Guilford Visits Hampden-Sydney In ODAC Gridiron Matchup

 

THE GUILFORD-HAMPDEN-SYDNEY SERIES: With a 34-7 triumph last season in Greensboro, the Quakers narrowed their deficit in the fourth most-played series in school history to 27-20. The two sides first met in 1920 with Hampden-Sydney taking a 10-6 decision. The teams have met in each of the past 25 seasons with Guilford winning 14 times. Quakers head coach Mike Ketchum owns a 3-4 record in his seven meetings with the Tigers.

Guilford's defense forced four turnovers leading to three Quakers' scores and limited the Tigers to 41 rushing yards in last year's 34-7 win in Greensboro. Pressed into running back duty due to injuries, 1997 All-American receiver Junior Lord gained 118 rushing yards and scored twice in the victory.

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY IN 1998 (1-1, 0-0 ODAC): After a winless 1997 season, the Tigers snapped a 12-game losing streak two weeks ago with a 42-35 double overtime win at Gettysburg. The victory marked the first collegiate win in second-year head coach Phil Culicerto's career. Culicerto brought in approximately 60 newcomers this season and many figure prominently on the Tigers' depth chart. Three seniors are listed among Hampden-Sydney's probable starters, as compared to five freshmen. Hampden-Sydney had a bye week last week.

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY OFFENSE: The return of junior quarterback Walt Bondurant rejuvenated a Tigers offense which averaged just 6.6 points and 182.5 yards per game last season. Two weeks ago Hampden-Sydney scored its most points in a game (42) since 1991 and already has as many touchdowns as it did in all of 1997 (8). Bondurant leads the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) in passing efficiency and often looks for sophomore receiver Jeff Woody. Woody burned the Quakers for nine receptions in 1997.  Junior running back Shannon Evans, a first team All-ODAC performer last season, leads the Tigers' ground gainers. Second team all-league tackle Van Everette anchors an offensive line which has yet to yield a sack this season.

STAT LEADERS: Evans 29x85 rushing yards, 2.9 avg., 42.5 yards per game, 2 TD

Bondurant 26-49, 437 passing yards, 3 TD, 1 INT, 166.5 yards per game

Woody 12x232 receiving yards, 1 TD, 19.3 yards per catch

 

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY DEFENSE: The Tigers struggled against the run in their first two games, enabling opponents to gain 580 yards on the ground in two games. Junior linebacker Ryan Pitz received the ODAC's Defensive Player of the Week Award for his 17-tackle, one-sack effort against Gettysburg. Junior safety Ryan Stevens heads a solid secondary which includes seniors Tony Joyce and Timmy Cleary on the corners. Sophomore linebacker Dann Cahoon is the Tigers' top returning tackler from 1998.

STAT LEADERS: Pitz 25 tackles (14 solo), 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble

Stevens 20 tackles (9 solo), 1 INT, 2 breakups, 1 forced fumble

Cahoon 18 tackles (8 solo), 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack

 

CHERRY, DEFENSE KEY 27-20 WIN OVER WASHINGTON AND LEE

THE RESULT: Guilford shook off a 13-12 halftime deficit to post its 11th win in its last 12 games, a 27-20 home win over visiting Washington and Lee in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) lid-lifter for both teams. Senior running back Dwayne Cherry rushed for two second-half scores, including the game-winner on a 35-yard jaunt midway through the fourth quarter. Guilford's defense produced five turnovers, three in the fourth quarter.

OFFENSIVE STARS: Senior running back Dwayne Cherry rushed 20 times for a career-high 153 yards and two second-half touchdowns. Cherry, a starting defensive back for each of the past two years, entered the game with 160 career rushing yards, 128 of which came as a freshman fullback in 1995. His 153 yards are the most in a single game by a Guilford back since 1995 when senior David Heggie picked up 167 yards against the Generals November 5, 1996. Cherry's running and Guilford's offensive line helped the Quakers roll up 255 rushing yards, the most in a game since October 22, 1994 in a win over Emory & Henry. In his most extensive playing time since the middle of 1996, Heggie picked up 66 yards on 18 carries. He scored on a 21-yard second-quarter run. Freshman quarterback Brian Foulks completed eight of 19 passes for 120 yards and scored his first collegiate touchdown on a one-yard plunge.

DEFENSIVE STARS: Junior safety Luke Martin notched a season-high 15 tackles (6 solo) and broke up a pass. Sophomore safety Jeff Turner made a career-best 13 stops (5 solo) and broke up Washington and Lee's final pass of the game in the end zone as time expired. Junior defensive end Idris Coleman had three stops, including one and a half sacks. Junior cornerback Jimmy Lamour made five solo tackles, picked off his ODAC-leading second pass and recovered a fumble. His 17-yard interception return in the fourth quarter helped set up Guilford's winning score. Senior defensive end Scott Sinclair (5 tackles) and junior defensive end Stephen Wilcosky (5 tackles) recorded sacks in the contest.

SPECIAL TEAMS STARS: Freshman Luke Davis made his collegiate debut with a 32-yard kickoff return in the second quarter. Rookie Chris McKinney returned three punts for just over a seven-yard average and averaged 17 yards on two kickoff returns. Senior David Heggie punted six times for 36.2 yards per game.

 

QUAKERS SWEEP WEEKLY ODAC AWARDS: For the first time in Guilford's seven years as members of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), Guilford players swept the ODAC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards. Senior running back Dwayne Cherry picked up the offensive prize while junior cornerback Jimmy Lamour earned the loop's defensive honor. The announcement marked his second ODAC Player of the Week prize in his career.

AND THE DEFENSE WILL LEAD THEM: Head coach Mike Ketchum spoke throughout the off-season of the importance of a strong defensive start in 1998 while an offense laden with inexperienced skill players adjusted to the college 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 Generals quarterback Christian Batcheller four times. Guilford's 11 takeaways come after the 1997 club led all NCAA divisions with 44 takeaways.

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

Dating back to the eighth game of the 1997 campaign, Guilford's defense allowed only one touchdown in its 223:47 (nearly 15 quarters) of action. Greensboro College averted a shutout in its November 8 Guilford game by scoring with 1:03 left in the contest. Washington and Lee broke up the scoreless streak early in the second quarter of last week's game.

WHO'S HOLDING THE CLIPBOARD??: Freshman Brian Foulks beat out sophomore Corey Phillips and rookie Jon Hardy for the starting quarterback job in preseason workouts. Available records indicate that the former Western Guilford H.S. standout is Guilford's first true freshman opening-day signal caller in at least 25 years. He's replacing Danny Strelkauskas '98, who graduated with nearly all of the school's passing records and remains with the team as a volunteer assistant coach until he begins service as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in October.

Just because Phillips and Hardy didn't win the starting quarterback job, don't expect them to sit the bench. At least four season-ending injuries decimated the Quakers' receiving corps in preseason which presents trouble for Guilford's three-wideout formation. As a result, Phillips and Hardy will see the field as receivers. This proposition is nothing new to Phillips who appeared in one game at quarterback in 1997, but caught seven passes for 85 yards in 10 games as a receiver/tight end. The coaches like both players' athleticism and Hardy's 6-4 frame. Hardy made his 1998 debut in the second quarter of the Washington and Lee game and could see time again Saturday.

INJURY REPORT: Senior safety Barrett Wiley suffered a strained hamstring early in preseason and could make his 1998 debut against Hampden-Sydney. Senior cornerback Josh Clayton left the Washington and Lee game with an injured foot and is doubtful for the Hampden-Sydney contest. The exact nature of the injury is unknown due to continued inflammation. Junior receiver Dan Rosewag re-injured his separated shoulder two weeks ago and could be out for the year. Rookie defensive lineman Derek Tolley is out one to two weeks with a broken foot. Freshmen 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 691 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: Senior running back David Heggie has gained 434 rushing yards on 68 carries (144.7 yards per game, 6.4 yards per carry) in three career games against Hampden-Sydney. He rushed for 227 yards on 28 carries as a freshman in 1994... the Quakers are 5-3 in ODAC lid-lifters... Guilford has won 11 of its last 12 games... Old Dominion Athletic Conference football coaches picked the Quakers third in their preseason poll, behind Emory & Henry and Randolph-Macon. Hampden-Sydney was picked fifth... 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 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 matchup with Division I-AA non-scholarship competitor Davidson College next Saturday night in their lone evening affair of the year. Guilford scored a 25-22 victory in last year's meeting.

 

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 3 Chris McKinney (Fr., 6-2, 185)

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

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

PK 22 Matt Daly (Sr., 5-7, 145)

GUILFORD DEFENSE

DE 37 Stephen Wilcosky (Jr., 6-0, 215)

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)