SEWANEE, Tenn – Senior running back Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant) rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Washington and Lee football team to a 28-6 win over Sewanee on Saturday afternoon at Harris Stadium.
The Tigers (1-1) fumbled the game's opening kickoff at their own 26-yardline and Heinsohn got the Generals (1-1) on the board just six plays later when he scored from 5 yards out. W&L had two more drives into Sewanee territory in the first quarter, but could not extend the lead.
Sewanee climbed to within 7-6 at the 8:27 mark of the second quarter when quarterback Curtis Johnson ended a 14-play, 76-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. The ensuing PAT failed as the Generals remained in the lead.
Each team punted on the next two possessions, but W&L extended its lead to 14-6 with a 73-yard drive that used just 1:50 on the game clock. Junior quarterback Nick Lombardo (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) opened the drive with a 32-yard strike to junior tight end Alex Evans (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) and Heinsohn provided the exclamation point just six plays later when he crossed the goal line from 6-yards out with 1:55 left in the half. Sewanee drove to the W&L 37-yardline before the half expired.
The Generals produced two drives deep into Tiger territory in the third period, but could not come up with a score until Evans hauled in a 3-yard touchdown pass from Lombardo with 10:27 left in the game for a 21-6 lead. Junior cornerback Lee Peaseley (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) intercepted Johnson on the first play of the ensuing possession for Sewanee, and Heinsohn made it 28-6 when he scampered 26 yards for a touchdown with 7:37 left in the game as the Generals won their eighth-straight game against the Tigers.
Heinsohn's effort was accompanied by 78 yards on just 13 carries from senior slotback Brett Murray (Lookout Mountain, Tenn./Baylor), and three catches for 67 yards and a score from Evans. Lombardo rushed 12 times for 47 yards and completed 4-of-7 passes for 93 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, senior linebacker Doug Fraser (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) led the way with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops.
Sewanee was paced by running back Sergio Acosta, who carried 14 times for 80 yards. Johnson rushed for 48 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries and completed 1-of-3 passes for six yards. Linebacker Dave McKeithen racked up a game-high 15 tackles to lead the Tigers' defense.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Centre College for a 7:00 pm contest.