Greensboro, NC (10/05/02) -- Sophomore quarterback Josh Smith (Goldsboro, NC/Rosewood) ran for one score and passed for another to lead Guilford past Greensboro, 21-7, in Saturday's sixth annual Gate City Soup Bowl football game at Guilford's Armfield Athletic Center.
The win snaps the Quakers' (2-3) two-game losing streak and evens the Soup Bowl series at three wins apiece. The Pride (1-3) had won the two previous meetings between Greensboro's two Division III football-playing institutions.
Guilford opened the scoring with 35 seconds left in the first half when Smith hit junior Marcus Ballard (Burgaw, NC/Pender) with a 20-yard touchdown pass. Smith's fifth touchdown toss of the season ended an effective two-minute drill that covered 55 yards in seven plays.
The Quakers' defense produced its third touchdown in five games midway through the third quarter when junior nose tackle Brian Person (Hope Mills, NC/Havelock) sacked Greensboro sophomore quarterback Anthony Durham (Ellicott City, MD/Howard) and jarred the ball loose. Guilford sophomore linebacker Kyle Becher (Wallace, NC/East Duplin) recovered it in the end zone for a 13-0 Guilford lead.
Greensboro answered on its ensuing possession with a nine-play, 57-yard scoring drive capped by Durham's nine-yard scoring pass to junior wideout Ricky Moore (Raleigh, NC/Word of God) with 5:05 left in the third quarter. Durham set up the score with a 48-yard completion to senior George Washington (Brooklyn, NY/Manhattan). Greensboro took advantage of a Guilford pass interference penalty in the end zone that set up a first-and-goal situation from the Guilford two.
The teams traded punts before Guilford mounted its second-longest scoring drive of the year, a 10-play, 80-yard series that used over five minutes of the fourth quarter. The Quakers ran the option on nine of the 10 plays, including Smith's keeper from four yards out that gave the hosts a 19-7 edge with 10:02 left in the game. Smith connected with senior receiver Chris McKinney (Greensboro, NC/Apex (NC State)) for the two-point conversion and a 21-7 Guilford lead.
Greensboro came back and moved to the Guilford 39-yard line before failing on fourth down and giving the ball back to Guilford. The Pride's final scoring chance ended at the Quakers' five-yard line with 1:16 left in the game when Becher stopped sophomore running back Quentin Caldwell (Raleigh, NC/Millbrook) for no gain on fourth and inches. The stop ended the Pride's 17-play, 70-yard drive.
Guilford's offensive line won the Quakers' Most Valuable Player Award while Durham won Greensboro's game MVP prize. The Quakers' line rebounded from a pair of lackluster outings and helped Guilford roll up 185 rushing yards, 112 yards in the second half when the Quakers enjoyed a five-minute, 24-second advantage in time of possession. Senior running back Brandon Lockhart (Roxboro, NC/Person) paced the Quakers with 78 rushing yards on 22 carries. Smith completed nine of 20 passes for 120 yards and a score. Sophomore cornerback Travis Boyd (Pompano Beach, FL/Coconut Creek) paced the defense with a career-high eight tackles in his first start of the season.
Durham finished with 225 yards and a score on 20-of-43 passing. Senior receiver Justin Wilder (Wendell, NC/Ravenscroft) made a game-high seven catches for 68 yards while Washington added five grabs for 80 yards. Senior linebacker Josh Daniels (Wanchese, NC/Manteo) led the Pride's defense with a game-high 12 tackles, including a sack.
Guilford visits Ferrum next Saturday (10/12) in its final nonconference game of the year, while Greensboro visits Dixie Conference rival Christopher Newport next week.