W&L Football Cruises Past Guilford, 63-7


LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee amassed 49 points and 481 yards by halftime in cruising to a 63-7 victory over Guilford in ODAC football action on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.

The Generals marched 53 yards on five plays, scoring on the first possession of the game. Senior quarterback Jack Pollard (Richmond, Va. / Douglas Freeman) hit junior wide receiver Luke Alison (Huntsville, Ala. / Randolph) with a short shovel pass that he carried 13 yards into the endzone for a 7-0 lead just 2:58 into the game.

Senior running back Alex Wertz (Sterling, Va. / Dominion) scored on a 68-yard touchdown run on the next W&L series and first-year running back Jacob Romero (Fredericksburg, Va. / Massaponax) tallied a 1-yard touchdown run at 3:48 for a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.

Senior running back Coby Kirkland (Duncan, Okla. / Duncan) rumbled 62-yards for a touchdown to key a four-touchdown second quarter. Senior running back Josh Breece (Lorton, Va. / Stone Bridge) added a 1-yard touchdown run, senior running back R.J. Milligan (Basking Ridge, N.J. / Ridge) scored on a 28-yard reception from Pollard and sophomore quarterback Stephen Murrin (Fort Worth, Texas / Fort Worth Country Day) chipped in a 3-yard touchdown run with 31 seconds left in the half.

Murrin scored another touchdown on a 56-yard run in the third quarter, and he added a 19-yard touchdown jaunt in the fourth quarter for the final score of the game.

Guilford avoided the shutout with a 16-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Bailey Baker to senior wide receiver Tre Alexander with 1:29 left in the third quarter.

For the game, W&L amassed 671 yards of total offense, the second most in a single game in program history. The Generals also tallied 553 yards on the ground, the fourth-most in program history. Guilford was limited to just 148 total yards and finished just 1-for-11 on third-down conversions.

Wertz rushed for 122 yards and one touchdown on just three carries, while Murrin totaled 116 yards and three touchdowns on six carries. Kirkland had 82 yards and a touchdown on just two carries, and Breece finished with 51 yards and one touchdown on nine carries. Pollard completed 3-of-5 passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.

W&L’s defense posted seven sacks, including 1.5 sacks by junior defensive end Jens Ames (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher’s). Junior linebacker David Onyejekwe (Falls Church, Va. / McLean) had a team-best six tackles.

Baker led the Quakers’ offense by completing 8-of-11 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown. Senior defensive back Alex Manley and first-year defensive back Derek Stokes paced the defense with six tackles each.

Washington and Lee returns to action next Saturday when it travels to Randolph-Macon for a 1:00 pm contest.

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