Courtesy of Washington & Lee Athletics
SEWANEE, Tenn. â€“ The Washington and Lee football team jumped out to a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back in claiming a 48-17 victory over Sewanee on Saturday afternoon at McGee Field.
The Generals' 48 points were the most scored by a W&L team since a 49-28 win over Samford during the 1984 season. The win also tied Head Coach Frank Miriello with Gary Fallon (1978-94) for the most wins in program history. Miriello is now 76-74-1 over his 16 seasons as the W&L mentor.
Washington and Lee (1-1) jumped out to a 7-0 lead just 7:23 into the game when sophomore running back Brett Murray (Lookout Mountain, Tenn./Baylor School) scored on a 7-yard touchdown run. Sophomore running back Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant School) made it 13-0 when he scored on an 11-yard scamper just 3:02 later. The PAT failed. Junior quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) upped the W&L lead to 20-0 with a short touchdown run at 9:57 of the second quarter and the Tigers capped the first-half scoring on a 31-yard field goal by sophomore Trey Knighton with 2:57 to play in the second quarter.
Murray hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Westfal early in the third quarter and Heinsohn added a second touchdown run, this time from three yards out, for a 34-3 lead with 2:41 left in the third period.
The Tigers (1-1) scored on a 31-yard touchdown pass from first-year quarterback Curtis Johnson to senior wide receiver Chalankis Brown to make it 34-10, but sophomore quarterback Russell Stewart (Elkin, N.C./Elkin) scored from four yards out for a 41-10 lead with five seconds left in the third quarter.
Sewanee first-year quarterback Lee Schurlknight scored on a 47-yard touchdown run to make it 41-17 and W&L first-year running back Tate Bloomer (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) scored on a 60-yard touchdown run with 2:04 remaining for the final margin.
Offensive statistics were unavailable at press time. Sophomore linebacker Doug Fraser (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) led the defense with seven tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.
Washington and Lee now has a bye week and will return to action on Sat., Sept. 25 when it hosts Averett for a 1:00 pm contest.