W&L hopes to redeem 39-0 loss to Essex at home

The W&L defense struggled on Wednesday against the Essex, allowing the Trojans to post 39 points in their shut-out win.

With limited time for game preparation after Hurricane Sandy last week, Essex marched to their ninth straight victory on the road in Montross last Wednesday, shutting out Washington & Lee 39-0.

“Both teams prepared for each other for about a week before the storm hit, but I was pleased with the execution on offense,” said Essex coach John Fulks. “I feel for them and us because it’s a tough situation to come into, so I’m glad we came out on top.”

In the opening quarter, Essex jumped out to a 14-0 lead over the Eagles.

Essex’s quarterback Dominek Broaddus connected with Dartanious Jones for a five-yard touchdown reception followed by a Jason Compton field goal.

On the next Trojans’ drive, W&L’s defensive back Dwayne Cherry intercepted a pass from Broaddus to give the W&L offense back the ball. But the Eagles failed to convert. With Essex back on offense, Broaddus would connect with Jones a second time for a 46-yard touchdown reception. Compton’s extra point attempt was good.

Before the quarter ended, Essex’s defensive back Sterling Hammond recovered a fumble to give his team back the ball. On the opening play, Broaddus hooked up with receiver Keith Bundy for a 40-yard reception. Compton’s extra point put Essex up 21-0 early in the second quarter.

Before the end of the half, W&L continued to struggle with sustaining drives and containing Essex running back Rahiem Rolling. On the opening drive before the half, Rolling ran for 28 yards, followed by a Broaddus 40-yard pass to Tyrell Ware.  DeAndre Baylor drove for four yards and receiver Alonzo Tompkins caught a pass in the corner of the endzone to put his team up 27-0.

W&L tried to mount a drive before the end of the half, but defensive back Jamar Kelly intercepted a pass to end the second quarter.

Essex continued to put the pressure on the Eagles during the second half. With a great kick-off return from Rolling to put the ball on the W&L 38-yard line followed by a 13-yard carry on the first play, Jones was set up for his third touchdown of the night. Broaddus connected with Jones for 25-yard touchdown reception to put Essex up 33-0.

In their next drive, W&L made it to Essex’s 23-yard line looking for their first score of the night. But the Eagles offense was denied and left the field after failing to convert on a fourth down attempt.

Essex’s final scoring drive of the game was thanks to a final effort by Broaddus in the pocket. The sophomore connected with Rolling for a 32-yard reception and a 14-yard touchdown pass two plays later.

The clock continued to roll with 3:50 left in the third quarter. During that time, Hammond collected an interception and W&L’s Gabe Loesel and Linwood Newman each had a fumble recovery.

Both teams are expected to make the playoffs following their final regular season games.

Coach Antron Yates, of W&L, said it’s important for his team to forget this loss and prepare for their final regular season game against Colonial Beach.

“We’ve got to have a short memory loss and get ready to play on Friday and Saturday,” said Yates. “Essex is a state contender. They are strong, fast and physical. They are a doggone good football team.”

On Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. W&L (5-4, 2-2) will play its final regular season game at Colonial Beach (5-4, 2-2); Essex (9-0, 4-0) will host Rappahannock (6-3, 3-1) for their final regular season game on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. Essex will look to win the regular season district title, and if Rappahannock wins, they will tie with the Trojans for the district title.

Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 9:48 am