Washington and Lee Football - Guilford Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Guilford Game Notes

W&L (2-1, 0-0) at GUILFORD (1-2, 0-0)

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Greensboro, N.C. • 7:00 pm

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DATE: September 29, 2012
TIME: 7:00 pm
STADIUM: Armfield Athletic Center (2,200)
TV/INTERNET: Penn Atlantic (http://quakers.nmtvsports.com/)
RADIO: WLUR 91.5 (http://www.wlu.edu/x37490.xml)
SERIES RECORD: W&L Leads  14-11
LAST MEETING: 10/1/12 at W&L (63-0 W&L)
FIRST MEETING: 10/16/65 at W&L (26-20 W&L)
LAST GC WIN: 10/25/08 at W&L (34-27)


9/1/12 at Franklin & Marshall L, 28-35
3-1 Results
9/8/12 at Sewanee W, 28-6
2-2 Results
9/15/12 Centre W, 34-16
3-1 Results
9/29/12 at Guilford
7:00 pm 1-2, 0-0 Results
10/6/12 Emory & Henry 1:30 pm
3-0, 0-0 Results
10/13/12 Randolph-Macon 1:00 pm 2-1, 0-0 Results
10/20/12 at Bridgewater 1:00 pm 3-0, 1-0 Results
10/27/12 at Catholic 1:00 pm 1-2, 0-0 Results
11/3/12 Hampden-Sydney 1:00 pm 2-0, 0-0 Results
11/10/12 Shenandoah 1:00 pm 1-3, 0-1 Results

Washington and Lee and Guilford will be meeting for the 26th time, with the Generals holding a 14-11 advantage in the all-time series that began during the 1965 season.  W&L has won each of the last three meetings, including a 63-0 victory last season in Lexington.  The Generals have averaged 37.3 points per game over the last eight games with the Quakers, including an average of 48.7 points over the last three contests.  Additionally, W&L is 6-5 all-time against Guilford in Greensboro and has won each of its last three games played at the Armfield Athletic Center.

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 records for total offense and scoring each of the past two seasons.  As head coach, Abell is 2-1 overall.

Guilford is led by second-year Head Coach Chris Rusiewicz (DeSales ‘01), who is 3-10 in his first head coaching opportunity.  Rusiewicz came to Guilford from Ursinus College, where he was the associate head coach for four seasons.

Washington and Lee has played 1,026 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 480-507-39 (.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.

This week’s game will be W&L’s third road contest this season.  Including this week, the Generals will have traveled 1,785 miles roundtrip thus far and will only have to travel another 494 miles roundtrip to play games at Bridgewater and Catholic to finish the regular season.  Since the beginning of the 2010 season, W&L is 10-1 at home, but just 8-5 on the road.

(W&L 34, No. 23 Centre 16 • 9/15/12 • Lexington, Va.)
W&L held 23rd-ranked Centre College scoreless for nearly 40 minutes of game action in producing a 34-16 win over the Colonels at Wilson Field. The Generals led Centre 14-10 after the first quarter of play, but scored the game’s next three touchdowns to push out to a 34-10 lead with 9:33 remaining in the contest. Senior running back Brett Murray gave W&L a 21-10 lead when he scored on a 17-yard touchdown run with 6:53 left in the first half.  The Generals forced a 3-and-out on the next possession and took over on the Colonel 38-yardline after junior linebacker Peter Partee blocked a CC punt.  W&L advanced it to the Centre 9-yardline before a fumble gave possession back to the Colonels.  Centre then drove to the W&L 25-yardline with just under a minute remaining, but W&L turned back the Colonels on a 4th-and-1 play. Centre again drove deep into W&L territory on its first drive of the third quarter, but senior placekicker Jordan Gay missed from 32 yards to keep the score at 21-10. The Generals made it 27-10 when senior running back Luke Heinsohn capped a 7-play, 80-yard drive with a 28-yard touchdown run with 3:55 to go in the third quarter.  The subsequent PAT was missed, breaking a string of 104-straight made PATs dating back to the 2010 season. Centre again drove deep into W&L territory on its next possession only to be stopped again on fourth down, this time at the W&L 23-yardline.  The Generals took advantage 12 plays later when junior quarterback Nick Lombardo hooked up with junior tight end Alex Evans for a 9-yard touchdown and a 34-10 lead with 9:33 left in the game. The Colonels retaliated with a 14-play, 71-yard drive that ended with a 7-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Heath Haden with 6:00 remaining.  Centre then executed a perfect onside kick to regain possession, but the Generals again held on fourth down and ran out the clock for the win. Both teams finished with 434 yards of total offense, with the Generals gaining 338 yards on the ground led by Murray, who rushed 16 times for 120 yards and one touchdown.  Heinsohn gained 97 yards on 14 rushes, scoring twice, while Lombardo rushed 19 times for 89 yards.  He also completed 5-of-6 passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns.  Evans caught both touchdown passes, hauling in three balls for 67 yards.  Junior cornerback Mitchell Thompson led the W&L defense with 10 tackles, including nine solo stops.  First-year defensive lineman Patrick Wright notched three tackles for a loss, including a sack.

(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 at Wilson Field. 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 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 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.  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.  Defensive back Jake Pelton added six tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery. Guilford was led by running back Josh Williams, who notched 71 yards on 20 carries.  Defensive back Robert Smith amassed a team-high 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops.

Guilford is 1-2 on the season following a 45-35 victory over Averett on September 15.  The game was tight throughout, but the Quakers broke a 35-35 tie with a field goal with 10:12 left in the game and tacked on a touchdown with 3:07 left to pull away for the win.  Guilford gained 476 yards in the contest, led by first-year quarterback Matt Pawlowski, who completed 18-of-28 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns (1 INT).  He also rushed for a score.  Senior running back Mike Williams carried 13 times for 151 yards and one touchdown, while sophomore running back Josh Willams amassed 72 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries.  Junior running back Nick Mearite caught eight balls for 125 yards and two scores.  Sophomore linebacker Robert Smith notched a team-best 12 tackles.  For the season, Guilford averages 359.3 yards and 26.3 points per game led by Pawlowski, who has completed 57.4 percent of his passes for 678 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions.  Mike Williams has 214 yards and one touchdown on just 27 carries, while Josh Williams has 24 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns.  First-year wide receiver Adam Smith boasts a team-high 22 catches for 240 yards and two touchdowns, and Mearite has 10 catches for 131 yards and three touchdowns.  On defense, Guilford is allowing 339.7 yards and 27.7 points per game for the year.  Robert Smith leads the way with a team-best 41 tackles and two sacks.  Sophomore defensive backs Hunter English and Satiir Stevenson each have 16 stops for the season.

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 (24 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 8-6 with an average of 27.1 points per game and a scoring margin of just +3.1 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 51-33 (.607) overall record and a 31-17 (.646) mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.  Those numbers improve to 18-6 (.750) overall and 11-1 (.917) in the ODAC over the last three 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 ranks tops in the ODAC and is tied for third in Division III in scoring with 48 points.  He’s also second in the conference in rushing with an average of 113.3 yards per game.  Heinsohn currently ranks fourth on the school’s all-time rushing list with 2,604 yards.  He notched 16 points against Centre two weeks ago to move into a tie for third-place on the school’s all-time scoring list with 204 points.  He can take over the top spot from Marc Watson ‘02 with 17 more points.

Senior slotback Brett Murray is also having a fantastic senior season, totaling 283 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 40 carries (7.1 avg.).  Like Heinsohn, Murray is also moving up several career lists at W&L.  He is fourth all-time in all-purpose yards (4,160), and eighth all-time in rushing (2,091), and scoring (174).  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.

An impressive streak, along with this note, has gone by the way-side with a missed PAT against Centre on September 15.  It ended a string of 104-straight makes dating back to the Guilford game during the 2010 season.

Junior tight end Alex Evans caught two touchdown passes against the Colonels on September 15 to move into a tie for sixth-place on the W&L career receiving touchdowns list with 11 scores.  Evans has notched just 38 catches (689 yds.) over his career, meaning that nearly 29 percent of his catches go for scores.

Junior cornerback Mitchell Thompson was named the ODAC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance against Centre on September 15.  Thompson notched a team-best 10 tackles, including nine solo stops.  For the season, he is tied for third on the team in tackles with 19 stops, 16 of which have been solo tackles.

First-year defensive lineman Patrick Wright burst onto the scene against Centre, recording three tackles for a loss, including a sack.  Wright currently leads the team with four tackles for a loss (-16) and two sacks (-9).

The Generals have run roughshot over the Quakers during the current 3-game winning streak in the series.  W&L is averaging 463.3 yards and 48.7 points per game over the three contests, including 363.0 yards per game on the ground.  Over the last two seasons, the Generals have averaged 7.6 yards per carry against the Quakers (115 rush, 873 yds.).  Individually, senior running back Luke Heinsohn has shined against Guilford, rushing for 419 yards and five touchdowns in his three games against the Quakers.  He has done this on just 34 carries, averaging 12.3 yards per carry and 139.7 yards per game.