W&L FOOTBALL DEFEATS CASE WESTERN RESERVE, 34-10

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee football team claimed its first seven-win season since 1985 by defeating Case Western Reserve, 34-10, on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.

The Spartans (3-7) opened the scoring with 10:19 remaining in the first quarter as sophomore quarterback Stephen Johnson (Junction City, Ore./Junction City) found junior wide receiver Joseph Brenner (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) for a 65-yard touchdown pass to give CRWU a 7-0 lead.

W&L (7-3) knotted the score at 7-7 on a 1-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) with 2:21 left in the first quarter. The Generals then took the lead with 13:14 left in the half on a 26-yard touchdown reception by junior wide receiver Colton Ward (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) from senior quarterback Greg Tweardy (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park). W&L then struck for another score just 3:59 later as Tweardy found sophomore wide receiver Jack Martin (Princeton, N.J./Hun School) for a 23-yard touchdown and a 21-7 lead.

The score remained unchanged until the Spartans closed to 21-10 on a 22-yard field goal by sophomore Brian Calderone (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview) with 7:40 left in the third period.

Martin scored his second touchdown of the day, this time on a 9-yard reception with 13:05 remaining in the game for a 27-10 lead. The PAT attempt failed, but the Generals would score again just 3:01 later as freshman defensive back Chris Prugar (Prospect, Ky./Kentucky Country Day) blocked a punt by Calderone which was recovered in the end zone by junior linebacker Chris Joseph (Houston, Texas/Episcopal) for a touchdown. The extra point by junior placekicker Ben Long (Frankford, W.Va./Hargrave Military) provided the final margin of 34-10.

Tweardy completed 16-of-23 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns, while Martin caught four passes for 65 yards and two scores. Ward snared two passes for 29 yards and one score, and rushed for 42 yards on eight carries. Sitterson amassed 141 all-purpose yards and one touchdown. Senior defensive lineman Zach Wall (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) led the W&L defense with 12 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Freshman linebacker Bradley McAllister (Upper Saint Clair, Pa./Upper Saint Clair) registered 11 stops, while senior linebacker Ryan Hoover (McLean, Va./McLean) totaled nine tackles and one interception.

Case Western Reserve was paced by Johnson, who completed 20-of-36 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown. Freshman running back Dan Van Dyke (Sandy Lake, Pa./Lakeview) rushed 14 times for 62 yards and Brenner caught two passes for 67 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore defensive back John Tiemeier (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) led the Spartans' defense with nine tackles and a forced fumble.

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W&L FOOTBALL TOPS EMORY & HENRY, 45-7

EMORY, Va. – The Washington and Lee football team scored 24 second quarter points and racked up 532 yards of total offense in a 45-7 victory over ODAC-foe Emory & Henry on Saturday afternoon at Fullerton Field. For W&L, it was the first victory at E&H since the 1981 season.

The Generals (6-3, 4-2) took a 7-0 lead just 15 seconds into the game when freshman running back Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. The return was Sitterson's second for a touchdown this season, tying the W&L season record.

Sitterson then started the second quarter scoring explosion on a 22-yard touchdown run with 10:43 left in the quarter to make it 14-0. With 3:08 remaining, senior quarterback Greg Tweardy (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) found sophomore wide receiver Jack Martin (Princeton, N.J./Hun School) for a 27-yard touchdown pass to give W&L a 21-0 advantage.

After the Wasps (1-8, 1-4) fumbled on their next possession, Tweardy and Martin hooked up on a 24-yard scoring strike to make the score 28-0. Junior placekicker Ben Long (Frankford, W.Va./Hargrave Military) ended the scoring surge with a 26-yard field goal as the second quarter expired to give the Generals a 31-0 halftime lead. The field goal was the 24th of Long's career, tying the W&L record held by Bill Devine since the 1982 season.

Emory & Henry cut the deficit to 31-7 with 12:01 left in the third quarter on a 70-yard scoring pass from junior quarterback Todd Woods to junior wide receiver Brennan Stewart, but W&L closed out the scoring with 14 points in the fourth quarter. Junior wide receiver Colton Ward (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) found paydirt on a 55-yard run with 14:40 remaining and junior quarterback Hunter Dawkins (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Day) scored on a five-yard run with 1:45 left in the game for the final margin.

Tweardy completed 19-of-27 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. He now has 2,369 passing yards for the season, breaking the former W&L record of 2,273 yards set by Christian Batcheller in 1999 Sitterson totaled 225 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, including a season-high 90 yards rushing. Martin caught eight passes for 203 yards and the two scores and Ward amassed 125 all-purpose yards and one touchdown. Defensively, freshman linebacker Bradley McAllister (Upper Saint Clair, Pa./Upper Saint Clair) had a team-high eight tackles and one sack. Sophomore defensive back Kyle Luby (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) and freshman defensive lineman Tommy Matteo (Worcester, Pa./Germantown Academy) each notched six tackles.

For Emory & Henry, Woods finished 16-of-32 for 202 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Stewart caught four balls for 97 yards and one touchdown, while junior running back Andrew Hemp rushed 10 times for 41 yards. Freshman linebacker Dustin Jordan notched a game-high 14 tackles.

Washington and Lee will look for its first seven-win season since 1985 as it hosts Case Western Reserve University on Saturday at 1:00 pm.

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W&L FOOTBALL FALLS TO BRIDGEWATER, 17-13

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Bridgewater College blocked three kicks and picked off four Washington and Lee passes, including three in the red zone, to defeat the Generals 17-13 in ODAC football action on Saturday afternoon.

The Generals (5-3, 3-2) assumed a 6-0 lead just 2:26 into the game as freshman running back Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) scored on a 2-yard touchdown run. The score was set up by a Bridgewater fumble on the first play from scrimmage. Bridgewater sophomore defensive lineman Carlton Morrison (Glasgow, Va./Glasgow) blocked the ensuing extra point and senior defensive back Deon Mays (Lynchburg, Va./E.C. Glass) took the ball the other way for a two-point play.

W&L was poised to extend its lead with a 30-yard field goal after Bridgewater fumbled the ensuing kickoff, but junior placekicker Ben Long's (Frankford, W.Va./Hargrave Military) kick was again blocked by Morrison. The Eagles (6-1, 4-0) crawled to within 6-5 with 2:13 remaining in the first quarter as senior kicker David Blackwell (Asheboro, N.C./Hargrave Military) kicked a 36-yard field goal, but the Generals again threatened by driving to the BC 1 yardline with 3:16 remaining in the second quarter. However, senior quarterback Greg Tweardy's (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) second down pass was intercepted in the end zone by Mays.

After stopping Bridgewater on the following possession, Tweardy found junior wide receiver Colton Ward (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) with a 38-yard scoring strike with 55 seconds remaining in the half and Long's extra point was good for a 13-5 W&L lead at the half.

After a three-and-out by W&L to begin the third quarter, BC junior running back Winston Young (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Boyd Anderson) blocked a punt by senior punter Donny Banks (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and junior linebacker Alton Richardson (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox) recovered it in the end zone to cut the Generals' advantage to 13-11 with 13:51 remaining in the third quarter. The Eagles' attempt at a two-point conversion failed.

Ward returned the ensuing kickoff 54 yards to the Eagles' 37 yardline, but three plays later, Mays again picked off Tweardy, this time on the 8 yardline.

The Eagles then assumed the lead for good with 7:57 left in the third quarter as Young scored on a 20-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion also failed making the score 17-13.

W&L threatened to assume the lead twice in the fourth quarter, driving inside the Eagles' 20 yardline both times. The Generals were stopped on a 4th-and-2 play from the Eagles 4 yardline with 5:56 left in the game, and Tweardy was again picked off by Mays at the BC 4 yardline with 2:41 remaining in the game.

W&L was led by Ward, who totaled 174 all-purpose yards and one touchdown. He caught six passes for 66 yards, rushed nine times for 32 yards and amassed 76 yards on two kickoff returns. Sitterson tallied 120 all-purpose yards and one touchdown, posting 38 yards on 10 carries and catching seven passes for 42 yards. Tweardy completed 20-of-39 passes for 177 yards and one touchdown, setting a new W&L season record for touchdown passes (17). Junior defensive end Walker Williams (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) paced the defense with six tackles and a pair of sacks.

Bridgewater, which was held to just 290 yards of total offense, was led by Young's 59 rushing yards and one touchdown on nine carries. Sophomore quarterback Jeff Highfill (Roanoke, Va./William Byrd) rushed five times for 55 yards and completed 5-of-12 passes for 47 yards. Mays led the BC defense with six tackles, three interceptions and the PAT return for a score.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Emory & Henry for a 1:00 pm contest.

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W&L FOOTBALL FALLS TO GUILFORD, 28-26, ON LATE TOUCHDOWN

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Guilford freshman quarterback Josh Vogelbach found junior wide receiver Chris Barnette with a 12-yard touchdown pass with three seconds remaining to lift the Quakers to a 28-26 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC Football action on Saturday afternoon in Greensboro, N.C.

W&L (5-2, 3-1) took a 26-21 lead with 4:25 remaining in the game on a 2-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster), but the attempt at a two-point conversion failed. The Generals stopped the Quakers on fourth down on the ensuing possession to take over on their own 15 yardline with 2:10 remaining in the game. W&L was forced to punt three plays later, but managed just a 16-yard punt giving the Quakers possession on the W&L 33 yardline with 1:04 remaining. The Quakers drove to the W&L 12 yardline where they faced a 4th-and-10 play with nine seconds remaining. Volgelbach then found Barnette for the game-winner.

Guilford built a 14-0 lead late in the second quarter, before the Generals found the scoreboard on an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by junior wide receiver Colton Ward (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) with 3:55 remaining in the half. For Ward, it was his third career kickoff return touchdown, a new school record.

Trailing 14-7 at the half, W&L scored a pair of touchdowns in just 26 seconds of the third quarter for a 20-14 lead. Senior quarterback Greg Tweardy (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) found sophomore wide receiver Jack Martin (Princeton, N.J./Hun School) with a 6-yard touchdown pass with 2:38 left in the third and then the duo hooked up for a 34-yard touchdown after Guilford fumbled the ensuing kickoff. The PAT attempt failed and Guilford went back on top at the 8:39 mark of the fourth quarter on a 20-yard hookup between Vogelbach and Barnette.

Guilford committed seven turnovers in the contest, including on four straight second half possessions. Despite the turnovers, the Quakers out-gained W&L, 490-334.

Washington and Lee was paced by Ward, who totaled 264 all-purpose yards and one touchdown. In addition to notching 130 kickoff return yards, he caught a career-high 15 passes for 138 yards. Martin caught four passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns, and set a new W&L season record for receiving yards (1,028), eclipsing the record of 1,010 held by Craig Irons '91 since 1989. Tweardy completed 30-of-47 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns to tie the school record for season touchdown passes (16). Senior linebacker Brian Gallagher (Potomac, Md./Good Counsel) led the defense with 11 tackles, two forced fumbles and one interception.

Vogelbach paced Guilford by completing 33-of-58 passes for 406 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 36 yards, but was intercepted four times. Barnette caught 13 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns, while junior wide receiver Micah Rushing snared 12 passes for 110 yards and rushed for 29 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore safety Taylor Baker led the Quaker defense with 10 tackles.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Bridgewater for a 1:00 pm game that could determine the ODAC Champion.

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W&L FOOTBALL EDGES HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, 38-34

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – Washington and Lee senior quarterback Greg Tweardy (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) hit junior wide receiver Colton Ward (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) on a 29-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-one with 34 seconds remaining to give the Generals a 38-34 win over Hampden-Sydney in ODAC football action on Saturday afternoon at Fulton Field.

The Tigers (4-2, 2-2) took a 7-0 lead with 13 seconds left in the first quarter on a 36-yard touchdown pass from quarterback J.D. Ricca to running back Charlie Omick. They extended their lead to 14-0 with 9:52 remaining in the second quarter when Ricca found wide receiver Drew Smith on a 22-yard touchdown strike. The Generals (5-1, 3-0) cut the deficit to 14-6 at halftime on a pair of field goals by junior placekicker Ben Long (Frankford, W.Va./Hargrave Military). Long connected from 33 yards at 2:26 and from 30 yards as the second quarter expired.

Long made it a 14-9 game with 9:49 left in the third quarter when he booted a school-record tying 47-yard field goal. W&L then took its first lead of the game just 2:46 later when Tweardy found Ward for a 5-yard touchdown pass and senior wide receiver Clark Kensinger (Columbia, S.C./Oakwood) converted the two-point conversion on a pass from Tweardy to make it 17-14. H-SC retook the lead at 21-17 at the 4:28 mark on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Ricca to wide receiver Brian Rolander.

With the Generals holding a 31-27 lead with 6:29 left in the fourth quarter, H-SC would drive 65 yards in nine plays and wide receiver Josh Simpson ended the drive with a 9-yard touchdown run at 3:47 to give the Tigers a 34-31 advantage.

W&L responded with its own seven-play, 50-yard drive that ended with Ward’s game-winning touchdown. The Tigers had one final drive, but Generals’ senior defensive back Adam Turer (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) intercepted Ricca at the W&L 17-yard line with just six seconds left to seal the victory.

The Generals finished with 466 yards of total offense and were led by Tweardy, who finished 29-for-38 for a career-high 397 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back Michael Lackett (Allenwood, N.J./Wall Township) carried 15 times for 53 yards and two touchdowns, while sophomore wide receiver Jack Martin (Princeton, N.J./Hun School) caught 12 balls for a career-high 219 yards. Ward finished with six catches for 71 yards and the two scores.

Defensively, the Generals were led by senior defensive back Stuart Swann (Macon, Ga./Woodberry Forest), who totaled eight tackles. Senior defensive lineman Liam Murray (Oneonta, N.Y./Oneonta) and junior outside linebacker Robert Foster (Brentwood, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) each notched seven tackles.

The Tigers amassed 438 yards of total offense and Ricca went 20-of-35 for 273 yards and three touchdowns (2 INT’s). Simpson rushed 17 times for 102 yards and the one touchdown, while Smith caught 7 balls for 138 yards and the one score. Cornerback Jamie Edlow led the defense with 13 tackles.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday at Guilford. The game begins at 1:00 pm.

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W&L FOOTBALL REGISTERS 27-24 COMEBACK WIN OVER CATHOLIC

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee senior quarterback Greg Tweardy (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) found sophomore wide receiver Jack Martin (Princeton, N.J./Hun School) with a 2-yard touchdown pass with five seconds remaining to lift the Generals to a 27-24 win over Catholic in ODAC football action on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.

The Generals (4-1, 2-0) tallied the game's first score when junior placekicker Ben Long (Frankford, W.Va./Hargrave Military) booted a 23-yard field goal with 12:28 remaining in the second quarter. However, Catholic responded with a pair of touchdowns and carried a 14-3 lead into halftime. Freshman quarterback Keith Ricca (Poolesville, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall) found senior wide receiver Nick Bublavi (Norwood, Pa./Interboro) from five yards out for the first score and Ricca then hit junior wide receiver Max Perkins (Burtonsville, Md./DeMatha) with a four-yard strike with 58 seconds remaining in the half.

Catholic (1-4, 1-1) surged to a 17-3 lead midway through the third quarter as freshman placekicker Sam Weaver (Frederick, Md./St. John's Prospect Hall) connected for a 21-yard field goal, but the Generals answered with a 68-yard touchdown strike from Tweardy to Martin to cut to a 17-10 game with 4:18 left in the third quarter.

Following a Ricca fumble on the ensuing possession, freshman running back Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) scored on a 3-yard run to tie the game at 17-17 with 1:13 remaining in the quarter. Not to be outdone, Ricca found Bublavi for a 60-yard gain on the first play of the next possession and then hit Bublavi with a 5-yard TD pass on the next play as the Cardinals reassumed the lead at 24-17.

The Generals cut their deficit to 24-20 with a 39-yard field goal by Long with 6:13 remaining in the game and the defense stopped Catholic on the next possession, setting up a 14-play, 80-yard drive that ended with Martin's game-winning catch.

Martin hauled in nine passes for a career-high 217 yards and two touchdowns, setting a new school record for receiving touchdowns in a season with nine, breaking the record of eight that had stood since 1969. Tweardy completed 23-of-38 passes for a career-high 395 yards and two touchdowns (3 INT's), while Sitterson tallied 181 all-purpose yards and one touchdown. Junior wide receiver Colton Ward (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) caught eight passes for 99 yards and senior defensive lineman Liam Murray (Oneonta, N.Y./Oneonta) led the defense with nine tackles and one sack.

Catholic was led by Bublavi, who caught nine passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Ricca completed 28-of-49 passes for 382 yards and three touchdowns (2 INT's), and rushed for 24 yards. Senior defensive lineman Ed Dahl (Beacon, N.Y./Beacon) paced the Cardinals' defense with 11 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Hampden-Sydney for a 1:00 pm contest.

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W&L FOOTBALL DEFEATS RANDOLPH-MACON, 44-7

ASHLAND, Va. – The Washington and Lee football jumped out to a 31-0 lead early in the third quarter en route to a 44-7 victory over ODAC-rival Randolph-Macon on Saturday afternoon at Day Field. It was the Generals’ first win over the Yellow Jackets in Ashland since a 33-8 win during the 1989 season.

The Generals (3-1, 1-0) took a 7-0 lead with 3:59 remaining in the first quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run by senior running back Michael Lackett (Allenwood, N.J./Wall Township). The scored remained 7-0 until W&L freshman defensive back Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) found paydirt on a 46-yard punt return with 4:28 left in the second quarter. It was W&L’s first punt return for a touchdown since the 1979 season.

The Generals would score 10 more points in the last two minutes of the half to take a 24-0 lead into halftime. Senior quarterback Greg Tweardy (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) hit junior wide receiver Colton Ward (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) for a 23-yard touchdown pass at the 1:58 mark and junior placekicker Ben Long (Frankford, W.Va./Hargrave Military) nailed a 30-yard field goal with 20 seconds remaining in the half.

W&L pushed its lead to 31-0 with 11:09 remaining in the third quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Lackett. Randolph-Macon (0-5, 0-2) got on the board at the 6:19 mark of the quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Steven Ahonen, but the Generals tallied the final 13 points to give head coach Frank Mirello his 50th career win.

Tweardy finished 15-for-18 for 188 yards with one touchdown and one interception, while Lackett carried nine time for 49 yards and the two touchdowns. Sophomore wide receiver Jack Martin (Princeton, N.J./Hun School) caught three passes for 109 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown reception from junior quarterback Hunter Dawkins (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day). Sitterson returned four punts for 77 yards and the one touchdown. He also rushed eight times for 48 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, the Generals were led by junior defensive back Rob Rain (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park), who totaled seven tackles. Senior linebacker Ryan Hoover (McLean, Va./McLean) and freshman linebacker Bradley McAllister (Upper Saint Clair, Pa./Upper Saint Clair) each posted six tackles, while McAllister also had an interception.

For the Yellow Jackets, sophomore quaterback Tyler Ball went 25-for-50 for 278 yards and one interception. Ahonen rushed 10 times for 63 yards and a touchdown, while freshman Rodney Nelson caught 11 passes for 170 yards. Defensively, senior Jonathan Farmer and junior Chris Washburn each made eight tackles.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Catholic University for a 1:00 pm contest.

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W&L FOOTBALL FALLS TO CENTRE, 35-26

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Centre College football team racked up 415 yards of total offense, including 260 yards rushing, in defeating Washington and Lee, 35-26, on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.

The Colonels (4-0) opened the scoring with 4:44 remaining in the first quarter as senior linebacker Sean McCormick (Bellbrook, Ohio/Alter) blocked a W&L punt and returned it four yards for a touchdown. Centre then upped its lead to 14-0 with 3:03 remaining in the second quarter as junior wide receiver Adam Clark (Frankfort, Ky./Owen County) hauled in a 31-yard touchdown reception from sophomore quarterback Jarrod Williams (Carrollton, Ky./Carroll County).

The Generals (2-1) closed the half with a 16-yard touchdown strike from senior quarterback Greg Tweardy (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) to junior tight end Ryan Neff (Charleston, S.C./Porter-Gaud) with nine seconds left in the second quarter.

Centre bounced back with an 8-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Kevin Phelps (Leitchfield, Ky./Grayson County) with 10:15 left in the third quarter, but W&L scored two plays later to cut the score to 21-14 on a 68-yard touchdown reception by sophomore wide receiver Jack Martin (Princeton, N.J./Hun School).

Clark caught his second touchdown pass of the day, this time a 15-yarder from Phelps with 7:47 left in the third period for a 28-14 lead. However, W&L again responded quickly as freshman defensive back Stuart Sitterson (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) returned the ensuing kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was wide, making the score 28-20 in favor of the Colonels.

Senior running back Joe Conley (Paris, Ky./Bourbon County) extended the CC lead to 35-20 on a 1-yard touchdown run with 14:14 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Generals drove to the Centre one yardline on the ensuing possession, but the Colonels held on downs. Following a CC punt, Tweardy found Martin with a 17-yard scoring strike with 3:18 remaining in the game to cut the W&L deficit to 35-26, but a two-point conversion failed. The Generals' attempt at an onside kick also failed and Centre ran out the clock for the victory.

Martin led the Generals' offense with 11 catches for a career-high 206 yards and two touchdowns. Tweardy completed 24-of-38 passes for a career-high 310 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, while junior wide receiver Colton Ward (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) tallied 50 yards rushing and 20 yards receiving. Sophomore cornerback Kyle Luby (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) paced the defense with 11 tackles.

Phelps led the Colonels, completing 7-of-15 passes for 113 yards and one score, and rushing for 80 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Clark snared seven passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns, and senior running back Adam Blandford (Middletown, Ohio/Lakota West) carried 11 times for 96 yards. Sophomore linebacker Matt Johnson (Ashland, Ky./Paul Blazer) led the Centre defense with 14 tackles and an interception.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Randolph-Macon for a 1:00 pm contest.

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W&L FOOTBALL DEFEATS SEWANEE, 10-7

SEWANEE, Tenn. – The Washington and Lee football team controlled the ball for nearly 37 of the game’s 60 minutes in defeating Sewanee, 10-7, on Saturday afternoon at McGee Field.

The Generals (2-0) opened the scoring with 6:45 remaining in the first quarter as junior placekicker Ben Long (Frankford, W.Va./Hargrave Military) booted a 21-yard field goal. The Tigers (0-3) responded with a 7-yard touchdown run by running back Blake Mears with 4:22 remaining in the half, but W&L would again take the lead on a 2-yard touchdown strike from senior quarterback Greg Tweardy (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) to sophomore wide receiver Jack Martin (Princeton, N.J./Hun School) with 33 seconds remaining in the half.

W&L had several scoring opportunities in the second half, but Tweardy was intercepted in the end zone on first-and-goal from the three yardline early in the third quarter and Long had a 37-yard field goal blocked with 14:05 remaining in the game. However, the Generals’ defense would make the three-point lead hold up, allowing the Tigers just 154 yards of total offense on the day.

Tweardy completed 20-of-32 passes for 152 yards and one touchdown, while Martin caught six passes for 64 yards and the one score. Junior wide receiver Colton Ward (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) totaled 100 yards rushing and receiving, while sophomore running back Jordan Campbell (Dallas, Texas/Cistercian Prep) carried 18 times for 59 yards. Junior defensive end Walker Williams (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) led the defense with seven tackles and a forced fumble.

Sewanee was led by Mears, who rushed 10 times for 46 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Chris Murphy rushed for 44 yards on 14 carries and completed 8-of-18 passes for 57 yards. Linebacker Will Smith paced the defense with 12 tackles and the block of Long’s field goal attempt.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Centre College for a 1:30 pm contest.

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W&L FOOTBALL OPENS WITH 36-22 WIN OVER ALFRED

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee forced seven turnovers and senior quarterback Greg Tweardy (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) tossed a school-record five touchdown passes as the Generals opened the season with a 36-22 win over Alfred University.

The Generals (1-0) opened the scoring with 13:08 remaining in the second quarter as junior placekicker Ben Long (Frankford, W.Va./Hargrave Military) booted a 25-yard field goal. The Saxons (0-1) responded with a 5-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Paul Keeley (Caledonia, N.Y./Caledonia-Mumford) to senior wide receiver Craig Zarzycki (Gansevoort, N.Y./Schuylerville) on the following possession. However, W&L would make the score 10-7 at the half when Tweardy found junior tight end Ryan Neff (Charleston, S.C./Porter-Gaud) with an 11-yard touchdown pass as time expired in the second quarter.

W&L extended to a 23-7 lead midway through the third period as Tweardy tossed an 8-yard strike to sophomore wide receiver Jack Martin (Princeton, N.J./Hun School) and followed with a 5-yard strike to junior wide receiver Colton Ward (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) exactly one minute later. Alfred climbed to within 23-15 on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Keeley to Zarzycki with 4:30 left in the third quarter, but Tweardy found Martin with scoring strikes of 31 and 33 yards early in the fourth quarter for a 36-15 lead.

In addition to forcing seven turnovers (five interceptions), the Generals' defense limited the Saxons to just eight rushing yards and 236 yards of total offense.

Tweardy completed 27-of-40 passes for 244 yards and the five touchdowns, while Martin caught 10 passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns. Neff snared eight balls for 59 yards and one score. Senior defensive end Liam Murray (Oneonta, N.Y./Oneonta) totaled a team-high nine tackles and one sack, while sophomore defensive back Mark Snoddy (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) posted six tackles and two interceptions.

Keeley led the Alfred offense, completing 21-of-43 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns. Zarzycki caught four passes for 53 yards and two touchdowns, while junior defensive back Aaron Myers (Delevan, N.Y./Pioneer) tallied a game-high 12 tackles and one interception.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Sewanee. Opening kickoff is slated for 1:30 pm CST.

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