Washington and Lee Football - Shenandoah Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Shenandoah Game Notes

GAME 10:
W&L (7-2, 5-1) vs. SHENANDOAH (1-8, 0-6)

Saturday, November 10, 2012
Lexington, Va. • 1:00 pm

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DATE: November 10, 2012
TIME: 1:00 pm
STADIUM: Wilson Field (4,000)
TV/INTERNET: First Team Broadcasting (http://www.firstteambroadcasting.com/organizations/washington-lee-university/)
RADIO: WLUR 91.5 (http://www.wlu.edu/x37490.xml)


9/1/12 at Franklin & Marshall L, 28-35
7-2 Results
9/8/12 at Sewanee W, 28-6
3-7 Results
9/15/12 Centre W, 34-16
6-3 Results
9/29/12 at Guilford
W, 42-21
5-4, 4-2 Results
10/6/12 Emory & Henry W, 45-28
5-4, 2-4 Results
10/13/12 Randolph-Macon W, 49-14
6-3, 4-2 Results
10/20/12 at Bridgewater L, 14-31
6-3, 4-2 Results
10/27/12 at Catholic W, 41-14
3-6, 2-4 Results
11/3/12 Hampden-Sydney W, 45-42 4 OT
6-3, 4-2 Results
11/10/12 Shenandoah 1:00 pm 1-8, 0-6 Results

Washington and Lee and Shenandoah have never met on the gridiron during the regular season.  The teams aren’t entirely unfamiliar, however, as they have scrimmaged each other numerous times in recent memory during the preseason.  The Hornets are in their first season as a member of the ODAC after playing the last 13 seasons as a member of the USA South Conference.

Scott Abell (Longwood ‘92) is in his first season as the Generals’ head coach, having replaced Frank Miriello, who retired after 17 seasons.  Abell had served as W&L’s offensive coordinator for the past four seasons, setting numerous records for total offense and scoring offense.  As head coach, Abell is 7-2 overall, claiming the ODAC title in his first season.

Shenandoah is led by 11th-year Head Coach Paul Barnes (James Madison ‘82), who is 41-69 (.373) with the Hornets.  Barnes was on the staff for the first two years after the program was reinstated in 2000 and took over in 2002.  He led the 2003 team to an 8-2 overall record and a share of the USA South title.  His 2004 team went 7-4, won the USA South and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Washington and Lee has played 1,032 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 485-508-39 (.489) 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.

W&L will be playing its second-straight home game after playing five of its first eight games on the road and traveling a total of 2,279 miles.  W&L is just 3-2 on the road this season, but is 4-0 at home and carries a 13-game home winning streak into this week’s game against Shenandoah.  This is the fourth-longest home winning streak in Division III, ranking only behind Mount Union (51), Trinity of Connecticut (48) and Linfield (22).  W&L’s last loss at Wilson Field was a 20-10 setback against Averett in the 2010 home opener.

With its win over Catholic two weeks ago, Washington and Lee secured its sixth win of the season, marking its third-straight winning season and seventh winning campaign in the last nine years.  Since going 3-7 in 2003, W&L has produced a 56-34 (.622) overall record and a 36-18 (.667) mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.  Those numbers improve to 23-7 (.767) overall and 16-2 (.889) in the ODAC over the last three years.

A win against Shenandoah would give the Generals their third-straight eight-win season after finishing 2010 with an 8-3 mark and 2011 at 8-2 overall.  W&L has not posted three consecutive 8-win seasons since going a combined 25-1-1 from 1960-62.  Regardless of the outcome, this is the third-best, three-year stretch in program history, behind the 1960-62 teams and the 1912-14 teams that went 25-2 overall.

(W&L 45, Hampden-Sydney 42 [4 OT] • 11/3/12 • Lexington, Va.)
Senior Luke Heinsohn rushed for 192 yards and four touchdowns and kicked a game-winning 37-yard field goal to lift Washington and Lee to a 45-42 four-overtime victory over Hampden-Sydney at Wilson Field.  W&L committed two first half turnovers and fell behind 17-0 following a 2-yard touchdown run by Tiger Evan King with 10:01 left in the first half.  The Generals then got on the board with 2:35 left in the half on a 3-yard Heinsohn touchdown run.  The PAT was blocked and the Tigers carried a 17-6 lead into the break.  W&L received the opening kickoff of the second half and marched 78 yards on 11 plays as another 3-yard touchdown plunge by Heinsohn sliced it to a 17-13 game with 9:27 left in the quarter.  W&L junior cornerback Lee Peaseley then picked off H-SC’s Nash Nance four plays later on the W&L 43-yardline.  Washington and Lee took its first lead of the game eight plays later when Heinsohn scored his third touchdown of the game, this time on a 35-yard run with 4:25 left in the quarter.  Hampden-Sydney took the lead right back, covering 71 yards on 11 plays as King capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run for a 24-20 lead with 14 seconds left in the quarter.  W&L senior running back Brett Murray returned the ensuing kickoff 56 yards to the H-SC 32-yardline, but the Tigers held on a 4th-and-2 from the 7-yardline to preserve the lead.  Following the stop, the Tigers strung together a 16-play, 81-yard drive that ate up 8:06 from the clock.  The drive ended with a 24-yard field goal by Max Antwerpes that made it a 27-20 game with 4:31 remaining.  The Generals then reeled off a 10-play, 69-yard drive that resulted in a fourth Heinsohn touchdown, this time from 3-yards out with 39 seconds remaining.  He then booted the ensuing PAT to knot the game at 27-27 and the Tigers took a knee following a penalty on their kick return as the teams headed to overtime.  W&L got the ball first in overtime and drove to the Hampden-Sydney 1-yardline before Heinsohn was stopped on 4th-and-goal.  The Tigers attempted a 36-yard field goal by Antwerpes after gaining just six yards on their first possession, but the kick sailed wide left.  Hampden-Sydney then scored on the first play of the second overtime as Nance found Holton Walker with a 25-yard strike for a 34-27 lead.  W&L responded four plays later as Murray scampered 20 yards for a touchdown on 4th-and-5 to knot the score at 34-34.  W&L had the first possession of the third overtime session and converted on an 8-yard touchdown run by Murray for a 40-34 lead.  Per the rules, a team must go for two points after the second overtime and Heinsohn converted on a rush for a 42-34 advantage.  The Tigers found paydirt three plays later when Nance scored on a quarterback keeper from 1-yard out and King scored the two-point conversion run to tie the score once again at 42-42.  In the final overtime session, the Generals defense stiffened and forced a 43-yard field goal attempt by Antwerpes, who missed short and wide left.  After gaining five yards on three plays, Heinsohn booted the winning field goal from 37-yards out. Heinsohn paced the Generals offense which gained 464 yards, including 451 yards on the ground.  In addition to his 192 rushing yards, he also scored 33 points in the game, setting a new school record and eclipsing the former mark of 32 held by Tom Mason since the 1993 season.  Junior quarterback Nick Lombardo amassed a career-high 170 yards on 30 carries, while Murray notched 64 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.  Senior safety Jake Pelton led the Generals’ defense with 10 tackles.  Hampden-Sydney gained 410 yards of offense led by Nance, who completed 24-of-38 passes for 262 yards and one touchdown (1 INT).  He also rushed for 28 yards and a score.  King tallied 55 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, and Walker snared six balls for 73 yards and one score.  Alex Price and Charlie Shoemaker led the defense with 14 tackles each.

Shenandoah is 1-8 overall and 0-6 in the ODAC following a 20-17 loss to Emory & Henry on Saturday in Emory, Va.  The Hornets led 17-7 late in the fourth quarter, but surrendered two touchdowns in the final 5:21 of the game to fall for the eighth-straight time.  The Wasps scored the winning touchdown on a 59-yard touchdown pass with just 1:35 left in the contest.  First-year running back Andrew Smith gained 127 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, while senior quarterback Shawn Lloyd completed 13-of-21 passes for 105 yards and was intercepted once.  First-year wide receiver Troy Baldwin caught a team-best seven balls for 58 yards and junior saftey Tijun Findley led the defense with six tackles and a fumble recovery.  For the season, the Hornets’ offense is averaging just 271.1 yards and 14.4 points per game.  Senior running back Carl Joseph claims a team-high 531 rushing yards and one touchdown on 165 carries, while Smith has 461 yards and seven touchdowns on 108 rushes.  Lloyd is completing just 39.0 percent of his passes for 405 yards and two touchdowns, and he has been intercepted eight times.  He’s been spelled at times by sophomore Corey Taylor, who has completed 50 percent of his tosses for 696 yards and three touchdowns with four picks.  Senior wide receiver Qiydaar Murphy is the top target, having caught 25 passes for 408 yards and three touchdowns.  Senior linebacker Jajuan Johnson leads the team with 97 tackles and four sacks, while junior linebacker Josh Rogers has 77 tackles, including nine tackles for a loss.

On Saturday, W&L’s 45-42 four-overtime win over Hampden-Sydney, coupled with a Bridgewater loss to Randolph-Macon, clinched the Generals’ second ODAC Championship in the last three years.  W&L has now won five ODAC titles, three of which have come in the last seven years.  Below is a listing of all of W&L’s conference championships over the years.

Conference Championships
1914 - South Atlantic Champions
1934 - Southern Conference Champions
1950 - Southern Conference Champions
1962 - College Athletic Conference Champions
1981 - Old Dominion Athletic Conference Champions
1985 - Old Dominion Athletic Conference Champions
2006 - Old Dominion Athletic Conference Champions
2010 - Old Dominion Athletic Conference Champions
2012 - Old Dominion Athletic Conference Champions 

Prior to the 2010 season, you could count the number of 400-yard rushing performances during the ODAC’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 has managed 400 rushing yards in a game 15 times over its last three seasons (30 games).  In those games, the Generals are 15-0, scoring an average of 47.3 points per game with an average margin of victory of 23.1 points per game.  To contrast this point, when W&L fails to rush for 400 yards during the same span, it is just 8-7 with an average of 26.2 points per game and a scoring margin of just +1.8 points per game.

The Generals have got the running game rolling over the last six weeks, averaging 446.7 rushing yards per game across those contests.  Included in that total is a conference-record 503 rushing yards against Emory & Henry. W&L now leads all NCAA Divisions with an average of 397.6 rushing yards per game.

NCAA Rushing Offense Leaders
1. Washington and Lee (Division III)    397.56
2. Georgia Southern (FCS Division)    387.00
3. Army (FBS Division)    375.44
4. Wofford (FCS Division)    372.89
5. Lenoir-Rhyne (Division II)    370.11

The Generals have re-written the ODAC record books for team rushing yardage over the last three seasons, culminating with the 500-yard effort against E&H a few weeks ago.  Below are the top single-game rushing performances in ODAC history.

1. Washington and Lee vs. Emory & Henry, 2012    503
2. Washington and Lee at Catholic, 2010    496
3. Emory & Henry vs. Greensboro, 1998    483
4. Washington and Lee vs. Randolph-Macon, 2012    473
5. Washington and Lee at Sewanee, 2010    467
6. Washington and Lee at Guilford, 2010    463
7. Washington and Lee vs. Hampden-Sydney, 2012    451
8. Washington and Lee vs. Alma, 2011    444
8. Washington and Lee vs. Bridgewater, 2011    444
8. Bridgewater vs. Tennessee Wesleyan, 1987    444
11. Washington and Lee at Catholic, 2012    442
12. Bridgewater vs. Lebanon Valley, 1990    441
13. Washington and Lee vs. Catholic, 2011    439
14. Washington and Lee at Bridgewater, 2010    438

Senior running back Luke Heinsohn has been named the ODAC Offensive Player of the Week and to the D3football.com Team of the Week following his performance against Hampden-Sydney on Saturday when he rushed for 192 yards and four touchdowns and totaled 33 points, a new school record.  His 37-yard field goal in the fourth overtime proved to be the game-winner.  So far this season, Heinsohn has rushed 166 times for 1,133 yards and 21 touchdowns (6.8 ypc), and gone 2-for-2 on field goals and 42-of-45 on PATs.  His 176 points (19.56 per game) represent the highest total in any NCAA Division this season, while his 125.9 rushing yards per game are 16th in Division III.  For his career, Heinsohn has rushed for a school-record 3,397 yards and he has crushed the previous school record for scoring with 332 points, a total which ranks second in conference history.  He is currently 193 yards away from breaking the school’s single-season rushing record of 1,325 yards set by Marc Watson in 2000.

Senior slotback Brett Murray is also having a fantastic senior season, totaling 727 rushing yards and nine total touchdowns on just 108 carries (6.7 avg.).  He also ranks second in the ODAC with an average of 135.6 all-purpose yards per game.  Like Heinsohn, Murray is also moving up the school’s career charts in several categories.  He is fourth all-time in all-purpose yards (4,963) and is just 222 yards away from moving into third place.  He is also fifth all-time with 2,535 career rushing yards, while his 35 career touchdowns are third all-time.  Murray’s 210 career points are fourth, but are just 11 shy of second place, a total which would have been the record if not for Heinsohn’s record-setting season. A tremendous student, Murray was named the 2011 ODAC Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a Capital One Second Team Academic All-America selection.  He also earned First Team All-ODAC honors as an all-purpose back and First Team All-South Region honors as a special-teamer during the 2011 season.

Junior quarterback Nick Lombardo has been settling in as the Generals’ trigger man, totaling 721 yards and two touchdowns on the ground over the last five weeks.  He gained 164 yards against Emory & Henry, 77 yards against Randolph-Macon, 142 yards against Bridgewater, 168 yards against Catholic and 170 last week against Hampden-Sydney.  His 170 yards against the Tigers is the second-highest rushing total ever amassed by a quarterback at Washington and Lee.  Former great Gil Bocetti ‘52, ‘54L holds the record with 175 yards against Davidson in 1949.  This season, Lombardo has rushed 168 times for 935 yards and four touchdowns.  He has also completed 40.0 percent of his passes for 553 yards and five touchdowns with four interceptions.  He can become the first W&L quarterback with a 1,000-yard rushing season with just 65 more yards.

Senior running back Sasha Vandalov has proven to be another valuable runner out of the Generals’ backfield this season.  Over the last five weeks, Vandalov has totaled 434 yards and five touchdowns on just 40 carries for an average of 10.9 yards per carry.  During that span, he has rushes of 21, 22, 35, 37, 68 and 86 yards.  Vandalov amassed 199 yards and two scores on just six carries against Randolph-Macon, averaging an astounding 33.2 yards per rush.  Mostly known as Heinsohn’s backup over the last two seasons, Vandalov had totaled just 440 yards and five touchdowns for his career before the last five weeks.

The W&L offense can be known as a grind you down running game, but it also has its share of big plays in the running game.  So far this season, the Generals have ripped off runs of 20 or more yards 34 times.  Senior running back Luke Heinsohn leads the way with 12 runs of 20 yards or more, but beyond Heinsohn, there’s plenty of balance.  Junior quarterback Nick Lombardo has nine, while senior running back Sasha Vandalov has six.  Senior running back Brett Murray has four, sophomore running back Austin Eisenhofer has two and junior quarterback/slotback Luke Terna also has one.

The Generals set an ODAC record last week by rushing 83 times against the Tigers, eclipsing the old mark of 82 set by W&L against Catholic in 2010.  The Generals can break their own ODAC record for rushing attempts in a season with 86 more carries, and can break their own mark for rushing yards in a season with 378 more yards.  W&L is also just three rushing touchdowns away from breaking the school and conference record in that category as well.  The team’s scoring record may be a little more difficult to reach as the Generals are 64 points away from the mark (389 pts.) set in 2010.