DANVILLE, Ky. – Centre College and Washington and Lee combined for 928 yards of total offense as the Colonels produced a 37-28 football victory over Washington and Lee on Saturday at Farris Stadium.
The Generals accounted for 422 yards, all on the ground, while the Colonels notched 506 total yards. The game marked the first time that W&L has lost when rushing for 400 yards since the beginning of the 2010 season.
W&L (1-1) jumped out to a 14-0 lead, scoring a pair of rushing touchdowns in the opening quarter. Senior quarterback Nick Lombardo (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) found paydirt with a 12-yard run to cap a 7-play, 65-yard drive that gave the Generals a 7-0 lead at the 8:08 mark. W&L then scored on its next possession, marching 52 yards in five plays as senior running back Luke Terna (Wheaton, Ill./Benet Academy) scored on a 14-yard run with 1:33 left in the quarter.
Centre (3-0) responded with a 10-play, 78-yard drive that was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Harry Meisner. After the Generals stalled on the next possession, the Colonels knotted the score when junior quarterback Heath Haden found senior wide receiver Bryan Carroll with a 51-yard scoring strike at the 8:14 mark. W&L retaliated with an 11-play, 80-yard drive which resulted in a 6-yard touchdown run by Terna on a fourth-and-goal for a 21-14 lead with 3:00 left in the half.
W&L forced the Colonels to punt on their next possession and took over on its own 10-yardline with 1:57 left in the half. However, the Generals fumbled on third down and Centre scored one play later as Haden found sophomore tight end Brandon Kamp with a 14-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 21-21 heading into the half.
Centre scored two quick touchdowns to start the third quarter to assume a 34-21 lead with 7:27 left in the period. The Colonels marched 69 yards on seven plays as Meisner scored on a 6-yard run at the 12:45 mark, and Meisner scored again from 1-yard out on third-and-goal, capping a 13-play, 74-yard drive.
The Generals sliced it to a 34-28 game when first-year running back Marshall Hollerith (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's) scored on a 9-yard run with 11:06 remaining in the game, but the Colonels burned 4:51 off the clock before booting a 22-yard field goal for a 37-28 lead with 6:07 remaining. Centre's defense made the lead stand up as it improved to 3-0 on the season.
Terna paced the W&L offense with 148 yards and two touchdowns rushing on 17 carries. Lombardo rushed 18 times for 107 yards and one touchdown, while sophomore running back Jimmy Moynahan (Sandwich, Mass./Boston College High) totaled 56 yards on 12 carries. Hollerith added 45 yards and one touchdown on seven rushes. The Generals did not complete a pass in the contest, finishing 0-for-9 passing. Senior linebacker Peter Partee (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher) finished with a team-best 13 tackles.
Mesiner paced the Colonels with 120 yards and three touchdowns on 25 rushes, while Haden completed 31-of-46 passes for 372 yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Austin Jones notched 12 catches for 120 yards and senior defensive back Ben Leahy totaled a game-high 17 tackles and one interception.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Sewanee for a 1:30 pm contest.