W&L 38, Hampden-Sydney 27 • 11/6/10 • Lexington, Va.)
The Washington and Lee defense forced five turnovers and sacked the quarterback five times in posting a 38-27 victory over Hampden-Sydney to win the ODAC football championship. Each team exchanged a pair of scores in the first 20 minutes and change until the Generals assumed control with 2:44 left in the half when running back Harrison Hudson finished a 9-play, 67-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run for a 21-14 lead.  The W&L defense then stopped the Tigers on a 4th-and 3 from the W&L 47-yardline with 1:26 to play and the Generals drove to the H-SC 19-yardline before placekicker Peter Alston booted a 36-yard field goal with two seconds remaining for a 24-14 lead at the break. Neither team could find paydirt in the third quarter, but the Generals took a 31-14 lead with 12:37 left in the game on a 2-yard touchdown run by running back Brett Murray.  The Tigers answered 3:21 later on a 4-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Travis Lane to wide receiver Kyle Vance to make it 31-21, but Hudson scored on an 18-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Charlie Westfal to put the game away (38-21).  Hampden-Sydney tacked on a late score with seven seconds remaining for the final margin. Hudson paced W&L by rushing 18 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns and catching two passes for 27 yards and another score.  Murray tallied 95 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, while running back Luke Heinsohn notched 78 yards on 23 rushes.  Westfal completed 5-of-8 passes for 59 yards and a score and rushed for 29 yards on eight carries. Defensively, linebacker Rob Look had a team-best seven tackles, while cornerback Mike Hartford had six stops and a pair of interceptions. Lane completed 29-of-52 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns, but was intercepted four times.  He also was the team’s leading rusher with 55 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.  Vance snared 11 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown, while senior wide receiver Andrew Bruckner added nine catches for 126 yards and one score.  Senior linebacker Trevor Ikwild  led the defense with 14 tackles.

Washington and Lee’s offense has been rolling along and the Generals rank among the national leaders in total offense (490.1 ypg), rushing offense (342.4 ypg) and scoring offense (39.3 ppg).  However, it has been during the recent 6-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 538.4 yards per game, including an average of 368.3 yards per game on the ground.  The Generals have also completed 68.4 percent of their passes for an average of 170.1 yards per game through the air, and W&L is averaging 44.0 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 four times this year.  In those games, the Generals are 10-0, scoring an average of 48.7 points per game with an average margin of victory of 24.4 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.

For the Generals, the beef is up front, where the Generals use a combination eight offensive lineman that average 6-foot-2 and 261 pounds.  The group has helped pave the way for 3,082 rushing yards this season, the second-highest total in ODAC history, bested only by the 3,955 yards that W&L gained last season.  The leader of the group is senior guard John Fitzgibbons, who has started all 40 games of his career to date.  Along with senior punter Spencer Richards, Fitzgibbons will set a new W&L record for consecutive starts (41) when he takes the field against Hampden-Sydney.  Fitzgibbons was a First Team All-ODAC selection last season and was joined by sophomore tackle Connor Hollenbeck, who was an HM selection last year.

W&L has 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 fourth in the ODAC in rushing with 787 yards and 13 touchdowns on just 126 carries (6.2 yards per carry).  Heinsohn has picked up his game in conference play, rushing for 531 yards and nine touchdowns in five ODAC games for an average of 106.2 yards per game and 7.4 yards per rush.  Heinsohn currently ranks seventh all-time at W&L with 2,151 rushing yards and he is eighth on the all-time scoring list with 156 career points.

Junior running back Brett Murray is also a force to be reckoned with in the Generals’ backfield.  He is currently tied for second in the ODAC in rushing with 818 yards and eight touchdowns on 117 carries, and he also leads the team in receiving with 22 catches for 333 yards and two touchdowns.  Murray averages 7.0 yards per carry on the season and he has averaged 8.2 yards per carry throughout the Generals’ six-game winning streak.  A Second Team All-ODAC selection after rushing for 738 yards and nine touchdowns last season, Murray has totaled 1,759 yards and 19 touchdowns rushing over his first 2+ seasons.  Murray ranks second in the conference with an average of 157.1 all-purpose yards per game this season.  Last week, he totaled 185 all-purpose yards, including an 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Senior quarterback Charlie Westfal became the school’s career leader for total offense and couple of weeks back and currently has 6,683 career yards.  He also ranks fourth all-time in passing yards (4,467) and sixth all-time in rushing yards (2,216).  Westfal, who has twice been named the ODAC Offensive Player of the Week this year, leads the ODAC with a 196.08 passing efficiency rating.  He has completed 68-of-106 passes for 1,241 yards and 12 touchdowns with just two interceptions.  His next touchdown pass will be his 43rd, surpassing Christian Batcheller ‘00 for the W&L record in passing touchdowns.  Westfal has also done plenty of damage with his legs this season, posting a career -high 677 yards and seven touchdowns.

You wouldn’t think the Generals’ passing game would instill much fear in its opponents given that W&L attempts just 13.0 passes per game.  However, W&L has been efficient with its opportunities.  The Generals complete just over 64 percent (64.1) of their passes for an average of 16.6 yards per completion and one touchdown for every 9.8 attempts.  Heading into last week’s game with Catholic, W&L ranked fourth nationally in passing efficiency rating (187.05).

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 61 points on six field goals (6-8) and 43 PAT’s (43-43).  He is now 93-for-94 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 87 consecutive PAT’s made.  The former record was 39.

Senior linebacker Rob Look is having a terrific season.  Look was named the ODAC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after totaling 10 tackles and a pass breakup against Catholic.  Look currently leads the team with 83 tackles, two sacks and an interception.

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 5,244 total yards for an expected donation of $52.44 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.