Ferrum's Defense Stifles Guilford, 49-0

Greensboro, NC (10/28/00) -- Seven different players scored rushing touchdowns and the nation's top-ranked defense posted its third shutout of the season as visiting Ferrum spoiled Guilford's Homecoming with a 49-0 win Saturday afternoon. The Panthers (6-2) entered the game yielding 147.3 total offensive yards and 6.0 points per game. They dealt the Quakers (1-7) their fourth shutout loss of the season.

Ferrum's rushing offense, which entered the contest ranked 14th in Division III (236.7 yards per game), rolled up a season-high 444 yards on 65 attempts (6.8 yards per carry). Seven of the Panthers' 10 ball carriers scored, accounting for each of Ferrum's touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Phil Hairston (Collinsville, VA/Fieldale-Collinsville) gained a game-high 75 rushing yards before leaving the game in the second quarter. He scored his team-leading fifth touchdown from three yards out, capping Ferrum's seven-play, 75-yard opening drive.

Guilford moved to the Ferrum 37-yard line in 11 plays on the game's first possession, but senior defensive lineman Jamie Dunn (Rocky Mount, VA/Franklin County) ended the drive with the first of three Panthers' sacks. Guilford did not make another first down until the third quarter.

The Panthers recorded four interceptions, which led to three touchdowns and gives them 17 thefts in the last four meetings with the Quakers. Sophomore defensive back Nat Hodges (Rocky Mount, VA/Franklin County) made the Panthers' first pick and returned it 17 yards to midfield. Seven rushing plays later, senior Tony Childress (Centreville, VA/Centreville) scored from four yards out and the Panthers took a 14-0 first-quarter lead.

Senior linebacker Mark Renske (Columbus, OH/Worthington) recovered a deflected pass for Ferrum's second interception on the ensuing possession. Guilford's defense held and rookie nose guard Jared McVey (Raleigh, NC/Broughton) blocked sophomore Michael Smith's (Rocky Mount, VA/Franklin County) 45-yard field goal attempt early in the second quarter.

Trailing 28-0 at halftime, Guilford drove to the Ferrum 18-yard line on its opening second-half possession, but junior defensive back Dennis Freeman (Virginia Beach, VA/Salem) picked off a David Hessler (Rockville, MD/Walter Johnson) pass on Ferrum's goal line. Ferrum freshman running back Freddie Little (West Palm Beach, FL/Dwyer) ripped off a 59-yard run on the next play, which led to an 11-yard scoring run by rookie George Johnson (Nottoway, VA/Nottoway), the first of his career.

Senior Tone' Dancy (Manassas Park, VA/Manassas Park) led Ferrum's defense with nine tackles (7 solo) and two sacks. Dunn finished with three stops, including a sack, and a third-quarter interception.

Guilford managed 169 total offensive yards, including 82  in the final quarter. Sophomore running back Brandon Lockhart (Roxboro, NC/Person) gained a team-high 50 rushing yards on 12 carries. Junior linebacker Will Black (Charlotte, NC/Providence Day) made a game-high 10 tackles.

The Quakers resume Old Dominion Athletic Conference play next Saturday (11/4) with their first-ever game at Catholic in Washington, D.C. Ferrum hosts Salisbury State next week (11/4) in Atlantic Coast Football Conference action.