WEEK 2 PREVIEW: Washington & Lee

Credit: Abbey Adams
Credit: Abbey Adams

Game Notes

SEWANEE, Tenn. - Week 2 of the 2019 season for Sewanee football will be in Lexington, Va. on Saturday with a contest against the Generals of Washington and Lee. 

Sewanee (0-1, 0-0 SAA) at Washington & Lee (0-1, 0-0 ODAC) | Sept. 14, 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT
Wilson Field
All-Time Series: Washington and Lee leads, 43-24

A LOOK AT THE GENERALS: The Generals of Washington & Lee are in the middle of a season-opening three-game homestand. However, the Generals opened their 127th year of competition with a 26-14 defeat to Dickinson (Pa.). 

The Red Devils sprinted out to a 13-0 lead before the Generals spoiled the shutout bid with 20 seconds left in the first half. 

In the second half, Washington & Lee made it a five-point game with 13 minutes to go thanks to a two-yard run by Drew Richardson. However, a late touchdown by Dickinson with three minutes remaining sealed the contest. 

Once again, the Generals will have two quarterbacks under center in senior Drew Richardson and junior Trey Laughlin. 

However, the running game has been the story the last couple of years for the Generals. Last season, the quarterback duo of Richardson/Laughlin threw for a total of 436 yards through the air compared to 2,669 yards on the ground in 2018. 

Richardson led all rushers with 73 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns while throwing for 107 passing yards on 15-of-22. 

Josh Breece, who led the Generals with over 1,000 yards on the ground a year ago, finished with 63 yards on 13 attempts against Dickinson. 

Senior Will Corry, who posted 63 tackles last year and seven sacks, had 12 tackles and a sack against the Red Devils last week. 

LAST TIME VS. W&L: The Generals had a 13-0 lead at halftime in last year's contest at Historic Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium, but a 20-point third stanza was the deciding factor as the Generals defeated the Tigers, 47-14. 

While the offenses on each team started out slow, the Sewanee defense pounced early with a fumble recovery on the first drive of the game and the third play from scrimmage. 

Alex Darras threw for 325 yards in the contest on 31-of-51 passing with a touchdown. Cyrus McCullough led all receivers with 82 yards on six catches, but it was Colin May and Micah Maes who each had a touchdown through the air. 

Drew Richardson, now a senior for the Generals, was too much to handle for the Sewanee defense, compiling 133 rushing yards on 17 carries and two scores. 

Despite Sewanee compiling 490 yards of total offense, the Generals had 402 yards of their 501 on the ground. Additionally, five of the seven TDs the Generals scored were on the ground. 

THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Saturday's contest marks the 68th meeting all-time between the two schools, with the Generals holding a 43-24 overall record and a four-game winning streak. The teams first met in 1892, when Sewanee defeated W&L, 22-16. The teams would not meet again until 1939 and would play each other for the next three seasons. 

When the teams renewed the season series in 1955, the teams have played each other every season since then with the exception of 2007. 

The series has not been in favor of the Tigers in the 21st century, as they have won two games against the Generals since 2000. Sewanee claimed a 37-13 win on Sept. 20, 2003 and a 21-19 victory on Sept. 13, 2014. 

Additionally, the Tigers will be seeking its first win in Lexington, Va. since Oct. 25, 1986, when Sewanee claimed victory, 14-7. 

The teams are scheduled to play through 2022. 

UP AND COMIN' COFFIELD: Alex Coffield's first career collegiate game was a memorable one for the freshman. Against Southwestern, the Paris, Tenn. native recorded a game-high and conference-high 14 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss. In the fourth quarter, he helped the Tigers to score on offense after forcing a fumble.

TIME FOR THE OFFENSE TO MATCH THE DEFENSE: Despite Sewanee's success against Southwestern on the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers spent over 38 minutes on the field. 

Emmanuel Adesanya had two sacks and forced a fumble, and the team had 11 of their 82 tackles for a loss. 

On the offensive side of the ball, despite two new tailbacks who are expected to earn snaps, the receiving core is all veterans with Micah Maes, Cyrus McCullough, Allan Puri and others. 

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