Gholson Powers Pride Past Guilford in Gate City Soup Bowl

Greensboro, NC (11/11/00) -- Senior running back Daryl Gholson (Matoaca, VA/Matoaca) set school records with 34 carries for 264 yards and a touchdown as visiting Greensboro downed Guilford, 35-20, in the fourth annual Gate City Soup Bowl Saturday. Thanks to a 22-0 fourth-quarter edge, the Pride regained the Soup Bowl Trophy, which is awarded to the winner of the annual meeting between Greensboro's two Division III football teams.

Pride senior quarterback Wes Wilder (Wendell, NC/East Wake) threw two touchdowns to junior George Washington (Brooklyn, NY/Manhattan) in Greensboro's school-record fifth win. The Pride (5-5) finished with a .500 record for the first time in the program's four-year history.

Guilford held a 12-6 halftime lead and went ahead 20-13 on a 10-yard scoring run and two-point conversion run by senior running back Marques Williams (Riviera Beach, FL/Suncoast) with 6:58 left in the third quarter.

Gholson opened the fourth quarter with a 38-yard jaunt down to the Guilford one-yard line and punched it in one play later to pull the Pride within 20-19. Guilford foiled a fake point-after kick attempt as rookie Travis Newkirk (Wallace, NC/Rose Hill) and Carlos Landin (Cary, NC/Howell (NJ)) stopped holder Justin Wilder (Wendell, NC/Ravenscroft) just shy of the goal line, preserving the one-point Quakers' lead.

Greensboro took the lead for good on its next possession when junior slot back Colin Wells (Hopatcong, NJ/Hopatcong) scored on an eight-yard end around, capping a seven-play, 87-yard drive. Gholson ripped off a 49-yard run to the Quakers' 10-yard line, his longest dash of the day. Wes Wilder hit Washington with a two-point conversion pass for a 27-20 Greensboro lead with 9:57 left in the game.

Guilford's comeback efforts suffered a setback when sophomore receiver J.J. Edwards (Sims, FL/Astronaut) muffed the ensuing kickoff at the Quakers' one-yard line, recovered it in the end zone and mistakenly downed it there for a Greensboro safety. The play gave Greensboro a 29-20 lead.

After the safety, Guilford kicked off from its own 20-yard line, which gave the Pride possession on the Guilford 47-yard line. With Gholson sidelined, junior running back Tim Lewis (Rich Square, NC/Livingstone) took over and rushed four times for 60 yards, including a one-yard touchdown run, which provided the game's final margin.

Rookie running back Marcus Ballard (Pender, NC/Burgaw) earned Guilford's Most Valuable Player Award after gaining a career-high 181 yards on 16 carries (11.4 yards per carry). He ripped off an 81-yard scoring run late in the second quarter to break a 6-6 tie. Sophomore running back Brandon Lockhart (Roxboro, NC/Person) ran 12 times for 112 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown jaunt on Guilford's first possession. Guilford set a school record with its 389 rushing yards.

Gholson and Lewis (7 carries, 69 yards) helped the Pride set single-game school records for rushing yards (449) and total offense (627). Wilder, who also ran for 61 yards, completed 11 of 24 passes for 24 yards. Senior Mark Bauer (Sterling, VA/Parkview) led all receivers with six catches for 97 yards.



Greensboro's win evens the season series between the two schools at 2-2.