GENERALS SWAT AWAY SWARTHMORE, 37-7 TO FINISH SEASON (11/14)
Swarthmore, Pa. -- The Washington and Lee football team finished its 1998 regular season with a 37-7 win at Swarthmore (0-8) on Saturday afternoon. The Generals finished the season with a 4-6 record.
The Generals pounded out its greatest offensive output of the season with a total of 422 offensive yards.
W&L got the scoring started early when senior Chas Chastain, playing in his final collegiate game, scored on 29-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Christian Batcheller 1:56 into the game.
Sophomore kicker Andy Vendig extended the lead to 10-0 with a 28-yard field goal with 1:02 remaining in the first quarter.
The Generals then exploded for 21 points in the second quarter. Sophomore running back Hanley Sayers scored on a three-yard touchdown run with 1:28 remaining in the second quarter and then again with 8:57 remaining in the quarter. Batcheller completed the second quarter scoring when he ran two yards to score himself with 3:22 left in the half to give the Generals a 31-0 lead going into the half.
With 4:28 left in the third quarter, the Generals finished off their scoring when junior wide receiver J. T. Malatesta caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Batcheller. The conversion was failed, giving the Generals a 37-0 lead.
The Garnet Tide was held scoreless until 1:59 remained in the game, when Joe Aleffi scored on a three-yard TD run, finishing the scoring at 37-7.
The Generals finished the season with wins in three of their last four games.
Batcheller completed 16-of-26 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns. The performance was Batcheller's ninth 200-yard performance of his career.
Sayers led the Generals in rushing with 28 attempts for 97 yards and two touchdowns.
Malatesta caught six balls for 73 yards and a touchdown. Chastain had four receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. Seniors David Ritchey and Geoff Gober caught three and two balls, respectively, in their last games as Generals.
Defensively, the Generals were led by freshman lineman Jeff McIntyre, who had six tackles. Senior safety John McAllister and sophomore defensive back Will Baker had five tackles a piece.
EMORY & HENRY DEFEATS WASHINGTON & LEE, 23-20 (11/7)
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Trailing 20-6 in the fourth quarter, 14th-ranked Emory & Henry scored 17 points in the final 10:14 of the game to post its 16th-straight victory over Washington & Lee, 23-20.
The Wasps (9-0, 5-0) comeback started with W&L on its own one yard line with 6:02 remaining in the contest. W&L junior punter Doug Williams (Rome, Ga./Darlington) intentionally stepped out of the end zone to take a safety, making the score 20-8 in favor of the Generals.
On the ensuing E&H drive, the Wasps scored on a 41-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Tom Crigger (Vansant, Va./Grundy) to junior wide receiver David Miller (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) with 3:28 remaining to cut the Generals lead to 20-15.
W&L was forced to punt after four plays on its next possession and Emory & Henry took over on its own 20 yard line with 1:36 remaining. The Wasps then drove to the 34 yard line with :35 left, but were facing a fourth-and-10 play. On the play, Crigger dr opped back and lofted a pass to Miller, who hauled the ball in and fell into the end zone to make the score 21-20, Emory & Henry. The Wasps were then successful on a two-point conversion and walked away with a 23-20 win.
Junior running back Oliver Jordan (Clifton Forge, Va./Allegheny) rushed for a game-high 126 yards to pace the E&H offense. Crigger completed seven-of-18 attempts for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Miller caught two passes for 75 yards and two scores.
W&L was led by junior quarterback Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County), who completed 19-of-29 attempts for 207 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore running back Marc Watson (Marietta, Ga./Walton) rushed for 96 yards and senior tight end David Ritchey (McLean, Va./Langley) hauled in five passes for 86 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter to give the Generals a 13-6 lead.
Defensively, the Generals (3-6, 1-4) were led a pair of brothers in senior linebacker Brad Baker (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) and sophomore defensive back Will Baker (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook). Brad totaled 16 tackles and Will amassed 13 tack les, a fumble recovery for a touchdown (21 yards) and one interception.
The Emory & Henry defense was led by junior defensive back Tyronn Peterson (Stone Mountain, Ga./Redan), who had 13 stops and one interception.
W&L will conclude its 1998 schedule on November 14, when it travels to Swarthmore College for a 1:00 pm contest.
WATSON LEADS W&L TO A 20-12 VICTORY AT BRIDGEWATER (10/31)
BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- Sophomore running back Marc Watson (Marietta, Ga./Walton) rushed for a career-high 160 yards and one touchdown to help lead Washington and Lee to a 20-12 victory over Bridgewater in ODAC football action. With his career day, Watson br oke the W&L single-season all-purpose yards record (1,251) held by Chris Leiser since the 1979 season. He now has 1,380 all-purpose yards this season.
The Generals (3-5, 1-3) opened the scoring with 6:23 remaining in the first quarter, when junior quarterback Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County) hit senior tight end David Ritchey (McLean, Va./Langley) with a one-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0 Washington and Lee.
The Generals added to their lead when sophomore wide receiver Wes Hardy (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg) hauled in a 12-yard touchdown pass with 10:18 left in the second quarter. Freshman placekicker Brad Wiginton's (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) extra point was blocked and W&L led, 13-0.
Bridgewater retaliated with 6:45 remaining in the half, when senior placekicker Michael Padgett booted a 51-yard field goal to make the score 13-3.
Then, with 51 seconds remaining in the half, the Eagles (0-8, 0-4) blocked a W&L punt and recovered on the Generals' five-yard line. The W&L defense would hold on three plays and Padgett kicked a 19-yard field goal as W&L went in at the half with a 13-6 a dvantage.
Bridgewater began the scoring in the second half as freshman quarterback Jason Lutz rushed 14 yards to paydirt with 6:07 left in the third to cut the W&L lead to 13-12. Padgett's point after touchdown was blocked by senior defensive lineman Ben Middendor f (Athens, Ga./Athens Academy) to preserve to lead for the Generals.
Both teams would play scoreless until the 4:47 mark of the fourth quarter, when Watson took a fourth-and-one play 12 yards to the end zone to give the Generals a 20-12 lead.
Bridgewater drove to the W&L 23 yard line with 1:14 left on the clock, but the Eagles fumbled a handoff that was recovered by junior defensive end Ross Kester (Greenville, S.C./Greenville) to end the threat.
Batcheller completed 14-of-23 attempts for 122 yards and two touchdowns and J.T. Malatesta (Washington, D.C./Landon) caught five balls for 51 yards to suppliment the ground game paced by Watson.
Senior linebacker Brad Baker (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) had a season-high 18 tackles and a sack and Middendorf collected 13 tackles, 0.5 sacks, and one blocked kick.
Lutz led Bridgewater's offensive attack with 95 yards rushing and one touchdown. He also completed six-of-14 pass attempts for 50 yards.
W&L will go for its third win in a row when it hosts 13th-ranked Emory & Henry on November 7 at 1:30 pm.
GENERALS DROP SEWANEE IN DRAMATIC FASHION (10/24)
Washington and Lee freshman kicker Brad Wiginton (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired to lead the Generals past Sewanee 23-21 in a non-conference college football game on Saturday. The Generals (2-5) rallied from a 14-point deficit with under five minutes to play.
Trailing 21-7 in the fourth quarter, W&L junior quarterback Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County) hit senior wide receiver Chas Chastain (Athens, Ga./Clarke Central) on a 44-yard pass play to the Sewanee one-yard line on a fourth-and-14 play. Junior fullback Scott Moses (Johnstown, Pa./Westmont Hilltop) scored on a one-yard run on the next play to cut the Sewanee lead to 21-14 with 4:56 remaining.
W&L's defense then held and the Generals drove 70 yards in just 50 seconds, scoring on a one-yard touchdown run by sophomore tailback Marc Watson (Marietta, Ga./Walton) with 51 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 21-20. The Generals attempted a two-point conversion, but Batcheller's pass was incomplete.
W&L then tried an onsides kick and W&L sophomore Tom Monaco (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal Central) recovered Andy Vendig's (Arlington, Va./Washington-Lee) kick at the W&L 48-yard line. W&L drove into Sewanee territory, but was faced with fourth-and-five at the 34-yard line before Batcheller connected with sophomore tight end Scott Humphreys (Houston, Texas/Memorial) on a nine-yard completion with 11 seconds remaining and W&L then rushed on the field goal unit and Wiginton connected on the game-winner, his first collegiate field goal attempt.
Sewanee (1-6) piled up 375 rushing yards, led by sophomore quarterback Max Fuller (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) with 198 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Sophomore running back Brian Morrison (Pinson Valley, Ala./Pinson Valley) added 60 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Tigers completed just one pass for eight yards in the contest.
Batcheller completed 17-of-37 passes for 219 yards in the game, including an 11-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta (Washington, D.C./Landon) in the second quarter. Batcheller threw for 148 of his yards in the fourth quarter.
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY 21, WASHINGTON AND LEE 14 IN ODAC FOOTBALL (10/17)
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney amassed 395 yards of total offense and held the ball for 40:48 of the game, including the final 9:28 in defeating Washington and Lee, 21-14, in ODAC football.
The Tigers (3-3, 2-2) opened the scoring with 13 seconds remaining in the first quarter when junior running back Shannon Evans (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) scored on a one-yard plunge to make it 7-0. Evans scored his second touchdown of the day on anoth er one-yard run with 3:51 remaining in the second quarter to put the Tigers up 14-0.
The Generals (1-5, 0-3) cut into the Hampden-Sydney lead with 1:07 remaining in the opening half when sophomore running back Marc Watson (Marietta, Ga./Walton) scored on a one-yard run to make it 14-7 going in at the half.
W&L then tied the game at 14-14 with 6:42 remaining in the third stanza when Watson scored his second touchdown of the day, this time on a 51-yard scamper. He finished the day with a career-high 155 yards rushing on 27 carries.
Hampden-Sydney scored the game-winner with 11:27 remaining in the fourth quarter when freshman wide-out Neal Herndon (Dry Forks, Va./Tunstall) caught a 16-yard scoring strike from junior quarterback Walt Bondurant (Smithfield, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk).
Junior running back Trey Kern (Winchester, Va./John Handley) led the Hampden-Sydney attack with 100 yards on 23 carries. Bondurant completed 14-of-22 attempts for 189 yards and one touchdown.
Sophomore free safety Will Baker (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) totaled a career-high 17 tackles and two pass break-ups for the W&L defense.
The Generals will be back in action on October 24, when they entertain Sewanee in a non-conference affair at 1:30 pm.
DAVIDSON 29, WASHINGTON AND LEE 7 IN FOOTBALL (10/10)
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The Washington and Lee football team saw its record fall to 1-4 on Saturday afternoon as they dropped a 29-7 decision at Davidson College (3-2).
Following a W&L turnover, the Wildcats took an early lead when running back Eric Ferguson ran two yards for a touchdown with 5:33 remaining in the first quarter to give Davidson a 7-0 lead.
With 10:54 remaining in the second quarter, Davidson quarterback Tommy Dugan called his own number and ran 12 yards for a touchdown. He called his own number on the next play to score the two-point conversion and gave the Wildcats a 15-0 lead going into halftime.
Dugan scored his second touchdown of the day with 10:32 remaining in the third quarter to put Davidson up, 22-0.
The Generals got on the board with 5:50 left in the third quarter when sophomore running back Marc Watson (Marietta, Ga./Walton) rumbled 21 yards for a score and cut the Davidson lead to 22-7.
However, Davidson would dash the Generals' hopes for a comeback when Dugan threw a 27-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Roland Williams with 9:32 left, to give Davidson a 29-7 lead that stood for the rest of the game.
Watson led the Generals in rushing with 84 yards on 15 attempts. Junior quarterback Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County) was 17-of-27 for 142 yards and two interceptions. Junior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta (Washington, D.C./Landon) had thre e receptions for 60 yards.
The Generals will attempt to get back on the winning track when they host Hampden- Sydney next Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field. Kick-off is at 1:30.
RANDOLPH-MACON 34, WASHINGTON AND LEE 6 IN ODAC FOOTBALL (10/3)
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Randolph-Macon rolled up 466 yards of total offense, 345 through the air, while holding Washington and Lee to just 205 totals yards in posting a 34-6 win over the Generals.
Junior quarterback Brian Partlow (Winchester, Va./Handley) opened the scoring for the Yellow Jackets (3-1, 1-0 ODAC) with 4:51 remaining in the first quarter when he hit sophomore wide-out Michael Becker (Richmond, Va./Freeman) on a three-yard scoring str ike to make it 7-0 Randolph-Macon.
Then, with 13:40 remaining in the second quarter, Partlow tossed his second of five touchdown passes on the day, hitting junior wide receiver Sean Eaton (Chesterfield, Va./Manchester) with a four-yard strike to make it 14-0 R-MC.
Washington and Lee would score its only points of the game in the second period on two field goals by sophomore placekicker Andy Vendig (Arlington, Va./Washington-Lee), one from 32 yards and another from 37 yards on the last play of the first half.
The Generals would not challenge the Yellow Jackets from that point on.
Partlow completed 25-of-51 passes for 342 yards. He was intercepted three times by the W&L (1-3, 0-2 ODAC) defense. Becker paced the Yellow Jacket receiving core with eight catches for 97 yards.
Junior quarterback Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County) completed 22-of-38 attempts for 146 yards to lead the Generals offensive attack.
Washington and Lee will resume play on October 10, when they travel to Davidson, N.C., to take on the Davidson Wildcats.
GENERALS DEFEAT CENTRE 21-20 IN FOOTBALL (9/26)
DANVILLE, Ky. -- Wide Receiver Chas Chastain (Athens, Ga./Clarke Central) caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County) with 3:36 remaining to give the Generals a 21-20 win at Centre College.
The Generals (1-2, 0-1) dominated the decisive fourth quarter, controlling the ball for 11:14 and running 31 plays in the period to just 12 for the Colonels (0-3). A major part of W&L's offense during the second half was sophomore running back Marc Watso n (Marietta, Ga./Walton), who rushed 14 times for 101 yards in the second half. He finsihed the game with 110 yards on 19 carries with one touchdown.
Watson also opened the scoring for the Generals in the opening quarter, when he scored on a five-yard scamper with 2:01 remaining to knot the game at 7-7.
After Centre took a 17-7 lead 3:49 into the second half, Batcheller hit senior tight end David Ritchey (McLean, Va./Langley) with a 52-yard touchdown pass just 56 seconds later to bring the Generals within three at 17-14.
Centre would tack on its second field goal of the day, a 29-yarder with 1:59 remaining in the third stanza to produce a 20-14 lead before the Generals took control of the game with their ball control offense.
Batcheller finished the game completing 18-of-30 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
The Generals will look for their first conference victory when they host Randolph-Macon on October 3 at 1:30 pm.
W&L DROPS ODAC-OPENER TO GUILFORD (9/19)
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Washington and Lee gained 351 yards of total offense but turned the ball over five times (two interceptions, three fumbles) in losing their ODAC-opener to Guilford Saturday afternoon.
The Quakers took an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter when freshman quarterback Brian Foulks scored on a one-yard keeper with 1:08 remaining. However, the Generals (0-2, 0-1) battled back to take a 7-6 lead with 10:59 left in the second stanza on a one -yard plunge by sophomore tailback Marc Watson (Marietta, Ga./Walton).
After another Guilford (2-0, 1-0) tally and subsequent missed PAT, W&L assumed a 13-12 halftime lead on an eight-yard scoring strike from junior quarterback Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County) to junior wide-out J.T. Malatesta (Washington, D .C./Landon) with :07 remaining in the half. The Generals attempt at a two-point conversion failed.
Guilford opened the third quarter scoring when senior running back Dwayne Cherry scored on a four-yard scamper with 9:03 remaining in the period and a two-point conversion lifted the Quakers to a 20-13 lead.
Just 1:57 later, W&L knotted the game at 20-20 when Batcheller scored on a 20-yard quarterback keeper, but that would not be enough as Cherry scored another TD on a 35-yard run with 8:52 left in the fourth to produce the 27-20 win for Guilford.
W&L had one last chance to even the game up or take the lead, taking the ball over on the Quakers' 49-yard line with :31 seconds remaining, but several passing attempts in the end zone fell short as time expired.
Cherry rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries for Guilford. Watson paced the Generals ground attack with 61 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and Batcheller got things done through the air, completing 15-of-26 passes for 194 yards and on e touchdown.
W&L next plays Centre College on Saturday, September 26 in Danville, Ky. The Colonels are also 0-2 on the season.
W&L DROPS HOME-OPENER TO JOHNS HOPKINS (9/12)
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Johns Hopkins rolled up 454 yards of total offense, 262 yards through the air to defeat Washington and Lee, 43-23, in the season-opener for both teams.
The Blue Jays (1-0) did much of their damage in the second quarter, scoring four touchdowns to take a 29-10 lead going in at the half.
Junior tailback Donald Davis (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) provided much of the offensive spark for Hopkins, rushing for 54 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. Junior quarterback Wayne Roccia (Zelienople, Pa./Seneca Valley) completed nine-of-14 at tempts for 163 yards and two touchdowns, while junior wide-out Sam Skinner (Little Silver, N.J./Red Bank Regional) caught five passes for 119 yards and one score.
Washington and Lee (0-1) was paced offensively by junior quarterback Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County), who completed 19-of-28 attempts for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Junior wide-out J.T. Malatesta (Washington, D.C./Landon) also caught eight passes for 124 yards and one touchdown.
Washington and Lee will resume its schedule on Saturday, September 19, when it travels to Greensboro, N.C. to face Guilford College.