Generals Trounce Guilford, 31-6, in ODAC Football Opener

Greensboro, NC (09/16/00) -- Junior tailback Marc Watson (Marietta, GA/Walton) rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns as visiting Washington and Lee posted a 31-6 win over Guilford in Saturday's Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opener for both teams. The win gives the Generals (2-0, 1-0 ODAC) their first 2-0 start since 1973.

Washington and Lee converted three of four Guilford (0-3, 0-1 ODAC) interceptions into 17 first-half points and jumped out to a 17-6 halftime lead. Senior Andy Vendig (Arlington, VA/Washington-Lee) spotted the Generals a 6-0 advantage with two of his school-record three field goals. Senior safety Will Baker (Birmingham, AL/Mountain Brook) set up W&L's first scoring drive with a 27-yard interception return to the Quakers' 41-yard line. Junior cornerback Chris Shortall (San Anselmo, TX/Marin Catholic) returned a pick 22 yards to end the first quarter and set up the Generals' second score.

W&L sophomore cornerback Matt Conners (Burke, VA/Robinson) intercepted David Hessler (Rockville, MD/Walter Johnson) and returned it to Guilford's one-yard line, which led to Watson's first touchdown. Watson ran for the two-point conversion and opened a 17-0 Generals' lead with 5:29 left.

Guilford rookie Marcus Ballard (Burgaw, NC/Pender) returned the ensuing kickoff to the Quakers' 48-yard line. The return set up Guilford's best drive of the day, a six-play, 52-yard effort capped by Hessler's 23-yard scoring pass to a leaping Chuck Irwin (Lakeland, FL/Mulberry). Jake Sorg (Andover, NJ/Lenape Valley Regional) pushed the extra-point wide to keep the Quakers' deficit at 17-6.

Sophomore quarterback Bobby Littlehale (Villa Park, IL/Willowbrook) directed an effective first-half two-minute drill for the second time in as many weeks. He led the Generals to the Quakers' eight-yard line and set up a 25-yard Vendig field goal as time expired in the first half. Vendig has kicked three field goals in both games this season.

The Generals' defense took over in the second half, limiting the Quakers to just 45 total offensive yards in the third and fourth quarters. Credit Washington and Lee's offense for controlling the ball and keeping Guilford's defense on the field for over 19 minutes in the second half. Watson capped an eight-play, 48-yard scoring drive in the third quarter with a two-yard run. Rookie quarterback Zack McQuigg (Marriottsville, MD/Glenelg) made his collegiate debut in the fourth quarter and led a 15-play, 91-yard scoring drive capped by Chris Sullivan's (San Antonio, TX/Alamo Heights) four-yard scoring jaunt.

Junior defensive end Jeff Bahl (Cincinnati, OH/Cincinnati Country Day) led the Generals' defense with a game-high 11 tackles, while Baker finished with five stops, three pass deflections, an interception and Washington and Lee's lone sack. Sullivan complemented the Generals' offense with 176 all-purpose yards (38 rushing, 62 receiving, 76 returns).

Ballard paced Guilford with 151 all-purpose yards (54 rushing, 13 punt returns, 84 kickoff returns). Rookie safety David Brown (Pompano Beach, FL/Coconut Creek) and sophomore safety Calvin Lockhart (Roxboro, NC/Person) led the Quakers' defense with eight stops apiece.

Guilford visits league rival Hampden-Sydney next Saturday (9/23), while the Generals visit Centre.