EMORY, Va. – Sophomore placekicker Arturo Ramirez (Providence Village, Texas / Braswell) booted a 38-yard field goal as time expired to give Washington and Lee a 30-28 win over Emory & Henry on Saturday afternoon at Fred Selfe Stadium.
The Wasps (4-4) took a 28-27 lead with 4:59 remaining when sophomore quarterback Kyle Short hit senior wide receiver Kashawn Cosey for a 52-yard catch-and-run touchdown. The Generals (7-1) went 3-and-out on the next series and punted the ball back to the Wasps. The W&L defense forced a 3-and-out of its own and took over on its own 22-yardline after an E&H punt.
The final drive began with 2:50 remaining. On second down, sophomore quarterback Stephen Murrin (Fort Worth, Texas / Fort Worth Country Day) hit sophomore wide receiver Gabriel Stulce (Cleveland, Tenn. / Baylor School) for a 26-yard gain to the 49-yardline. The Blue & White picked up one more first down, eventually driving to the E&H 36-yardline for a 4th-and-7 with 39 seconds remaining. Ramirez lined up for a 53-yard field goal attempt, which fell short. However, the Wasps were called for running into the kicker, setting up a 4th-and-2 from the 31-yardline. Senior running back Coby Kirkland (Duncan, Okla. / Duncan) picked up the first down with a 4-yard rush, keeping the drive alive. The Generals picked up another six yards on a rush by senior running back Josh Breece (Lorton, Va. / Stone Bridge) and W&L ran the clock down to one second before calling its final timeout. Ramirez made good on his second attempt, extending the Generals’ winning streak to seven in a row.
Breece gave W&L a 7-0 lead with 4:00 left in the first quarter, but the Wasps responded with two straight scores for a 14-7 edge with 10:51 left in the second period. Kirkland scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 7:10 left to tie the game at 14-14. The play was set up by a 46-yard interception return by senior safety Dean Johnson (Atlanta, Ga. / Marist).
E&H assumed a 21-14 lead heading into the half when senior running back Devontae Jordan capped a 93-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown run.
Jordan rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 first-half carries.
The Generals took the second half kickoff and marched 71 yards on just five plays to tie the game at 21-21 with 12:29 left in the third period. First-year running back Jacob Romero (Fredericksburg, Va. / Massaponax) finished off the drive with a 34-yard touchdown run.
W&L limited Jordan to just 35 yards on 11 second-half carries, forcing the Wasps to punt three times after the intermission. The lead grew to 24-21 with a 29-yard Ramirez field goal with 8:39 left in the penultimate quarter, and a 39-yarder with 6:44 left in the fourth quarter gave W&L a 27-21 lead, setting up the exciting finish.
Murrin led the W&L offense with 195 rushing yards on 16 carries, including an 82-yard run when the Generals were backed up on their own goal line on the second series of the third quarter. Breece rushed 19 times for 74 yards and one touchdown, while Romero tallied 57 yards and a score on four carries. First-year linebacker Jalen Todd (Louisville, Ky. / Kentucky Country Day) led the defense with eight tackles and a sack. Johnson finished with six tackles and an interception.
Jordan finished with 198 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries to lead the Wasps. Short completed 14-of-21 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Cosey finished with six catches for 80 yards and one score. Senior linebacker Ivan Phillips had a team-best 12 tackles.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Ferrum for a 1:00 pm contest at Wilson Field.