Guilford Begins ODAC Title Defense Versus Washington And Lee

 

THE GUILFORD-WASHINGTON AND LEE SERIES: A 34-20 Guilford victory in Lexington last season gave the Quakers a 6-5 lead in the overall season series which dates to 1965. Guilford posted shutouts in 1967 (35-0) and 1968 (28-0) before a 22-year hiatus in the series. The Quakers and Generals have met in each of the past eight seasons, with neither team posting more than two consecutive victories in that time.

Guilford used a strong defensive effort and a potent passing game in last year's win, the Quakers' second straight over W&L. Cornerback Jimmy Lamour earned the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's (ODAC) Defensive Player of the Week Award for his school-record-tying two interceptions, both of which came in the end zone. Quarterbacks Danny Strelkauskas and Jason Hofmann combined for 315 passing yards on 16 completions while receiver William Rochelle rolled up 291 all-purpose yards, including 189 receiving yards. Starting in place of the injured David Heggie, John Fearrington rushed for two touchdowns before leaving the game with a season-ending knee injury.

WASHINGTON AND LEE IN 1998 (0-1): Picked fourth in the preseason ODAC coaches poll, the Generals opened the season with a 43-23 loss to Johns Hopkins last Saturday. Washington and Lee returned nine 1997 starters on the offensive side of the ball, including junior quarterback Christian Batcheller, who set school records for passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense in 1997. The defense is a bit younger, with just six returning starters, three of whom are playing new positions in 1998.

WASHINGTON AND LEE OFFENSE: Batcheller is one of the ODAC's top quarterbacks and throws to a gifted cast of receivers. The 6-3, 220-pound Stuart, VA, native has an exceptional arm and is also a standout baseball player with professional potential. His favorite targets are 6-5 wideout J.T. Malatesta and the elusive Chas Chastain who burned the Quakers for 13 receptions in last year's meeting between the two schools. Senior tight end David Ritchey, a 1997 second team All-ODAC pick, also warrants attention. Sophomore Hanley Sayers led the Generals' ballcarriers a year ago.

STAT LEADERS: Sayers 15x32 rushing yards, 2.1 avg., 32.0 yards per game, 0 TD

Batcheller 19-28, 230 passing yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 230.0 yards per game

Malatesta 8x116 receiving yards, 1 TD, 14.5 yards per catch

 

WASHINGTON AND LEE DEFENSE: Johns Hopkins rolled up 454 total offensive yards in last week's 43-23 win, 262 through the air. Senior Ben Middendorf is the lone returning starter on the line after junior linebacker Scott King moved to outside linebacker from defensive end. Senior Brad Baker leads the linebackers in the Generals' 4-3 set. Three sophomores surround senior safety John McAllister in the secondary, including junior cornerback Harry Brookby.

STAT LEADERS: Brookby 9 tackles (8 solo)

Jayson Lipsey 7 tackles (3 solo)

Baker 7 tackles (2 solo)

 

DEFENSE SHINES IN 9-0 UPSET OF NATIONALLY RANKED METHODIST

THE RESULT: Guilford (1-0, 0-0 ODAC) opened the season with a 9-0 road win at Methodist last Saturday, snapping the Monarchs' five-game home winning streak. The Quakers took advantage of six Methodist turnovers to upset a team ranked 20th in Division III by one poll, and 34th in another national poll. Guilford got on the board in the first quarter and held on until late in the fourth quarter when a safety provided the final margin of victory.

DEFENSIVE STARS: It's hard to single out one individual from a defensive effort which limited a potent offense to just 84 total offensive yards, three shy of the school record set in 1991 against Charleston Southern. Junior Luke Martin made one of four Guilford interceptions and shared the team tackle lead (9) with senior nose guard Humberto Padilla. Padilla and fellow lineman Terrance Wilson combined for 17 tackles, 11 behind the line of scrimmage, three sacks and three forced fumbles. Wilson matched his career-high with eight stops and made 2.5 sacks. Junior cornerback Jimmy Lamour, the ODAC's 1997 interceptions co-leader, made his first pick of 1998 foiling a Methodist scoring drive in the end zone. He also blocked a 26-yard field goal in the second quarter, preserving Guilford's second consecutive shutout. Sophomore linebacker Ben Kenerson contributed seven stops, an interception and a sack. Senior Scott Sinclair had six tackles, including a sack and forced fumble which resulted in Guilford's fourth-quarter safety.

OFFENSIVE STARS: The offensive standouts were few in a game which featured just three successful third-down conversions and only 235 total offensive yards for both teams. In his first game back since aggravating a season-ending hamstring injury in the 1997 season opener, senior running back David Heggie caught two passes for 37 yards, including a 26-yard screen pass for a touchdown. Rookie quarterback Brian Foulks completed nine of 24 passes for a game-high 102 yards and one touchdown. Junior wideout Aaron Denton made a game-best three receptions for 33 yards. Senior Dwayne Cherry and sophomore Marques Williams took turns in the backfield in Heggie's absence and gained 32 and 23 rushing yards, respectively.

SPECIAL TEAMS STARS: While Heggie refrained from taking the field on offense as a precautionary measure, he remained in the game to kick 11 punts - two shy of the school record for punts in a game. He averaged 31.8 yards per kick but hit a significant 60-yard kick in the fourth quarter which changed the tide in terms of field position and indirectly contributed to Guilford's game-clinching safety. Rookie long-snapper Larry Aguero got downfield in time to make two nice open field tackles on punt returns.

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 last week's tilt by recording six turnovers, five sacks, a safety and a blocked field goal. The six takeaways come after the 1997 club led all NCAA divisions with 44 takeaways.

Saturday's 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 has allowed one touchdown in its last 206:46 (nearly 14 quarters) of action. Greensboro College averted a shutout in its November 8 Guilford game by scoring with 1:03 left in the contest.

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 30 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.

INJURY REPORT: Senior running back David Heggie appeared with the offense for three plays last week and scored a touchdown before leaving with slight tightness in an injured hamstring. He should play more often against Washington and Lee after another week of rest. Senior safety Barrett Wiley suffered a strained hamstring early in preseason and is doubtful for the Washington and Lee game. With continued progress, the 1997 second team All-ODAC pick may get into next week's contest for 10-15 plays. Junior receiver Dan Rosewag re-injured his separated shoulder last week and could be out for the year. Rookie defensive lineman Derek Tolley is out two to three 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 begins his final season within reach of the school career rushing record. The 1994 ODAC Player of the Year is 757 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: Three rookies (Brian Foulks, Lee Massey, and Sean Glarner) started the Methodist game. No freshmen started Guilford's 1997 season-opener... senior running back David Heggie has gained 307 rushing yards on 51 carries (153.5 yards per game, 6.0 yards per carry) in two career games against Washington and Lee... the Quakers are 4-3 in ODAC lid-lifters... Guilford has won 10 of its last 11 games... 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 plays football at junior college in the Midwest.

NEXT WEEK: Guilford continues in its ODAC schedule against an improved Hampden-Sydney club. The Quakers handed the Tigers one of their 10 defeats in a winless 1997 season with a 34-7 triumph in Greensboro. In 1998, Hampden-Sydney was picked fifth in the six-team ODAC and won its first game of the season September 12 at Gettysburg, 42-35, in overtime.

 

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 58 Dan Morse (Sr., 6-3, 270)

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 6 Josh Clayton (Sr,. 6-0, 190)

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