Guilford Gridders Open Home and ODAC Slate with Washington and Lee

 

Saturday, September 16, 2000 1:00 pm - Armfield Athletic Center (Greensboro, NC)

Admission - $4.00 (Guilford students, faculty, staff and children under 18)

THE GUILFORD-WASHINGTON AND LEE SERIES: Guilford has won four straight games with Washington and Lee to take an 8-5 lead in the season series, which dates to 1965. The four-game series winning streak is the longest by either team. Washington and Lee last defeated Guilford in November of 1995. Saturday's game marks the fifth straight year the Quakers have opened their league season against the Generals.

Guilford's Luke Southam kicked a 24-yard field goal with 21 seconds left as the visiting Quakers rallied for a 22-20 win at Washington and Lee last season. The Quakers jumped out to a 12-0 lead behind a pair of first-quarter touchdown runs by David Hessler, but the Generals rallied and took the lead on a Marc Watson 19-yard run with 4:11 remaining in the game. Hessler coolly directed the Quakers on an 11-play, 67-yard drive over the next 3:50 to set up the winning score. Watson gained a game-high 114 rushing yards, while Marques Williams led the Quakers with 112 rushing yards.

WASHINGTON AND LEE IN 2000 (1-0): The Generals opened their season with a victory for the first time in 15 years last week with a convincing 32-19 home triumph over Johns Hopkins. Washington and Lee rallied from a second-quarter deficit with a well-executed two-minute drill that tied the game at 13-13 before halftime. The Generals scored 17 unanswered third quarter points.

Coach Frank Miriello has a fairly experienced club in his seventh season on the Washington and Lee sidelines and he hopes his team fares better than the number-five ranking the ODAC coaches awarded the Generals in their preseason poll. A strong start could mean good things for the often slow-starting Generals.

GENERALS OFFENSE: Despite the graduation of the school's all-time passing (Christian Batcheller) and receiving leaders (J.T. Malatesta), Washington and Lee's offense did not miss a beat in rolling up 32 points last week. Junior running back Marc Watson, a 1998 first -team All-ODAC performer, showed little signs of the bout with mononucleosis that sidelined him for seven games last year. Watson's return gives Miriello the benefit of two all-league running backs as sophomore Chris Sullivan returns after picking up second team All-ODAC laurels in Watson's absence last season. Sophomore Bobby Littlehale enjoyed a successful college starting debut and made sophomore Davis White his favorite receiver. White earned honorable mention all-league recognition as a rookie. Part of the Generals' offensive success can be attributed to its offensive line which features three seniors, including Justin Holton, an all-conference tackle who ranks among the top linemen in the South.



STAT LEADERS
Watson 14x99 rushing yards, 7.1 avg., 1 TD
Sullivan 15x21 rushing yards, 1.4 avg,
Littlehale 17x28 for 200 passing yards, 0 INT, 2 TD
White 8x107 receiving yards, 2 TD, 13.4 yards per catch

GENERALS DEFENSE: The defense returns three second team All-ODAC players from last season, including senior safety Will Baker, who finished second on the team with 89 tackles last season and earned first team all-league recognition in 1998. Senior middle linebacker Jayson Lipsey, a scholastic teammate of Guilford's Matt Dixon, led the ODAC with 105 stops a year ago was in on two of Washington and Lee's six sacks against Johns Hopkins. Rookie Lee Walker had a couple sacks in his first college ball game. Junior defensive end Jeff Bahl, ranked third on the team with 78 tackles in 1999 in his all-conference season.



STAT LEADERS
Bahl 10 tackles (6 solo), 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack
Matthew Stavish 8 tackles (4 solo), 2 tackles for loss, 1/2 sack, 1 INT
Walker 7 tackles (7 solo), 2 sacks
Matt Conners 5 tackles (5 solo), 2 breakups

INCONSISTENCY PLAGUES QUAKERS IN 24-13 LOSS AT METHODIST

THE RESULT: Methodist's defense recorded six quarterback sacks and held Guilford to just three first downs on 18 third- and fourth-down conversion attempts in a 24-13 nonconference win last Saturday. Youthful inconsistency plagued the Quakers as the both the offense and defense looked very good on some plays and very bad on some others. The Monarchs kept the ball on the ground for the most part, which yielded 201 rushing yards and a six-and-a-half minute advantage in time of possession.

OFFENSIVE STARS: Sophomore David Hessler got off to a great start, completing nine of 11 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. The second half was another story, however, as Methodist limited Hessler to three-of-17 passing for 70 yards and sacked him five times. Rookie running back Marcus Ballard gained a game-high 86 rushing yards on 18 carries, including 65 second-half yards. Sophomore Oren Robinson made four grabs for 94 yards and two touchdowns, both career highs. His 66-yard catch and run in the second quarter marked Guilford's longest offensive scoring play in 15 games. Junior tight end Nick Lamotta had four grabs for 74 yards.

DEFENSE STARS: Methodist's ground-oriented attack kept Guilford's defense on the field for a while last week. Senior linebacker Carlos Landin made a career-high 12 tackles and junior linebacker Will Black contributed 10 stops and forced a fumble. Rookie safety David Brown made nine tackles and saw more time after classmate Terrance Gary left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury.

SPECIAL TEAMS STARS: The Quakers' kickoff return tandem of rookies James Hereford and Jerrell Gillard averaged just under 20 yards per return on five attempts. Sophomore punter John Alt averaged 38.3 yards on three kicks, but two bad snaps resulted in botched plays and led to a Monarchs' field goal.

LID-LIFTERS: Guilford holds a 6-3 record in ODAC openers and has won five of its last six conference lid-lifters, including four straight against Washington and Lee. Today's contest also marks the Quakers' home opener. Guilford head coach Mike Ketchum has a 6-3 record in home openers and his team has won five of its last six initial home contests.

POSITION CHANGES: Rookie Nate Grantham, who started the season as Guilford's number-three quarterback, moved to free safety last week to add some depth in the secondary. The Quakers have six quarterbacks on the roster and when starting safety Terrance Gary went down with a knee injury last week, the coaches moved the athletic Grantham to the defensive backfield.

Junior Khalid Ibn' Bilal, a 10-game starter on the defensive line last year, switched over the offensive line this past week. He trades places with rookie Jeffry Frisby, who moves from the offensive line to defensive tackle.

INJURY REPORT: Senior running back Marques Williams returned to practice this week after missing the first two games with a high ankle sprain incurred during the Quakers' August 27 scrimmage. Rookie safety Terrance Gary, Guilford's leading tackler, left the Methodist game at halftime after colliding with a Methodist receiver. He sprained the lateral collateral ligaments in his knee and will be out two to three weeks. Junior cornerback Pierre Cadore will also miss today's game with a sprained knee. Senior defensive back Corey Phillips, who sat out the entire 1999 season with a torn quad muscle, injured his other quad during preseason and will miss another two three weeks. Sophomore linebacker Ben Riggan is likely lost for the season after suffering a fractured ankle on the first day of contact.

Other injuries include: freshman receiver Travis Boyd (high ankle sprain - out), sophomore running back Joe Karras (ankle sprain, questionable), freshman running back Josh Moore (shoulder - probable), redshirt freshman running back James Hereford (shoulder - probable).

QUAKERS PICKED SIXTH IN ODAC: The ODAC football coaches tabbed Guilford sixth in their preseason poll. Defending league champion Catholic took the top spot, ahead of Randolph-Macon. Bridgewater earned the third selection, while perennial league power Emory & Henry checked in a surprising fourth. Washington and Lee (fifth) and Hampden-Sydney (seventh) rounded out the poll.

BASKETBALL PLAYERS ADDED TO FOOTBALL ROSTER: Two more players joined the Quakers' roster to keep the team count at 79 (including injured players). Freshman safety Vincent Robinson, a teammate of Guilford rookie Venus Stinson at Orlando (FL) Boone High School, decided he would check out college football in addition to his basketball plans later this fall. Junior Leonardo Scott, who achieved a small measure of notice by playing basketball in all three NCAA Divisions, could see some time Saturday as part of Guilford's two-tight end set. Freshman receiver Isa Stokes and freshman linebacker Geoff Prince left the team last week for personal reasons.

LORD RELEASED BY PACKERS: For the second season in a row, Guilford All-American receiver Junior Lord made it to the final round of cuts at an NFL camp, but failed to stick with a team. The ODAC's all-time leading receiver played with the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe last spring and signed with the Green Bay Packers in July. He played on Washington's 1998 practice squad and spent the final third of the 1999 campaign on Pittsburgh's practice team.

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 with Washington as a free agent two days after the June draft. He concluded his career with 201 receptions for 3,089 yards and 33 touchdowns.

QUAKER NOTES: Rookie wideout Jerrell Gillard is the nephew of former major-league baseball star Jim Rice... former Guilford football and baseball standout Tony Womack '92 is the starting shortstop for the Arizona Diamondbacks... Guilford's 10 assistant football coaches mark a school record. Eight of the 10 coaches are either Guilford graduates or students... rookie offensive lineman Scott Hewett was Guilford's first recruit to play in the North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game for scholastic seniors since 1993.

NEXT WEEK: Guilford visits ODAC rival Hampden-Sydney next week in the Quakers third road contest in four games. The Tigers hold a 27-22 advantage in the season series with Guilford, which represents the fourth most-played rivalry in Guilford history and dates to 1920. The teams have met in each of the past 27 seasons with the Quakers winning 16 times, including each of the past three years. Guilford coach Mike Ketchum is 5-4 versus the Tigers after last year's 17-15 victory.

GUILFORD ON THE AIR: For the sixth 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 Donnie Snow and Josh Caray '04 report from the sidelines. Caray is the son of Atlanta Braves' broadcaster Skip Caray.

GUILFORD'S PROBABLE STARTERS

GUILFORD OFFENSE

WR 3 Oren Robinson (So., 5-8, 160)

RT 54 Matt Dixon (Sr., 6-0, 225)

RG 55 Lee Massey (Jr., 6-1, 260)

C 53 Drew Baird (Jr., 6-1, 235)

LG 75 Scott Hewett (Fr., 6-0, 245)

LT 71 Feky Eugene (Fr., 6-0, 260)

TE 84 Nick Lamotta (Jr., 6-4, 225)

WR 4 Luke Davis (Jr., 6-0, 180)

RB 36 Brandon Lockhart (So., 5-7, 180)

FB 38 Harold Raleigh (So., 5-10, 235)

QB 15 David Hessler (So., 6-2, 160)

PK 93 Kyle Mansfield (Fr., 6-1, 205)

 

DEFENSE

OLB 16 Ed Grofic (So., 6-0, 185)

DE 61 Luke White (Jr., 6-2, 235)

NG 51 Marty Mixon (Fr., 5-11, 265)

DE 91 Sean Glarner (Jr., 5-11, 240)

OLB 26 Jake Sorg (Jr., 6-0, 195)

ILB 32 Carlos Landin (Sr., 5-9, 175)

ILB 44 Will Black (Jr., 5-11, 225)

CB 5 O.J. Batts (Fr., 5-10, 170)

FS 35 David Brown (Fr., 5-8, 165)

SS 24 Calvin Lockhart (So., 5-7, 170)

CB 30 Eric Ruff (Fr., 5-9, 155)

P 29 John Alt (So., 6-3, 205)