January 12, 1999

W&L PLACES SIX PLAYERS ON ROANOKE TIMES ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM

ROANOKE, Va. - Washington and Lee placed six players on the Roanoke Times Division II, III All-State Football team.

Junior quarterback Christian Batcheller, senior offensive lineman Marc Granger (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill), sophomore defensive back Will Baker (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook), senior tight end David Ritchey (McLean, VA/Langley), sophomore running back Marc Watson (Marietta, Ga./Walton), senior defensive lineman Ben Middendorf (Athens, Ga./Athens Academy) all were placed on the squad.

Batcheller garnered First Team honors after completing 167-of-280 attempts (59.6%) for 1,813 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. His 118.43 quarterback rating led the league. Batcheller was a First Team All-ODAC pick and an Honorable Mention VaSID All-State pick earlier this season. He was a Second Team All-State selection by the Roanoke Times last season.

Granger earned First Team laurels for the second-straight year, leading a W&L offensive line that allowed just 19 sacks in 285 passing situations and helped the Generals average 317.0 yards of total offense per game, the highest total in over 30 years. He is a two-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and VaSID All-State selection.

Baker backed up his First Team All-ODAC and VaSID All-State selection by being named to the First Team as well. He led the W&L defense with 84 tackles and four interceptions, and was second on the team in pass breakups (8).

Ritchey earned Second Team honors after catching 25 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns on the season. He paced W&L with a 14.6 yards per catch average and had the Generals' longest pass reception (52 yards) of the season. Earlier this season, he was named Second Team All-ODAC and First Team VaSID All-State.

Watson earned second team honors after rushing for 823 yards and seven touchdowns. He also set a new W&L record for all-purpose yards (1,500) in a season. Watson was a First Team All-ODAC selection.

Middendorf also earned Second Team All-State honors after recording 62 tackles and team-highs in tackles for loss (9 for -18 yards) and sacks (2.5).

Virginia State wide receiver Damon Thompson was named the Offensive Player of the Year and Emory & Henry defensive end Mike Kassnove was named the Defensive Player of the Year.

Teams making up the college division are Emory & Henry, Newport News Apprentice, Clinch Valley, Randolph-Macon, Ferrum, Bridgewater, Washington & Lee, Hampden-Sydney, Virginia Union, and Virginia State.

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