THE GUILFORD-METHODIST SERIES: After winning the first four meetings and six of the first seven games of the season series, Guilford has dropped its last two contests with Methodist. The Quakers hold a 6-3 edge in the series. The teams first met in 1989, Methodist's first year of varsity football. This season marks the fourth straight year Guilford has opened the year with the Monarchs and the Quakers are 2-2 in season-openers with Methodist.
Quarterback Brian Turner led Methodist to victory in each of the past two games. In 1996, the Reidsville, NC, native threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns in the Monarchs' 21-12 victory. Last season, he directed a Methodist rally with a pair of second-half TD passes, including the game-winner with 8:39 left in what proved to be a 26-19 Monarchs' victory. Methodist took advantage of 13 Guilford penalties and seven Quakers' turnovers, including six fumbles.
METHODIST IN 1998 (1-0): Methodist is ranked 20th in this week's USA Football Division III poll and 34th in the weekly Football Gazette poll. The Monarchs opened the 1998 season with a 38-16 road win over Chowan College, their 10th in their last 11 games after a 9-1 season in 1997. Methodist scored the first touchdown of the game, but missed the extra point which enabled Chowan to take an early 7-6 lead. The Monarchs held a 12-10 halftime advantage and opened the margin with two scores in each of the final two quarters.
METHODIST OFFENSE: Senior quarterback Brian Turner, Methodist's career passing leader, completed 14 passes for 297 yards and four touchdowns as the Monarchs victimized the same Chowan defensive scheme Guilford put up 61 points and 383 passing yards on in the 1997 season finale. Nine of Turner's passes went to senior receiver William Ray for 172 yards and two scores while rookie wideout Jamaal Williamson caught the other five passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Rookie running back Shane Ingram rushed for two scores and 56 yards on nine carries while sophomore Patrick Mebane gained a game-high 57 yards rushing. Senior Andrew Mullis (6-6, 305) and junior Damon Sloan (6-4, 310) anchor the Monarchs' offensive line.
Mebane 21x57 rushing yards, 4.0 avg., 57.0 yards per game, 0 TD
Ingram 9x56 rushing yards, 6.2 avg., 56.0 yards per game, 2 TD
Turner 14-23, 297 passing yards, 4 TD, 0 INT, 297.0 yards per game
Ray 9x172 receiving yards, 2 TD, 19.1 yards per catch
METHODIST DEFENSE: The Monarchs forced two fumbles and two interceptions while sacking Chowan quarterbacks five times in last week's game. Chowan managed 283 total offensive yards, 156 of which came through the air. Sophomore linebackers Jason McCarty and Fred Ford, along with rookie defensive back Charles Lowe, notched eight tackles apiece. Senior lineman Jimmy Summers made two of the Monarchs' five sacks. Methodist allowed 14.5 points per game last season, the 31st-best ranking in NCAA Division III. Senior strong safety Trayfer Monroe leads a cast of eight returning defensive starters. Monroe was the Monarchs' top tackler for the second consecutive year with 125 stops in 1997 and earned All-America honors from three different organizations.
McCarty 8 tackles (6 solo), 1 tackle for loss
Ford 8 tackles (5 solo)
Summers 3 solo tackles, 2 sacks
GUILFORD (0-0) IN 1998: The Quakers open the 1998 season with 31 letter winners back from last year's 8-2 club. In addition to matching the school single-season win record, Guilford claimed a share of its second Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championship. Mike Ketchum, last year's ODAC Coach of the Year, welcomes 11 returning starters, including four All-ODAC performers.
GUILFORD OFFENSE: While the Quakers return a veteran offensive line, Guilford will be hard pressed to replace the firepower of three seniors from the 1997 squad. All-American wide receiver Junior Lord left with 10 school records and is now a member of the Washington Redskins' practice squad. Quarterback Danny Strelkauskas '98 graduated with nearly all of Guilford's passing and total offense records and is now a member of Guilford's coaching staff. All-league receiver William Rochelle '98 matched Lord's ODAC-record 1,094 receiving yards in 1997 and served as the team's top kick returner. Guilford's offense averaged 33.9 points and 409.4 yards per game in 1998.
Rookie Brian Foulks beat out sophomore Corey Phillips and freshman Jon Hardy in preseason workouts for the starting quarterback position. Foulks is joined in the starting backfield by senior running back David Heggie who returns for a fifth season after redshirting the 1997 campaign. Senior Dwayne Cherry also figures into the backfield picture after two seasons as a starting cornerback. Sophomore Bryan Porter and junior Aaron Denton are the most experienced returning receivers. Two-time All-ODAC pick Doug Robertson, a 1998 preseason All-American selection by Bob Griese's College Football Preview, leads a line which features four returning starters.
1997 STAT LEADERS
Heggie (career) 509x2730 rushing yards, 109.2 yds per game, 16 TD
Marques Williams 93x370 rushing yards, 52.9 yds. per game, 5 TD
Porter 24x349 receiving yards, 4 TD, 14.5 yards per catch
Denton 15x98 receiving yards, 1 TD, 6.5 yards per catch
GUILFORD DEFENSE: Six starters are back from last season's defensive unit which forced 44 turnovers (the most in any NCAA division) and limited the opposition to 17.4 points per contest. Gone are all-conference linebackers Chris Li '98 and Brad Smith '98, the team's top tacklers in 1997. Junior strong safety Luke Martin is the team's top returning tackler. Junior Jimmy Lamour ranked 34th in the country with 0.6 interceptions per game in 1997 and earned first team All-ODAC honors. Defending team sack champion Scott Sinclair leads a veteran defensive line which includes seniors Humberto Padilla and Terrance Wilson.
1997 STAT LEADERS
Martin 58 tackles (28 solo), 1 INT, 3 recoveries
Sinclair 50 tackles (17 solo), 14 tackles for loss, 6 sacks
Lamour 38 tackles (19 solo), 6 INT, 8 pass breakups
INJURY REPORT: Senior safety Barrett Wiley, a 1997 second team All-ODAC pick, suffered a strained hamstring early in preseason and is doubtful for the Methodist game. Junior receiver Dan Rosewag (shoulder) is listed as questionable. Rookie defensive lineman Derek Tolley is out three to four weeks with a broken foot. Freshmen Matt Hambright (knee), Matt Forrester (shoulder), and Jorge Castillo (hamstring) incurred season-ending injuries in preseason workouts.
RECORD CHASE: Senior running back David Heggie begins his third season within reach of the school career rushing record. The 1994 ODAC Player of the Year starts 1998 757 yards behind Reggie Kenan's '77 record 3,486 rushing yards. Heggie is two rushing touchdowns shy of offensive coordinator Calvin Hunter's '92 school-record 18 touchdowns.
QUAKER NOTES: Three rookies (Brian Foulks, Lee Massey, and Chris McKinney) dot Guilford's probable starters for the Methodist game. No rookies started Guilford's 1998 season-opener... the Quakers are 22-67-2 in 91 season-opening games, 3-4 under head coach Mike Ketchum... after losing last year's first game to Methodist, Guilford won eight of its last nine games... Old Dominion Athletic Conference football coaches picked Guilford third in their preseason poll, behind Emory & Henry and Randolph-Macon... senior nose guard Humberto Padilla wears the nontraditional number one in honor of his younger brother, Miguel, since the two won't be able to fulfill their dream of playing on the same college team.
NEXT WEEK: Guilford opens its home season and begins defense of its ODAC championship against league rival Washington and Lee next Saturday in Greensboro. Kickoff for the Parent's Weekend contest is 1:30. The Quakers downed the Generals, 34-20, in last year's meeting.
GUILFORD'S PROBABLE STARTERS
|Bryan Porter (So., 6-0, 205)|
|Matt Spillman (Sr., 6-1, 265)|
|Lee Massey (Fr., 6-1, 270)|
|Garrick Vogt (Jr., 5-11, 230)|
|Doug Robertson (Sr., 6-1, 290)|
|Brad Fisher (Jr., 6-1, 290)|
|Alan York (Jr., 6-2, 215)|
|Aaron Denton (Jr., 5-11, 170)|
|Chris McKinney (Fr., 6-2, 185)|
|David Heggie (Sr., 5-8, 190)|
|Brian Foulks (Fr., 6-3, 215)|
|Matt Daly (Sr., 5-7, 145)|
|Stephen Wilcosky (Jr., 6-0, 215)|
|Terrance Wilson (Sr., 6-2, 265)|
|Humberto Padilla (Sr., 5-10, 240)|
|Dan Morse (Sr., 6-3, 270)|
|Scott Sinclair (Sr., 6-0, 220)|
|Ben Kenerson (So., 6-1, 220)|
|Carlos Landin (Jr., 5-9, 200)|
|Jimmy Lamour (Jr., 5-11, 165)|
|Jeff Turner (So., 5-11, 170)|
|Luke Martin (Jr., 5-10, 190)|
|Josh Clayton (Sr,. 6-0, 190)|
|David Heggie (Sr., 5-8, 190)|