GREENSBORO, NC -- Running back Kyle Wilson rushed for a season-high 153 yards and two touchdowns in visiting Averett's 28-21 nonconference football win at Guilford Saturday. Junior receiver Jeff Hughley caught two third-quarter touchdown passes from senior Todd Parsons in Averett's (2-1) second road win of the season. The setback keeps Guilford (0-3) winless in 2005.
The Quakers controlled play for most of the first half, but Wilson scored on a one-yard touchdown run with five seconds left in the first half. Parsons found junior tight end Shannon Short with the two-point conversion to tie the score at 14-14 just before halftime. Guilford enjoyed a 10-minute advantage in possession through two quarters and outgained the Cougars, 191-154.
Averett opened the second half by using Wilson and the ground game to wear the Quakers down. The 6-0, 200-pound junior barreled through the defense three times for 29 yards to set up Parsons' first touchdown pass to Hughley, a 28-yard play-action completion. The six-play, 75-yard scoring drive gave Averett its first lead of the day, 21-14.
The Cougars' defense held on Guilford's next possession, which let Averett's offense resume grinding out big chunks of rushing yards. Averett ran the ball five straight times, which set up Parsons' second scoring pass to Hughley, this one a 31-yard rainbow strike. The score capped a six-play, 80-yard drive that gave the Cougars a 28-14 edge and marked their third touchdown in as many possessions. All three drives covered at least 75 yards.
Defense prevailed for the rest of the third period, but Guilford rallied to within a touchdown on sophomore Chris Cain's one-yard run with 11:45 left in the game. Cain's first career score capped a nine-play, 70-yard drive aided by two Averett penalties for 31 yards that resulted in Guilford first downs.
Averett's defense kept Guilford's rookie quarterback Josh Vogelbach off track for the rest of the game, while Wilson and the Cougars' offense ran time off the clock. Junior linebacker Michael Ruth ended the Quakers' comeback hopes by intercepting Vogelbach at Averett's 40-yard line with 1:45 left in the game.
Parsons completed 14 of 29 passes to six different receivers for 215 yards in his second start in place of the injured Scott Swann. Hughley made four grabs for 81 yards and junior receiver Jeremy Rankin added three catches for 55 yards. Junior linebacker Jermaine Moore paced a solid defensive effort with a game-high 12 tackles (10 solo), including three for loss.
The setback spoiled a career game for Guilford junior wideout Chris Barnette, who made a game- and career-high 12 receptions for 131 yards. Vogelbach completed 21 of 40 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown. Junior linebacker Mario Paylor made eight stops (4 solo) and recovered a fumble, the Quakers' first forced turnover of the season.
Guilford opens its Old Dominion Athletic Conference slate next Saturday against Hampden-Sydney (2-0) in the Quakers' Homecoming Game. Averett has a week off before visiting USA South Athletic Conference rival Ferrum Oct. 1 at 2:00 p.m.