Washington & Lee rolled into Isle of Wight County looking for its first win Friday night. A few hours later, despite a broken-play, defensive let down and a lost fumble late in the game, the Eagle football team left Windsor High School victorious.
The Eagles set the tone early. Windsor had moved the ball to midfield before the Eagle defense clamped down and forced a punt. A bad snap on the punt
allowed W&L to take over at the Windsor 35. Two plays later, Trey Brown (7-17 111 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int.) connected with a wide-open Davon Hamilton streaking down the right side for the game’s first score.
Neither team scored again the rest of the half as the W&L defense stymied the Dukes every time they had possession, while the Eagle offense ground up yardage in the middle of the field.
In the third quarter, Washington & Lee built a substantial 20-0 lead on touchdown runs of 35 yards by D.J. Weldon (11 carries, 116 yards, 1 TD) and 15 yards by Marion Pollard (8 carries, 47 yards, 1 TD). Eagle head coach Antron Yates noted, “I would like to highlight the whole offensive line. They got the run game going.” Indeed they did as the line blew open large holes to allow W&L to rush for 198 yards on only 22 carries as a team.
Late in the fourth quarter, Windsor scored on a broken play. The Eagles defensive front chased the Dukes’ quarterback to midfield before he fired a desperation pass that somehow found an open receiver. A few minutes later, on a bad exchange between Brown and Pollard, W&L turned the ball over, leading to a second Windsor touchdown.
Washington & Lee won 20-12 in a tough game on the road and continued to grow as a team. Coach Yates thought the “whole defense played well,” and felt his players will learn from their struggles at the end of the game. “It is always good when you learn from your mistakes and still win.”
This week the Eagles are off and will resume traveling to Rappahannock High School in Warsaw on Sept. 20 to take on the Raiders in the non-district Border Bowl. Game time is at 7 p.m.