W&L (0-1) vs. SEWANEE (0-1)
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Lexington, Va. • 1:00 pm
WASHINGTON AND LEE HEAD COACH GARRETT LeROSE:
Garrett LeRose (W&L '07) is in his second season as the head coach at Washington and Lee. He carries a 5-5 overall record across his first 10 games. LeRose had served as an assistant coach with W&L ever since finishing his playing career with the Generals in 2006. He won one ODAC title as a player (2006) and has had a hand in four more (2010, 2012, 2015, 2017) as a coach.
SEWANEE HEAD COACH TRAVIS RUNDLE:
Sewanee is led by second-year Head Coach Travis Rundle (Albion '02), who carries a 7-14 (.333) overall record in three seasons. Prior to taking over in 2017, he had been the defensive coordinator at Illinois Wesleyan for six years.
W&L and Sewanee will be meeting for the 68th time, with the Generals holding a 44-23 advantage in the all-time series that began during the 1892 season. W&L has won 13 of the last 14 meetings, including a 47-14 win last season in Sewanee, Tenn. The home team has had a decided advantage in the history of the series, and W&L has won 15 straight home games against the Tigers. The last Sewanee win in Lexington was a 14-7 victory in 1986.
W&L has a storied tradition that began with the first officially recognized game in the South, an 1873 matchup with neighboring VMI. The first official season was 1890 and over their 126 seasons, the Generals have compiled a 522-535-39 (.495) overall record.
A winning season in 2019 would make five straight for the Generals. That would be the fourth-longest stretch of consecutive winning seasons in program history and the longest such streak since posting six straight winning campaigns from 1980-85. W&L also had six straight from 1919-24 and a record 13-straight from 1905-17.
Since the begining of the 2010 season, W&L has produced a 60-34 (.638) overall record and a 42-18 (.700) mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Generals have also claimed four ODAC titles during that stretch.
HOME SWEET HOME:
Since the turn of the century (2000), Washington and Lee is a combined 65-27 (.707) in games played at Wilson Field. The Generals have won 33 of their last 45 (.733) home contests dating back to the 2010 season. That being said, the Blue & White has won just one of its last five home games across the last two seasons.
THE MAGIC NUMBER:
The magic number for success for W&L is 400. The Blue & White has managed 400 rushing yards in a game 39 times since 2010 (94 games). In those games, the Generals are 36-3, scoring an average of 44.4 points per game with a scoring margin of +19.5 points per game. To contrast this point, when W&L fails to rush for 400 yards during the same span, it is just 24-31 with an average of 23.2 points per game and a scoring margin of -2.2 points per game.
Sewanee finished the 2018 season with a 4-6 overall record. The Tigers opened the 2019 season with a 47-7 home loss to Southwestern (Texas) last Saturday. The Tigers committed four turnovers and managed just 206 yards of total offense, while the Pirates racked up 520 yards, including 331 on the ground. Senior quarterback Alex Darras paced the Tiger offense by completing 17-of-33 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted three times. Senior wide-out Micah Maes was his top target, catching four passes for 69 yards, while junior wide receiver Colin May had two catches for 26 yards and the lone touchdown. As a team, Sewanee had just 22 yards rushing, led by 19 yards on six carries from junior running back Sam Everette. On defense, first-year linebacker Alex Coffield registered a game-high 14 tackles and a forced fumble. Junior linebacker Emmanuel Adesanya chipped in seven tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble as well.
LAST TIME OUT:
(DICKINSON 26, W&L 14 - 9/7/19 - LEXINGTON, VA.)
Dickinson jumped out to a 13-0 lead and never looked back in claiming a 26-14 win at Wilson Field on Saturday. The Red Devils opened the scoring at the 8:33 mark of the first quarter when Trystin Golowski capped a 6-play, 51-yard drive with a 32-yard field goal. Tim Graham hooked up with Daniel Bathon for a 12-yard touchdown pass that capped a 9-play, 95-yard drive to give DC a 10-0 lead at the 12:20 mark of the second quarter. Golowski tacked on a 30-yard field goal with 2:36 left in the half, before the Generals' offense came to life. Junior running back Josh Breece ripped off a 16-yard run to begin the ensuing possession, and senior quarterback Drew Richardson capped the 11-play, 68-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run with just 20 seconds remaining in the half. The PAT failed following a low snap and the Red Devils carried a 13-6 lead into the break. W&L received the opening kickoff of the second half, but could not capitalize on the momentum gained by the touchdown late in the second quarter. Dickinson tacked on two more field goals in the third period, an 18-yarder by Golowski and a 38-yarder by Matt Moroz for a 19-6 lead entering the four quarter. The Generals cut it to a one score game early in the final period, using a 9-play, 67-yard drive to make it a 19-14 game with 12:52 to play. Richardson scored his second touchdown of the day on a 2-yard run, and he later added a two-point conversion run to make it a five-point game. W&L forced a Dickinson punt on the following drive, but Richardson was intercepted on the second play of the next series, setting up the Red Devils at the Generals' 36-yardline. Robert Geiss scored on a 2-yard touchdown run nine plays later to put the game away. Washington and Lee gained just 282 total yards and turned the ball over twice. Richardson led the way with 73 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. He also completed 15-of-22 passes for 107 yards with one interception. Breece gained 63 yards on 13 carries, while junior wide receiver Montgomery Owen snared five passes for 41 yards. Senior linebacker Will Corry paced the W&L defense with 12 tackles and one sack. Dickinson posted 446 yards of total offense led by Graham's 306 yards passing. He completed 15-of-25 tosses and had one touchdown.
Any talk of the Washington and Lee offense has to begin with its numero uno, junior running back Josh Breece. Breece was limited to just 63 yards on 13 carries in the season-opening contest, but moved past 3,000 career rushing yards in the process. Breece, who amassed 1,825 yards as a rookie and 1,124 yards last season, ranks sixth all-time in rushing at W&L with 3,012 yards and 27 touchdowns on 455 carries. Breece can move into fifth-place with 61 more yards, while 129 more yards could move him past Chris Sullivan '03 for third on the all-time list.
HAVE A DAY:
Perhaps the best performance from the first week of the season came from the team's lone returning 2018 First Team All-ODAC selection, senior punter Bo Sheridan. Sheridan punted six times for a 44.7 average, including a career-best 66-yarder early in the third quarter that pinned the Red Devils on their own 12-yardline. Sheridan placed four of his six punts inside the 20 and forced a pair of fair catches as well. His 39.1 career punting average currently ranks third on the W&L all-time list.
WHERE THERE'S A WILL, THERE'S A WAY:
Senior linebacker Will Corry picked up right where he left off last season when he was the team's leading tackler and the ODAC leader in tackles for a loss. Corry posted a team-best 12 tackles, (10 solo) to go along with two tackles for a loss (-7) and one sack (-6). For his career, Corry claims 119 tackles (22 for a loss) and eight sacks.
Washington and Lee completed 15 passes (27 attempts) in the loss to Dickinson on Saturday. That represents the most passes attempted and completed by W&L since a 42-35 loss to Hampden-Sydney in 2011. W&L went 17-39 against the Tigers that day.
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