Second Half Carries W&L Football Past Sewanee, 42-7

Montgomery Owen

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee erupted for 411 yards and 42 points in the second half en route to posting a 42-7 victory over Sewanee in football action on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.

W&L accumulated just 128 yards in the opening half and Sewanee opened a 7-0 lead following a 9-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Alex Darras to junior wide receiver Cyrus McCullough with 3:32 left in the second quarter.

The Generals strung together their best drive of the opening half late in the second quarter, driving 66 yards on seven plays.  Junior running back Josh Breece (Lorton, Va. / Stone Bridge) appeared to have reached across the pylon for the Generals' first score, but it was ruled he fumbled before crossing the goal line and the Tigers recovered in the end zone to end the threat.

The Blue & White received the opening kick of the second half and moved the ball almost immediately, gaining 69 yards on nine plays to knot the game at 7-7 on a 4-yard touchdown run by Breece.

After forcing a 3-and-out on Sewanee's next series, W&L marched 63 yards on six plays, assuming a 14-7 lead with 7:22 left in the third quarter on a 3-yard Breece touchdown run.  Another fumble thwarted the Generals' next offensive possession, but senior quarterback Drew Richardson (Watkinsville, Ga. / Athens Academy) made it a 20-7 game with 23 seconds left in the third period when he scored on a 5-yard touchdown run.

W&L continued its' second half domination in the fourth quarter, wearing down the Tiger defense and scoring three more touchdowns.  Sophomore running back Alex Wertz (Sterling, Va. / Dominion) scored on an 8-yard touchdown run with 5:23 left and sophomore quarterback Jack Pollard (Richmond, Va. / Douglas Freeman) added a 28-yard touchdown run at the 3:07 mark.  First-year running back Harry Crutcher (Dallas, Texas / Cistercian) capped the scoring with a 13-yard touchdown scamper with just 1:07 remaining.

W&L amassed 28 first downs and 539 total yards, including 498 yards on the ground.  Richardson led the way with 131 rushing yards and one touchdown on 16 carries.  He also completed 4-of-10 passes for 34 yards and one interception.  Breece gained 83 yards and scored twice on 15 carries, while Wertz tallied 64 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. 

Junior wide receiver Montgomery Owen (Nashville, Tenn. / Montgomery Bell) racked up 133 all-purpose yards in the game, including a career-best 101 punt return yards on six attempts.  The 101 punt return yards are tied for the fifth-most in a single-game in program history.

Sewanee finished with 364 total yards, but the W&L defense limited the Tigers to just -7 yards rushing on 26 attempts.  Senior defensive lineman Connor Corbett (Atlanta, Ga. / Marist) and junior defensive lineman Andrew Frailer (Bel Air, Md. / McDonogh) tallied four tackles and 1.5 sacks each.

Darras finished with 239 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception to lead the Tigers' offense.  McCullough finished with nine catches for 102 yards and one score.  Junior Colin May totaled 110 yards on seven catches, while senior Micah Maes added 116 yards on six receptions.

Washington and Lee opens ODAC play on Saturday when it hosts Guilford for a 1:00 pm contest.

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