THE GUILFORD-CHOWAN SERIES: The Quakers hold a 3-1 lead in the four-game series dating to 1993. Guilford won last year's game, 61-0, behind a school-record setting 374-yard, five-touchdown performance by senior quarterback Danny Strelkauskas '98. Senior receiver Junior Lord hauled in four of Strelkauskas' scoring strikes to set another single-game school standard.
Chowan posted its lone win in the series in 1996 with a 19-13 overtime victory over Guilford in Murfreesboro. The contest marked the first overtime game in Guilford's NCAA history.
CHOWAN IN 1998 (4-5): First-year head coach Steve Lee has led Chowan to its most wins in at least four seasons. Lee took over for Guilford graduate Dan Surface '67 last winter after serving as Chowan's defensive coordinator for two years. Chowan opened the year with three losses in its first four games, but rebounded with back-to-back wins over good teams from Frostburg State (29-16) and Salisbury State (26-10). Last week's 36-6 road win over the Newport News Apprentice School snapped a two-game losing skid which included losses to Ferrum (0-14) and Wesley (3-35). Chowan defeated Greensboro, 41-28, September 14.
Chowan is one of six teams in the newly formed Atlantic Central Football Conference (AFCA) which will crown its first league champion in 1999 due to 1998 scheduling difficulties. Chowan went 2-3 against ACFC opponents, which include Wesley, Salisbury State, Frostburg State, Ferrum and Methodist.
CHOWAN OFFENSE: Chowan employs a balanced attack directed by senior quarterback Chris Dent, a four-year starter. Freshman running back Lamont Boone takes the majority of the carries, although senior fullback Mark Folwer and sophomore running back Timmy Carter will also see time. Dent's favorite pass targets include 6-3 junior Jeremy Forbes and 6-2 junior Danny Inscoe. Chowan averages 307.2 offensive yards per game, 171.3 rushing yards and 135.9 passing yards. The offensive line includes four sophomores, including right tackle David Mercer who stands 6-8 and weighs 350 pounds.
STAT LEADERS: Boone 120x603 rushing yards, 5.0 avg., 67.0 yards per game, 5 TD
Carter 79x317 rushing yards, 4.0 avg, 35.2 yards per game, 2 TD
Fowler 39x280 rushing yards, 7.2 avg, 31.1 yards per game, 3 TD
Dent 76-167, 954 passing yards, 9 TD, 6 INT, 106.0 yards per game
Forbes 33x633 receiving yards, 4 TD, 19.2 yards per catch
Inscoe 22x204 receiving yards, 3 TD, 9.3 yards per catch
CHOWAN DEFENSE: Chowan employs a big, physical 4-3 formation which includes four seniors among the front seven players. Senior linebacker Chris Coleman is a talented all-around defender who leads the team in tackles, sacks, tackles for loss and has four interceptions. He's coming off a seven-tackle, three-sack, two interception performance in last Saturday's win over the Apprentice School. Sophomore defensive back Antwain Haskins made a career-high three interceptions in the win. Sophomore safety Tony Peed and senior defensive end Isaias Martinez are other defensive standouts.
STAT LEADERS: Coleman 70 tackles (48 solo), 16 tackles for loss, 7 sack, 4 INT, 7 break-ups
Peed 64 tackles (39 solo), 2 tackles for loss, 3 INT, 1 recoveries
Martinez 62 tackles (37 solo), 5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 3 QB hurries
Haskins 43 tackles (19 solo), 6 INT, 3 break-ups
GUILFORD FALLS TO CROSSTOWN RIVAL GREENSBORO IN SOUP BOWL MATCHUP
THE RESULT: Visiting Greensboro (2-7) took advantage of five Guilford (4-5) turnovers and held the Quakers to 84 second-half yards to post a 27-7 win in the second annual Gate City Soup Bowl. Guilford played its final home game of 1998 without the rushing services of senior running back David Heggie who was limited to punting duties due to a sore knee. The Quakers started seven freshmen, two sophomores, one junior and a senior on offense, including sophomore quarterback Corey Phillips who made his 1998 signal-calling debut in his first collegiate start. The second-year Pride won its second game in school history and handed Guilford its fifth loss in six games.
OFFENSIVE STARS: Starting in place of the injured Heggie, senior Dwayne Cherry earned Guilford game MVP honors by rushing for 128 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 30 carries. He also caught two passes for 18 yards. Sophomore receiver Bryan Porter caught a career-high eight passes for 65 yards, the most receptions by a Guilford player this year.
DEFENSIVE STARS: Junior safety Luke Martin recorded his seventh double-digit tackle game of the season with a team-high 11 stops (4 solo). Rookie linebacker Will Black matched his career high for the third time this season with nine tackles, one behind the line of scrimmage. Sophomore defensive lineman Ben Kenerson made three of his six tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Senior lineman Terrance Wilson recorded the Quakers' lone sack of the day.
SPECIAL TEAMS STARS: Senior David Heggie punted four times for a 42.5 yards per kick average. Junior Jimmy Lamour returned two kickoffs for 64 yards, including a 34-yard return.
YOUTH MOVEMENT ON OFFENSE: After a lackluster 24-0 loss at Randolph-Macon October 31, Coach Mike Ketchum made a series of offensive changes which give the Quakers a very youthful look. Ketchum moved freshmen Sean Glarner and Luke White from the defensive line to starting right and left offensive tackle, respectively. A knee injury to David Heggie and limited practice time by Dwayne Cherry resulted in rookie Luke Davis' first collegiate start at running back against Greensboro. Rookies Nick Lamotta (tight end), Dallas Hairston (wide receiver) and Chris McKinney (wide receiver) also started against Greensboro. Freshman offensive lineman Lee Massey has started all nine games this season. Seven freshmen are listed as probable starters for the Chowan game.
FAREWELL SENIORS: The Chowan game marks the final Guilford football appearances for the Quakers' 11 seniors. The Class of 1999 has an 18-19 overall record in three-plus seasons at Guilford, including last year's ODAC Championship 8-2 campaign. The 11 players making their final Guilford appearances this afternoon are: running back Dwayne Cherry, kicker Matt Daly, running back David Heggie, defensive lineman Dan Morse, defensive lineman Humberto Padilla, offensive lineman Doug Robertson, defensive end Scott Sinclair, offensive lineman Matt Spillman, defensive back Barrett Wiley, wide receiver Reggie Wilson, and defensive lineman Terrance Wilson.
THE TURNOVER BUG: Last season, Guilford forced an NCAA-high 44 turnovers, including a school-record 27 interceptions. This season, the Quakers have give the ball away 38 times, including a school-record 23 interceptions. In Guilford's five losses this year, the Quakers have combined for 26 turnovers - including eight at Davidson and seven against Randolph-Macon.
LOOKING AHEAD: Here's Guilford's tentative football schedule for the 1999 season, the 93rd in school history: Sept. 11 vs Methodist, Sept. 18 at Washington and Lee, Sept. 25 vs. Hampden-Sydney, Oct. 2 at Davidson, Oct. 9 vs. Ferrum, Oct. 16 at Bridgewater, Oct. 23 at Emory & Henry, Oct. 30 vs. Randolph-Macon, Nov. 6 at Greensboro.
RECORD CHASE: Senior running back David Heggie needs 243 yards to break Reggie Kenan's '77 school standard of 3,486 career rushing yards. With his three-yard rushing score versus Bridgewater, he moved into a tie with offensive coordinator Calvin Hunter '92 atop Guilford's career rushing touchdown ledger with 18 scores on the ground. Heggie broke the school's 29-year-old single-game rushing record with 265 rushing yards on 39 carries against Bridgewater. His performance earned him the ODAC's Offensive Player of the Week Award for the sixth time in his career.
Heggie can tie Phil Lemons '94 school record for career punt attempts (159) with seven punts at Chowan.
INJURY REPORT: Junior wide receiver Aaron Denton is questionable after undergoing arthroscopic surgery knee surgery two weeks ago. Senior running back/punter David Heggie injured his knee against Randolph-Macon and may be limited to punting duties as he was against Greensboro. Freshman cornerback Larry Aguero (knee) and rookie linebacker Will Black (knee) are also questionable while redshirt freshman Khalid Ibn'Bilal (knee) is probable. Senior cornerback Josh Clayton broke a bone in his foot against Washington and Lee and will take a medical redshirt to return in 1999. Junior receiver Dan Rosewag (shoulder) and rookies Matt Hambright (knee), Matt Forrester (shoulder) Derek Tolley (foot), and Jorge Castillo (hamstring) incurred season-ending injuries in preseason workouts.
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.
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 second four-time, first team All-ODAC pick in league history, Lord concluded his career with 201 receptions for 3,089 yards and 33 touchdowns.
QUAKER NOTES: Senior Dwayne Cherry needs 67 rushing yards to give Guilford two backs with over 500 rushing yards in a season for the first time since 1986. Senior David Heggie has 514 rushing yards to date. In 1986 Johnny Hines gained 715 rushing yards and Wayne Shepherd picked up 611 yards on the ground.
• Guilford has scored 10 times (8 TD, 2 FG) in 22 chances in the "Red Zone" this year. The "Red Zone" is the area inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
• 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 Donnie Snow report from the sidelines.
GUILFORD'S PROBABLE STARTERS
WR 17 Bryan Porter (So., 6-0, 205)
RT 63 Sean Glarner (Fr., 6-0, 240)
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 61 Luke White (Fr., 6-1, 220)
TE 84 Nick Lamotta (Fr., 6-4, 215)
WR 13 Dallas Hairston (R-Fr., 5-10, 210)
WR 3 Chris McKinney (Fr., 6-2, 185)
RB 35 Luke Davis (Fr., 5-11, 175)
QB 19 Corey Phillips (So., 6-1, 180)
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 32 Carlos Landin (Jr., 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 15 Larry Aguero (Fr., 5-8, 145)
P 5 David Heggie (Sr., 5-8, 190)