Washington and Lee Football - Shenandoah Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Shenandoah Game Notes

GAME 10:
W&L (5-4, 3-3) at SHENANDOAH (3-6, 2-4)

Saturday, November 16, 2013
Winchester, Va. • 1:00 pm

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DATE: November 16, 2013
TIME: 1:00 pm
STADIUM: Shentel Stadium (3,000)
TV/INTERNET: Stretch Internet (http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/shenandoah.portal#)
RADIO: WLUR 91.5 (http://www.wlu.edu/x37490.xml)
SERIES RECORD: W&L leads 1-0
LAST MEETING: 11/10/12 at W&L (42-23 W&L)
FIRST MEETING: 11/10/12 at W&L (42-23 W&L)


9/7/13 Franklin & Marshall W, 14-13
5-4 Results
9/21/13 at Centre L, 28-37
6-3 Results
9/28/13 Sewanee W, 35-24
3-6 Results
10/5/13 Guilford
L, 7-16 5-4, 4-2 Results
10/12/13 at Emory & Henry W, 21-17
5-4, 2-4 Results
10/19/13 at Randolph-Macon L, 21-27
7-2, 5-1 Results
10/26/13 Bridgewater W, 42-13
4-5, 1-5 Results
11/2/13 Catholic 1:00 pm 5-4, 2-4 Results
11/9/13 at Hampden-Sydney 1:00 pm 7-2, 5-1 Results
11/16/13 at Shenandoah 1:00 pm 3-6, 2-4 Results


Washington and Lee and Shenandoah have met just once on the gridiron, as the Generals claimed a 42-23 win last season on Wilson Field.

Scott Abell (Longwood ‘92) is in his second season as the W&L head coach and he claims a 13-7 (.650) overall record.  His first season resulted in an 8-3 overall record, an ODAC Championship and a berth to the NCAA Tournament.  Abell was honored as the ODAC Coach of the Year, and he also received the VaSID College Division Coach of the Year and the Williard Bailey Award as the top College Division Coach in the State of Virginia.

Shenandoah is led by first-year Head Coach Scott Yoder (Hobart ‘01), who is 3-6 (.333) in his first head coaching opportunity.  Yoder came to SU from Hobart, where he served as an assistant coach for six seasons.  Yoder was the defensive coordinator for a team that defeated the Generals by a score of 38-20 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season.

Washington and Lee has played 1,042 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 491-513-39 (.489) 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.

Since 2000, the Generals are a combined 49-18 (.731) at home, but just 31-43 (.419) on the road.  W&L is only 1-3 on the road this season with the lone win coming at Emory & Henry.

The Hornets are 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the ODAC following a 37-20 loss to Emory & Henry on Saturday in Winchester.  SU ended an exciting first quarter of action tied 14-14 with the Wasps, but E&H scored 17-straight points over the next two quarters to take a 31-14 lead that would not be relinquished.  The Hornets surrendered 450 yards of total offense in the contest and were hurt by tossing three interceptions on the day.  Sophomore running back Andrew Smith rushed for 112 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries to lead the offense.  Junior quarterback Drew Ferguson completed 10-of-19 passes for 104 yards, but was intercepted three times.  Senior cornerback Sean Blackman paced the defense with nine tackles.  For the year, Shenandoah has struggled on the defensive side of the ball, allowing an ODAC-worst 459.2 yards per game, including 224.3 yards per game on the ground.  On offense, the Hornets average 338.0 yards per game led by Smith, who has rushed for 824 yards and eight touchdowns on 169 carries.  He has also caught 33 passes for 266 yards and three more touchdowns.  First-year Justin Neff has split time with Ferguson at quarterback, and has completed a team-best 65.1 percent of his passes for 975 yards and seven touchdowns with just two interceptions.  Ferguson is completing 52.5 percent of his tosses for 849 yards and seven touchdowns with eight interceptions.  He also claims 177 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 58 carries.  First-year wide receiver Brandon Adams is the top pass catcher with 40 receptions for 375 yards and four touchdowns.  Senior linebacker Byron Mitchell claims a team-best 77 tackles, 4.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.  Sophomore linebacker Michael Messick adds 75 total stops with a team-high 11 tackles for a loss (-20).

(Hampden-Sydney 35, W&L 22 • 11/9/13 • Hampden-Sydney, Va.)
Hampden-Sydney broke open a 14-7 game with a pair of touchdowns in the final 1:44 of the first half en route to posting a 35-22 win over W&L at Everett Stadium.  The Generals fell behind 14-0 with 12:11 left in the first half on a pair of touchdown runs by junior quarterback Nash Nance.  W&L sliced it to a 14-7 game with 3:43 left in the half when first-year running back Marshall Hollerith capped a 20-play, 79-yard drive that ate 9:21 off the clock by scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run.  Nance led the Tigers on a 5-play drive that covered 67 yards in 1:50, hitting junior wide receiver Holton Walker from 33 yards out for a 21-7 with 1:44 left in the half.  The Generals fumbled three plays into the next possession and Nance hooked up with Walker once again, this time from 22 yards out with 35 seconds remaining, and H-SC carried a 28-7 lead into the break.  Each team punted on its first drive of the third quarter, before the Generals engineered a 16-play drive that covered 67 yards and took 7:06 to complete.  Senior quarterback Nick Lombardo ended the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run.  The Tigers went 3-and-out on their next possession and W&L produced a 61-yard drive to cut it to a 28-20 game with 14:13 left in the game.  Hollerith finished the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run, his second touchdown of the game.  The PAT failed.  Hampden-Sydney retaliated with a 77-yard drive capped by Nance’s third touchdown run, a 9-yard scamper on the eighth play of the drive that made it a 35-20 game.  W&L drove deep into H-SC territory with just over two minutes remaining, but the Tigers’ defense held on downs and then the Tigers took an intentional safety on the next possession for the final score.  Hollerith led the W&L offense by rushing for 137 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries.  Lombardo completed 3-of-7 passes for 78 yards and rushed 26 times for 70 yards and one touchdown.  Senior running back Luke Terna rushed five times for 50 yards and caught one pass for 33 yards.  Senior safety Walter Ramsey paced the defense with seven tackles.  Nance led the Hampden-Sydney offense by completing 17-of-23 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns, and rushing 21 times for 88 yards and three touchdowns.  Senior running back Chris Shembo added 95 yards on 11 carries and Walker snared seven passes for 102 yards and two scores.  Senior linebacker Tyler Ikwild recorded a game-high 15 tackles to lead the Tigers’ defense.

(W&L 42, Shenandoah 23 • 11/10/12 • Lexington, Va.)
Washington and Lee scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 43 seconds of the first half in posting a 42-23 victory over Shenandoah at Wilson Field.  The Generals led just 7-3 late in the first half before senior running back Sasha Vandalov capped a 6-play, 62-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run with 43 seconds remaining.  The Hornets fumbled on their own 13-yardline on the first play of the next possession and the Generals assumed a 21-3 lead one play later when quarterback Nick Lombardo tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Alex Evans with 26 seconds remaining.  Washington and Lee senior linebacker Zach Zoller intercepted SU senior quarterback Shawn Lloyd two plays into the third quarter and senior running back Brett Murray scored on a 4-yard touchdown run just 1:56 into the quarter for a 28-3 lead.  Shenandoah found paydirt exactly seven minutes later when running back Andrew Smith scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, but the Generals retaliated for a 35-10 lead with 13:03 left in the game when Vandalov scored his third touchdown of the game, this time on a 22-yard run.  The Hornets sandwiched a pair of touchdowns around a 3-yard touchdown run by running back Jimmy Moynahan for the final margin.  W&L totaled 353 yards in the game, amassing just 235 yards on the ground.  Vandalov led the way with 79 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries, while Lombardo gained 59 yards on 15 carries and completed 7-of-9 passes for 101 yards and one touchdown with one interception.  Moynahan totaled 35 yards and a score on eight carries.  Senior safety Jake Pelton, safety Walter Ramsey and defensive lineman Kevin Travaline paced the defense with six tackles each.  The Hornets were led by Smith, who tallied 112 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.  Lloyd completed 13-of-30 passes for 173 yards and one touchdown (2 INTs), while wide receiver Troy Baldwin snared five passes for 70 yards.  Senior linebacker Jajuan Johnson led the SU defense with 10 solo tackles.

W&L has managed 400 rushing yards in a game 18 times over its last four seasons (36 games).  In those games, the Generals are 17-1, scoring an average of 44.1 points per game with an average margin of victory of 19.6 points per game.  To contrast this point, when W&L fails to rush for 400 yards during the same span, it is just 12-11 with an average of 25.0 points per game and a scoring margin of just +1.5 points per game.

A win today would give the Generals their eighth winning season in the last 10 years.  Since going 3-7 in 2003, W&L has produced a 62-39 (.614) overall record and a 40-21 (.656) mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.  Those numbers improve to 29-12 (.708) overall and 20-5 (.800) in the ODAC over the last four years.

As you’ve read from the above note, the senior class has posted a 29-12 overall record across their four seasons.  To put this success into the proper historical context, consider that this is the third-most number of wins for any senior class in program history.  The 1916 class (1912-15) notched a 32-3-1 record over their four seasons -- best in school history.  The 1964 class (1960-63) went 30-4-1 overall and the 1917 (1913-16) class went 29-4-3 overall.  A win today would tie the class of 2014 for the second-most wins in the program’s all-time annuls.

First-year running back Marshall Hollerith has had a tremendous impact for the Generals since being inserted into the starting lineup for the third game of the season.  Hollerith has eclipsed the 100-yard plateau five times in his seven starts, compiling 898 yards and a team-best 11 touchdowns on 175 carries.  Hollerith gained a career-best 184 yards and one touchdown on a season-high 35 carries against Catholic two weeks ago.  He tallied 137 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries in last week’s loss to Hampden-Sydney.

The second quarter has plagued the Generals this season.  W&L holds a combined +43 scoring margin over the first, third and fourth periods, but has a -31 margin for the second quarter.

After forcing nine turnovers in the previous two weeks, W&L failed to produce a turnover in Saturday’s loss at Hampden-Sydney.  It was just the second game this season that W&L did not produce a turnover by its opponent.  The other contest was a 16-7 loss to Guilford.

W&L is currently ranked second nationally in rushing offense with an average of 352.1 yards per game.  W&L led the country in rushing in 2012, averaging 363.7 yards per outing.  The Generals also finished fourth in rushing in 2011 (331.8 ypg) and fifth in 2010 (359.6 ypg).