For the second week in a row, the Washington & Lee football team dug itself a huge hole in the first half and had to fight its way back in the second. For the second week in a row, this time at the hands of King William, the end result was the same.
The Eagle defense held King William on its first possession and forced a punt. The punter bobbled the snap and
downed the ball on the Cavalier 25, giving W&L great field position for its first possession. A facemask penalty and a nine-yard run by D.J. Weldon (4 carries, 5 yards for the game), left the Eagles with a second down and one at the Cavalier three-yard line, but they were unable to come up with any points.
The first quarter ended scoreless, with neither team looking particularly sharp. W&L was unable to run the ball with any success, and the passing game was sporadic. In the second quarter, King William got two field goals from Spencer Keaton, and with only five minutes left until halftime, it looked like the Eagles might get to the locker room trailing by only a touchdown.
But with 1:10 left in the half, Jacob Jones connected with Austin Simons for a 20-yard touchdown pass. On the ensuing kickoff, Davon Hamilton fumbled the ball right back to the Cavaliers, leading to a 19-yard touchdown run for Jones. The stunned Eagles left the field trailing 19-0 at halftime.
W&L finally got moving in the third quarter, starting with a with a Bruce Smith interception. Treshaun Brown (15/34, 127 yards, 2 TD) hit Hamilton (5 Rec., 62 yards) for a 30-yard gain. Brown then found Jarret Sumiel (3 Rec., 32 yds) for twelve yards before hitting pay dirt on an 8-yard scoring strike to Weldon. As the quarter drew to a close, King William scored again on a two-yard run by Jones.
Trailing 25-6 going into the fourth quarter, the fight finally came out in the Eagles as they quickly drove down the field. With nine minutes left in the game, Brown found Alex Lane (2 Rec., 17 yds) alone in the end zone from 14 yards out, cutting the lead to 25-13.
The Eagles defense led by Ryan Taylor, Keith Johnson, Kaleel Pratt, Milan Bullock, and Gabe Loesel completely shut down the Cavaliers the rest of the way, getting the ball back to the offense. With time running out, Sumiel took a direct snap and powered his way to a six-yard score.
Lane’s extra point cut the lead to 25-20, and a roughing the kicker call meant the onside kick attempt with 42 seconds left, if successful, could have given the Eagles a legitimate shot. However, the Cavaliers recovered and ran out the clock to end the game.
Washington & Lee hosts Spotsylvania October 4 for Homecoming. Kick off is at 7 p.m.