Greensboro, N.C. (11/10/07) -- Redshirt-freshman running back Justin Parker's one-yard touchdown run with 5:17 left in regulation rallied host Guilford College past Emory & Henry College, 21-17, in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football game Saturday afternoon in the Armfield Athletic Center. The Quakers (6-4, 2-4 ODAC) drove 95 yards in 14 plays for the winning score and clinched their first consecutive winning seasons since 1990-91. Emory & Henry (4-6, 1-5 ODAC) ended 2007 on a five-game losing skid.
A goal-line stand kept the Wasps off the scoreboard and set up Guilford's winning drive. Leading 17-14, Emory & Henry lined up for a short field goal, but called time-out and went for the touchdown on fourth and goal from the Quakers' four-yard line. Sophomore quarterback Daniel Booher's pass went off the hand of the intended receiver and Guilford took over at its own five-yard line.
Strong running by Parker and senior fullback Zach Bobak moved Guilford near midfield. A pass interference penalty and a personal foul against Emory & Henry on successive plays advanced the Quakers to the Wasps' 18-yard line. A 13-yard completion from redshirt-junior quarterback Josh Vogelbach to sophomore wideout Chad Kastor on third-and-10 set up first and goal from the Wasps' five. Three plays later Parker scooted around the right end for what proved the winning score.
Emory & Henry started its ensuing possession on its own 40-yard line, but the Quakers' Mike Six and sophomore Shawn Maczka sacked Booher on third down to force a Wasps' punt. Guilford gained a first down, which led to Emory & Henry's final time-out, but the Wasps recovered a botched snap on their own 47-yard line with 48 seconds left. The Quakers' defense held as Six recorded another sack and sophomore teammate Richie Paul recovered Steven Friend's lateral attempt on the Wasps' last-ditch effort to score.
Vogelbach wrapped up his third record-setting season by completing 34-of-54 passes for 364 yards and a touchdown. He shattered his own school records for completions (331) and passing yards (3,618) in a campaign. The 331 completions also represent a league record. His 63.9 completion percentage broke the Guilford standard set by Manny Fernandez in 1979.
Guilford redshirt-sophomore Hagen Miller (left), who entered the game ranked second among NCAA Division III catches per game leaders, made 11 grabs and broke the ODAC and league records with 103 receptions this year. Receiver Joe Joyner, one of nine seniors playing their final Guilford game, made seven catches for 51 yards. His five-yard touchdown grab on the fourth quarter's first play drew the Quakers to within 17-13.
The Wasps forced five Guilford turnovers, one of which led to the second of two Jonathan Hawkins touchdown catches. The seven-yard catch from Booher gave Emory & Henry a 14-7 halftime lead. Junior Luke Hawk's 37-yard field goal in the third quarter opened a 17-7 Wasps' edge. Emory & Henry senior running back Matt Gillespie gained a game-high 123 rushing yards on 26 carries. Junior linebacker Kevin Worley's 16 tackles led both defenses.
Guilford sophomore linebacker Markas Brunson, the reigning ODAC Defensive Player of the Week, matched his career high with 13 tackles. Six had eight stops, including 1.5 sacks and five tackles for a loss of 20 yards.