SEWANEE, Tenn. (Sept. 27, 2013) – The Sewanee football team will look to earn its first win at long-time rival Washington & Lee since 1986, as the Tigers and Generals meet for the 62nd time Saturday at Wilson Field.
Sewanee last defeated the Generals in Lexington, Va., in 1986 when the Tigers won 14-7. The last overall win by the Tigers came in 2003, when Sewanee topped W&L 37-13. W&L leads the all-time series 39-22.
The Tigers enter the game after dropping their last two contests. After opening the season with a 10-7 win against DePauw, Sewanee dropped a 33-28 game at Willamette and a 42-30 contest against Maryville. In both losses, Sewanee entered the fourth quarter with a lead.
This season, the Tigers have had success rushing the ball. Of its 321 total yards per game, Sewanee is averaging 262 ypg on the ground.
Individually, senior quarterback Curtis Johnson leads the team with 170 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Additionally, fullback Andy Moots (Willamette – 122 yards) and slotback Devante Jones (Maryville – 105 yards) have rushed for career-highs this season.
Defensively, senior defensive back Quentin Jones has played well. Jones enters the game with 18 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, and one interception. Additionally, junior defensive back De'Nard Ford has 15 tackles, two interceptions, and two pass breakups.
The Generals welcome the Tigers after splitting their first two games this season. W&L opened the year with a 14-13 win over Franklin & Marshall and then lost at Southern Athletic Association foe Centre, 37-28.
A run-heavy spread option team, W&L is averaging 352 rushing yards and 21 points per game.
On defense, the Generals have struggled to stop its opponents. Through the first two games, W&L's opponents have averaged 376 yards of total offense and 25 points per game.
Individually, quarterbacks Luke Terna and Nick Lombardo are the Generals two leading rushers. Despite splitting time, Terna and Lombardo are both averaging over 95 yards per game.
Last season, W&L defeated Sewanee, 28-6, after the Tigers committed three turnovers.
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