W&L Football Grinds Out a 21-17 Win Over E&H
EMORY, Va. – Washington and Lee racked up 441 rushing yards and came up with a late interception to preserve a 21-17 victory over Emory & Henry in ODAC football action on Saturday afternoon at Fred Selfe Stadium.
Emory & Henry (3-2, 0-2) took a 17-15 lead with 11:16 left in the fourth quarter when placekicker Austin Breed capped a 13-play, 72-yard drive with a 26-yard field goal.
The Generals (3-2, 1-1) took the lead back on the ensuing possession as they strung together a 16-play, 82-yard drive that ate 7:21 off the game clock. The Generals converted three, third-down plays on the drive, including an 11-yard completion from senior quarterback Nick Lombardo (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) to senior wide receiver John Hewell (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth Country Day) on a 3rd-and-11 from the Emory & Henry 46-yardline. First-year running back Marshall Hollerith (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's) ended the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run with 3:55 left in the game.
The Wasps drove to the W&L 33-yardline following a 29-yard completion from quarterback Kyle Boden to wide receiver Josh Smith with just under two minutes remaining, but W&L sophomore linebacker Moody Heard (Houston, Texas/Episcopal) picked off Boden at the 24-yardline on the next play. Heard returned the ball to the W&L 40-yardline and following a first down rush by Hollerith two plays later, the Generals ran out the clock for their fourth-straight win over E&H.
Emory & Henry took the game's opening possession and marched 97 yards on nine plays to assume a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Joe Vaughn. W&L fumbled in its own territory two possessions later, but the defense held on a 4th-and-2 from the W&L 7-yardline to keep it a one score game. Seven plays later, senior running back Luke Terna (Wheaton, Ill./Benet Academy) scampered 73 yards for a touchdown to make it a 7-6 game just six seconds into the second quarter. The ensuing PAT was blocked.
E&H drove to the W&L 18-yardline on the next drive, but Breed missed a 36-yard field goal. The Generals returned the favor when first-year placekicker Matt Underhill's (Bethesda, Md./Landon) 43-yard field goal attempt came up just short with 1:02 left in the half. The Wasps responded by marching 74 yards in six plays, as Boden found Lucas Kirby for a 7-yard touchdown with two seconds left and a 14-6 lead at halftime.
The Generals climbed to within 14-12 on the opening drive of the second half. Lombardo capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive when he scored on an 8-yard run at the 10:59 mark. Breed missed a second field goal, this time from 35-yards out with 6:40 left in the third quarter, and Underhill gave the Generals their first lead at the 2:17 mark when he drilled a 25-yard field goal, setting up the decisive fourth quarter.
W&L had three players eclipse 100 yards rushing led by Terna, who rushed for a career-high 169 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries. Lombardo rushed for 140 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries, and Hollerith totaled 110 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. All told, the Generals recorded 463 total yards in the contest. Senior linebacker Mike Palicz (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) paced the defense with 10 tackles.
Emory & Henry tallied 428 total yards led by Boden, who completed 24-of-31 passes for 278 yards and one touchdown with one interception. Vaughn rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, while Cleo Cooper posted a team-best 106 yards receiving on five catches. Jason Hill and Roth Healy each recorded 10 tackles to lead the Wasps' defense.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Randolph-Macon for a 1:00 pm contest.