Washington and Lee Football - Randolph-Macon Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Randolph-Macon Game Notes

W&L (3-2, 1-1) at RANDOLPH-MACON (4-1, 2-0)

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Ashland, Va. • 1:00 pm

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DATE: October 19, 2013
TIME: 1:00 pm
STADIUM: Day Field (5,000)
TV/INTERNET: College TV Ticket (http://collegetvticket.com/)
RADIO: WLUR 91.5 (http://www2.wlu.edu/x37490.xml)
SERIES RECORD: Tied 29-29-3
RECORD VS. R-MC AT W&L: 18-11-3
LAST MEETING: 10/13/12 at W&L (49-14 W&L)
FIRST MEETING: 10/17/1903 at R-MC (39-0 W&L)
LAST R-MC WIN: 10/3/2009 at R-MC (21-13)


9/7/13 Franklin & Marshall W, 14-13
3-2 Results
9/21/13 at Centre L, 28-37
4-1 Results
9/28/13 Sewanee W, 35-24
2-4 Results
10/5/13 Guilford
L, 7-16 3-2, 2-0 Results
10/12/13 at Emory & Henry W, 21-17
3-2, 1-1 Results
10/19/13 at Randolph-Macon 1:00 pm 4-1, 2-0 Results
10/26/13 Bridgewater 1:30 pm 3-2, 0-2 Results
11/2/13 Catholic 1:00 pm 3-2, 0-2 Results
11/9/13 at Hampden-Sydney 1:00 pm 4-1, 2-0 Results
11/16/13 at Shenandoah 1:00 pm 2-3, 1-1 Results


Washington and Lee and Randolph-Macon will be meeting for the 62nd time, with the series deadlocked at 29-29-3 since it began in 1903.  The Generals have won the last three in the series, including a 49-14 win last season in Lexington.  In those three games, Washington and Lee has averaged 489.3 yards and 41.7 points per game.  W&L is just 10-18 all-time in games against R-MC played in Ashland.

Scott Abell (Longwood ‘92) is in his second season as the Generals’ head coach and he claims an 11-5 overall record.  His first season resulted in an 8-3 overall record, an ODAC Championship and a berth to the NCAA Division III 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 NCAA Division II/III Coach in the State of Virginia.

Randolph-Macon is led by 10th-year Head Coach Pedro Arruza (Wheaton, Ill. ‘95), who is 53-43 (.552) overall and 2-7 all-time against the Generals.  Arruza guided R-MC to the 2008 ODAC Championship and he is 38-18 (.679) overall over the last six seasons.

Randolph-Macon is 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the ODAC following a 34-10 win over Catholic last Friday in Washington, D.C.  Senior running back Will McGhee led the offense with 139 yards rushing on 32 carries, while sophomore running back John Byrd totaled 68 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.  Junior quarterback Zac Naccarato completed 13-of-18 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown as well.  The Yellow Jackets’ defense forced four turnovers and limited the Cardinals to just 219 yards of total offense in the contest.  Junior defensive end Tom Solak earned the ODAC Defensive Player of the Week award after posting 11 tackles, one interception and one sack.  For the season, R-MC is averaging 391.8 yards and 32.4 points per game led by McGhee’s running.  He has tallied 818 yards and seven touchdowns on 138 carries.  Naccarato has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 820 yards and seven touchdowns with just two interceptions.  Senior wide receiver Christian Cook is his favorite target, having caught 33 passes for 313 yards and one touchdown.  On defense, sophomore safety Eric Long leads the way with 36 tackles and a pair of interceptions.
(W&L 21, E&H 17 • 10/12/13 • Emory, Va.)
W&L racked up 441 rushing yards and came up with a late interception to preserve a 21-17 victory over Emory & Henry at Fred Selfe Stadium. E&H took a 17-15 lead with 11:16 left in the fourth quarter when Austin Breed capped a 13-play, 72-yard drive with a 26-yard field goal.  The Generals 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 to senior wide receiver John Hewell on a 3rd-and-11 from the Emory & Henry 46-yardline.  First-year running back Marshall Hollerith 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 Kyle Boden to Josh Smith with just under two minutes remaining, but W&L sophomore linebacker Moody Heard 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 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 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 paced the defense with 10 tackles.

(W&L 49, Randolph-Macon 14 • 10/13/12 • Lexington, Va.)
Washington and Lee amassed 511 yards of total offense and averaged 10.4 yards per play in defeating Randolph-Macon, 49-14, at Wilson Field.  W&L never trailed in the contest as the Generals jumped out to a 14-0 lead just 2:10 into the game.  Quarterback Nick Lombardo scampered 47 yards on the first play from scrimmage and senior running back Luke Heinsohn ended the 73-yard drive three plays later when he scored on a 9-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead just 1:27 into the game.  Randolph-Macon fumbled the ensuing kickoff on their own 31-yardline and senior running back Sasha Vandalov scored two plays later on a 22-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 lead.  The Yellow Jackets battled back with a 9-play, 72-yard drive that made it 14-7 at the 8:39 mark of the first quarter.  Quarterback Zac Naccarato found senior fullback Vance Hendren with an 8-yard scoring strike.  The Generals’ opening quarter barrage continued on the next possession as Vandalov ripped off a 68-yard run on the first play of the drive and Lombardo scored from 7-yards out two plays later for a 21-7 lead with 2:53 left.  Randolph-Macon drove to the W&L 31-yardline on the next possession, but senior safety Russell Stewart picked off Naccarato and Heinsohn scored on a 47-yard touchdown run three plays later for a 28-7 lead just 3:31 into the second quarter.  The Yellow Jackets owned the second quarter, controlling the ball for 12:57 and limiting the Generals to just six plays.  Naccarato found senior wide receiver Luke Sellers with an 8-yard touchdown pass with 3:08 left in the quarter to make it 28-14, but a pair of missed field goals by senior placekicker Josh Storm, including a 29-yarder with 17 seconds left in the half, kept it a two score game at the break.  Washington and Lee seized control of the contest during the third period, scoring on drives of 94 and 99 yards.  Heinsohn ended a 12-play, 94-yard drive with 6:11 left in the quarter when he scored from 16 yards out and Vandalov capped a 4-play, 99-yard drive when he rumbled 86 yards for a touchdown with 34 seconds left in the quarter for a 42-14 lead.  Lombardo added a 7-yard touchdown run with 6:55 left in the game for the final margin.  Randolph-Macon held the ball for 38:57 and ran 80 plays as opposed to just 49 plays for W&L.  However, the Generals amassed 473 yards on just 41 carries, averaging 11.5 yards per rush for the afternoon.  Vandalov led the way with a career-high 199 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries.  Heinsohn rushed 14 times for 125 yards and three touchdowns, Lombardo rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries and senior running back Brett Murray amassed 62 yards on just four carries.  Senior linebacker Jesse Jenkins, senior safety Jake Pelton and cornerback Mitchell Thompson led the W&L defense, which allowed just 106 yards to R-MC in the second half, with nine tackles each.  Naccarato completed 15-of-25 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions, while Sellers caught six passes for 51 yards and a score.  Running back Will McGhee tallied a team-high 69 yards rushing on 17 carries.  Linebacker Tom Solak led the defense with seven tackles.

Washington and Lee has played 1,039 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 489-511-39 (.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.

Since 2000, the Generals are a combined 47-18 (.723) at home, but just 31-41 (.431) on the road.  W&L is 1-1 on the road this season and is 10-18 all-time in games played at Randolph-Macon.  In fact, the Generals have won just 2 of the 11 games played in Ashland since 1990.

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 10-9 with an average of 25.1 points per game and a scoring margin of just +1.1 points per game.

The Generals are chasing their eighth winning season in the last 10 years during the 2013 season.  Since going 3-7 in 2003, W&L has produced a 60-37 (.619) overall record and a 38-19 (.667) mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.  Those numbers improve to 27-10 (.730) overall and 18-3 (.857) in the ODAC over the last four years.

Senior quarterback Nick Lombardo controls the Generals’ tricky rushing offense as a second-year starter in the system.  Lombardo has rushed for a team-best 499 yards and three touchdowns this seasons and he claims 1,729 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground for his career.  Lombardo can move into the Top 10 all-time at W&L for rushing yards with 146 more yards.

First-year running back Marshall Hollerith earned his first career start against Sewanee three weeks ago and has been productive ever since.  Since becoming the starter at option back, Hollerith has eclipsed 100 yards rushing in every game.  He gained 151 yards and three touchdowns against Sewanee, totaled 133 yards against Guilford, and posted 110 yards and a touchdown against Emory & Henry last week.  For the season, Hollerith has registered 456 yards and five touchdowns on 78 carries.

One major reason for the Generals’ ability to turn things around following their loss to Guilford was the play of senior running back Luke Terna.  Terna gained a career-high 169 yards and one touchdown on just 16 carries against Emory & Henry.  He also scored on a 73-yard touchdown run, the Generals’ longest run for a score since Sasha Vandalov ripped off an 86-yard touchdown run against Randolph-Macon last season.  For the year, Terna has rushed for 439 yards and four touchdowns on just 52 carries.

The second quarter has plagued the Generals this season.  W&L holds a positive scoring margin in the first (28-21), third (30-19) and fourth quarters (20-19), but has been out-scored by three touchdowns (48-27) in the second quarter of play.

W&L is allowing an average of just 21.4 points per game this season.  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.

With its perfomance against E&H on Saturday, W&L has taken over the top spot in Division III for rushing offense (370.0).  In fact, just two schools in NCAA All Divisions have averaged more yards per game on the ground -- Harding (418.0) and Missouri Southern State (377.0).  To contrast this note, W&L ranks dead last among all NCAA Divisions in passing with an average of 11.6 yards per game.