Washington and Lee Football - Hampden-Sydney Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Hampden-Sydney Game Notes

W&L (5-3, 3-2) at HAMPDEN-SYDNEY (6-2, 4-1)

Saturday, November 9, 2013
Hampden-Sydney, Va. • 1:00 pm

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DATE: November 9, 2013
TIME: 1:00 pm
STADIUM: Everett Stadium (1,850)
TV/INTERNET: New Media TV (http://hsc.nmtvsports.com/)
RADIO: WLUR 91.5 (http://www.wlu.edu/x37490.xml)
SERIES RECORD: H-SC leads 36-33-2
RECORD VS. H-SC AT W&L: 17-17-2
LAST MEETING: 11/3/12 at W&L (45-42 W&L in 4 OT)
FIRST MEETING: 11/1899 at Unknown (6-5 W&L)
LAST H-SC WIN: 11/5/11 at H-SC (42-35)


9/7/13 Franklin & Marshall W, 14-13
5-3 Results
9/21/13 at Centre L, 28-37
6-2 Results
9/28/13 Sewanee W, 35-24
2-6 Results
10/5/13 Guilford
L, 7-16 5-3, 4-1 Results
10/12/13 at Emory & Henry W, 21-17
4-4, 1-4 Results
10/19/13 at Randolph-Macon L, 21-27
6-2, 4-1 Results
10/26/13 Bridgewater W, 42-13
4-4, 1-4 Results
11/2/13 Catholic 1:00 pm 4-4, 1-4 Results
11/9/13 at Hampden-Sydney 1:00 pm 6-2, 4-1 Results
11/16/13 at Shenandoah 1:00 pm 3-5, 2-3 Results

Washington and Lee and Hampden-Sydney will be meeting for the 72nd time, with the Tigers holding a 36-33-2 advantage in the all-time series that began during the 1899 season.  W&L has won two of the last three meetings, including a 45-42 four-overtime win last season to claim the ODAC title.  Hampden-Sydney holds a 6-4 edge in the last 10 contests, with an average scoring margin of just 1.8 points per game across that span.  Defense has not been a focal point in those contests:  W&L averages 33.1 points per game, while H-SC averages 34.9 ppg.

Scott Abell (Longwood ‘92) is in his second season as the W&L head coach and he claims a 13-6 (.684) overall record.  His first season resulted in an 8-3 overall record, an ODAC Championship and a berth to the NCAA Tournament.  Abell was honored as the ODAC Coach of the Year, and he also received the VaSID College Division Coach of the Year and the Williard Bailey Award as the top College Division Coach in the State of Virginia.

Hampden-Sydney is led by 14th-year Head Coach Marty Favret (Catholic ‘84), who is 101-41 (.711) overall with the Tigers.  Favret has led H-SC to three conference championships over his first 13 seasons and he is 8-5 all-time against the Generals.

Hampden-Sydney is 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the ODAC following a 52-0 victory over Guilford on Saturday in Greensboro.  The Tigers held the Quakers to just 118 yards of total offense, including just seven rushing yards on 28 attempts.  H-SC posted seven sacks and recorded two turnovers as well.  Junior quarterback Nash Nance was named the ODAC’s Offensive Player of the Week after completing 16-of-21 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns, and rushing 17 times for 92 yards and two more scores.  Junior wide receiver Holton Walker caught a team-best seven passes for 77 yards and a touchdown, and junior defensive lineman Scott Markland was named the ODAC’s Defensive Player of the Week after posting four tackles, 2.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.  Senior safety Steven Fogleman led the defense with eight tackles.  For the year, Nance has completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 2,254 yards and 17 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.  He has also rushed 90 times for 397 yards and 10 more touchdowns.  Junior running back Brady Macko claims a team-high 513 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 99 carries, while Walker has recorded 70 catches for 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns.  Junior linebacker Josh Doggett has a team-best 59 tackles, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception, while senior linebacker Trevor Ikwild has posted 57 tackles and 1.5 sacks.  As a team, the Tigers allow an average of just 95.2 rushing yards per game.

(W&L 14, Catholic 10 • 11/2/13 • Lexington, Va.)
First-year running back Marshall Hollerith rushed for a career-high 184 yards and one touchdown on 35 carries as Washington and Lee defeated Catholic, 14-10, at Wilson Field.  The Generals turned the ball over three times in the first half, but entered the break clinging to a 7-3 lead.  Senior running back Luke Terna gave W&L a 7-0 lead at the 11:44 mark of the first quarter when he capped an 11-play, 75-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.  Catholic cut it to 7-3 with 4:17 left in the first half following a W&L fumble that gave the Cardinals the ball on the Generals’ 45-yardline.  First-year kicker Peter Rosa then ended a 12-play drive that gained just 35 yards with a 28-yard field goal.  The Cardinals cashed in on another W&L turnover midway through the third quarter for a 10-7 lead at the 7:11 mark.  First-year quarterback Charlie Nelson was intercepted at the Catholic 24-yardline and CUA sophomore quarterback T.J. Tutone found senior wide receiver Tanner Keefe with a 44-yard touchdown pass four plays later for the Cardinal’s first lead of the game.  The Generals created a turnover of their own two possessions later with Catholic driving in W&L territory.  First-year defensive lineman Sam Bramlett sacked CUA sophomore quarterback E.J. Montgomery at the W&L 42-yardline, stripping the ball away and recovering it himself.  W&L then drove 58 yards in 10 plays as Hollerith scored from 8-yards out with 10:14 left in the game for a 14-10 lead.  W&L forced two more Catholic turnovers in the fourth quarter in holding on for the 4-point victory, its fifth-straight win over the Cardinals.  Hollerith led the W&L offense, which gained 363 total yards, including 348 yards on the ground.  Terna totaled 68 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries, while junior running back Austin Eisenhofer amassed 66 yards on 12 carries.  The Generals’ defense forced four CUA turnovers led by senior safety Walter Ramsey, who posted a team-best 11 tackles and one fumble recovery.  Catholic rushed for just 39 yards on 27 carries and finished with only 282 yards of total offense.  Montgomery completed 18-of-27 passes for 105 yards and Tutone completed 11-of-23 attempts for 138 yards and one touchdown.  They were each intercepted once.  Senior wide receiver Andrew Oullette caught a team-best 10 passes for 74 yards and junior defensive back R.J. Allison notched 12 tackles and one fumble recovery.

(W&L 45, Hampden-Sydney 42 in 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 Hampden-Sydney senior running back 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 cornerback Lee Peaseley then picked off H-SC quarterback 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 placekicker 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.  The Tigers then scored on the first play of the second overtime as Nance found wide receiver 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.  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.  Senior linebacker Alex Price and safety Charlie Shoemaker led the defense with 14 tackles each.

Washington and Lee has played 1,042 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 491-512-39 (.490) 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.

Since 2000, the Generals are a combined 49-18 (.731) at home, but just 31-42 (.425) on the road.  W&L is 1-2 on the road this season and is 11-16 all-time in games played at Hampden-Sydney.  In fact, the Generals have won just one of the last five games between these two teams played at Everett Stadium.

W&L has managed 400 rushing yards in a game 18 times over its last four seasons (36 games).  In those games, the Generals are 17-1, scoring an average of 44.1 points per game with an average margin of victory of 19.6 points per game.  To contrast this point, when W&L fails to rush for 400 yards during the same span, it is just 12-10 with an average of 25.2 points per game and a scoring margin of just +2.1 points per game.

A win today would give the Generals their eighth winning season in the last 10 years.  Since going 3-7 in 2003, W&L has produced a 62-38 (.620) overall record and a 40-20 (.667) mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.  Those numbers improve to 29-11 (.725) overall and 20-4 (.833) in the ODAC over the last four years.

As you’ve read from the above note, the senior class has posted a 29-11 overall record across their four seasons.  To put this success into the proper historical context, consider that this is the third-most number of wins for any senior class in program history.  The 1916 class (1912-15) notched a 32-3-1 record over their four seasons -- best in school history.  The 1964 class (1960-63) went 30-4-1 overall and the 1917 (1913-16) class went 29-4-3 overall.  A win today would tie the class of 2014 for the second-most wins in the program’s all-time annuls.

First-year running back Marshall Hollerith has had a tremendous impact for the Generals since being inserted into the starting lineup for the third game of the season.  Hollerith has eclipsed the 100-yard plateau four times in his six starts, compiling 761 yards and a team-best nine touchdowns on 138 carries.  Hollerith gained a career-best 184 yards and one touchdown on a season-high 35 carries in last week’s win over Catholic.

The second quarter has plagued the Generals this season.  W&L holds a positive scoring margin in the first (35-31), third (44-36) and fourth (55-25) quarters, but trails 65-48 in the second quarter.

Washington and Lee has forced a total of nine turnovers over the last two weeks, comprising the team’s first two-game winning streak of the season.  The Generals notched five interceptions in a 42-13 win over Bridgewater two weeks ago and posted two interceptions and two fumble recoveries in last week’s 14-10 win over Catholic.  W&L had forced just eight turnovers over its first six games.

The Generals have allowed a total of just 23 points over their last two contests.  That is the lowest two-game total allowed by a W&L team since surrendering just 14 combined points in wins over Guilford (63-0) and Emory & Henry (17-14) midway through the 2011 campaign.  For the season, W&L is currently allowing an average of just 19.6 points per game.  That is currently on pace to be the lowest points per game allowed since the 2006 team allowed an average of just 15.7 points per outing.  The Generals allowed 24.4 points per game in 2012.

W&L posted a season-best 7.0 tackles for a loss in last week’s win over Catholic.  The Generals also amassed a season-high 41 yards lost on those seven tackles.  The seven tackles for a loss were the most since having nine in a 34-16 win over Centre last season.  The -41 yards were the most since recording six TFL’s for 43 yards in a 35-34 loss to Bridgewater in 2009.

W&L is currently ranked second nationally in rushing offense with an average of 361.4 yards per game.  W&L led the country in rushing in 2012, averaging 363.7 yards per outing.  The Generals also finished fourth in rushing in 2011 (331.8 ypg) and fifth in 2010 (359.6 ypg).

The flip side of rushing so effectively is a sparse passing game.  The Generals rank 242nd of 242 Division III teams in passing offense with an average of 17.6 yards per game.