Washington and Lee Football - Emory & Henry Game Notes

Will Corry

W&L (3-1, 1-1) vs. EMORY & HENRY (2-2, 1-1)

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Lexington, Va. • 1:00 pm





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Garrett LeRose (W&L '07) is 3-1 (.750) overall in his first head coaching position.  He was promoted from within the staff following the departure of Scott Abell to Davidson College after six seasons at the helm.  LeRose had served as an assistant coach with W&L ever since finishing his playing career with the Generals in 2006.  He won one ODAC title as a player (2006) and has had a hand in four more (2010, 2012, 2015, 2017) as a coach.

Emory & Henry is led by fifth-year Head Coach Curt Newsome (E&H '82), who is 25-19 (.568) in his first collegiate head coaching opportunity.  Newsome earned the 2014 ODAC Coach of the Year Award after leading the Wasps to an 8-2 overall record.  He came to Emory & Henry from James Madison, where he was the assistant head coach and offensive line coach.  He was also the offensive line coach at Virginia Tech from 2006-12.

W&L and Emory & Henry will be meeting for the 48th time, with the Wasps holding a 30-17 advantage in the all-time series that began during the 1921 season.  W&L has won 11 of the last 16 meetings and six of the last eight, but E&H won last season by a score of 45-42, the highest scoring game in the history of the series.

W&L has a storied tradition that began with the first officially recognized game in the South, an 1873 matchup with VMI.  The first official season was 1890 and over their 125 seasons, the Generals have compiled a 520-531-39 (.495) overall record.

The Wasps are 2-2 overall and 1-1 in league play this season.  They are coming off a 41-27 non-conference home loss to Thomas More on Saturday.  E&H fell behind in the first quarter and could never quite catch up to the Saints.  The Wasps cut it to a 24-20 contest with just over 10 minutes left in the third quarter, but Thomas More pulled back away for the 14-point win.  Emory & Henry gained 446 yards of total offense in the contest led by sophomore quarterback Hunter Taylor, who threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns (1 INT) and rushed 17 times for 69 yards.  Senior running back Tyree Ward rushed 10 times for 42 yards and a touchdown, while junior wide receiver Derrick Yates hauled in eight passes for 91 yards and two scores.  Senior wide receiver Jesse Santiago added seven catches for 89 yards.  Senior safety Justin Banks led the defense with 10 tackles.  For the year, E&H has featured a prolific offense, which averages 410.8 yards and 37.8 points per game.  On the flip side, E&H allows an average of 428.0 yards and 36.0 points per outing.  Taylor has completed 56.8 percent (67-118) of his passes for 891 yards and five touchdowns with five interceptions.  He is also the leading rusher with 251 yards and five touchdowns on 55 attempts.  Ward claims 178 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries, and Santiago has a team-high 22 catches for 352 yards.  Yates has made 17 receptions for 251 yards and five touchdowns, while Banks has a team-high 31 tackles, including 3.5 tackes for a loss.

(W&L 30, BRIDGEWATER 20 - 10/6/18 - BRIDGEWATER, VA.)
The Washington and Lee football team erupted for 23 points in the second quarter in producing a 30-20 victory over Bridgewater at Jopson Field.  The Blue & White held a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter courtesy of a 4-yard touchdown run by senior running back Collin Sherman.  After the Eagles booted a field goal at the 12:44 mark to pull within one point, Sherman opened the second quarter scoring for the Generals with a 67-yard touchdown run on the first play of the ensuing series for a 14-6 lead.  On the third play of the next possession for Bridgewater, sophomore linebacker Fred Benham picked off BC senior quarterback Jay Scroggins, returing the ball to the Bridgewater 33-yardline.  Junior quarterback Drew Richardson (Watkinsville, Ga. / Athens Academy) hooked up with senior tight end Reid Ostrom for a 33-yard touchdown pass on the next play to give W&L a 20-6 lead with 11:26 left in the half.  The W&L defense forced a 3-and-out on the next series, and the offense drove to the Eagle 18-yardline before stalling on downs.  However, the defense stepped up again, with senior cornerback Patrick Ryan scooping up a fumble and returning it 37 yards for a touchdown and a 27-0 lead with 4:49 left in the half. Bridgewater went 3-and-out on the next possession, and W&L drove to the BC 1-yardline before eventually settling for a 25-yard field goal by sophomore placekicker Jarrett Wright, giving W&L a 30-6 lead at the break.  Bridgewater took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched 82 yards on eight plays, scoring on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Scroggins to senior wide receiver Dakoda Shrader.  BC converted on a 2-point conversion to pull within 30-14 at the 10:36 mark of the third quarter.  The W&L offense struggled to find traction in the early portion of the second half, and the Eagles crawled to within 10 points on an 11-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Demetrius Jalepes with 4:06 left in the third quarter.  The Generals began chewing up clock in the fourth quarter, though Bridgewater put another good potential scoring drive together midway through the final period.  However, junior placekicker Logan Weis missed a 38-yard field goal with 8:12 left, and W&L ended the final Bridgewater possession with an interception from Ryan with 4:30 remaining.  W&L finished with 334 yards of total offense, including 276 on the ground.  Sophomore running back Josh Breece topped 100 yards for the third time in four games, totaling 150 yards on a career-high 35 carries.  Sherman added 83 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries, while Richardson completed 2-of-4 passes for 49 yards and one touchdown.  He also rushed four times for 15 yards.  On defense, sophomore linebacker Sam Murphy led the way with eight tackles.  Ryan finished with four tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.

(E&H 45, W&L 42 - 9/30/17 - EMORY, VA.)
Emory & Henry used a 17-play, 79-yard drive to score a 1-yard touchdown run with 11 seconds remaining to produce a 45-42 win over Washington and Lee at Fred Selfe Stadium.  Emory & Henry grabbed an early lead on the first possession of the game, as defensive back Justin Banks stripped the ball away and scampered 27 yards for a touchdown just 1:22 into the game.  The Generals played from behind for much of the remainder of the game, but battled their way back to take a 42-38 lead following a pair of touchdown drives in the fourth quarter.  The Wasps held a 38-28 lead late in the third quarter and W&L mounted an 11-play, 74-yard drive to pull within three points on a 1-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Matt Sgro.  The Generals' defense forced a 3-and-out on the next series and proceeded to string together another 11-play drive that covered 65 yards to take the lead for the first time with 6:43 left to play.   Running back Josh Breece finished off the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run that gave W&L a 42-38 lead.  E&H gained no more than 14 yards on any play during the game-winning drive, but methodically moved the ball down the field, which ate up the clock.  Running back Brady Justice produced the biggest play of the drive, gaining 14 yards to the W&L 6-yardline on a 4th-and-3 run.  Justice then punched across the game-winner from 1-yard out three plays later.  W&L gained 539 yards of total offense and 444 rushing yards while ripping off several long touchdown runs.  However, the Blue & White simply could not overcome two costly turnovers and a missed 37-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.  Sgro scored the Generals' first touchdown on a 76-yard jaunt, while senior running back Josh Malm tallied a 35-yard touchdown run in the first quarter as well.  Breece scored on a 54-yard rush in the third quarter to pull the Blue & White within three points (31-28).  Breece finished with 195 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries.  Sgro rushed for a career-best 156 yards and two touchdowns on just 16 carries, and he also completed 8-of-14 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.  Senior linebacker Max Garrett paced the defense with 12 tackles.  The Wasps finished with 453 total yards led by 135 rushing yards and three touchdowns from Justice.  Senior quarterback Kevin Saxton completed 22-of-31 passes for 220 yards and one touchdown, while wide receiver Derrick Yates hauled in eight passes for 85 yards and a score.  Banks paced the E&H defense with 14 tackles and the fumble return for a touchdown.

Since the begining of the 2010 season, W&L has produced a 58-30 (.659) overall record and a 40-15 (.727) mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.  The Generals have also claimed four ODAC titles during that stretch.

With a 3-1 record this season, W&L is off to its best start since the 2015 team began the season with 10 straight wins.  Additionally, it is just the second start of 3-1 or better for the program since the 2012 campaign.

The magic number for success for W&L is 400.  The Blue & White has managed 400 rushing yards in a game 38 times since 2010 (88 games).  In those games, the Generals are 35-3, scoring an average of 45.7 points per game with a scoring margin of +19.9 points per game.  To contrast this point, when W&L fails to rush for 400 yards during the same span, it is just 23-27 with an average of 23.5 points per game and a scoring margin of -1.5 points per game.

W&L's season truly has been a tale of two halves.  The Generals have yet to put together two complete halves of football, but it has been most evident in the last two games.  In a 23-7 loss to Randolph-Macon, W&L tallied just 27 yards in the second half.  Last week, in a 30-20 win over Bridgewater, the Generals held a 30-6 lead and had amassed 262 yards before the intermission.  After the break, W&L managed just 72 yards of offense.  That's less than 100 yards of offense combined (99) in the second half of the last two games. 

Senior cornerback Patrick Ryan was named the ODAC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance at Bridgewater, which resulted in four tackles, an interception and a fumble return for a touchdown.  Ryan returned the fumble 37 yards for W&L's first fumble return touchdown since Matt Cassilly '10 had a 10-yard fumble return against Catholic on October 7, 2006.  If you're keeping track, that's just one day shy of 12 years.  The touchdown was the second of Ryan's career.  He also had a 24-yard interception return for a score in a 52-7 win over Hampden-Sydney during his sophomore campaign.

Washington and Lee has consistently ranked among the league leaders on the defensive side of the ball all season long.  Currently, W&L ranks No. 1 in the league in points allowed (16.8 ppg) and pass yards allowed (172.0 ypg), while also ranking second in total yards (328.0 ypg) and third in rushing yards allowed (156.0 ypg).

Junior linebacker Will Corry is off to a great start this season.  He currently leads the team with 27 tackles, while his 9.5 tackles for a loss (-35) and 4.5 sacks (-27) are both ranked among the best in the conference.  His sack total is already higher than any one individual had for W&L all of last season.

Sophomore running back Josh Breece amassed 150 yards on a career-high 35 carries in the win over Bridgewater.  It was his third 100-yard game this season and the 12th of his career.  In just 15 career games, Breece already ranks eighth on W&L's all-time rushing list with 2,291 yards.  With his 150 yards last week, he passed former tailback Stuart Sitterson '09 and former quarterbacks Charlie Westfal '12 and Charlie Nelson '17.  Breece can move past W&L Hall of Famer Kevin Weaver '87 for seventh-place with 147 more yards, and he can top Brett Murray '13 for sixth-place with 292 more yards.  Luke Heinsohn '13 holds top spot with 3,517 yards.

Senior running back Collin Sherman also achieved a milestone in last week's win over Bridgewater.  With 83 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries, he moved past 1,000 career rushing yards.  Sherman now has 1,075 yards and 12 touchdowns on 183 carries (5.9 ypc).


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