Washington and Lee Football - Guilford Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Guilford Game Notes

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

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Lexington, Va. • 7:00 pm

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DATE: October 5, 2013
TIME: 7:00 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: W&L Leads  15-11
LAST MEETING: 9/29/12 at GC (42-21 W&L)
FIRST MEETING: 10/16/65 at W&L (26-20 W&L)
LAST GC WIN: 10/25/2008 at W&L (34-27)


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


Washington and Lee and Guilford will be meeting for the 27th time, with the Generals holding a 15-11 advantage in the all-time series that began during the 1965 season.  W&L has won four straight in the series and the last Guilford win was a 34-27 triumph in Lexington on Oct. 25, 2008.  W&L has won the last three meetings by a combined score of 160-50, including a 63-0 victory in the last game between these two teams in Lexington during the 2011 season.

Scott Abell (Longwood ‘92) is in his second season as the Generals’ head coach and he claims a 10-4 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.

Guilford is led by third-year Head Coach Chris Rusiewicz (DeSales ‘01), who is 8-15 in his first head coaching opportunity.  Rusiewicz came to Guilford from Ursinus College, where he was the associate head coach for four seasons.

Washington and Lee has played 1,035 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 488-510-39 (.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 47-17 (.734) in games played at Wilson Field.  The Generals have currently won 16 in a row at home, the third-longest home winning streak in Division III.  Mount Union carries the longest streak at 57 games and is followed by Trinity of Connecticut (49) and W&L (16).  W&L’s last loss at Wilson Field was a 20-10 setback against Averett in the 2010 home opener.

(W&L 35, Sewanee 24 • 9/28/13 • Lexington, Va.)
First-year running back Marshall Hollerith rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns to lead W&L to a 35-24 win over Sewanee at Wilson Field on Saturday afternoon.  As a team, the Generals rushed for 458 yards en route to defeating Sewanee for the ninth-straight time and improving their home winning streak to 16 games dating back to the 2010 season.  W&L marched 80 yards on six plays on the opening possession of the ball game, taking a 7-0 lead on a 37-yard touchdown run by junior running back Austin Eisenhofer.  Sewanee retaliated with an 11-play, 73-yard drive that resulted in a 15-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Devante Jones to tie the score at 7-7 with 7:43 left in the first quarter.  W&L assumed a 14-7 lead with a 14-play, 72-yard drive, culminating in a 1-yard touchdown run by Hollerith at the 2:26 mark of the first quarter.  The Tigers again tied it (14-14) when senior quarterback Curtis Johnson found junior wide receiver Charlie Powell for a 40-yard touchdown at 10:37 of the second quarter.  Hollerith scored his second touchdown of the day with a 3-yard run just 1:35 later to give W&L a 21-14 lead.  Hollerith opened the drive with a 58-yard run to the Sewanee 17-yardline. After each team went 3-and-out, the Tigers drove to the W&L 20-yardline before sophomore placekicker Callum Wishart booted a 37-yard field goal with 15 seconds left to make it a 21-17 game at the break.  After forcing a Tiger punt on the opening possession of the second half, the Generals went up 28-17 as sophomore running back Jimmy Moynahan capped a 59-yard scoring drive with a 2-yard touchdown run.  The Generals stopped Sewanee on a 4th-and-4 from their own 31-yardline on the next possession, and Hollerith scored his third touchdown on a 1-yard run on fourth down to give W&L a 35-17 lead with 2:28 left in the third quarter.  The Tigers added a 36-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Cody Daniel with 3:37 left in the game for the final margin. W&L totaled 459 yards of total offense in the contest led by Hollerith’s effort.  Senior quarterback Nick Lombardo rushed 21 times for 128 yards, while Eisenhofer tallied 81 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.  Sophomore running back Dillon Stanfield chipped in 62 yards on 11 carries, and Moynahan had 14 yards and a touchdown on three carries.  Sophomore linebacker Jake Barr posted a team-best 12 tackles and a sack.  Sewanee gained 294 total yards led by Daniel’s 51 yards and one touchdown on seven carries.  Johnson rushed for 20 yards and completed 2-of-3 passes for 63 yards and one touchdown.  Sophomore defensive back Alex Kops recorded 12 tackles and one fumble recovery.

(W&L 42, Guilford 21 • 9/29/12 • Greensboro, N.C.)
Senior running back Luke Heinsohn rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns and became the school’s all-time scoring leader as Washington and Lee produced a 42-21 victory over Guilford at the Armfield Athletic Center.  Neither team found the end zone in the opening quarter, but the Generals scored three times in the second period for a 21-0 lead at the break.  Quarterback Nick Lombardo capped a 16-play, 89-yard drive when he scored from 1-yard out to give W&L a 7-0 lead at the 13:43 mark.  Senior running back Sasha Vandalov made it 14-0 when he scored on a 4-yard run at 8:44 and Heinsohn scored from 13-yards out with 3:43 left for a 21-0 lead at halftime.  W&L stopped Guilford on a 4th-and-1 on its own 37-yardline on the opening possession of the third quarter and Heinsohn increased the W&L lead to 28-0 just 2:13 into the period when he scored on a 13-yard scamper.  Heinsohn ended a 12-play, 65-yard drive with 0:36 left in the third quarter when he found paydirt from 1-yard out for a 35-0 lead.  Guilford scored its first points against W&L in over seven quarters (W&L won 63-0 in 2011) when running back Josh Williams scored from 1-yard out with 10:12 left in the game.  Quarterback Luke Terna scored on a 45-yard touchdown run on a 4th-and-2 with 6:35 left to make it 42-7.  The Quakers tacked on a pair of late touchdowns, including one with two seconds remaining for the final margin.  Washington and Lee racked up 505 yards of total offense and held the ball for 35:51 of the game’s 60 minutes.  The Generals gained 426 yards on the ground led by Heinsohn’s effort.  Senior running back Brett Murray rushed for 104 yards on 15 carries, while Terna gained 70 yards and one touchdown on four carries.  Lombardo completed 4-of-6 passes for 79 yards and rushed 16 times for 31 yards and one score.  Senior safety Jake Pelton led the defense with eight tackles. Quarterback Matt Pawlowski led the Quakers by completing 23-of-35 passes for 164 yards and one touchdown with one interception.  Senior running back Mike Williams carried eight times for 40 yards and wide receiver Nick Mearite snared seven balls for 43 yards.  Defensive back Satiir Stevenson paced the Guilford defense with 15 tackles.

Guilford is 1-2 overall and is coming off its bye week.  The Quakers last played on September 21, falling to Averett by a score of 30-27.  Guilford held a 14-7 lead midway through the first quarter, but the Cougars scored 23 unanswered points to assume a 30-14 lead midway through the third quarter en route to the win.  The Quakers committed three turnovers, but it could have been much worse with 10 total fumbles in the game.  Sophomore running back Josh Schow totaled 191 yards and two touchdowns on 41 carries to lead the GC offense.  Sophomore quarterback Matt Pawlowski completed 15-of-26 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns, and he rushed 12 times for 73 additional yards.  Sophomore wide receiver Adam Smith caught three passes for a team-best 81 receiving yards and junior linebacker Robert Smith totaled eight tackles, forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles.  For the year, the Quakers are averaging 408.0 yards per game led by Schow, who has rushed for an ODAC-best 482 yards and six touchdowns on 90 carries.  Pawlowski has completed 55.3 percent of his passes for 645 yards and six touchdowns with just one interception, and he has rushed 34 times for 169 yards as well.  Senior Nick Mearite has snared 15 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown, while Smith claims 15 catches for 179 yards and one score as well.  Junior defensive back Hunter English has posted a team-high 31 tackles on defense. 

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 10-8 with an average of 26.1 points per game and a scoring margin of just +1.6 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 59-36 (.621) overall record and a 37-18 (.673) mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.  Those numbers improve to 26-9 (.743) overall and 17-2 (.895) 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 321 yards and one touchdown this season and he claims 1,551 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground for his career.  Lombardo can move into the Top 10 all-time at W&L for rushing yards with 324 more yards.

First-year running back Marshall Hollerith announced his presence in his first career start against Sewanee on Saturday, rushing for 151 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries.  For his efforts, Hollerith was named the ODAC’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Sophomore linebacker Jake Barr also received his first start against Sewanee and made the best of his opportunity.  Barr posted a team-best 12 tackles and one sack as the Generals limited the Tigers to just 294 total yards.

With its second straight 400-yard rushing effort against Sewanee last week, the Generals moved into second place in Division III in rushing yards per game (387.3) trailing only Springfield (393.5 ypg).  To contrast this note, W&L ranks dead last (242 of 242 teams) in Division III in passing offense with an average of 6.7 passing yards per game.  The next closest team is Luther, which averages 31.3 yards per game.

The W&L football team has chosen to support Comfort Zone Camps as its team fundraiser for the 2013 season.  The Generals hope to raise enough money to send 50 children to the camp free of charge.  Throughout the season, we will update you on their progress.  Currently, the team has raised $16,770, enough money to send 33 children to the camp.  To assist the team in their efforts, you can visit their donation website at at https://www.comfortzonecamp.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=18.