Football Defeats Greensboro, 36-30 in Double Overtime

Greensboro, N.C. (9/30/06) -- Sophomore Josh Vogelbach's 25-yard touchdown pass to senior Chris Barnette in the second overtime lifted host Guilford College to a 36-30 victory over neighboring Greensboro College Saturday in the 10th annual Gate City Soup Bowl. The Quakers' (3-2) Homecoming win secured the soup bowl trophy and bragging rights for the second straight season in the yearly football meeting of the city's two NCAA Division III teams.

Guilford's second home football overtime game featured two ties and four lead changes. Greensboro (2-2) rallied from a 30-16 fourth-quarter deficit and had a chance to win the game, but senior Chris Palme's 37-yard field goal attempt as time expired hit the top of the left upright and bounced over. The kick was ruled no good.

The teams went into overtime where junior Rod Hill intercepted Vogelbach in the end zone on the opening possession. The Pride took over, but a 15-yard blocking penalty moved it out of field-goal range. The Quakers defense held sophomore Torrey Lowe to a two-yard run followed by three incomplete passes by junior Calvin Bacon, forcing a second overtime period.

The Pride had the first possession of the second extra stanza. With junior Randal Rankins under center, Greensboro moved to the Quakers' 19-yard line, but a holding penalty sent the Pride back 10 yards and forced a 42-yard attempt by Palme that missed wide right.

On the first play of the Quakers' ensuing possession, Vogelbach found an open Barnette (below) streaking down the home sideline for the winning score.

 

Barnette, named Guilford's game Most Valuable Player, made 12 receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner. His five-yard scoring catch in the third quarter tied the game at 16-16 after the Pride held a 16-8 halftime lead.

Vogelbach's 13-yard touchdown pass to junior Joe Joyner later in the third quarter gave the Quakers their first lead since the opening period. Guilford went ahead, 30-16, early in the fourth period when freshman cornerback Dan Presley returned a Rankins pass 87 yards for a score.

Greensboro answered by driving to Guilford's 10-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs. Hill picked off Vogelbach on the Quakers' initial play of the ensuing drive, which led to freshman Brandon Campbell's one-yard scoring plunge that pulled the Pride to within 30-23.

Greensboro's Pete McSparin later intercepted Vogelbach to thwart another Guilford scoring chance, but fumbled it over to Barnette. The Quakers' ensuing drive stalled and an aborted 39-yard field-goal attempt gave Greensboro the ball with 3:29 left in regulation. Bacon's six-yard scoring pass to senior Tyrelle Lee followed by Palme's extra point tied the game at 30-30 with 1:23 remaining.

The Quakers failed to move the ball on its next possession and a botched punt gave Greensboro possession on Guilford's 28-yard line with 40 seconds remaining. Two Campbell runs to the 20-yard lines and time outs by both teams set up Palme's potential game winner.

Vogelbach completed 34 of 66 passes for 360 yards and four touchdowns, but was picked off a school-record-tying five times. The leading passer in Division III has passed for over 300 yards in each of the last 11 games. Senior Micah Rushing caught 12 balls for 96 yards and a score. Joyner finished with five grabs for 71 yards.

Lowe, Greensboro's Most Valuable Player of the game, made eight receptions for 108 yards, ran 12 times for a game-best 72 yards and a score, and completed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Lee with 20 seconds left before halftime. Hill's nine tackles and two interceptions led an opportunistic Greensboro defense that forced six Guilford turnovers and a first-quarter safety.

The Gate City Soup Bowl canned-good drive among the two schools netted over 10,000 nonperishable food items for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. Fans who brought a nonperishable food item to the game received free admission, a Soup Bowl tradition.

At halftime, Guilford dedicated its new three-story press box in honor of Edward M. Armfield Sr. and the Armfield Athletic Center game field in honor of Dr. Herbert T. Appenzeller, who served Guilford for nearly 40 years as a coach, professor and administrator.

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