Guilford Puts Perfect Record On The Line At Division I-AA Davidson

 

THE GUILFORD-DAVIDSON SERIES: The Wildcats hold a 19-9-1 advantage in the season series, which dates back to 1900. The 29 meetings between the two schools make the series Guilford's seventh most-played football rivalry. Davidson dominated the first nine meetings of the series (8-0-1) from 1900-1928 and outscored the Quakers 193-2 during that time. Since the series resumed in 1969 after a 41-year break, Davidson holds an 11-9 edge in the 20 games with Guilford.

Guilford and Davidson have played to within three points in each of the past three years with the Quakers winning the 1995 and 1997 contests in Greensboro. Danny Strelkauskas hit William Rochelle from 12 yards out with 3:02 left in the game to lift Guilford to a 25-22 win last year. The teams combined for eight turnovers on the day, including two in the final 3:35 of the game.

DAVIDSON IN 1998 (1-2): All three Davidson contests have been decided by a touchdown or less, with the Wildcats' lone victory coming in overtime against Sewanee September 19, 16-9. The Wildcats opened the season with a 19-14 loss to Jacksonville in the first football game in Dolphins' history. Davidson held a fourth-quarter lead only to see the hosts go ahead with five minutes left in the game. Last week, Emory & Henry rallied from a 24-6 third-quarter deficit to post a 27-24 win.

DAVIDSON OFFENSE: First-year offensive coordinator Al Logan came to Davidson last year after four seasons as head coach at Sewanee (including two as head coach) and brought the spread option with him. The formation, made popular by many of the service academies, relies on the skills of senior quarterback Tommy Dugan, the team's leading rusher. Dugan ranks second on Davidson's career total offense chart (5,059) and fourth in career passing yardage (4,030). Junior running back Eric Ferguson stands 10th among Davidson's career rushing leaders (1,347) and has not been tackled behind the line of scrimmage on 43 carries this year. Sophomore spilt end Corey Crawford leads the receiving corps. Davidson averages 269.3 total offensive yards per contest, 176.7 yards on the ground.

STAT LEADERS: Dugan 56x186 rushing yards, 3.3 avg, 62.0 yards per game, 3 TD

Ferguson 43x161, 3.7 avg, 53.7 yards per game, 0 TD

Dugan 26-53, 257 passing yards, 4 TD, 2 INT, 85.7 yards per game

Crawford 10x99 receiving yards, 2 TD, 9.9 yards per catch

DAVIDSON DEFENSE: The Wildcats' 4-3 set allows 274.3 yards per game, 190.0 on the ground, 84.3 through the air. A veteran secondary makes Davidson a difficult team to throw against, but a youthful defensive line allows for yards on the ground. Sophomore defensive end Bo Henderson leads the Wildcat tacklers, just ahead of senior cornerback Clif Henry. Sophomore linebacker Freeman Belser and junior linebacker Wes Thornton are other top defenders. Sophomore cornerback Ryan Crawford has half of Davidson's four interceptions.

STAT LEADERS: Henderson 30 tackles (14 solo), 6 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery

Henry 26 tackles (13 solo), 1 tackle for loss, 3 break ups, 1 forced fumble

Belser 24 tackles (9 solo), two tackles for loss

 

TURNOVERS KEY IN 16-13 ODAC WIN AT HAMPDEN-SYDNEY

THE RESULT: For the second week in a row, the Quakers rallied from a halftime deficit thanks to a solid defensive performance and recorded an important Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory. Trailing 7-6 at halftime, Guilford scored on two of its first three third-quarter possessions to take a 16-7 advantage. The Tigers pulled to within three by capping a 72-yard drive with a touchdown, but missed a game-tying 26-yard field goal with 3:31 remaining. The missed field goal ended a 16-play, 81-yard drive which consumed 8:02 of the fourth quarter.

OFFENSIVE STARS: Freshman quarterback Brian Foulks passed for a career-high 165 yards and both Guilford touchdowns in his most productive day as a Quaker. He completed seven of 16 passes, including a 74-yard catch-and-run to senior running back Dwayne Cherry. In addition to his 74-yard reception, Cherry rushed for over 100 yards for the second straight week with 103 yards on 15 carries. He enabled the Quakers to run out the clock with their final possession by gaining 44 yards and three first downs on six carries. Sophomore Corey Phillips, a backup quarterback, caught two passes for 54 yards, including his first collegiate touchdown. Freshman Chuck Irwin made his first collegiate reception a memorable one with a diving, other-the-shoulder catch in the end zone for a second-quarter score.

DEFENSIVE STARS: Guilford's defense produced at least five turnovers for the third straight week, two of which led to scoring plays. Sophomore linebacker Ben Kenerson led all tacklers with a career-high 14 stops (5 solo), four of which came behind the line of scrimmage. Senior nose guard Humberto Padilla had four stops (2 solo) and forced two of Hampden-Sydney's four fumbles. Sophomore free safety Jeff Turner made 10 tackles, intercepted a pass, broke up two others and recovered a fumble. Junior strong safety Luke Martin also had 10 tackles, three for a loss. Sophomore defensive back Thaddeus Nathaniel made his first interception of the year. Sophomore linebacker Carlos Landin made a career-high eight tackles and recovered a fumble.

SPECIAL TEAMS STARS: Freshman kicker Luke Southam moved ahead of senior Matt Daly on the depth chart by converting a 22-yard field goal, his first as a collegian, and an extra point. Senior punter David Heggie enjoyed his most productive kicking day of the year with five punts for a season-high 38.3-yard average. None of his punts were returned and four pinned the Tigers inside their own 20-yard line.

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 haven't lost this season and own a six-game winning streak dating back to last season. Guilford has won 11 of its last 12 games. The school record for consecutive wins is nine, set over the 1965 and 1966 campaigns.

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 running back 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 picked up where it left off in 1998 with 16 takeaways through three games. 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 Generals quarterback Christian Batcheller four times in a 27-20 win over Washington and Lee. Last week's win over Hampden-Sydney yielded five turnovers, two of which led to Guilford touchdowns.

Five of the takeaways have led to 33 points scored by the offense. Factor in a safety from the Methodist game, the defense has contributed to 35 of Guilford's 52 points this season, or 67.3% of Guilford's scoring. Five of Guilford's 16 takeaways have come in the fourth quarter.

FAREWELL LIEUTENANT STRELKAUSKAS: Guilford assistant coach Danny Strelkauskas makes his final appearance of the year with the Quakers' football staff against Davidson. The 1998 Guilford grad begins service as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps Monday, October 5, in South Carolina. Strelkauskas graduated from the Officers Candidate School in 1997 and earned his rank by graduating from Guilford last spring.

Strelkauskas set 14 Guilford passing records as a three-year starting quarterback. He ranked second among the ODAC's career leaders in passing attempts, completions and touchdowns. A five-time ODAC Player of the Week, Strelkauskas was a second team all-league pick in 1997 after leading the Quakers to a share of the ODAC title.

INJURY REPORT: Senior safety Barrett Wiley suffered a strained hamstring early in preseason and could make his 1998 debut against Davidson. Senior cornerback Josh Clayton left the Washington and Lee game with an injured foot and missed the Hampden-Sydney contest. He's listed as doubtful for this week. Freshman receiver/returner Chris McKinney twisted an ankle against Hampden-Sydney and sat out the second half, but should play against Davidson. Rookie defensive lineman Derek Tolley is out two to three weeks with a broken foot. Junior receiver Dan Rosewag (shoulder) and rookies Matt Hambright (knee), Matt Forrester (shoulder), and Jorge Castillo (hamstring) incurred season-ending injuries in preseason workouts.

RECORD CHASE: Senior running back David Heggie began his final season within reach of the school career rushing record. The 1994 ODAC Player of the Year is 665 yards behind Reggie Kenan's '77 standard of 3,486 career rushing yards. He needs two touchdowns on the ground to pass offensive coordinator Calvin Hunter's '92 school-record 18 rushing touchdowns.

QUAKER NOTES: Heggie has gained 192 rushing yards on 40 carries (64.0 yards per game, 4.8 yards per carry) in three career contests with Davidson. He missed most of the 1995 game with an injury, but rushed 22 times for 104 yards and a touchdown against the Wildcats in 1996.

• Rookie quarterback Jon Hardy enjoyed his finest day for the Quakers last Saturday, completing four of five passes for 26 yards and running for 27 yards on five carries. He has entered each of the past two games (as planned) for two or three possessions.

• Guilford's season-opening win marked the first time Guilford produced back-to-back shutouts since the Quakers opened the 1981 season with a 23-0 triumph over Emory and Henry and a 21-0 whitewash of Randolph-Macon.

• 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 reports from the sidelines.

NEXT WEEK: The Quakers return to Greensboro October 10 to open a three-game homestand with Ferrum College in the annual Homecoming Day contest. The Quakers have won two close games with the Panthers in each of the past two years, but Ferrum maintains a 7-4 lead in the season series. Ferrum entered Saturday's road game at Methodist with a 3-0 record.

 

GUILFORD'S PROBABLE STARTERS

GUILFORD OFFENSE

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 9 Aaron Denton (Jr., 5-11, 170)

WR 19 Corey Phillips (So., 6-1, 180)

RB 5 David Heggie (Sr., 5-8, 190)

QB 8 Brian Foulks (Fr., 6-3, 215)

PK 10 Luke Southam (Fr., 6-2, 190)

 

GUILFORD DEFENSE

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 61 Luke White (Fr. 6-1, 220)

DE 26 Scott Sinclair (Sr., 6-0, 220)

LB 16 Ben Kenerson (So., 6-1, 220)

LB 32 Carlos Landin (So., 5-9, 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 20 Larry Aguero (Fr,. 5-8, 145)

P 5 David Heggie (Sr., 5-8, 190)