THE GUILFORD-EMORY & HENRY SERIES: The Wasps extended their lead in Guilford's third-most-played rivalry to 26-23 with a 35-27 victory over the Quakers in 1997. Oliver Jordan rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the Wasps' win. Emory & Henry's defense sacked Guilford's quarterbacks eight times and limited the Quakers to -7 net rushing yards.
The home team has won the annual Quakers-Wasps tussle in each of the last five years. Three of the last four games were determined by eight points or less. Since joining the ODAC, Guilford is 3-4 against Emory and Henry. The Quakers won 11 straight games in the series from 1974-84.
EMORY & HENRY IN 1998 (6-0, 3-0 ODAC): Once again, veteran head coach Lou Wacker has his Wasps in the running for an NCAA playoff berth. Emory & Henry is looking for its fifth postseason trip in school history and its first since 1996. The Wasps are ranked sixth in this week's NCAA Division III South Region Poll which determines the four teams to represent the region in the playoffs. Emory & Henry opened the season with narrow wins over Washington and Jefferson (12-10), Bridgewater (14-13) Davidson (27-24) before earning convincing victories over Greensboro (42-10) and Hampden-Sydney (35-14). Last week, the Wasps knocked Randolph-Macon from the ranks of the ODAC unbeaten with a 27-19 home win.
EMORY & HENRY OFFENSE: The Wasps like to keep the ball on the ground and in the hands of junior All-ODAC running back Oliver Jordan. Jordan leads the league and ranks nationally in rushing yards per game (9th), scoring (18th) and all-purpose yards (15th). Emory and Henry tops the ODAC and stands 17th in the country with its 255.0 rushing yards per game average. Rookie quarterback Matt Olexy splits time under center with sophomore Josh Glaze. Sophomore David Scammell and rookie Ernest Cheatham usually carry the ball when Jordan doesn't. Senior tight end Todd Mounts is the team's leading receiver. Junior guard Micheal Hughes, the ODAC's Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending October 10, leads a powerful line which averages 6-2, 282 pounds per man.
STAT LEADERS: Jordan 132x939 rushing yards, 7.1 avg, 156.5 yards per game, 10 TD
Cheatham 52x221 rushing yards, 4.3 avg, 36.8 yards per game
Scammell 32x169 rushing yards, 5.3 avg, 28.2 yards per game, 2 TD
Olexy 13-30, 208 passing yards, 3 TD, 1 INT, 52.0 yards per game
Mounts 6x65 receiving yards, 2 TD, 10.8 yards per catch
EMORY & HENRY DEFENSE: Not to be outdone by its offensive counterparts, the Emory & Henry defense also ranks among the nation's best and features a number of all-star candidates. The Wasps have returned an NCAA-record five fumbles for touchdowns, three by junior lineman Earl Jefferson and two last week by defending ODAC Defensive Player of the Week, Tyronn Peterson. Senior defensive end Mike Kassnove and senior linebacker John Carmody are returning All-ODAC performers from last season's team. Senior tackle Isaac Williams leads the Wasps in sacks. Emory & Henry ranks 19th in the nation against the pass and 30th in total defense (246.5 yards per game).
STAT LEADERS: Carmody 72 tackles (47 primary), 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks
Williams 58 tackles (38 primary), 8 tackles for loss, 5 sacks
Peterson 35 tackles (27 primary)
Kassnove 23 tackles (15 primary), 3 tackles for loss, 4 sacks
HEGGIE CARRIES GUILFORD TO 28-14 ODAC WIN OVER BRIDGEWATER
THE RESULT: Guilford outscored visiting Bridgewater, 21-0, in the decisive third quarter as the Quakers snapped a two-game losing skid with a 28-14 conference win. Guilford rolled up a season-high 416 total offensive yards, including 271 on the ground. The defense limited the Eagles to 19 passing yards, one shy of the school record for fewest passing yards allowed in a game.
OFFENSIVE STARS: Senior running back David Heggie rushed a school-record 39 times for a school-record 265 yards and one touchdown. He broke John Meroney's '61 29-year-old mark of 253 rushing yards set against Elon in 1959. Heggie sat out the last half of the 1996 season and the entire 1997 campaign with a variety of injuries which also hampered him through the first five games in 1998. He showed no signs of injury in averaging 6.8 yards per carry against Bridgewater. Rookie receiver Chris McKinney caught four passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns, all career-highs. His 71-yard scoring reception from rookie Brian Foulks marked Guilford's longest touchdown pass in a game since 1996. Foulks completed seven of 18 passes for 145 yards and two scores. Heggie and McKinney, both of Apex (NC) High School, combined for 407 of Guilford's 416 total offensive yards.
DEFENSIVE STARS: Senior defensive end Scott Sinclair turned in one of his best performances of the season with nine tackles, three for loss and a half a sack. Junior safety Luke Martin and sophomore safety Jeff Turner led the defense with 10 tackles. Junior cornerback Jimmy Lamour made three tackles, broke up two passes and made his team-leading third interception of the season which he returned 75 yards for his second career touchdown. Freshman linebacker Jake Sorg made four stops in his first collegiate start and returned his first collegiate interception 20 yards to set up a Guilford score in the third quarter.
SPECIAL TEAMS STARS: Senior David Heggie punted effectively four times for a 36-yard average. Junior Jimmy Lamour returned three kicks for a combined 52 yards. Add in a 75-yard interception return and he totaled a career-high 127 all-purpose yards. Freshman Luke Southam ran his consecutive successful PAT attempts streak to six with a 4-4 effort against Bridgewater.
MIXED FRUIT: Senior Dwayne Cherry finds himself listed as a backup receiver on this week's depth chart. The Charlotte, NC, native started the season as a backup running back, but moved into the number-one position while David Heggie continued to struggle with injuries. Cherry, a defensive back for each of the past two seasons, rushed for over 100 yards in back-to-back ODAC games, including a career-best 153 yards against Washington and Lee. With starting receiver Aaron Denton out this week with a knee injury, Cherry moves outside to receiver. Cherry's practice time has been limited this season due to student-teaching obligations during the week.
THAT WINNING FEELING: In addition to the newness of college life and college football, four Guilford freshmen are tasting victory for the first time in a long while. Rookie defensive lineman Luke White suffered through three straight winless seasons (1 junior varsity, 2 varsity) at Southern Guilford High School in Greensboro before coming to Guilford. Southwest Miami (FL) High School teammates Larry Aguero and Jorge Castillo endured back-to-back 0-10 campaigns as juniors and seniors while freshman receiver Chuck Irwin's Mulberry (FL) High School teams compiled an 8-32 mark in his four years with the varsity, including a 1-9 record as a senior. The freshmen picked a good time to come to Guilford since the Quakers are in a winning frame of mind. Guilford has won 12 of its last 16 games dating back to last season.
TWICE AS NICE: For the first time in Guilford's seven years as a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), Guilford players swept the ODAC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards for the week ending September 19. Senior Dwayne Cherry picked up the offensive prize after rushing for a career-high 153 yards and two touchdowns in Guilford's September 19 win over Washington and Lee. Junior cornerback Jimmy Lamour earned the loop's top defensive honor for the second time in his career after making five tackles, intercepting a pass, breaking up another and recovering a fumble against the Generals.
AND THE DEFENSE WILL LEAD THEM: After forcing an NCAA-high 44 turnovers in 1997, Guilford's defense has continued taking the ball away in 1998 with 26 takeaways through six games. The Quakers have 70 takeaways in 16 games, or 4.38 per game. The Quakers' defense essentially won the season-opener against Methodist by recording six turnovers, five sacks, a safety and a blocked field goal. The defense produced five more turnovers and sacked Washington and Lee quarterback Christian Batcheller four times in a 27-20 win September 19. The September 26 win over Hampden-Sydney yielded five turnovers, two of which led to Guilford touchdowns.
Eight of the takeaways have led to 50 points of Guilford's 97 points this year. Factor in a safety from the Methodist game, the defense has contributed to 52 of Guilford's points this season, or 54% of Guilford's scoring. Six of Guilford's 26 takeaways have come in the fourth quarter.
GOOD-BYE ODAC, HELLO NFL: Former Guilford standout Junior Lord completed his brilliant career in 1997 with 10 school records and six ODAC marks. A 1997 third team Hewlett Packard Division III All-American, Lord signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins two days after the June draft. He stayed with the team until the next to last cutdown date when he was released. However, a little over a week later the Redskins invited Guilford's career receiving leader back and signed him to their five-man practice squad where he remains to this day. The initial four-time, first team All-ODAC pick in league history, Lord concluded his career with 201 receptions for 3,089 yards and 33 touchdowns.
RECORD CHASE: Last Saturday's outburst lifted senior running back David Heggie back into the hunt for Guilford's career rushing record. The 1994 ODAC Player of the Year is 361 yards behind Reggie Kenan's '77 standard of 3,486 career rushing yards. Heggie needs to average 90.3 rushing yards per game in order to break the 22-year-old standard. With his three-yard rushing score last week he moved into a tie with offensive coordinator Calvin Hunter's '92 atop the Guilford career rushing touchdown ledger with 18 scores on the ground.
INJURY REPORT: Junior receiver Aaron Denton is out after suffered torn knee cartilage in last week's win and will have surgery in the next two weeks. Senior cornerback Josh Clayton left the Washington and Lee game with a broken foot and will dress today, but is not likely to play. Freshman defensive lineman Sean Glarner should return to the lineup after sitting out last week with an eye injury. Rookie defensive lineman Derek Tolley is cleared to begin practice October 26 after suffering a broken foot in the preseason. Junior receiver Dan Rosewag (shoulder) and rookies Matt Hambright (knee), Matt Forrester (shoulder), and Jorge Castillo (hamstring) incurred season-ending injuries in preseason workouts.
QUAKER NOTES: Senior running back David Heggie is making his first appearance against Emory & Henry in two years. He missed the 1996 and 1997 matchup due to injury. In two previous career contests against the Wasps, Heggie averaged 157 rushing yards and 6.3 yards per carry. He had the second-best rushing day of his career versus the Wasps in 1994 when he ran 32 times for 230 yards and two scores.
• Senior defensive back Barrett Wiley made his 1998 debut on passing downs against Bridgewater after missing the first five games of the season with a hamstring injury. Wiley earned second team All-ODAC honors in 1997.
• Guilford has scored seven times (5 TD, 2 FG) in 15 chances in the "Red Zone" this year. The "Red Zone" is the area inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
• The Quakers rank 24th among Division III pass efficiency defense leaders in this week's NCAA statistics. Opponents have a 84.4 pass efficiency rating against Guilford this season.
• Old Dominion Athletic Conference football coaches picked the Quakers 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. Miguel briefly played football at a junior college in the Midwest.
GUILFORD ON THE AIR: For the fourth consecutive season, all 10 of Guilford's football games will be broadcast on 1070, WGOS-AM. Tom Bryant and Miles Poole handle the play-by-play and color commentary while Keith Lawson and Derrick Snow report from the sidelines.
NEXT WEEK: Guilford hits the road for the first time in three weeks when it closes out the ODAC season at Randolph-Macon. The Yellow Jackets enter Saturday's game with one conference loss and a 4-2 overall record.
GUILFORD'S PROBABLE STARTERS
WR 17 Bryan Porter (So., 6-0, 205)
RT 72 Matt Spillman (Sr., 6-1, 265)
RG 55 Lee Massey (Fr., 6-1, 270)
C 66 Garrick Vogt (Jr., 5-11, 230)
LG 50 Doug Robertson (Sr., 6-1, 290)
LT 73 Matt Dixon (Jr., 5-11, 220)
TE 86 Alan York (Jr., 6-2, 215)
WR 23 Marques Williams (So., 5-7, 160)
WR 3 Chris McKinney (Fr., 6-2, 185)
RB 5 David Heggie (Sr., 5-8, 190)
QB 8 Brian Foulks (Fr., 6-3, 215)
PK 10 Luke Southam (Fr., 6-2, 190)
DE 48 Idris Coleman (Jr., 5-11, 225)
DT 64 Terrance Wilson (Sr., 6-2, 265)
NG 1 Humberto Padilla (Sr., 5-10, 240)
DT 58 Dan Morse (Sr., 6-3, 270)
DE 26 Scott Sinclair (Sr., 6-0, 220)
LB 44 Will Black (Fr., 5-10, 215)
LB 47 Jake Sorg (Fr., 5-11, 200)
CB 24 Jimmy Lamour (Jr., 5-11, 165)
FS 31 Jeff Turner (So., 5-11, 170)
SS 4 Luke Martin (Jr., 5-10, 190)
CB 15 Larry Aguero (Fr., 5-8, 145)
P 5 David Heggie (Sr., 5-8, 190)