THE GUILFORD-RANDOLPH-MACON SERIES: Randolph-Macon leads the series which dates to 1930, 22-16-2. The 40 meetings between the schools make the series the sixth-most-played rivalry in Guilford history.
Guilford is 2-5 against the Yellow Jackets since joining the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) in 1991 and has not won in Ashland since 1992. Randolph-Macon snapped Guilford's seven-game winning streak in 1994 and broke an eight-game Quakers' winning skein in 1991.
Guilford won last season's game, 35-21 in Greensboro, to capture a share of the ODAC championship. The win broke Randolph-Macon's four-game winning streak in the series.
RANDOLPH-MACON IN 1998 (4-3, 1-1 ODAC): Picked second in the preseason ODAC coaches' poll, the Yellow Jackets had their sights set on winning the league championship and possibly an NCAA berth in 1998. Randolph-Macon got off to a 4-1 start before losing back-to-back decisions at Emory & Henry (19-27) and Davidson (16-30). The Yellow Jackets have wins over Franklin and Marshall (24-7), Chowan (34-7), Washington and Lee (34-6) and Gettysburg (28-18). Catholic handed Randolph-Macon its first loss of the year, 22-12.
RANDOLPH-MACON OFFENSE: Randolph-Macon's high-powered passing game graduated most of its starting skill position players, including last season's league MVP, quarterback Sidney Chappell. However, the team didn't miss a beat in the early going of 1998 under junior quarterback Bryan Partlow. Partlow broke his hand October 10 in the Gettysburg win which turned the reins over to freshman Patrick Bates. Randolph-Macon throws often and ranks 24th among this week's NCAA Division III passing leaders with a 269.1 yards per game average. Bates throws to the league's top three receivers in sophomore Michael Becker, junior Sean Eaton and senior Jon Wells. Becker is ranked 13th in the country with 6.7 receptions per game and also stands among the nation's top punt returners. An experienced offensive line is anchored by first team All-ODAC tackle Philip Hutter. Sophomore Clint Sullivan leads the Randolph-Macon rushers, although he doesn't get too many carries since the Yellow Jackets throw the ball about 66 percent of the time. Sophomore Kevin Cherwa, a 1997 second team all-league kicker, gives the Yellow Jackets a reliable kicking game and has two field goals over 40 yards in 1998.
STAT LEADERS: Sullivan 61x221 rushing yards, 3.6 avg, 44.2 yards per game, 1 TD
Bates 55-137, 519 passing yards, 4 TD, 5 INT, 103.8 yards per game
Becker 47x508 receiving yards, 5 TD, 10.8 yards per catch
Eaton 38x628 receiving yards, 6 TD, 16.5 yards per catch
Wells 31x253 receiving yards, 1 TD, 8.2 yards per catch
Cherwa 17x21 PAT, 4x8 FG, long - 47
RANDOLPH-MACON DEFENSE: Like Guilford, Randolph-Macon's veteran defense was critical to the team's success early in the season while the offense matured. The Yellow Jackets lead the ODAC in total defense, allowing 248.7 yards per game - the 25th-best figure in the land. Senior nose guard Chuck Davis and junior end Josh Williams received first and second team All-ODAC recognition last year and should contend for postseason honors in 1998. Senior end Scott Tucker picked up this week's ODAC Defensive Player of the Week Award for a 13-tackle, one-sack effort in Randolph-Macon's loss at Davidson. Junior D'Andre Murray, a 1997 first team All-ODAC pick, leads an experienced linebacking crew while fellow first teamer Dusty Beekman is the club's top defensive back.
STAT LEADERS: Murray 77 tackles (24 solo), 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 breakups
Davis 57 tackles (23 solo), 4 tackles for loss, 5 sacks
Tucker 54 tackles (20 solo), 14 tackles for loss, 6 sacks
Beekman 48 tackles (22 solo), 3 tackles for loss, 3 INT
EMORY & HENRY DASHES GUILFORD'S ODAC TITLE HOPES, 34-20
THE RESULT: Emory & Henry (7-0, 4-0 ODAC) broke a 20-20 tie with two touchdowns in the game's final 6:31 to win its unprecedented fifth straight ODAC football championship. Guilford (4-3, 3-1 ODAC) rallied from a 14-0 deficit, but could only tie the game at 14 and 20. Emory & Henry's offensive and defensive lines controlled play in the decisive fourth and first quarters. David Scammell's six-yard run put Emory & Henry ahead 27-20 with 6:31 left and Isaac Williams recovered a Brian Foulks fumble in the end zone with 3:30 remaining to seal the win.
OFFENSIVE STARS: Senior running back David Heggie picked up a game-high 97 rushing yards on 19 carries against one of the league's top rushing defenses. He also made a career-high five receptions for 77 yards, including a game-tying 41-yard touchdown grab with 9:14 left in the fourth quarter. Foulks, a true freshman, enjoyed his best college game by completing 15 of 34 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns, all career highs. Senior Dwayne Cherry made a touchdown reception in his first game at receiver after starting the year in the backfield. Sophomore receiver Marques Williams made his initial scoring catch of the year and a career-best three grabs.
DEFENSIVE STARS: Junior defensive end Idris (pronounced ee-DREESE) Coleman made a team- and career-high 11 tackles (6 solo) in what the coaching staff called the best game of his career. Coleman and fellow defensive end Scott Sinclair (6 tackles) did a good job of taking away the corner from Emory & Henry running back Oliver Jordan, the nation's ninth-leading rusher at the time. The Quakers held Jordan to 91 yards on 29 carries which works out to 3.1 yards per carry - four fewer than his average entering the contest. Junior safety Luke Martin posted his fifth straight double-digit tackles game and his sixth in seven outings with 10 stops. Rookie linebacker Jake Sorg made 11 tackles and broke up a pass while junior cornerback Jimmy Lamour contributed a career-high 10 tackles. Junior linebacker Carlos Landin (7 tackles) made his first collegiate interception.
SPECIAL TEAMS STARS: Rookie Chris McKinney piled up a career-high 62 punt return yards in five attempts and returned three kickoffs for 67 yards. Add in 77 receiving yards and McKinney picked up 206 all-purpose yards, the most by a Guilford player this season. Senior David Heggie punted nine times for just under a 36-yard average and put five kicks inside the Wasps' 20-yard line.
HAVE SPEED WILL TRAVEL: Senior Dwayne Cherry finds himself listed at receiver on this week's depth chart which marks the fourth position of his career and second in 1998. The Charlotte, NC, native started the year as a backup running back, but moved into the number-one position while David Heggie continued to struggle with injuries. Cherry, a starting defensive back in each of the past two seasons, rushed for over 100 yards in back-to-back ODAC games, including a career-best 153 yards against Washington and Lee. With starting receiver Aaron Denton out this week with a knee injury, Cherry moves outside to receiver. He could also return to cornerback if needed against Randolph-Macon's potent passing game. Cherry's practice time has been limited this season due to student-teaching obligations during the week.
THAT WINNING FEELING: In addition to the newness of college life and college football, four Guilford freshmen are tasting victory for the first time in a long while. Rookie defensive lineman Luke White suffered through three straight winless seasons (1 junior varsity, 2 varsity) at Southern Guilford High School in Greensboro before coming to Guilford. Southwest Miami (FL) High School teammates Larry Aguero and Jorge Castillo endured back-to-back 0-10 campaigns as juniors and seniors while freshman receiver Chuck Irwin's Mulberry (FL) High School teams compiled an 8-32 mark in his four years with the varsity, including a 1-9 record as a senior. The freshmen picked a good time to come to Guilford since the Quakers are in a winning frame of mind. Guilford has won 12 of its last 17 games dating back to last season.
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.
AND THE DEFENSE WILL LEAD THEM: After forcing an NCAA-high 44 turnovers in 1997, Guilford's defense has continued taking the ball away in 1998 with 27 takeaways through seven games. The Quakers have 71 takeaways in 17 games, or 4.18 per 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 Washington and Lee quarterback Christian Batcheller four times in a 27-20 win September 19. The September 26 win over Hampden-Sydney yielded five turnovers, two of which led to Guilford touchdowns.
Eight of the takeaways have led to 50 points of Guilford's 117 points this year. Factor in a safety from the Methodist game, the defense has contributed to 52 of Guilford's points this season, or 44% of Guilford's scoring. Six of Guilford's 27 takeaways have come in the fourth quarter.
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.
RECORD CHASE: After a slow start, senior running back David Heggie is back in the hunt for Guilford's career rushing record. The 1994 ODAC Player of the Year is 264 yards behind Reggie Kenan's '77 standard of 3,486 career rushing yards. Heggie needs to average 88 rushing yards per game in order to break the 22-year-old standard. 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.
INJURY REPORT: Rookie cornerback/long snapper Larry Aguero suffered his second concussion of the year last week against Emory & Henry and will not play against Randolph-Macon. A cat-scan proved negative which means he should be cleared to play next week. Junior receiver Aaron Denton is questionable after he suffered torn knee cartilage October 17. He will have arthroscopic surgery next week. He remains available for holding duties on placement kicks. Senior cornerback Josh Clayton left the Washington and Lee game with a broken foot and could be out for the year. He returned to practice a week ago, but re-injured the foot. Junior receiver Dan Rosewag (shoulder) and rookies Matt Hambright (knee), Matt Forrester (shoulder), and Jorge Castillo (hamstring) incurred season-ending injuries in preseason workouts.
QUAKER NOTES: Senior running back David Heggie is making his first appearance against Randolph-Macon in two years. In two previous career contests against the Yellow Jackets, Heggie has averaged 79.5 rushing yards and 5.3 yards per carry with two touchdowns.
• Guilford has scored nine times (7 TD, 2 FG) in 18 chances in the "Red Zone" this year. The "Red Zone" is the area inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
• The Quakers rank 22nd among Division III pass efficiency defense leaders in this week's NCAA statistics. Opponents have a 86.1 pass efficiency rating against Guilford this season.
• 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 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 Derrick Snow report from the sidelines.
NEXT WEEK: Guilford finishes its home season with a 1:30 matchup against cross-town rival Greensboro College in the second annual Gate City Soup Bowl. Fans bringing three or more nonperishable food items will receive free admission to the game. The food will be donated to the Salvation Army.
Guilford is also participating in the national Take A Kid to the Game program which introduces young people to college football. Area children are invited to the Armfield Athletic Center at 1:00 p.m. for games and activities. Adults accompanied by children receive a $1 discount off the $3 admission price.
GUILFORD'S PROBABLE STARTERS
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 23 Marques Williams (So., 5-7, 160)
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 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 47 Jake Sorg (Fr., 5-11, 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 29 Thaddeus Nathaniel (So., 6-0, 160)
P 5 David Heggie (Sr., 5-8, 190)