Football Drops Home Opener to Rival Washington & Lee

Football Drops Home Opener to Rival Washington & Lee

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee football team could not overcome Washington & Lee's running game, as the Generals rushed for 402 yards on the ground en route to a 47-14 win over the Tigers in their home opener from Historic Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Washington & Lee (2-0) 47, Sewanee (1-1) 14
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-Both offenses started out slow, but you could not say that on the Sewanee defense. On the first drive of the game, on third down, W&L's Josh McDonald fumbled the football thanks to a little help by Karim Antoine. Lee Menefee picked up the fumble.

-Despite the great start by the Sewanee defense, the offense went three-and-out on their first possession.

-W&L responded with a one-yard touchdown rush by Collin Sherman to give the visitors the early 6-0 lead on a seven-play, 73-yard drive. Missing the point-after-attempt, the Generals led 6-0 after 15 minutes of play.

-Late in the second quarter, the Generals' lone passing touchdown came to Montgomery Owen from Trey Laughlin for 62 yards to give the visitors a 13-0 lead at the break.

-The second half saw the Generals outscore the Tigers, 34-14, but with 13:17 left in the third, trailing 20-0, the Tigers scored their first touchdown of the game off a trick play. Micah Maes, from the right side of the field, found Colin May for a 48-yard touchdown reception.

-The Tigers added another score in the fourth quarter, as Alex Darras found Maes for a 26-yard completion with 12:54 left in the contest to make the score 40-14.

-In the 67th meeting between the two schools, Washington & Lee has now won four in a row and are 43-24 all-time against Sewanee.

SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Alex Darras went 31-of-51 for 325 yards and a score, but he threw for three interceptions.

-Warren Holland led the rushing game with 52 yards on 12 carries.

-Micah Maes, who threw for a touchdown in the third quarter, also caught a touchdown reception en route to 41 yards receiving.

-Cyrus McCullough led all receivers with 82 yards on six catches.

-Karim Antoine recorded 11 tackles to lead all defenders in the contest. He also forced a fumble.

-William Phillips had five solo tackles, while Wesley Porter posted eight total tackles.

WASHINGTON & LEE KEY STATISTICS
-62 of 65 plays from the Generals offense came on the ground. Drew Richardson led the game on the ground for the Generals with 133 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns.

-Trey Laughlin and Collin Sherman also recorded a rushing touchdown.

-Montgomery Owen, who recorded both catches from Laughlin, caught 99 yards and earned a touchdown.

-Will Corry recorded eight tackles, 3.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks for the visitors.

HIGHLIGHTS
Check out the highlight video from the contest. 

UP NEXT
The Tigers' three-game homestand continues next Saturday as Austin College makes the trek from Sherman, Texas in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) opener.

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