Greensboro Upends Guilford, 27-7, In Gate City Soup Bowl

 

Greensboro, NC -- Sophomore running back Daryl Gholson (Matoaca, VA/Matoaca) rushed for 72 yards and two touchdowns to lead visiting Greensboro (2-7) to a 27-7 win over Guilford (4-5) in the second annual Gate City Soup Bowl Saturday afternoon.

Junior linebacker Ricky Brigman (Memphis, TN/Houston) received Greensboro's Most Valuable Player prize for leading a Pride defense which forced five turnovers and allowed the fewest points in a game in its two-year history. Brigman recorded nine tackles, one interception and returned a second-quarter fumble 23 yards for the Pride's first defensive touchdown in school history.

Guilford senior Dwayne Cherry (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Country Day) rushed for a game-high 128 yards and a touchdown to receive the Quakers' MVP award.

For the seventh time in nine games, Greensboro scored first as sophomore quarterback Wesley Wilder (Wendell, NC/East Wake) completed a fourth-down scoring pass to sophomore Jason Layman (Sterling, VA/Park View) from three yards out. The touchdown capped a 14-play, 80-yard drive which consumed 6:58 and started after Guilford missed a 23-yard field goal on its first possession.

The Quakers tied the game on Cherry's five-yard touchdown run in the second quarter which completed an 11-play, 74-yard scoring drive. Cherry carried the ball eight times on the drive for 59 yards, including last seven consecutive plays.

The Pride took the lead for good later in the quarter when Brigman picked up a Luke Davis (Lexington, NC/Central Davidson) fumble and returned it 23 yards for the historic score. A penalty after the play backed up the extra-point attempt to the 18-yard line where Brandon Brookshire (Charlotte, NC/Appalachian State) missed a 35-yard kick.

With his team ahead 13-7 to open the third quarter, Greensboro freshman Ashley O'Neal (Wachese, NC/Southeastern College) made a diving interception of a Corey Phillips (Norwood, NC/South Stanly) pass on the Quakers' 18-yard line on Guilford's first play of the half. O'Neal's team-leading fourth interception of the season set up Gholson's first five-yard scoring run of the quarter, which put the Pride ahead, 19-7.

Guilford drove 46 yards to the Greensboro 15-yard line on its next possession, but lost the ball on downs when the Pride stopped Cherry on a fourth-and-three running play. Greensboro took over and moved 86 yards in six plays before Gholson plowed through the line from five yards out for his second touchdown of the quarter. The drive included two big runs by Layman and a 38-yard pass from Wilder to sophomore Mark Bauer, II (Sterling, VA/Park View).

Guilford mounted little challenge from that point on as the Pride held the Quakers to 30 yards in the fourth quarter and owned a three-minute advantage in time of possession in the final period.

The Pride closes out the 1998 season next Saturday with a home tilt against Bethany, while the Quakers finish up on the road at Chowan.