Eagles return to nest with flags
On Oct. 5, former football players of Washington & Lee High School reunited for the first Alumni Football game to benefit the athletics’ department.
In the first event of its kind, the new school team made up of players from as early as the 2002 graduating class won the game over the old school players 33-12. Graduate Marquis Gray won the MVP award.
Athletic Director and former football coach Malcolm Lewis was recognized for his years of service as the team head football coach by event coordinator Rose Taylor.
Before the game, athletic director Malcolm Lewis was recognized for his years of service as the team head football coach by event coordinator Rose Taylor.
In the first half, the new school team opened with a 21-0 lead. Quarterback Jayson “J.P.” Pratt connected with Gray for a 50-yard touchdown reception to climb on the scoreboard first. Pratt’s throw to Montae Brooks for an extra point gave the New School Team a 7-0 lead.
On the Old School Team’s 10-yard line, David Hackett picked off a pass from Charles “Bug” Ashton to score the New School’s second score of the game. Pratt’s throw to Hackett on a two-point conversion gave them a 15-0 lead.
The Old School failed to score on the next drive and it proved to be costly as the New School Team scored again on another score by Hackett from Pratt. The extra point attempt was no good. At halftime the New School Team was up 21-0.
In the second half, Pratt connected again with Hackett for a 55-yard touchdown. The two-point attempt was no good.
With time ticking away, the Old School Team tried to mount an offensive strike, but Trevin “Redd” Wilson picked off his second pass of the day to give the New School back the ball. In the ensuing drive, Gray ran for 31-yards to score the final touchdown for the New School team. The two-point attempt was no good resulting in a New School 33-0 lead.
The Old School Team would not be shut out on this day. In fact, quarterback Robert “PamPam” Garner connected with Ashton for an 87-yard reception for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good, and the score remained in favor of the New School team, 33-6 with eight minutes left in regulation.
The Old School’s defense came up with the next highlight as Quenten “Q-Diddy” Garner picked off a pass from Boobie Turner.
In the next drive by the Old School, Garner ran in for a one-yard touchdown score to end the game. The extra point was no good.
The following players were on this year’s Old School Team: 1978’s Randall Thompson and Ulysses Brown, 1979’s Gregory Jackson, 1980’s Chester Henry, 1981’s Rev. Gernard Reed, Malcolm Weldon and Brandon Wormley, 1982’s Robert “Ant” Fauntleroy, 1983’s Rev. Linwood Smith and Rev. Corey Smith, 1984’s Charles “Bug” Ashton, Rev. Kenney Mitchell and Sherman Shelton, 1986’s Anthony “Baby-T” Parker, 1987’s James “Kip” Slater and Ralph “Redman” Smith, 1988’s Robert “PamPam” Garner, 1990’s Maurice Johnson, 1991’s Eric Fauntleroy, 1992’s Corey Jackson, 1994’s Chris Wilson and 1997’s Quentin “Q-Diddy’ Garner; and the New School Team consisted of 2002’s David Hackett, Ellis Pierce and P.J. Perry, 2003’s Kelvin “Juice” Johnson, Vernon Campbell, Jayson “J.P.” Pratt, Brandon Smith and Sean “Toe” Tate, 2004’s Antimothy Kelly, 2005’s Larry “JB’ Ball and Devin Smith, 2006’s Rev. Diante Ingram, 2007’s Booble Turner and Jermaine Weldon, 2008’s Marquis Gray and Trevin “Redd” Wilson, 2009’s “James “Buck” Carey, and 2010’s Adrian Bryant and D.J. Fauntleroy. Montae Brooks was also a member of the New School Team.