Saturday, November 11, 2000 1:00 P.M. - Armfield Athletic Center (Greensboro, NC)
Admission - $4.00 (Free for Guilford students, faculty, staff and children under 18)
THE GUILFORD-GREENSBORO SERIES: Guilford took a 2-1 lead in the brief Soup Bowl history last year with a 15-14 come-from-behind victory at Greensboro's Jamieson Stadium. The Pride led 14-9 before Guilford's David Hessler hit Oren Robinson with a 56-yard touchdown pass with 2:01 to play and give Guilford the win. Greensboro's game-winning 41-yard field goal attempt sailed wide with 1:08 remaining. Marques Williams earned the Quakers' Most Valuable Player Award with 141 rushing yards on 38 carries, both career highs. Greensboro running back Daryl Gholson won his team's honors with 117 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
Greensboro College President Dr. Craven Williams developed the Soup Bowl idea in 1997, Greensboro's first varsity football season. In addition to promoting the crosstown rivalry between Greensboro's only Division III football teams, the contest provides opportunity for both campuses to give back to the community via a canned food drive. Each year the schools gather cans on campus and at the game to benefit a local charity. The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina will receive today's donations.
Guilford won Soup Bowl I, 46-7, in 1997 at Jamieson Stadium. The Pride won the only Soup Bowl at the Armfield Athletic Center, 27-7, in 1998.
GREENSBORO IN 2000 (4-5): Thanks in part to its first class of four-year seniors, the Pride established a school record for wins in a season and seeks its first .500 campaign this afternoon. Head coach Marion Kirby's club opened the season with an impressive 38-13 win over Chowan, but dropped its next three games, including a 17-14 overtime loss at Ferrum. Greensboro bounced back with a school-record three straight wins, including home triumphs over Shenandoah (35-13) and Averett (34-0), both first-year programs. The Pride posted its record fourth victory at the Newport News Apprentice School (43-18) the following week. Greensboro dropped a pair of Atlantic Central Football Conference decisions to Methodist (26-34) and Frostburg (26-33) in its last two games.
PRIDE OFFENSE: The Pride features a balanced attack which relies on the running of senior Daryl Gholson and the big-play passing of senior Wesley Wilder. Wilder averages nearly 15 yards per completion. Greensboro averages 326.3 yards and 29.4 points per game. Senior receiver Mark Bauer and junior slot back George Washington have combined for 11 receiving touchdowns.
STAT LEADERS: Gholson 128x639 rushing yards, 5.0 avg., 79.9 yards per game, 9 TD
Wilder 89x173 for 1327 passing yards, 11 INT, 13 TD
Bauer 27x387 receiving yards, 4 TD, 14.3 yds. per catch, 43.0 yards per game
Washington 21x484 receiving yards, 7 TD, 23.0 yds. per catch
PRIDE DEFENSE: After posting its first shutout in school history against Averett, Greensboro's defense has yielded 85 points in the last three games (28.3 ppg). Opponents average 339.9 yards and 26.8 points per contest. Sophomore linebacker Jamie Mills leads the Pride's tacklers, followed by junior defensive back Humberto Amaya, the team's interceptions leader. Sophomore linebacker Chris Shaw ranks third on the team in tackles. Junior linebacker Thomas Sykes leads Greensboro in sacks.
STAT LEADERS: Mills 69 tackles (31 solo), 5 tackles for loss, 2 recoveries
Amaya 63 tackles (42 solo), 7 tackles for loss, 2 Interceptions, 3 breakups
Shaw 54 tackles (26 solo), 4 tackles for loss
Sykes 48 tackles (29 solo), 4 tackles for loss, 3 sacks
CATHOLIC RUNS BY GUILFORD, 69-27, IN ODAC FINALE
THE RESULT: Host Catholic maintained control of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) title race with a convincing win over Guilford in the Quakers' first-ever contest at the Washington, DC school. The Cardinals put up 645 total offensive yards, the most ever yielded by Guilford. Catholic rushed for a school-record 371 yards and six touchdowns. Guilford scored four touchdowns behind a wide-open passing attack that consisted of five linemen and five receivers.
OFFENSIVE STARS: Sophomore Oren Robinson started the game at receiver and made three catches for 90 yards, including Guilford's first two touchdowns. A quarterback in high school, he moved under center midway through the third quarter and wound up completing 14 of 26 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown. Robinson also ran for a score in his second Guilford game at quarterback (he started at quarterback against Randolph-Macon in 1999). Sophomore receiver J.J. Edwards caught a game-high eight passes for 111 yards, both career highs. Sophomore quarterback David Hessler completed eight of 14 passes for 164 yards and two scores.
DEFENSIVE STARS: Freshman safety Nate Grantham returned from a three-game absence due to injury and garnered a game- and career-high 15 tackles (7 solo). Rookie Travis Newkirk made a career-high 10 stops, including four behind the line, in his first collegiate start. Newkirk and sophomore Charlie Morris each made interceptions in the game, which marked the fifth straight game the Quakers have come up with an interception. Freshman linebacker Marty Mixson made a career-high nine stops off the bench.
SPECIAL TEAMS STARS: Edwards returned kicks for the first time this season and averaged 23.5 yards on four returns. Sophomore punter John Alt stayed in contention for an ODAC punting title with three kicks that averaged 43.0 yards.
GUILFORD IN THE ODAC: Team - Punting (3rd, 33.8). Individual - John Alt (2nd, 39.6 yards per punt), Marcus Ballard (8th, 46.1 rushing yards per game), Ballard (5th, 8.2 yards per punt return), Will Black (9th, 64 tackles), O.J. Batts (2nd, 0.6 interceptions per game),
SENIOR FAREWELL: Guilford's four seniors make their final collegiate appearances this afternoon. This class represents the final connection to Guilford's 1997 ODAC championship team. The Quakers have won 17 games over the careers of Matt Dixon, Carlos Landin, Corey Phillips and Marques Williams.
Dixon is a four-year starting offensive lineman who returned for a fifth season after undergoing season-ending surgery last September. He has started 31 of 36 career contests, including all 10 games during the Quakers' 1997 league championship season.
Landin has started each of the past three seasons at linebacker and ranked among the team's tackles leaders. He has missed the past two games with a shoulder injury, but remains third on the club with 49 tackles and could return to the field today.
Phillips has not played a down in over two seasons due to a series of leg injuries. He stayed with the team as a valuable coaching assistant and plans a career in coaching after graduation. Phillips proved a versatile performer in his two seasons. He played quarterback, receiver, tight end and defensive back in his tenure.
Guilford's leading rusher in 1997 and 1999, Williams' senior season has been marred by an ankle injury. Williams enters his final collegiate contest with 1,098 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 32 career games. He earned Guilford's Soup Bowl MVP Award last year for his career-high 141 rushing yards.
SWITCH: Guilford continues to seek a winning combination by tinkering with its lineup and formations. Receivers Luke Davis, Sherod Long and Kiel Medlin moved to the secondary. Junior Leonardo Scott, a backup tight end, moved to outside linebacker. Rookie defensive lineman Jon Cagle shifts to backup tight end for today's contest. Junior Chuck Irwin moved from receiver to outside linebacker. Junior Chris Diamont, a high-school quarterback who moved to safety this fall, is back in the offensive backfield, this time as a running back. After a few nice series last week against Catholic, don't be surprised to find receiver Oren Robinson under center for a few plays.
INJURY UPDATE: Junior defensive back Pierre Cadore left last week's game on a stretcher after absorbing a hit late in the fourth quarter. He momentarily lost feeling in his back and lower extremities, but regained some feeling before leaving the field. Doctors kept him in the hospital until Monday to treat a bruised spinal cord. He will not play this afternoon. Junior linebacker Chuck Irwin suffered a serious cut on his knee that required stitches last week. He will not play this afternoon, either. Senior linebacker Carlos Landin could return for his final game this afternoon after sitting out the past two contests with a separated shoulder.
Other injuries include: freshman linebacker David Brown (doubtful, sprained ankle), freshman defensive back Venus Stinson (flu, doubtful), rookie defensive back Kiel Medlin (turf toe, questionable), sophomore running back Joe Karras (sprained knee, questionable), freshman safety Nate Grantham (sprained knee, probable), freshman linebacker Nick Joyce (shin contusion, probable).
Freshman defensive back Terrance Gary, who started the first two games, is expected to apply for a medical redshirt after sustaining a strained knee ligament against Methodist. Other season-ending injuries include: freshman receiver Travis Boyd (out, sprained ankle), sophomore linebacker Ben Riggan (out, fractured ankle), freshman defensive lineman Dee Force (out, dislocated shoulder), senior defensive back Corey Phillips (out, strained calf), freshman quarterback Kyle Martin (out, ruptured Plantaris tendon).
BATTS NAMED ODAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The ODAC selected Guilford's O.J. Batts as its Defensive Football Player of the Week for games of October 7. He is Guilford's only recipient of the league's weekly football awards this season.
Batts made a school-record three interceptions in Guilford's 28-24 ODAC win at Randolph-Macon. His first two interceptions led to Guilford touchdowns, while his third came on the Quakers' goal line with 40 seconds left in the game. Batts also forced a fourth-quarter fumble on a Yellow Jackets' kickoff return. He added three solo tackles and a pass breakup to his three-interception afternoon.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: Guilford's roster reflects the college's increased commitment to recruiting, especially North Carolina students. Of the 76 players on the Quakers' roster, 61 are in their first or second college football season, including 44 true freshmen. Guilford has just four seniors on the roster, all of whom have been injured at times this season.
LORD DRAFTED BY XFL TEAM: The Chicago Enforcers of the new XFL made former Guilford All-American receiver Junior Lord the 457th selection in the league's inaugural Player Allocation Selection System (PASS) October 29. Lord made it to the final round of cuts at an NFL camp for the second year in a row, but failed to stick with the Green Bay Packers. The ODAC's second all-time leading receiver played with the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe last spring and signed with the 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: Sophomore punter John Alt, a second team All-ODAC performer last season, is ranked 14th in this week's Division III rankings... Guilford has a two-game contract with Division II powerhouse Carson-Newman for 2001 (September 8) and 2002 (September 14) in Jefferson City, TN... rookie defensive back/kick returner 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.
GUILFORD ON TV NEXT WEEK: Today's contest will be broadcast locally on Channel 61 (WLXI) in Greensboro next Saturday, November 18, at 2:30. Southeastern Sports Productions will produce the contest, which uses the play-by-play offered by the Quakers' radio crew on WGOS.
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
WR 3 Oren Robinson (So., 5-8, 160)
RT 63 Ricky Hiatt (Fr., 6-1, 280)
RG 55 Lee Massey (Jr., 6-1, 260)
C 53 Drew Baird (Jr., 6-1, 235)
LG 52 George Manley (So., 5-11, 260)
LT 54 Matt Dixon (Sr., 6-0, 225)
TE 84 Nick Lamotta (Jr., 6-4, 225)
WR 6 James Hereford (r-Fr., 6-0, 175)
RB 36 Brandon Lockhart (So., 5-7, 180)
RB 1 Marcus Ballard (Fr., 5-8, 180)
QB 15 David Hessler (So., 6-2, 160)
PK 93 Kyle Mansfield (Fr., 6-1, 205)
OLB 33 Travis Newkirk (Fr., 5-8, 165)
DE 61 Luke White (Jr., 6-2, 235)
DT 97 Brian Person (Fr., 6-2, 265)
NG 71 Feky Eugene (Fr., 6-0, 260)
DE 91 Sean Glarner (Jr., 5-11, 240)
OLB 24 Calvin Lockhart (So., 5-7, 170)
ILB 26 Jake Sorg (Jr., 6-0, 195)
ILB 44 Will Black (Jr., 5-11, 225)
CB 5 O.J. Batts (Fr., 5-10, 170)
FS 14 Nate Grantham (Fr., 6-4, 185)
CB 22 Charlie Morris (So., 5-10, 165)
P 29 John Alt (So., 6-3, 205)