Greensboro, NC -- Visiting Greensboro yielded only 12 second-half yards in the Pride's 28-7 win over Guilford in the eighth Gate City Soup Bowl Saturday. A Soup Bowl record crowd of 4,159 fans on Guilford's Homecoming Weekend witnessed the Pride (1-3) post their first win of 2004 and their third straight victory in the season series with its crosstown rival. Guilford (0-4) suffered its seventh straight loss, dating back to last season.
Greensboro's offense moved the ball effectively all afternoon and rolled up 399 total offensive yards, including 307 rushing yards. Senior running back Quentin Caldwell (Raleigh, NC/Millbrook) rushed for a game-high 126 yards on 19 carries. Fullback Marc Clapp (Seagrove, NC/Eastern Randolph) added 86 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Junior quarterback Justin Roberson (Hertford, NC/Perquimans County) completed nine-of-14 passes for 92 yards, including a nine-yard scoring strike to rookie Corey Eadie (St. Stephens, SC/Timberland) in the second quarter.
Eadie's score staked the Pride to a 14-0 lead before Guilford got on the board just before halftime on a 17-yard run by freshman Desmond Jordan (Rocky Point, NC/Trask). Jordan finished with 77 rushing yards on 17 carries and earned Guilford's Soup Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award.
Greensboro's game MVP, freshman defensive back J.R. Hair (Fayetteville, NC/Cape Fear), returned a punt seven yards to start the fourth quarter, which gave the Pride excellent field position at Guilford's 45-yard line. Nine plays later, junior Damon Day (Lenoir, NC/South Caldwell) scored on a four-yard run that led to a 21-7 Pride advantage.
After Guilford failed to move the ball on its ensuing possession, Hair returned a Christian Adams (St. Cloud, FL/St. Cloud) punt 50 yards to the Quakers' 25-yard line. The return set up sophomore Mike Pollard's (Richmond, VA/Douglas Freeman) one-yard touchdown run with 7:23 left, which effectively iced the game.
While Greensboro's offense controlled the ball, the Pride's defense limited the Quakers to 149 offensive yards. Guilford converted one of 11 third-down opportunities and did not start a drive beyond its own 39-yard line. Greensboro seniors Charles Cobb (Freehold, NJ/Boro) and Alan Revels (Durham, NC/Jordan) paced the defensive effort with five tackles apiece. Revels and classmate David Baity (Lexington, NC/Central Davidson) combined for three of the Pride's five sacks.
Guilford freshman cornerback Bryan Cook (Hayesville, NC/Hayesville) made a game-high 10 tackles, many on special teams.
Started in 1997, each year the Soup Bowl benefits a local charity with the donation of canned goods and other food items. Fans received free admission to Saturday's game with the contribution of a nonperishable food to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. Approximately 3,000 pounds of food were collected in food drives on each campus and at Saturday's game.
Greensboro's three-game winning streak is the longest in the series' history.