Cherry, Defense Lead Guilford To Football Win In ODAC Opener

Greensboro, NC (9/19/98)  -- Senior running back Dwayne Cherry (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Country Day) rushed for a career-high 153 yards and two touchdowns as Guilford (2-0, 1-0 ODAC) downed visiting Washington and Lee (0-2, 0-1), 27-20, in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opener for both teams.

Cherry's second score, a 35-yard scamper, broke a 20-20 tie with 8:52 left in the game. Junior cornerback Jimmy Lamour (Hollywood, FL/Miramar) set up the touchdown with his second interception of the season. Guilford's defense forced five Generals' turnovers on the day (two interceptions and three fumble recoveries) for a total of 11 takeaways through two games.

The Quakers had a chance to put the game away after senior Terrance Wilson (Minneapolis. MN/Roosevelt) recovered a Washington and Lee fumble on the Generals' six-yard line with 7:26 left in the game. Guilford drove to the one-yard line, but the Generals' defense held and forced a 20-yard field goal attempt which sophomore kicker Matt Daly (Wakefield, RI/South Kingstown) pushed wide left with 5:09 remaining.

Washington and Lee junior quarterback Christian Batcheller (Stuart, VA/Patrick County) drove his team to Guilford's 20-yard line on the next possession, but Wilson forced a Batcheller fumble which was recovered by Quakers' rookie lineman Sean Glarner (Coral Springs, FL/Coral Springs) on his own 24-yard line with 1:39 left in the game.

The Generals got the ball back on the Guilford 49-yard line with 31 seconds left, but could only get to the Quakers' 24-yard line where a game-ending pass into the end zone was broken up by sophomore Jeff Turner (Melbourne, FL/Melbourne).

Washington and Lee held a 13-12 halftime lead on a one-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Marc Watson (Marietta, GA/Walton) (13 carries, 61 yards) and a TD pass from Batcheller to junior wideout J.T. Malatesta (Washington, DC/Landon). Batcheller finished with 194 passing yards and 47 rushing yards.

Guilford took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched 84 yards in 13 plays before Cherry scored on a four-yard run and ran in the two-point conversion to give the hosts a 20-13 advantage.

In addition to Cherry's 153 yards on the ground, Guilford got 66 rushing yards on 18 carries from senior running back David Heggie (Apex, NC/Apex) in Heggie's most extensive playing time since the middle of the 1996 season. He needs 691 yards to become Guilford's career rushing leader and moved to within one of Guilford's career rushing TD mark of 18 held by offensive coordinator Calvin Hunter '92.

Guilford has won 11 of its last 12 games dating back to 1997 and visits league rival Hampden-Sydney next Saturday. The Generals visit Centre in a nonleague game next week.