Football vs. Emory & Henry

LEXINGTON, Va. – Emory & Henry senior placekicker Luke Hawk (Blountville, Tenn.) hit a 35-yard field goal in overtime to lift the Wasps to a 17-14 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC Football Action on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.

The Generals (4-6, 1-5) began the scoring just 2:54 into the game following an Emory & Henry fumble on their own 28 yardline. Three plays later, senior running back Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) scored on a 4-yard plunge for a 7-0 lead.

W&L opened 14-0 advantage with 8:43 left in the first half on another Sitterson touchdown run, this time scoring from 1-yard out to cap a 6-play drive that began on the E&H 19 yardline following a blocked punt by W&L first-year running back Jonathan Clemo (Salem, Va./Salem).

The Wasps (5-4, 3-2) capitalized on the first play following a fumble by W&L first-year quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) as sophomore running back Caleb Jennings scored on a 25-yard touchdown run with 5:32 left in the first half to make the score 14-7.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Wasps knotted the score at 14-14 just seven seconds into the fourth quarter as first-year quarterback Brent McDonald (Lawrenceville, Ga.) found junior wide receiver Jonathan Hawkins (Crockett, Va.) on a 25-yard scoring strike. E&H had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but Hawk’s 38-yard field goal attempt as time expired sailed wide.

W&L received the ball first in overtime, but Westfal was intercepted in the end zone on the first play of the extra session. After three plays and seven yards gained, Hawk then kicked the game-winner for E&H.

Washington and Lee was paced by Sitterson, who tallied 182 all-purpose yards en route to setting new W&L records for season (2,096) and career (5,981) all-purpose yards, both of which were held by Chris Sullivan ’03. Sitterson rushed 25 times for 70 yards and two touchdowns, had two catches for 41 yards and notched 71 return yards.

Westfal rushed 13 times for 34 yards and completed 7-of-15 passes for 89 yards and one interception. Senior defensive lineman Tommy Matteo (Worcester, Pa./Germantown Academy) led the Generals’ defense with 10 tackles and a pair of sacks. Senior defensive back Chris Prugar (Prospect, Ky./Kentucky Country Day) had four tackles and two interceptions.

The Wasps were led by Jennings, who totaled 304 all-purpose yards and one touchdown. He rushed 39 times for 203 yards and had 82 punt return yards. Hawkins added three catches for 51 yards and one touchdown, while McDonald was 9-of-25 passing for 69 yards and one touchdown, but was intercepted twice. Senior defensive end Matt Baldwin (Jefferson, N.C.) led the E&H defense with 10 tackles and a forced fumble.

Washington and Lee’s season now comes to an end, snapping a string of four-straight winning seasons by finishing 4-6 overall.

Football at Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater College racked up 424 yards of total offense and reeled off 25 straight points en route to a 32-19 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC football action on Saturday afternoon at Jopson Field.

The Eagles (3-5, 2-2) jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 2:53 left in the first quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by tailback David Argaud, but W&L sliced it to a 7-6 game just 1:37 later as first-year quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) found junior tight end Jason Bacaj (Morgantown, W.Va./University) with a 41-yard scoring strike. The ensuing PAT failed.

Bridgewater then reeled off 25 straight points beginning with a 2-yard touchdown run by tailback Anthony Carter and a two-point conversion run with 6:41 left in the first half for a 15-6 lead. The Eagles added to their lead with 18 seconds left in the half as quarterback Hagan Driskell found wide receiver Patrick Smoot with a 3-yard touchdown pass for a 22-6 lead at the break.

BC upped its’ lead to 29-6 on a 6-yard touchdown run by tailback Darrin McKenzie with 2:43 left in the third period and ended its scoring on a 25-yard field goal by William Davis for a 32-6 lead with 10:14 remaining in the game. The Generals (4-5, 1-4) made the score 32-12 on a 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) with 6:04 remaining and capped the scoring on a 23-yard touchdown pass from first-year quarterback Parker Finley (Mission Viejo, Calif./Capistrano Valley) to sophomore tight end Patrick Conley (Little Rock, Ark./Little Rock Central) with 1:16 left in the game.

W&L was paced by Sitterson, who totaled 168 all-purpose yards and one touchdown. He rushed 20 times for 76 yards, caught three passes for 43 yards and had 49 yards on returns. Westfal completed 12-of-24 passes for 179 yards and one touchdown and he rushed 12 times for 26 yards. Senior defensive back Chris Prugar (Prospect, Ky./Kentucky Country Day) led the defense with eight tackles an interception and a blocked punt.

McKenzie carried six times for 53 yards and one touchdown, while Argaud had 48 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries. Driskell completed 9-of-16 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown, while linebacker T.J. Montague had 10 tackles for the defense.

The Generals will close out the 2008 season on Saturday as they host Emory & Henry for a 1:00 pm contest.

Football vs. Guilford

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee senior running back Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) tallied 323 all-purpose yards and one touchdown, but it was not enough as the Generals dropped their third-straight game with a 34-27 loss to Guilford on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.

The Generals (4-4, 1-3) pulled even with the Quakers (27-27) at the 11:41 mark of the fourth quarter on a 27-yard field goal by sophomore placekicker Martin Prichard (Paris, Ky./Asheville School). However, Guilford (4-3, 1-2) took the lead back with 9:06 remaining as sophomore running back Justin Parker (Greensboro, N.C./Southern Guilford) scored on a 7-yard touchdown run for a 34-27 lead.

Washington and Lee drove to the Guilford 4-yardline with 5:16 left in the game, but first-year quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) was stopped stort on a 4th-and-1 play and the Quakers ran out the final minutes to preserve their first ODAC win of the season.

Guilford jumped out to a 14-7 advantage early on after a pair of touchdown passes from senior quarterback Josh Vogelbach (North Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot) to senior wide receiver Kevin Vaughn (Mt. Airy, N.C./East Surry). However, the Generals tied the score at 14-14 on a 22-yard strike from Westfal to first-year wide receiver Cody Smith (Irvine, Calif,/Orange Lutheran) and took the lead on a 25-yard Prichard field goal that followed a Vogelbach interception with 25 seconds left. Guilford then closed the first half scoring with a 39-yard field goal by junior placekicker Hunter Chappell (Elizabeth City, N.C./Northeastern) as time expired to knot the score at 17-17 entering the break.

The Quakers took a 24-17 lead on a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown by first-year defensive back Kenneth Hyman (Williamston, N.C./Roanoke), but Sitterson again tied the score (24-24) on a 48-yard touchdown run with 5:18 left in the third quarter.

Sitterson, who had limited practice during the week with a rib injury, rushed 13 times for 91 yards and one touchdown, caught five passes for 53 yards and totaled 179 yards on kickoff returns. In the process, he eclipsed Chris Leiser ’81 to become W&L’s all-time leader for career kickoff return yards (1,866). Westfal completed 14-of-20 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Billy Murray (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) snared two passes for 20 yards and a first-quarter touchdown. Senior defensive lineman Scott Russell (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) and junior defensive back Frank Dale (Tulsa, Okla./Cascia) led the defense with 12 tackles apiece.

Vogelbach paced the Guilford offense by competing 29-of-51 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. In the process, he moved into third place on the NCAA Division III all-time passing yards list (12,770). Junior wide receiver Chad Kastor (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota) snared 11 passes for 107 yards and Vaughn caught nine passes for 120 yards and two scores. Parker carried 18 times for 98 yards and one touchdown. Junior linebacker Richie Paul (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot) led the Guilford defense with nine tackles and a shared sack.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Bridgewater for a 1:00 pm contest.

Football vs. Hampden-Sydney

LEXINGTON, Va. – Hampden-Sydney outscored Washington and Lee, 18-0, in the final 18:12 of the game en route to a 39-29 victory over the Generals on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.

The Generals (4-3, 1-2) trailed 21-9 late in the second quarter, but three-straight touchdown passes from first-year quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) to first-year wide receiver Cody Smith (Irvine, Calif./Orange Lutheran) gave W&L a 29-21 lead with 7:21 left in the third quarter.

The 20th-ranked Tigers (7-0, 4-0) climbed to within 29-27 with 3:12 left in the third quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Josh Simpson (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin). Senior quarterback Corey Sedlar (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) then found junior wide receiver Adam Gillette (Franklin, Va./Nansemond Suffolk) with a two-point conversion pass to knot the game at 29-29.

H-SC took the lead on a 24-yard field goal by senior placekicker T.C. Stevens (Alton, Va./Halifax) with 5:59 left in the game and added an insured score on a 2-yard touchdown run by Simpson with 3:10 remaining in the contest.

Westfal led the W&L offense by completing 25-of-46 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. He also rushed 18 times for 63 yards. Smith hauled in 11 passes for 116 yards and tied a school record with three touchdowns receptions (21 yds., 15 yds., 20 yds.). Junior linebacker Matt Cassilly (Gambrills, Md./Archbishop Spaulding) led the W&L defense with 11 tackles and one interception.

Sedlar paced the Tigers by completing 28-of-46 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions. Gillette caught nine passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns, while Simpson carried 30 times for 78 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore linebacker Trevor Ikwild (Philomont, Va./Loudoun Valley) led the H-SC defense with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Guilford for a 1:00 pm contest.

Football at Catholic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Catholic University racked up 538 yards of total offense and outscored Washington and Lee, 20-0, in the final 20:34 of the game en route to a 48-29 victory over the Generals in ODAC football action on Saturday afternoon at DuFour Field.

W&L held a 22-21 lead at the break, but the Cardinals (5-1, 1-1) opened the second half scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run by tailback Greg Brown for a 28-22 lead just 2:05 into the third period. The Generals responded on the ensuing possession as senior running back Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) scored on a 3-yard touchdown run for a 29-28 lead with 7:44 left in the third quarter.

The Cardinals began their game-closing run as Brown scored on a 22-yard touchdown run just 2:10 after Sitterson’s score for a 34-29 lead as the PAT failed. Quarterback Keith Ricca then found wide receiver Pete Mercatanti with a 17-yard touchdown pass at the 2:22 mark of the third quarter for a 41-29 lead and Ricca capped the scoring with a 39-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Miles Sabrick with 13:00 left in the game.

The Generals (4-2, 1-1) offense rolled up 467 yards led by Sitterson, who rushed 33 times for 163 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. He finished with 273 all-purpose yards for the day. First-year quarterback Charlie Westfal rushed for 95 yards on 19 carries and completed 19-of-34 passes for 197 yards, but was intercepted twice in the fourth quarter. Senior wide receiver Billy Murray (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) was Westfal’s top target, catching four passes for 57 yards. Senior defensive lineman Scott Russell (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) paced the defense with nine tackles and one sack.

Brown led the Cardinals’ offense with 211 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. Ricca completed 17-of-26 passes for 287 yards and five touchdowns (1 INT), while Sabrick totaled five catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Ryan McManus also snared four passes for 101 yards and one score. Defensive lineman David Woo led the CUA defense with 11 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Hampden-Sydney for a 1:00 pm contest.

Football vs. Randolph-Macon

LEXINGTON, Va. – First-year quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another score as Washington and Lee recorded its 11th-straight home win with a 28-16 victory over Randolph-Macon in ODAC Football action on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.

The Generals (4-1, 1-0) opened the scoring just 3:45 into the game following a Randolph-Macon turnover. Senior running back Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) capped off the 6-play, 30-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead.

W&L pushed out to a 14-0 advantage with 10:10 left in the second quarter when Westfal found junior wide receiver Ryan Welsh (Robbinsville, N.J./Lawrence) with an 8-yard scoring strike.

The Yellow Jackets (2-3, 1-1) dented the scoreboard on a 34-yard field goal by sophomore placekicker Scott Shope (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover) with 6:02 left before the half, but Westfal answered with a 1-yard touchdown run at the 2:17 mark of the second quarter to give the Generals a 21-3 lead at the break.

Westfal opened the second half scoring with a 28-yard scoring strike to senior wide receiver Billy Murray (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) at the 10:10 mark of the third quarter for a 28-3 lead. Randolph-Macon added a pair of touchdown passes from junior quarterback Austin Faulkner (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend) in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.

Westfal completed 8-of-13 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns (1 INT) and rushed 17 times for 87 yards and one score. Sitterson carried 28 times for 135 yards and one touchdown, while Murray hauled in two passes for 81 yards and one touchdown. Junior linebacker Matt Cassilly (Gambrills, Md./Archbishop Spaulding) paced the W&L defense with 12 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Faulkner led the Yellow Jackets by completing 24-of-41 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns (1 INT) and rushing 19 times for 55 yards. Junior wide receiver Brandon Braner (Roswell, Ga./Blessed Trinity) caught 13 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown and junior running back Zak Thornton (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) was limited to a season-low 37 yards on 14 carries. Junior linebacker Derrick Tyler (Richmond, Va./Highland Springs) and sophomore defensive end Jaryd Grimsley (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) notched a team-best nine tackles each.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Catholic University for a 1:00 pm contest.

Football vs. Averett

SALEM, Va. – The Washington and Lee football team broke a 7-7 halftime tie with 24-straight points over the third and fourth periods and held on for a 31-23 victory over Averett on Saturday afternoon at Salem Stadium.

Senior running back Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) began the second half barrage for the Generals (3-1), capping off a 10-play, 61-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run just 3:41 into the third quarter. W&L upped its lead to 16-7 at the 8:49 mark of the third period when an Averett punt snap sailed out of the back of the end zone. Sitterson returned the ensuing free kick 50 yards to the Cougar 19-yardline and freshman running back Jonathan Clemo (Salem, Va./Salem) scored on a 3-yard touchdown run three plays later for a 24-7 lead just seven minutes into the second half.

W&L added to its lead on a 6-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) to junior wide receiver Tucker Laurens (Charleston, S.C./Porter-Gaud) with 12:22 left in the game.

However, the Cougars (1-2) scored on a 17-yard touchdown strike from Shan Fairbanks to Steve Oristian with 5:33 remaining and converted a two-point conversion to make it a 31-15 game. Fairbanks then found Anthony Squillini with a 5-yard touchdown pass and another two-point conversion was successful to make it 31-23 with 1:12 remaining. Averett recovered an ensuing onside kick, but failed to pick up a first down and the Generals ran out the clock for the win.

Sitterson talled 203 all-purpose yards and one touchdown to lead the Generals. He rushed 22 times for 79 yards and one touchdown, caught three passes for 33 yards and had 91 yards on returns. Westfal completed 13-of-24 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 17 times for 46 yards. Junior defensive back Donavon Sawyer (Little Rock, Ark./Robinson) paced the defense with eight tackles.

Dontavious Watson led the Cougars with 90 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries. Fairbanks completed 19-of-39 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns (1 INT), while Squillini caught six passes for 47 yards and one touchdown. Andrew Garvin led the AU defense with 13 tackles and one sack.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Randolph-Macon for a 1:30 pm contest.

Football vs. Southern Virginia

LEXINGTON, Va. – Senior running back Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 5:57 of the game to lift the Washington and Lee football team to a thrilling 35-28 victory over Southern Virginia on Saturday evening at Wilson Field.

The Knights (1-3) knotted the game at 21-21 with 12:43 left in the fourth quarter on a 39-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Marcus McCollum (Fort Meyers, Fla./Virginia State) that occurred on a 4th-and-2 play. SVU then took a 28-21 lead with 6:14 remaining on a 37-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Sam Trulock (Lehi, Utah/Urbana) to senior wide receiver Tye Hiatt (Vale, Ore./Vale).

The Generals (2-1) responded on the ensuing kickoff as Sitterson fielded the kick on his own 6-yardline and weaved his way 94 yards for the tying score. Sitterson then scored the game-winner with 1:10 remaining in the game on a 31-yard touchdown run on the first play following a Southern Virginia fumble.

The Knights then drove to the W&L 29-yardline in the final seconds, but W&L junior defensive back Donavon Sawyer (Little Rock, Ark./Robinson) intercepted a pass in the end zone to preserve the Generals’ first win at the New Wilson Field.

Sitterson paced the W&L offense by rushing 33 times for 169 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 20 yards and totaled 122 yards on returns for 311 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns on the day. Freshman quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Caanan, Conn./New Caanan) rushed 13 times for 47 yards and one touchdown and also completed 14-of-22 passes for 118 yards. Senior tailback Tom Pacicco (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) added 24 yards and one touchdown on seven carries, while junior wide receiver Ryan Welsh (Robbinsville, N.J./Lawrence) snared seven passes for 61 yards. Senior linebacker Bradley McAllister (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper Saint Clair) led the Generals’ defense with 10 tackles.

Trulock paced the Knights by completing 14-of-25 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 59 yards and a touchdown. McCollum carried the ball nine times for 77 yards and a touchdown, while Hiatt caught six balls for 109 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore defensive back Nick Deniz (Allen, Texas/Allen) led the SVU defense with 15 tackles.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it plays Averett University at Salem Stadium in Salem, Va. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 pm.

Football at Sewanee

SEWANEE, Tenn. – Senior running back Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) rushed 18 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Washington and Lee football team to a 24-12 victory over Sewanee on Saturday afternoon at McGee Field.

The Generals (1-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the opening possession of the game as they drove 40 yards on seven plays, capped by a 30-yard field goal from first-year placekicker Tommy Kennedy (Vienna, Va./James Madison) just 3:14 into the game.

The Tigers (1-1) knotted the game at 3-3 on the ensuing possession as Andrew Gould booted a 28-yarder with 4:41 left in the opening quarter. Gould then gave Sewanee a 6-3 lead on a 38-yard field goal with 8:31 left in the first half, but the Generals assumed a 10-6 advantage as first-year quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Caanan, Conn./New Caanan) scored on a 5-yard plunge with 30 seconds left in the opening half.

Sitterson stretched the W&L lead to 17-6 when he scored on a 1-yard TD run with 5:42 left in the third quarter and he provided a 24-6 lead on a 21-yard touchdown scamper with 7:38 left in the game.

Sewanee sliced the lead to 24-12 on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Shelton to Jacob Adams with 2:58 left in the game and the ensuing 2-point converstion failed. The Tigers made things interesting by driving to the 1-yardline in the final seconds, but the Generals’ defense held as time expired for the 24-12 final.

Sitterson led the offense with 147 all-purpose yards, while Westfal rushed 20 times for 59 yards and one score. He also completed 5-of-11 passes for 69 yards, but was intercepted twice. Senior linebacker Brad McAllister (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper Saint Clair), junior linebacker Matt Cassilly (Gambrills, Md./Archbishop Spaulding) and junior linebacker David Love (Marietta, Ga./Pope) led the Generals’ defense with six tackles each. Senior defensive lineman Tommy Matteo (Worcester, Pa./Germantown Academy) added five tackles and two sacks, while senior safety Chris Prugar (Prospect, Ky./Kentucky Country Day) had three tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.

Shelton paced the Sewanee offense by rushing 14 times for 44 yards and completing 19-of-43 passes for 198 yards and one touchdown. Clayton Harrison led the Tiger defense with nine tackles.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Southern Virginia for a 7:00 pm contest.

Football at Franklin & Marshall

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall football team limited Washington and Lee to just 51 yards of total offense and two first downs en route to a 24-0 victory over the Generals on Saturday afternoon at Sponaugle-Williamson Field.

The game took place at the height of Tropical Storm Hanna and featured strong winds and heavy rain as W&L was shut out for the first time since a 42-0 loss at Wilkes in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

The Generals’ (0-1) best scoring opportunity came early in the first quarter when junior linebacker David Love (Marietta, Ga./Pope) blocked a punt and W&L took over on the F&M 11 yardline. However, the Generals could not punch it across for a touchdown and the snap was fumbled on a 26-yard field goal attempt ending the threat.

The Diplomats (1-0) opened the scoring with 6:15 left in the first half as Paul Sousa nailed a 21-yard field goal following a W&L fumble on its own 11 yardline. F&M pushed out to a 10-0 lead with 2:10 left in the first half on a 1-yard touchdown run by John Kaschak and carried the 10-point lead into halftime.

F&M stretched to a 17-0 lead on a 17-yard touchdown pass from John Harrison to Matt Jenschke with 4:54 left in the third quarter and Jarrell Diggs provided the final margin with a 49-yard punt return for a touchdown with 6:12 left in the contest.

Senior running back Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) led the Generals with 191 all-purpose yards. He rushed 20 times for 23 yards and amassed 168 yards on returns. Senior linebacker Chris Ballantyne (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) paced the defense with 10 tackles, including 2.0 stops for a loss.

Kaschak rushed 38 times for 112 yards and one touchdown to lead the F&M offense. James Gregory recorded eight tackles to pace the defense.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Sewanee for a 1:30 pm CST game.