Washington and Lee Football - Bridgewater Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Bridgewater Game Notes

W&L (3-3, 1-2) vs. BRIDGEWATER (3-3, 0-3)

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Lexington, Va. • 1:30 pm

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DATE: October 26, 2013
TIME: 1:30 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: W&L leads 25-18
LAST MEETING: 10/20/12 at BC (31-14 BC)
FIRST MEETING: 10/31/1964 at W&L (28-16 W&L)
LAST W&L WIN: 10/22/2011 at W&L (52-42)


9/7/13 Franklin & Marshall W, 14-13
4-2 Results
9/21/13 at Centre L, 28-37
5-1 Results
9/28/13 Sewanee W, 35-24
2-5 Results
10/5/13 Guilford
L, 7-16 4-2, 3-0 Results
10/12/13 at Emory & Henry W, 21-17
3-3, 0-3 Results
10/19/13 at Randolph-Macon L, 21-27
5-1, 3-0 Results
10/26/13 Bridgewater 1:30 pm 3-3, 0-3 Results
11/2/13 Catholic 1:00 pm 4-2, 1-2 Results
11/9/13 at Hampden-Sydney 1:00 pm 5-1, 3-0 Results
11/16/13 at Shenandoah 1:00 pm 2-4, 1-2 Results


W&L and Bridgewater will be meeting for the 44th time, with the Generals holding a 25-18 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1964.  Bridgewater snapped a two-game losing streak to W&L, recording a 31-14 victory last season.  The last time the two teams met on Wilson Field was the highest scoring game in the history of the series.  W&L rolled up 606 yards of total offense en route to a 52-42 victory over the Eagles.

Scott Abell (Longwood ‘92) is in his second season as the W&L head coach and he claims an 11-6 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.

Bridgewater is led by 19th-year Head Coach Mike Clark (Cincinnati ‘80), who is 126-74-1 (.629) for his career with the Eagles. Under Clark’s direction, BC has played in 16 postseason games and has won two NCAA South Region Championships and five ODAC titles.

Bridgewater enters this week’s game with a 3-3 overall record and an 0-3 mark in league play.  The Eagles are coming off a 21-14 home loss to Guilford on Saturday.  BC fell behind 14-0 early in the second quarter and never quite recovered.  Senior quarterback Willie Logan led the BC offense by completing 14-of-32 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown (1 INT) and rushing nine times for 73 yards and another score.  Junior running back Jacob Wright totaled 122 yards on 23 carries and first-year wide receiver Jeffrey Moore snared five balls for 76 yards and one touchdown.  Senior linebacker Andrew Palmer totaled 10 tackles to lead the defense.  For the year, Logan has completed 54.6 percent of his passes for 1,299 yards and seven touchdowns with four interceptions.  Additionally, he has also rushed 56 times for 250 yards and six more scores.  Wright has compiled 513 yards and six touchdowns on 106 carries, while senior wide receiver Cassidy Burns has a team-best 22 catches for 370 yards and three touchdowns.  Moore has 21 catches for 279 yards and two touchdowns, while junior tight end Michael Colee has caught 18 passes for 184 yards.  Defensively, Palmer leads the way with 55 tackles, one sack and one interception.  Junior linebacker Alex Collins has 29 tackles as well.

(R-MC 27, W&L 21 • 10/19/13 • Ashland, Va.)
Senior running back Will McGhee ran for 189 yards and four touchdowns to lead Randolph-Macon to a 27-21 victory over Washington and Lee at Day Field.  The Generals trailed 14-0 at halftime, but chipped away at the R-MC lead, eventually tying the game at 21-21 with 9:16 to play in the fourth quarter.  Senior running back Luke Terna knotted the game with a 5-yard touchdown run, capping a 13-play, 83-yard drive.  Randolph-Macon took the lead back on the next possession, driving 66 yards on 11-plays and eating 5:50 off the game clock.  McGhee ended the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run with 3:26 left in the game.  The ensuing PAT was wide, giving the Generals a chance to win the game with a touchdown and extra point.  W&L moved it to its own 37-yardline with just under two minutes remaining, but senior quarterback Nick Lombardo fumbled two yards short of a first down on a 3rd-and-9 play and the Yellow Jackets recovered to preserve the 6-point victory.  McGhee got the Yellow Jackets on the board with a 40-yard touchdown run on their first possession of the ball game.  He then gave R-MC a 14-0 lead heading into the break when he finished an 11-play, 71-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown run.  R-MC got the ball to start the second half, but junior quarterback Zac Naccarato was intercepted at the W&L 48-yardline by senior linebacker Mike Palicz four plays into the penultimate quarter.  Lombardo scored on a 12-yard touchdown run seven plays later to make it a 14-7 game. McGhee scored on a 6-yard touchdown run at the 7:44 mark of the third quarter to make it a 21-7 contest, but W&L first-year running back Connor Chess ran the ensuing kickoff back to the R-MC 38-yardline and junior running back Austin Eisenhofer scored on a 3-yard touchdown run play five plays later to make it 21-14 with 5:13 left in the third quarter.  W&L forced a Yellow Jacket punt at the W&L 41-yardline on the next series setting up the drive that resulted in Terna’s game-tying touchdown.  The Generals gained 399 yards of total offense led by a career day from Lombardo, who rushed 21 times for 194 yards and one touchdown.  He also completed 6-of-9 passes for 68 yards.  Terna rushed for 84 yards and a score on 14 carries, while Eisenhofer tallied 13 yards and a touchdown rushing, and caught three passes for 34 yards.  On defense, sophomore linebacker Jake Barr led the way with a team-best 12 tackles.  Randolph-Macon gained 351 total yards in the contest.  Naccarato supplemented McGhee’s effort by completing 14-of-18 passes for 146 yards, while senior wide receiver Christian Cook totaled 57 yards on seven catches.  Sophomore safety Eric Long paced the R-MC defense with 10 tackles.

(Bridgewater 31, W&L 14 • 10/20/12 • Bridgewater, Va.)
Bridgewater posted a 31-14 victory over W&L at Jopson Field.  The Generals drove to the BC 28-yardline early in the second quarter, but a fumbled snap thwarted W&L’s first good scoring opportunity.  W&L drove into the red zone on the very next possession, but the Eagles held on downs at the 1-yardline to preserve a 3-0 lead.  Bridgewater then scored four plays later when quarterback Willie Logan found wide receiver John Lezcano with an 85-yard scoring strike and the Eagles carried a 10-0 lead into the half.  W&L took the opening kickoff of the second half and put together a 12-play, 65-yard drive that resulted in a 13-yard touchdown run by senior running back Brett Murray to make it a 10-7 game with 10:24 left in the third quarter.  The Generals forced a three-and-out the next possession and stopped a Bridgewater fake punt to take over at the BC 46-yardline with 10:12 left in the quarter.  However, W&L could not take advantage, punting it away three plays later.  The Eagles responded with a 66-yard touchdown pass from Logan to tight end Michael Colee two plays later for a 17-7 lead at the 7:17 mark.  W&L countered with a 9-play, 53-yard drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown run from senior running back Luke Heinsohn to cut it to a 17-14 game with 2:54 left in the third quarter.  The Generals forced a BC punt on the next possession and drove to the Eagles’ 11-yardline with just over 10 minutes remaining, but a fumble was recovered by Bridgewater, preserving the lead.  Bridgewater then drove 62 yards on 14 plays, scoring to make it a 24-14 game with 3:00 remaining.  The Eagles converted two fourth down plays on the drive, including a 2-yard touchdown pass from Logan to wide receiver Jayme Perry on fourth and goal.  W&L quarterback Nick Lombardo was then picked off by defensive back Anthony Moton, who returned it 55 yards for a touchdown and the final margin.  Washington and Lee gained 416 yards of total offense in the contest, led by Lombardo, who rushed 21 times for 142 yards and completed 2-of-11 passes for 31 yards (2 INTs).  Heinsohn rushed 15 times for 123 yards and a touchdown, while Murray added 80 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.  Senior linebacker Zach Zoller totaled a team-best 11 tackles.  Logan keyed the Bridgewater offense, completing 21-of-26 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.  Lezcano snared three passes for 118 yards and a touchdown, and running back Jacob Wright amassed 68 yards on 13 carries.  Defensive back Sammy Coleman paced the defense with 15 tackles.

Washington and Lee has played 1,040 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 489-512-39 (.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 the turn of the century (2000), Washington and Lee is a combined 47-18 (.723) in games played at Wilson Field.  The Generals had a string of 16-straight home wins snapped in their last home outing, a 16-7 loss to Guilford on October 5.  The win streak had been the third-longest current streak in Division III trailing only Mount Union and Trinity (Conn.).

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 10-10 with an average of 24.9 points per game and a scoring margin of just +0.7 points per game.

The Generals are chasing their eighth winning season in the last 10 years during the 2013 season.  Since going 3-7 in 2003, W&L has produced a 60-38 (.612) overall record and a 38-20 (.655) mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.  Those numbers improve to 27-11 (.711) overall and 18-4 (.818) in the ODAC over the last four years.

Senior quarterback Nick Lombardo controls the Generals’ tricky rushing offense as a second-year starter in the system.  Lombardo has rushed for a team-best 693 yards and four touchdowns this season and he claims 1,923 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground for his career.  With a career-best 194-yard rushing effort against Randolph-Macon last Saturday, Lombardo moved into ninth-place on the W&L all-time rushing list.  He is just 321 yards shy of passing Stuart Sitterson ‘09 for eighth-place and he can also eclipse Charlie Westfal ‘12 for seventh all-time with 355 yards.  In doing so, he would also become the top rusher from the quarterback position in school history.  Lombardo is currently the third-leading rusher in the ODAC with an average of 115.5 rushing yards per game.

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 three times in his four starts, compiling 484 yards and five touchdowns on 87 carries.  Last week at R-MC was the first time he’s been held in check, gaining just 28 yards on nine carries.

Senior running back Luke Terna is no fluke after rushing for just 222 yards and one touchdown on 36 carries across his first three seasons.  Terna is currently second on the team and fifth in the ODAC in rushing this season with 523 yards and five touchdowns on just 66 carries.  His 7.9 yards per carry also leads the league.  Terna gained 84 yards and one touchdown on just 14 carries against R-MC.

The second quarter has plagued the Generals this season.  W&L is tied with its opponents in the first quarter (28-28) and holds a positive scoring margin in the third (44-26) and fourth quarters (27-25), but has been out-scored by four touchdowns (55-27) in the second quarter of play.

W&L is currently ranked second nationally in rushing offense with an average of 363.5 yards per game.  Gallaudet overtook the Generals this week after rushing for 480 yards in a 38-12 win over Castleton State.  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).

The flip side of rushing so effectively is a sparse passing game.  The Generals rank 242nd of 242 Division III teams in passing offense with an average of 21.0 yards per game.  W&L entered last week’s game against Randolph-Macon with just 58 yards passing, but more than doubled its yardage output for the season with a 68-yard effort on six completions.