Catholic Holds Off Guilford, 28-26, For ODAC Football Win

Greensboro, NC (11/09/02) -- Senior Bill Sutton (Columbia, MD/DeMatha Catholic) tossed two touchdown passes to senior wideout Dan Evans (South Riding, VA/Paul VI) in visiting Catholic's 28-26 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football win over Guilford Saturday. The Cardinals (4-5, 2-3 ODAC) forced four Guilford turnovers, including two fourth-quarter fumbles, for their fourth win in six games.

Senior James Vollono's (Kensington, MD/Bethesda-Chevy Chase) four-yard touchdown run with two minutes left in the game provided Catholic some much-needed breathing room. Guilford senior Brandon Lockhart (Roxboro, NC/Person) ripped off a 65-yard scoring run on the previous possession that pulled the hosts to with 21-19 with 4:40 left. Guilford had a chance to tie the game, but senior linebacker Ryan Welsh (Glen Mills, PA/Salesianum (DE)) stuffed the Quakers' Marcus Ballard (Burgaw, NC/Pender) on a two-point conversion rushing attempt.

Redshirt freshman Clint Duckworth (Morganton, NC/Freedom) moved Guilford 57 yards in 67 seconds to set up his first college touchdown, a one-yard plunge on fourth-and-goal with 53 seconds remaining. Rookie kicker Aaron Horton (Apex, NC/Northwood) made the score 28-26 with the extra point and then booted an onside kick that Guilford's Travis Newkirk (Wallace, NC/Rose Hill) recovered at midfield. Officials called the play back because of a Guilford false start penalty and the Cardinals recovered the second onside kick attempt with 50 seconds remaining.

Despite three interceptions, Sutton played a solid game and completed 21 of 39 passes for 319 yards and two scores. He completed seven third-down passes, which helped the Cardinals convert eight of 16 third-down opportunities. Five of his third-down completions sustained Catholic scoring drives. Sophomore wideout Nick Bublavi (Norwood, PA/Interboro), who entered the game ranked sixth in the nation in receiving yards per game, caught six passes for a game-high 107 yards. Senior Jim Jankiewicz (Philadelphia, PA/St. Joseph's Prep) made five catches for 82 yards and Evans finished with four grabs for 60 yards.

The Quakers' second-half comeback effort fell short for the second week in a row. After passing their way back into last week's game with Randolph-Macon, Guilford ran their way back into contention this week. The Quakers gained a season-high 315 yards on the ground versus Catholic and had three backs rush for over 66 yards. Lockhart's career- and game-high 158 yards on 14 carries led the way. Ballard got Guilford on the scoreboard with a 66-yard scoring run in the second quarter and pulled the Quakers to within 14-13 at halftime with a two-yard scamper 12 seconds before halftime. Freshman Jarrett Cook (Cary, NC/Cary) gained a career-high 75 yards on 10 carries. Guilford ran for 295 yards on 31 carries in the final three quarters.

While junior Justin Kelly (Milton, MA/Boston College) led Catholic with eight tackles, Welsh had an active afternoon with four tackles, one for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery. Junior cornerback O.J. Batts (Wallace, NC/Rose Hill) led Guilford's tacklers with nine and also broke up three passes. Junior cornerback Sherod Long (Ruffin, NC/Bartlett-Yancey) made two of Guilford's three interceptions.

Guilford closes its season next Saturday (11/16) at league-rival Emory & Henry at 1:00 p.m. The Cardinals host second-ranked Bridgewater in their season finale next Saturday in Washington, D.C.