Washington and Lee Football - Emory & Henry Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Emory & Henry Game Notes

W&L (2-2, 0-1) at EMORY & HENRY (3-1, 0-1)

Saturday, October 12, 2013
Emory, Va. • 1:00 pm

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DATE: October 12, 2013
TIME: 1:00 pm
STADIUM: Fred Selfe Stadium (5,500)
TV/INTERNET: First Team Broadcasting (http://www.firstteambroadcasting.com/organizations/washington-lee-university/)
SERIES RECORD: E&H Leads  28-14
RECORD VS. E&H AT W&L: 10-13
LAST MEETING: 10/6/12 at W&L (45-28 W&L)
FIRST MEETING: 10/8/1921 at W&L (27-0 W&L)
LAST E&H WIN: 11/7/2009 at E&H (23-16)


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


Washington and Lee and Emory & Henry will be meeting for the 43rd time, with the Wasps holding a 28-14 advantage in the all-time series that began during the 1921 season.  E&H won 19-straight meetings between 1983-2001, but the Generals have recovered to win seven of the last nine encounters, including each of the last three.  Last season, W&L rushed for an ODAC record 503 yards in producing a 45-28 win over the Wasps at Wilson Field.

Scott Abell (Longwood ‘92) is in his second season as the Generals’ head coach and he claims a 10-5 overall record.  His first season resulted in an 8-3 overall record, an ODAC Championship and a berth to the NCAA Division III 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 NCAA Division II/III Coach in the State of Virginia.

Emory & Henry is led by ninth-year Head Coach Don Montgomery (Mount Union ‘77), who is 43-41 (.512) with the Wasps.  Prior to joining E&H, Montgomery was the defensive coordinator at Mount Union, helping guide the Purple Raiders to seven national championships and 104-straight regular season wins. As defensive coordinator, his teams led the nation in scoring defense and total defense numerous times.  In 1999, he was named the AFCA National Assistant Coach of the Year.

Washington and Lee has played 1,036 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 488-511-39 (.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.

This week’s game at Emory & Henry marks just the second road contest in the opening six weeks of the season.  Since 2000, the Generals are a combined 47-18 (.723) at home, but just 30-41 (.423) on the road.

(Guilford, 16, W&L 7 • 10/5/13 • Lexington, Va.)
Guilford limited Washington and Lee to just 5-of-13 on third down and 1-for-4 on fourth down en route to posting a 16-7 victory over the Generals at Wilson Field. The loss was W&L’s first at home since September 25, 2010 when the Generals fell to Averett, 20-10.  It snapped a 16-game home winning streak that was the third-longest in Division III.  The Generals moved the ball well on their opening two possessions, only to have penalties stall out drives after moving into Guilford territory.  The Quakers then pushed across a score at the 8:40 mark of the second quarter as sophomore running back Josh Schow capped a 13-play, 45-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.  The Quakers began the drive on the W&L 45-yardline after stopping the Generals on a 4th-and-2 play.  After forcing W&L into a 3-and-out on the next possession, Guilford produced a 13-play, 48-yard drive that ended with a 39-yard field goal by sophomore placekicker Tyler Hunt for a 10-0 lead that it carried into the halftime break.  Hunt booted a 41-yard field goal on the opening drive of the third quarter to push the Guilford lead to 13-0 at the 12:44 mark.  The Generals scored their only points of the contest on the next possession as senior quarterback Nick Lombardo scored on a 7-yard touchdown run to end a 13-play, 75-yard drive that made it 13-7 with 6:51 left.  Guilford responded to the W&L scoring drive with a 15-play, 59-yard drive that ended with a third Hunt field goal, this time from 31 yards out for a 16-7 lead.  The Quakers stopped W&L on a 4th-and-3 from the W&L 43-yardline early in the fourth quarter and the Generals missed a 31-yard field goal on their second drive of the fourth quarter to keep it a two score contest.  The Quakers then ran off the final 6:17 of the clock with an 11-play drive that was aided by three W&L penalties that gave Guilford automatic first downs.  The Generals gained a season-low 263 yards in the contest led by first-year running back Marshall Hollerith, who gained 133 yards on 24 carries.  Lombardo gained 38 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, and completed 3-of-7 passes for 16 yards and one interception.  Junior defensive back Brandon Taylor totaled a team-best nine tackles to lead the defense, which limited Guilford to just 273 total yards.  Guilford was paced by Schow, who rushed 28 times for 104 yards and one touchdown.  Sophomore quarterback Matt Pawlowski completed 15-of-29 passes for 146 yards and rushed four times for 21 yards.  Senior wide receiver Nick Mearite added six catches for 62 yards and junior linebacker Robert Smith posted a team-high 12 tackles.

(W&L 42, Emory & Henry 28 • 10/6/12 • Lexington, Va.)
W&L rushed for a conference-record 503 yards and registered 562 total yards in posting a 45-28 win over Emory & Henry at Wilson Field.  The Generals jumped out to a 14-0 lead just 5:44 into the game on a pair of touchdown runs by senior running back Luke Heinsohn.  Heinsohn capped an 8-play, 69-yard drive to open the game when he scored from 1-yard out.  After the defense forced a 3-and-out by the Wasps on the next possession, Heinsohn took the first play 47 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead.  Emory & Henry closed to 14-7 just 1:52 later when running back Joe Vaughn ended a 7-play, 71-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.  However, Heinsohn scored his third touchdown at the 11:56 mark of the second quarter to put the Generals up 21-7.  W&L added a 21-yard touchdown run by senior running back Sasha Vandalov and a 27-yard field goal by Heinsohn as time expired for a 31-7 lead at the halftime break.  E&H took the opening kickoff and promptly marched 65 yards on seven plays as Vaughn scored his second rushing touchdown, another 3-yard scamper, to cut it to 31-13 with 12:51 left in the third quarter.  The PAT was missed.  The Generals retaliated at the 7:50 mark as quarterback Nick Lombardo capped a 76-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Eli Chester for a 38-13 advantage.  E&H made it 38-21 with 3:14 left in the penultimate quarter when quarterback Kyle Boden scored on a 10-yard touchdown run and then found senior wide receiver Davon Ross for a 2-point conversion.  Senior running back Brett Murray ended a 13-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run for a 45-21 lead with 12:15 left to play and E&H provided the final margin when senior linebacker Ross Ellis scored on a 47-yard fumble return with 9:17 remaining.  The Generals held the ball for better than 37 minutes in the contest, racking up 29 first downs.  Lombardo paced the rushing effort with 164 yards on 23 carries.  He also completed 3-of-10 passes for 50 yards and a touchdown.  Heinsohn carried just 13 times for 138 yards and three touchdowns.  Vandalov gained 85 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries, while Murray amassed 59 yards and a touchdown on 15 rushes.  Senior safety Jake Pelton led the defense with 12 tackles, and senior defensive lineman Greg Barton tallied four tackles and a pair of sacks.  Vaughn led an Emory & Henry offense that gained 344 yards by rushing for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries.  Boden completed 23-of-31 passes for 147 yards and Ellis paced the Wasps’ defense with 15 tackles and the fumble recovery for a score.

Emory & Henry is 3-1 overall and 0-1 in the ODAC following a 45-20 loss to Randolph-Macon on Saturday in Ashland.  The Wasps surrendered 362 rushing yards and 549 total yards to the Yellow Jackets in the loss.  E&H trailed just 17-14 late in the second quarter, but R-MC scored a TD with one second left in the first half and tacked on two more scores in the third period to push out to a 38-14 lead entering the fourth quarter.  On offense, the Wasps were led by senior quarterback Kyle Boden, who completed 23-of-37 passes for 223 yards and one touchdown.  Junior running back Joe Vaughn rushed eight times for 42 yards, caught two passes for 19 yards and tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass.  Senior wide receiver Chad Williams totaled 75 yards and a touchdown on five catches, while junior linebacker Paul Forney tallied a team-high nine tackles and one interception.  For the season, E&H averages 426.5 yards and 39.2 points per game led by Boden, who has completed 75.7 percent of his passes for 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns with just one interception.  Vaughn has carried 59 times for 186 yards, while junior wide receiver Josh Smith has a team-best  32 catches for 334 yards and three touchdowns.  Junior wide receiver Lucas Kirby has 21 catches for 212 yards and three scores, while Williams has caught 19 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns as well.  Forney leads the defense with 35 tackles, two interceptions and a half sack.  Sophomore linebacker Rennel Marshall has 22 tackles and a team-high two sacks.
Prior to the 2010 season, you could count the number of 400-yard rushing performances during the league’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 17 times over its last four seasons (35 games).  In those games, the Generals are 16-1, scoring an average of 45.4 points per game with an average margin of victory of 20.5 points per game.  To contrast this point, when W&L fails to rush for 400 yards during the same span, it is just 10-9 with an average of 25.1 points per game and a scoring margin of just +1.1 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 59-37 (.615) overall record and a 37-19 (.661) mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.  Those numbers improve to 26-10 (.722) overall and 17-3 (.850) in the ODAC over the last three 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 359 yards and two touchdowns this seasons and he claims 1,589 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground for his career.  Lombardo can move into the Top 10 all-time at W&L for rushing yards with 286 more yards.

First-year running back Marshall Hollerith earned his first career start against Sewanee two weeks ago and has been productive ever since.  Hollerith gained 151 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries against Sewanee, then totaled 133 yards on 24 carries against Guilford last week.  For the season, Hollerith has posted 346 yards and four touchdowns on 55 carries.

The seven points scored against Guilford on Saturday marked the team’s lowest scoring output since a 35-7 loss to Franklin & Marshall to start the 2010 season.  The Generals were also held scoreless in the first half, the first time that has occurred since trailing Hampden-Sydney, 21-0, in the 2011 season finale.

Washington and Lee ranks second in Division III in rushing yards per game (352.3) trailing only Springfield (369.8 ypg).  To contrast this note, W&L ranks dead last (242 of 242 teams) in Division III in passing offense with an average of 9.0 passing yards per game.  The next closest team is Springfield, which averages 27.6 yards per game.