Washington and Lee Football - Sewanee Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Sewanee Game Notes

W&L (1-1) vs. SEWANEE (1-2)

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Lexington, Va. • 1:30 pm

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DATE: September 28, 2013
TIME: 1:30 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: W&L Leads  39-22
LAST MEETING: 9/8/12 at UOS (28-6 W&L)
FIRST MEETING: 1892 at W&L (22-16 UOS)
LAST UOS WIN: 9/20/03 at UOS (37-13)


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

W&L and Sewanee will be meeting for the 62nd time, with the Generals holding a 39-22 advantage in the all-time series that began during the 1892 season.  W&L has won each of the last eight meetings, the longest winning streak by either team in the 121 years these two teams have played.  The Tigers have not won at Wilson Field since 1986, dropping each of the last 12 games played in Lexington.

Scott Abell (Longwood ‘92) is in his second season as the Generals’ head coach and he claims a 9-4 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.

Sewanee is led by third-year Head Coach Tommy Laurendine (Lenoir-Rhyne ‘90), who is 9-14 (.391) with the Tigers.  He is no stranger to W&L after having served as the Generals’ offensive coordinator for the 2007 season and also from 1995-97.

Washington and Lee has played 1,035 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 487-510-39 (.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 the turn of the century (2000), Washington and Lee is a combined 46-17 (.730) in games played at Wilson Field.  The Generals have currently won 15 in a row at home, tied for the third-longest home winning streak in Division III.  Mount Union carries the longest streak at 56 games and is followed by Trinity of Connecticut (48), Widener (15) and W&L.  W&L’s last loss at Wilson Field was a 20-10 setback against Averett in the 2010 home opener.

(Centre 37, W&L 28 • 9/21/13 • Danville, Ky.)
Centre College and Washington and Lee combined for 928 yards of total offense as the Colonels produced a 37-28 victory over Washington and Lee at Farris Stadium.  The Generals accounted for 422 yards, all on the ground, while the Colonels notched 506 total yards.  The game marked the first time that W&L has lost when rushing for 400 yards since the beginning of the 2010 season.  W&L jumped out to a 14-0 lead, scoring a pair of rushing touchdowns in the opening quarter.  Senior quarterback Nick Lombardo found paydirt with a 12-yard run to cap a 7-play, 65-yard drive that gave the Generals a 7-0 lead at the 8:08 mark.  W&L then scored on its next possession, marching 52 yards in five plays as senior running back Luke Terna scored on a 14-yard run with 1:33 left in the quarter.  Centre responded with a 10-play, 78-yard drive that was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Harry Meisner.  After the Generals stalled on the next possession, the Colonels knotted the score when junior quarterback Heath Haden found senior wide receiver Bryan Carroll with a 51-yard scoring strike at the 8:14 mark.  W&L retaliated with an 11-play, 80-yard drive which resulted in a 6-yard touchdown run by Terna on a fourth-and-goal for a 21-14 lead with 3:00 left in the half.  W&L forced the Colonels to punt on their next possession and took over on its own 10-yardline with 1:57 left in the half.  However, the Generals fumbled on third down and Centre scored one play later as Haden found sophomore tight end Brandon Kamp with a 14-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 21-21 heading into the half.  Centre scored two quick touchdowns to start the third quarter to assume a 34-21 lead with 7:27 left in the period.  The Colonels marched 69 yards on seven plays as Meisner scored on a 6-yard run at the 12:45 mark, and Meisner scored again from 1-yard out on third-and-goal, capping a 13-play, 74-yard drive.  The Generals sliced it to a 34-28 game when first-year running back Marshall Hollerith scored on a 9-yard run with 11:06 remaining in the game, but the Colonels burned 4:51 off the clock before booting a 22-yard field goal for a 37-28 lead with 6:07 remaining.  Centre’s defense made the lead stand up as it improved to 3-0 on the season.  Terna paced the W&L offense with 148 yards and two touchdowns rushing on 17 carries.  Lombardo rushed 18 times for 107 yards and one touchdown, while sophomore running back Jimmy Moynahan totaled 56 yards on 12 carries.  Hollerith added 45 yards and one touchdown on seven rushes.  The Generals did not complete a pass in the contest, finishing 0-for-9 passing.  Senior linebacker Peter Partee finished with a team-best 13 tackles.

(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 over Sewanee at Harris Stadium.  The Tigers fumbled the game’s opening kickoff at their own 26-yardline and Heinsohn got the Generals on the board just six plays later when he scored from 5-yards out.  W&L produced 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.  Quarterback Nick Lombardo opened the drive with a 32-yard strike to 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.  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.  Sewanee was paced by running back Sergio Acosta, who carried 14 times for 80 yards.  Johnson rushed for 48 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries and completed 1-of-3 passes for six yards.  Linebacker Dave McKeithen racked up a game-high 15 tackles to lead the Tigers’ defense.

Sewanee is 1-2 overall following a 42-30 loss to Maryville on Saturday in Sewanee, Tenn.  The Tigers allowed Maryville to rush for 338 yards (416 total) in the contest.  Sewanee still carried a 30-28 lead into the fourth quarter before the Scots took the lead for good on a 32-yard touchdown run with 8:25 left in the game.  Maryville then added another score with 4:45 left to put the game away.  The Tigers were led on offense by sophomore running back Devante Jones, who totaled 105 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.  Senior quarterback Curtis Johnson added 49 yards and a score on 17 carries and completed 2-of-4 passes for eight yards.  On defense, senior linebacker Dave McKeithen posted 16 tackles, including 11 solo stops.  For the season, the Tigers average 321.7 yards per game, including 271.3 yards per game on the ground.  Johnson is the leading rusher with 170 yards and four touchdowns on 49 carries.  He has also completed 6-of-8 passes for 674 yards.  Sophomore fullback Andy Moots claims 154 yards and one touchdown on 32 carries, while Jones has 148 yards and two scores on 25 rushes.  Sophomore quarterback Cody Daniel has completed 10-of-15 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown, and he has rushed for 41 yards as well.  McKeithren is the team’s leading tackler with 28 stops and a pair of sacks.  Senior defensive back Quentin Jones has added 18 tackles and one interception.

Prior to the 2010 season, you could count the number of 400-yard rushing performances during the league’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 16 times over its last four seasons (34 games).  In those games, the Generals are 15-1, scoring an average of 46.1 points per game with an average margin of victory of 21.1 points per game.  To contrast this point, when W&L fails to rush for 400 yards during the same span, it is just 10-8 with an average of 26.1 points per game and a scoring margin of just +1.6 points per game.

W&L had been 15-0 when rushing for 400 or more yards until falling to Centre last Saturday.  The Generals gained 422 yards on the ground against the Colonels yet fell by a score of 37-28.

The Generals will be chasing their eighth winning season in the last 10 years as they take the field for the 2013 season.  Since going 3-7 in 2003, W&L has produced a 58-36 (.617) overall record and a 37-18 (.673) mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.  Those numbers improve to 25-9 (.735) overall and 17-2 (.895) in the ODAC over the last three years.

Senior running back Luke Terna has patiently waited for his opportunity to excel in the Generals’ rushing offense.  Terna rushed for a grand total of 222 yards over his first three seasons, but he has already accounted for 233 yards in the Generals’ first two games this season.  Terna gained a career-high 148 yards and two touchdowns on just 17 carries against Centre.

Senior quarterback Nick Lombardo controls the Generals’ tricky rushing offense as a second-year starter in the system.  Lombardo has rushed for 193 yards and one touchdown this season and he claims 1,423 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground for his career.  Lombardo can move into the Top 10 all-time at W&L for rushing yards with 452 more yards.

In Saturday’s loss to Centre, W&L gained all 422 offensive yards on the ground, failing to complete a single pass in nine attempts.  It marked the fourth time in program history that the Generals failed to complete a pass and the first since posting a 27-6 win over Emory & Henry during the 1961 season.

The W&L football team has chosen to support Comfort Zone Camps as its team fundraiser for the 2013 season.  The Generals hope to raise enough money to send 50 children to the camp free of charge.  Throughout the season, we will update you on their progress.  Currently, the team has raised $16,770, enough money to send 33 children to the camp.  To assist the team in their efforts, you can visit their donation website at at https://www.comfortzonecamp.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=18.