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W&L freshman Marshall Hollerith scores 3 TDs in his first start.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
LEXINGTON — Marshall Hollerith was hindered by a sprained knee ligament in Washington and Lee’s first two games this season.
He was feeling fine on Saturday, though.
The freshman ran for 151 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries in his starting debut to help the Generals beat Sewanee 35-24 at Wilson Field.
The Generals (2-1), who led the entire second half, beat Sewanee (1-3) for the ninth straight time.
W&L starting slotback Luke Terna missed the game with an ankle injury. Running back Jimmy Moynahan, who had been starting, also has an injured ankle and was limited to three carries off the bench Saturday.
The 6-foot, 230-pound Hollerith hurt his left knee in a preseason scrimmage and had a total of nine carries in the first two games. With his knee healed, he started in Moynahan’s place Saturday.
“I’m thankful to our ginormous linemen. We were just getting giant holes and I was able to lower a shoulder and keep going,” said Hollerith, a graduate of St. Christopher’s School in Richmond.
Hollerith scored on a 3-yard run to give W&L the lead for good at 21-14 with 9:02 left in the second quarter.
“He’s just a real physical runner,” coach Scott Abell said. “We’re extremely banged up right now. … We needed some of these young kids to step up.”
The Generals rushed for 458 yards with their option scheme. Quarterback Nick Lombardo ran for 128 yards on 21 carries.
“That quarterback, he’s a good player. I’m glad he’s a senior,” said Sewanee coach Tommy Laurendine, a former W&L offensive coordinator. “They’ve got some big ol’ linemen. We got out-physicaled today up front in a lot of ways.”
“Every play’s some kind of read option, and Nick made great decisions,” Abell said.
In last weekend’s 37-28 loss at Centre, W&L failed to complete a pass for the first time since 1961. The Generals were 0 of 9 through the air in that loss, with Lombardo going 0 of 8.
Lombardo attempted only two passes Saturday, completing one.
“We do what we do best — we run the triple option. We stuck with that,” Lombardo said.
W&L led just 21-17 at halftime but held Sewanee’s option attack to only 88 yards of total offense in the second half. The Generals, who were without two injured linebackers, stopped Sewanee on fourth down twice in the second half.
On fourth and 4 from the Sewanee 31, W&L defensive tackle Michael Unholz tackled QB Curtis Johnson for a 1-yard loss. Nine plays later, Hollerith scored on a 1-yard run to extend the lead to 35-17 late in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth, Unholz and Mark Burlee stopped backup QB Cody Daniel for no gain on fourth-and-1 at the Sewanee 37.
W&L offensive tackle Bobby Jones was ejected for throwing a punch in the fourth quarter.
The defending ODAC champion Generals begin league play next weekend against Guilford. On bulletin boards outside the W&L locker room, signs remind the players of this year’s ODAC coaches’ preseason poll: “They picked you fourth.”
“Nothing like a little chip on your shoulder,” Unholz said.
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