Washington and Lee Football - Hampden-Sydney Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Hampden-Sydney Game Notes

W&L (6-2, 4-1) vs. HAMPDEN-SYDNEY (6-2, 4-1)

Saturday, November 3, 2012
Lexington, Va. • 1:00 pm

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DATE: November 3, 2012
TIME: 1:00 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: H-SC Leads  36-32-2
RECORD VS. H-SC AT W&L: 16-17-2
LAST MEETING: 11/5/11 at H-SC (42-35 H-SC)
FIRST MEETING: 1899 at Unknown (6-5 W&L)
LAST W&L WIN: 11/6/10 at W&L (38-27)


9/1/12 at Franklin & Marshall L, 28-35
6-2 Results
9/8/12 at Sewanee W, 28-6
3-6 Results
9/15/12 Centre W, 34-16
6-2 Results
9/29/12 at Guilford
W, 42-21
4-4, 3-2 Results
10/6/12 Emory & Henry W, 45-28
4-4, 1-4 Results
10/13/12 Randolph-Macon W, 49-14
5-3, 3-2 Results
10/20/12 at Bridgewater L, 14-31
6-2, 3-2 Results
10/27/12 at Catholic W, 41-14
3-5, 2-3 Results
11/3/12 Hampden-Sydney 1:00 pm 6-2, 4-1 Results
11/10/12 Shenandoah 1:00 pm 1-7, 0-5 Results

Washington and Lee and Hampden-Sydney will be meeting for the 71st time, with the Tigers holding a 36-32-2 advantage in the all-time series that began during the 1899 season.  H-SC has won four of the last five contests between the two teams, including a 42-35 win last season at Hampden-Sydney.  The last eight encounters have been close affairs, however, with just one of those games being decided by more than 10 points.

Scott Abell (Longwood ‘92) is in his first season as the Generals’ head coach, having replaced Frank Miriello, who retired after 17 seasons.  Abell had served as W&L’s offensive coordinator for the past four seasons, setting records for total offense and scoring each of the past two seasons.  As head coach, Abell is 6-2 overall.

Hampden-Sydney is led by 13th-year Head Coach Marty Favret (Catholic ‘84), who is 95-37 overall (.720) with the Tigers.  Favret has led H-SC to three conference championships over his first 12 seasons and he has been named the ODAC Coach of the Year on four occasions.  He is 8-4 all-time against the Generals.

Washington and Lee has played 1,031 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 484-508-39 (.487) 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.

After playing five of its first eight games on the road and traveling a total of 2,279 miles, the Generals will finish the 2012 regular season with a pair of home contests.  W&L is just 3-2 on the road this season, but is 3-0 at home and carries a 12-game home winning streak into this week’s game against Hampden-Sydney.  This is the fourth-longest home winning streak in Division III, ranking only behind Mount Union (51), Trinity of Connecticut (47) and Linfield (22).  W&L’s last loss at Wilson Field was a 20-10 setback against Averett in the 2010 home opener.

(W&L 41, Catholic 14 • 10/27/12 • Washington, D.C.)
Washington and Lee jumped out to a 14-0 lead and never looked back in claiming a 41-14 win at Catholic on Saturday.  The Generals assumed a 7-0 lead on their first possession of the ball game when junior quarterback Nick Lombardo connected with senior slotback Brett Murray for an 84-yard touchdown pass at the 6:44 mark of the first quarter.  W&L made it a 14-0 game on its next possession when senior running back Luke Heinsohn capped an 11-play, 85-yard drive with a 23-yard touchdown run.  Catholic cut the W&L lead to 14-7 just 2:52 later when quarterback Greg Cordivari hooked up with wide receiver Alonzo Cooke for a 29-yard touchdown, but the Generals responded seven plays later when senior running back Sasha Vandalov plunged in from 10-yards out for a 21-7 lead with 7:27 left in the half.  Following the halftime break, Vandalov scored his second touchdown of the day, ending a 17-play, 69-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run for a 28-7 lead with 6:08 left in the half.  Murray added a 1-yard touchdown run with 10:29 left in the game to push the lead out to 34-7.  Catholic running back Mike Pitsenberger scored on a 2-yard touchdown run and W&L first-year running back Joseph Beninati scored from 6-yards out with 55 seconds remaining for the final margin.  The Generals rushed for 442 yards in the game, gaining 537 total yards in the process.  Lombardo led the way with a career-high 168 yards on just 17 carries and completed two passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.  Vandalov rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, while Murray tallied 214 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.  He rushed for 75 yards on 12 carries, caught two passes for 95 yards and collected 44 yards on kick returns.  Heinsohn tallied 69 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries to set the school’s career rushing record.  Senior linebacker Jesse Jenkins and senior safety Jake Pelton both posted eight tackles to lead the defense.  Jenkins added a sack, while Pelton notched his fourth interception of the season.  The Cardinals gained 268 total yards, but just 41 yards on the ground.  Cordivari completed 22-of-37 passes for 168 yards and one touchdown (1 INT), while Cooke caught eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.  Linebacker Conor Stueckler notched a game-high 19 tackles.

(Hampden-Sydney, 42, W&L 35 • 11/5/11 • Hampden-Sydney, Va.)
Washington and Lee fell behind 28-0, before scoring 35 points over the final 23:01 of the game in falling short of Hampden-Sydney, 42-35, at Everett Stadium.  The Generals trailed 21-0 at halftime following miscues that included an interception that was returned to the W&L 2-yardline and led to a H-SC touchdown, and another interception that occurred in the Tiger end zone that thwarted a W&L scoring opportunity.  Hampden-Sydney upped its lead to 28-0 on the opening drive of the second half when it marched 55 yards in six plays as senior quarterback Travis Lane hit senior wide receiver Kyle Vance with a 15-yard scoring strike with 12:24 left in the third quarter.  The Generals got on the board with 8:01 left in the third quarter as senior quarterback Charlie Westfal capped a 10-play, 77-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.  W&L made it a 28-14 game when running back Brett Murray found paydirt from 4-yards out with 2:32 to play in the third period.  However, the Tigers struck again with a 23-yard scoring pass from Lane to senior wide receiver Sean Cavanaugh just 13 seconds into the fourth quarter for a 35-14 lead.  W&L continued its rally on the next possession, covering 75 yards in just five plays, as tight end Alex Evans scored on a 36-yard touchdown pass from Westfal to make it 35-21 with 12:51 to play.  H-SC retaliated just 1:42 later on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Lane to Vance, but the Generals sliced it to 42-28 with 9:07 left on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Westfal to senior wide receiver Cody Smith.  The Tigers ran 7:42 off the clock on their next possession, but Evans blocked a 28-yard field goal attempt by HSC senior kicker David Prizzia with 3:15 left to keep it a two score game. Westfal then guided the Generals on a 17-play, 86-yard drive that resulted in a four-yard touchdown catch by Evans with 1:18 to play.  Washington and Lee lined up for an onside kick, but the Tigers recovered and ran out the clock to claim the ODAC title.  Westfal paced the Generals’ offense by completing 16-of-34 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.  He also rushed 18 times for 61 yards and one touchdown.  Running back Luke Heinsohn gained 113 yards on 16 carries, while Murray totaled 147 all-purpose yards and one touchdown.  Evans snared a team-high seven balls for 107 yards and two touchdowns.  Senior linebacker Rob Look notched 12 tackles to lead the defense.  Lane completed 21-of-33 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns, while senior running back Kirk Rohle tallied 101 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.  Vance caught nine passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns, and Cavanaugh had seven catches for 131 yards and one touchdown.  Linebacker Josh Doggett recorded a team-high 10 tackles and one interception.

Hampden-Sydney is 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the ODAC following a 68-24 win over Guilford on Saturday in Hampden-Sydney, Va.  The Tigers racked up 590 yards of total offense and opened a 25-0 first-quarter lead in the win.  Sophomore quarterback Nash Nance completed 22-of-35 passes for 309 yards and five touchdowns, while sophomore wide receiver Holton Walker snared 10 balls for 170 yards and two scores.  Senior running back Evan King amassed 147 total yards and three touchdowns and senior linebacker Kenny Fryman posted nine tackles to lead the defense.  For the year, the Tigers are averaging 425.1 yards and 36.5 points per game.  Nash, a transfer from the University of Tennessee, has completed 59.9 percent of his passes for 2,097 yards and 22 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.  Walker is the league’s leading receiver with 63 catches for 1,060 yards and 10 touchdowns, and King has carried 147 times for 733 yards and 11 touchdowns.  He has also caught 28 passes for 206 yards and four more scores.  Fryman leads the defense with 85 tackles, including 12 tackles for a loss.

Prior to the 2010 season, you could count the number of 400-yard rushing performances during the ODAC’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 14 times over its last three seasons (29 games).  In those games, the Generals are 14-0, scoring an average of 47.4 points per game with an average margin of victory of 24.6 points per game.  To contrast this point, when W&L fails to rush for 400 yards during the same span, it is just 8-7 with an average of 26.2 points per game and a scoring margin of just +1.8 points per game.

The Generals have got the running game rolling over the last five weeks, averaging 445.8 rushing yards per game across those contests.  Included in that total is a conference-record 503 rushing yards against Emory & Henry. W&L leads Division III with an average of 390.88 rushing yards per game, a total which ranks second among all NCAA Divisions.

NCAA Rushing Offense Leaders
1. Wofford (FCS Division)    392.63
2. Washington and Lee (Division III)    390.88
3. Georgia Southern (FCS Division)    387.13
4. Army (FBS Division)    383.13
5. Lenoir-Rhyne (Division II)    367.00

The Generals have re-written the ODAC record books for team rushing yardage over the last three seasons, culminating with the 500-yard effort against E&H a few weeks ago.  Below are the top single-game rushing performances in ODAC history.

1. Washington and Lee vs. Emory & Henry, 2012    503
2. Washington and Lee at Catholic, 2010    496
3. Emory & Henry vs. Greensboro, 1998    483
4. Washington and Lee vs. Randolph-Macon, 2012    473
5. Washington and Lee at Sewanee, 2010    467
6. Washington and Lee at Guilford, 2010    463
7. Washington and Lee vs. Alma, 2011    444
7. Washington and Lee vs. Bridgewater, 2011    444
7. Bridgewater vs. Tennessee Wesleyan, 1987    444
10. Washington and Lee at Catholic, 2012    442
11. Bridgewater vs. Lebanon Valley, 1990    441
12. Washington and Lee vs. Catholic, 2011    439
13. Washington and Lee at Bridgewater, 2010    438

Senior running back Luke Heinsohn has already had the most successful career of any running back in school history.  With a 69-yard effort against Catholic on Saturday, Heinsohn surpassed Chris Sullivan ‘03 for the school’s career rushing record.  He now has 3,205 career rushing yards, 941 of which have come this season.  Heinsohn has also already set the school’s season (143 pts.) and career (299 pts.) scoring records, and his 17 touchdowns this season are also a school record.  His 17.88 points per game also rank second nationally, while his 117.6 rushing yards per game rank 23rd in Division III.

Senior slotback Brett Murray is also having a fantastic senior season, totaling 663 rushing yards and six touchdowns on just 97 carries (6.8 avg.).  He also ranks second in the ODAC with an average of 134.5 all-purpose yards per game.  His 214 all-purpose yards against Catholic was a season-high and included an 84-yard touchdown reception.  Like Heinsohn, Murray is also moving up the school’s career charts in several categories.  He is fourth all-time in all-purpose yards (4,819) and fifth all-time with 2,471 rushing yards.  Murray’s 33 career touchdowns rank fifth all-time as do his 198 career points. A tremendous student, Murray was named the 2011 ODAC Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a Capital One Second Team Academic All-America selection.  He also earned First Team All-ODAC honors as an all-purpose back and First Team All-South Region honors as a special-teamer during the 2011 season.

With its win over Catholic on Saturday, Washington and Lee secured its sixth win of the season, marking its third-straight winning season and seventh winning campaign in the last nine years.  Since going 3-7 in 2003, W&L has produced a 55-34 (.618) overall record and a 35-18 (.660) mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.  Those numbers improve to 22-7 (.759) overall and 15-2 (.882) in the ODAC over the last three years.

Junior quarterback Nick Lombardo has been settling in as the Generals’ trigger man, totaling 551 yards and two touchdowns on the ground over the last four weeks.  He gained 164 yards against Emory & Henry, 77 yards against Randolph-Macon, 142 yards against Bridgewater and 168 yards last week against Catholic.  His 168 yards against the Cardinals is the second-highest rushing total ever amassed by a quarterback at Washington and Lee.  Former great Gil Bocetti ‘52, ‘54L holds the record with 175 yards against Davidson in 1949.  This season, Lombardo has rushed 138 times for 765 yards and four touchdowns.  He has also completed 40.0 percent of his passes for 517 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions.

Junior quarterback Nick Lombardo and senior slotback Brett Murray hooked up for an 84-yard touchdown against Catholic on Saturday.  It was the Generals’ longest pass play since Christian Batcheller found J.T. Malatesta for an 86-yard gain during a 23-17 win over Centre on Sept. 25, 1999.

Senior running back Sasha Vandalov has proven to be another valuable runner out of the Generals’ backfield this season.  Over the last four weeks, Vandalov has totaled 410 yards and five touchdowns on just 34 carries for an average of 12.1 yards per carry.  During that span, he has rushes of 21, 22, 35, 37, 68 and 86 yards.  Vandalov amassed 199 yards and two scores on just six carries against Randolph-Macon, averaging an astounding 33.2 yards per rush.  Mostly known as Heinsohn’s backup over the last two seasons, Vandalov had totaled just 440 yards and five touchdowns for his career before the last four weeks.

The W&L offense can be known as a grind you down running game, but it also has its share of big plays in the running game.  So far this season, the Generals have ripped off runs of 20 or more yards 31 times.  Senior running back Luke Heinsohn leads the way with 11 runs of 20 yards or more, but beyond Heinsohn, there’s plenty of balance.  Junior quarterback Nick Lombardo has eight (three last week), while senior running back Sasha Vandalov has six.  Senior running back Brett Murray has three, sophomore running back Austin Eisenhofer has two and junior quarterback/slotback Luke Terna also has one.

Another secret to the Generals’ success this season has been their conversion rates on offense.  W&L ranks second nationally in third down conversions, converting 55.3 percent (57-103) of its attempts.  The Generals also rank 10th in Division III in fourth down conversions, making good on 72.0 percent of their attempts (18-25).