Washington and Lee Football - Centre Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Centre Game Notes

W&L (1-1) vs. No. 23 CENTRE (2-0)

Saturday, September 15, 2012
Lexington, Va. • 7:00 pm

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DATE: September 15, 2012
TIME: 7:00 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)
SERIES RECORD: Centre Leads  36-22-2
RECORD VS. CC AT W&L: 12-12-2
LAST MEETING: 9/17/11 at CC (42-35 CC)
FIRST MEETING: 10/30/1897 at CC (22-0 W&L)
LAST W&L WIN: 9/23/06 at W&L (24-15)


9/1/12 at Franklin & Marshall L, 28-35
1-1 Results
9/8/12 at Sewanee W, 28-6
1-1 Results
9/15/12 Centre 7:00 pm
2-0 Results
9/29/12 at Guilford
7:00 pm 0-2 Results
10/6/12 Emory & Henry 1:30 pm
2-0 Results
10/13/12 Randolph-Macon 1:00 pm 1-1 Results
10/20/12 at Bridgewater 1:00 pm 2-0 Results
10/27/12 at Catholic 1:00 pm 1-1 Results
11/3/12 Hampden-Sydney 1:00 pm 2-0 Results
11/10/12 Shenandoah 1:00 pm 1-1 Results

Washington and Lee and Centre will be meeting for the 61st time, with the Colonels holding a 36-22-2 advantage in the all-time series that began during the 1897 season. The two teams met every season from 1955-2006, but the series experienced a five-year hiatus until the teams met again last season. Centre has won five of the last seven meetings, including a 42-35 win last season in Danville, Ky.

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.  Abell recorded his first career victory with Saturday’s 28-6 win over Sewanee.  His record is 1-1 overall.

Centre is led by Andy Frye (Muskingum ‘89), who is in his 15th season as the head coach.  Frye carries an 89-53 (.627) overall record with the Colonels, including a 5-5 overall record against the Generals.  Last season, Frye guided Centre to the second round of the NCAA playoffs before the Colonels fell to second-ranked Mount Union, 30-10.

Washington and Lee has played 1,025 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 479-507-39 (.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.

The Generals return home this week after traveling 1,481 miles combined for their first two games of the 2012 campaign.  The friendly confines of Wilson Field will not only be a perfect recipe for the weary travelers, but W&L is also a combined 9-1 at home over the last two seasons.  The Generals went a perfect 6-0 at home last season, averaging 44.7 points per game.

(W&L 28, Sewanee 6 • 9/8/12 • Sewanee, Tenn.)
Senior running back Luke Heinsohn rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Washington and Lee football team to a 28-6 win at Sewanee on Saturday. The Tigers fumbled on their first offensive play and Heinsohn got the Generals 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 opened the drive with a 32-yard strike to junior tight end Alex Evans 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 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, 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 led the way with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops.

(Centre 42, W&L 35 • 9/17/11 • Danville, Ky.)
W&L jumped out to a 14-0 lead just 6:26 into the game, but could not hold on as Centre scored 14 points over each of the last three quarters en route to a 42-35 victory over the Generals at Farris Stadium.  The two teams combined to gain 891 yards of total offense, 450 of which was gained by the Generals, who tallied 338 yards on the ground.  The loss ended a string of nine-consecutive regular season wins by W&L. The Generals took the opening kickoff and drove 67 yards on seven plays, capped by a 19-yard pass from senior quarterback Charlie Westfal to tight end Alex Evans for a 7-0 lead.  After a 3-and-out for Centre, W&L strung together a six-play drive that covered 44 yards and resulted in a 9-yard touchdown run by running back Sean Pattwell for a 14-0 lead at the 8:34 mark of the first quarter. Centre got on the board just 50 seconds into the second quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Jonathan Pinque, but the Generals went back up 21-7 on a 6-yard touchdown run by running back Luke Heinsohn with 8:51 left in the half.  The Colonels responded with 1:44 left in the half as quarterback Tyler Osterman found wide receiver Jason Osterman, with a 40-yard scoring strike to make it 21-14.  The Generals attempted a 37-yard field goal with seconds remaining in the half, but senior Peter Alston’s kick came up short. W&L again took a two-touchdown lead (28-14) on a 24-yard touchdown run by Heinsohn just 4:52 into the third period, but Centre sliced it to a one score game with a 4-yard touchdown run by running back Monte Scotton at the 6:52 mark.  The Generals fumbled on their first play of the next series and Scotton scored from 1-yard out to knot the game at 28-28 with 3:50 left in the third quarter. W&L rebounded from the miscue with an 8-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in an 11-yard touchdown run by running back Brett Murray with 43 seconds left in the quarter for a 35-28 lead. The Colonels tied the score at 35-35 on a 67-yard touchdown run by Scotton with 11:18 to play and the Generals threatened to take the lead back on the ensuing possession when they drove to the Centre 45-yardline.  However, Westfal fumbled on the 44 and linebacker Zach Calhoun returned it to the W&L 36-yardline. Scotton scored his fourth touchdown of the day from five yards out eight plays after the fumble to give the Colonels their first lead of the day, 42-35, with 5:43 remaining.  The Generals went 3-and-out on their ensuing possession and Centre ran out the clock for the win. W&L’s offense gained 450 yards led by Westfal, who completed 7-of-16 passes for 112 yards and one touchdown.  He also rushed 17 times for 95 yards.  Murray carried 18 times for 137 yards and one touchdown and caught three passes for 45 yards.  Heinsohn added 59 yards and two scores on 12 carries.   Defensive back Jake Pelton led the defense with 10 tackles. Scotton rushed 18 times for 134 yards and four touchdowns, while Pinque carried 20 times for 131 yards and one touchdown.  Tyler Osterman completed 13-of-22 passes for 159 yards and one touchdown, while Jason Osterman hauled in two passes for 53 yards and one score.  Linebacker Jared Ferguson paced the Colonel defense with 11 tackles.

Centre is 2-0 and cracked the Top 25 this week following a 49-21 victory over Rose-Hulman.  The Fightin’ Engineers lost five fumbles in the contest and the 23rd-ranked Colonels jumped out to a 35-7 lead early in the third quarter as they cruised to the win.  Centre racked up 513 yards of total offense led by senior running back Monte Scotton, who carried 15 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns.  Sophomore quarterback Heath Haden completed 13-of-21 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Jason Osterman snared five passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.  Junior linebacker Erich Vogelsang paced the Centre defense with a game-high 13 tackles and a forced fumble.  The Colonels have had little trouble moving the ball on offense through their first two contests, averaging 482.5 yards per game.  Scotton has rushed 39 times for 240 yards and five touchdowns, while Haden has completed 59.0 percent of his passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns.  He’s also rushed 32 times for 160 yards and another score.  Junior wide receiver Rob Melillo boasts a team-best 10 catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns, while Osterman has nine grabs for 147 yards and two scores.  Vogelsang has a team-high 17 stops, and senior linebacker Michael Bozarth has recorded 14 tackles.

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 10 times over its last three seasons (23 games).  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, when W&L fails to rush for 400 yards during the same span, it is just 7-6 with an average of 26.5 points per game and a scoring margin of just +2.0 points per game.

The Generals will be chasing their seventh winning season in the last nine years during the 2012 season.  Since going 3-7 in 2003, W&L has produced a 50-33 (.602) overall record and a 31-17 (.646) mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.  Those numbers improve to 17-6 (.739) overall and 11-1 (.917) in the ODAC over the last two years.

Senior running back Luke Heinsohn has had a fine career running the ball for the Generals and is off to an excellent start in his final season.  Heinsohn currently leads the ODAC in scoring with 32 points and he also ranks second with an average of 121.5 yards per game.  With his 113 rushing yards on Saturday against Sewanee, he moved into fourth-place on the school’s all-time rushing list with 2,507 yards.  He also tallied 22 points against the Tigers to move into fifth-place on the W&L all-time scoring list with 188 points.

Senior slotback Brett Murray is also having a fantastic senior season, totaling 163 yards and two touchdowns on just 24 carries.  Like Heinsohn, Murray is also moving up several career lists at W&L.  He is fourth all-time in all-purpose yards (4,017), and eighth all-time in rushing (1,971), and scoring (168).  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.

Senior Luke Heinsohn is a perfect 8-for-8 on PAT’s this season, increasing the Generals’ string of consecutive PATs made to 101-straight dating back to the 2010 season.

W&L allowed just 258 yards of total offense to the Tigers last week, the fewest yards allowed since allowing just 190 yards in a 63-0 win over Guilford in week five of last season.  Senior captains Doug Fraser and Jake Pelton have paced the defense thus far.  Fraser leads the team with 15 tackles, while Pelton has 14 tackles and three interceptions.

W&L has forced five turnovers through its first two games, keeping up its pace since the beginning of the 2010 season.  Over that time (23 games), the Generals have forced 60 turnovers for an average of 2.6 turnovers per contest.