Football Dominates in Rainy Parents Weekend

Even in the rain, parents and alumni flocked to watch Gennies football.


Umbrellas abounded in the stadium, as fans endured a downpour to see a Generals victory. Photo by Kathryn Young, 19.

Kathryn Young

A little rain was not enough to stop the Washington and Lee football team from throttling Emory and Henry on Parents Weekend. In less than ideal conditions, parents, students and alumni alike, came together as the Generals handed the Wasps a 49-23 loss.

The Generals and their fans did not let the weather put a damper on their festivities and the stands were full of families, friends and umbrellas from start to finish. Fans re- mained joyful and ready to cheer on their fellow students, children and friends, and a resounding victory did nothing to deter that.

Many alumni were thrilled to be attending football games with their children, just as they did when they were in school.

“I remember going to the games as a fra- ternity and going to support and cheer [the Generals] on,” said Dr. James Londrey, ‘83.

Although many years have passed since the alumni parents were students in Lexington, many of the core pieces of W&L they loved as students remain a part of the campus and community today.

“While things have changed, many have remained the same. A lot of the traditions, as well as the core and soul of the university remain the same,” said John Hamilton, ’89.

With parents watching, the Generals jumped to a commanding 35-6 lead after 17 minutes. These early points proved helpful for the Generals, who maintained the lead for the entirety of the game.

The Generals kept the ball moving throughout the game. Charlie Nelson, ‘17, led the Generals in passing with 84 yards, all of which went to Jack Taylor, ‘17, who hauled in two catches and scored two touchdowns. Marshall Hollerith, ‘17, ran past the competition with 117 yards in 20 carries.

With the Generals totaling 579 yards, the team’s success was spread among many key players. Matt Sgro, ’18, tallied 84 over just eight carries and running backs Josh Malm, ‘18, and Walker Brand, ‘18, each added 74 yards on the ground.

The Generals will hit the field again Oct. 8 at the Catholic University of America. The team will not play another game in Lexington until Young Alumni Weekend on Oct. 22, when it will face the Hampden-Sydney College Tigers.