Emory & Henry Earns Fifth Straight ODAC Crown With Win At Guilford

 

Greensboro, NC -- Sophomore David Scammell's (Vansant, VA/Grundy) six-yard run with 6:31 left in the game broke a 20-20 tie and lifted visiting Emory & Henry (7-0, 4-0 ODAC) to a 34-20 win at Guilford Saturday afternoon. The victory clinched the Wasps' fifth straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championship.

Emory & Henry will finish with at least a 4-1 league mark and wins head-to-head tie-breakers Guilford and Randolph-Macon, the remaining ODAC teams with one conference loss.

Guilford (4-3, 3-1) rallied from a 14-0 second-quarter deficit and forced the game's second tie (20-20) on freshman Brian Foulks' (Greensboro, NC/Western Guilford) third touchdown pass of the day, a 41-yard screen pass to senior running back David Heggie (Apex, NC/Apex) with 9:14 left to play.

The Wasps answered on the ensuing possession with a six-play, 70-yard scoring drive culminated by Scammell's scoring run with 6:31 remaining. Sophomore Chris Epperly's (Christiansburg, VA/Christiansburg) extra point gave the Wasps a 27-20 advantage.

The teams traded punts before Guilford took over on its own nine-yard line with 3:37 left. Sophomore linebacker John Carmody (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin) sacked Foulks on the Quakers' one-yard line and jarred the ball loose for senior Isaac Williams (Boones Mill, VA/Cave Spring) to recover in the end zone. The score was the Wasps' NCAA-record sixth touchdown via fumble recovery this year. Epperly's extra point provided the final 34-20 margin with 3:30 left to play.

The Wasps dominated early in the game and jumped out to a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Emory & Henry took the ball 84 yards in 17 plays on its first possession and scored on a 13-yard pass from junior Tom Crigger (Vansant, VA/Grundy) to junior Thad Beavers (Tazewell, VA/Tazewell). Crigger's lone offensive play of the day culminated the Wasps' first possession in a grinding eight minutes and 20 seconds.
Freshman quarterback Matt Olexy (Richmond, VA/J.R. Tucker) scored on a two-yard keeper on the Wasps' third possession of the day. The touchdown gave Emory & Henry a 14-0 lead with 8:09 left in the half.

Guilford's defense held E&H junior running back Oliver Jordan (Clifton Forge, VA/Alleghany) to 91 rushing yards on 29 carries, 65 below his season average, but Jordan burned the Quakers for a 90-yard third-quarter kickoff return. Sophomore Henri Fitzgerald fumbled the kickoff at the Wasps' 15-yard line, but Jordan picked it up and ran it back 90 yards for the score, breaking a number of tackles along the way. Jordan, the nation's ninth-leading rusher, finished with 181 all-purpose yards.

Heggie, fresh off a school-record 265-yard rushing effort against Bridgewater, gained 97 yards on 19 carries and another 77 receiving yards for Guilford. He moved to within 264 rushing yards of Reggie Kenan's school-record 3,486 career rushing yards with three games to play. Foulks completed 15 of 34 passes for 221 yards and three scores, all career bests, but was held to three of 10 passing for 51 yards in the final quarter.

Guilford visits ODAC rival Randolph-Macon next week while the Wasps host Ferrum.