Greensboro, N.C. (9/13/08) - Guilford College held on to defeat visiting Methodist University Saturday night, 34-33, when a high snap resulted in a Monarchs' missed point-after kick attempt late in the game.
Methodist (1-1) took advantage of two fourth-quarter Guilford (2-0) turnovers and trimmed a 34-20 deficit to 34-33 after BJ Parrish scored on a nine-yard reception from Erik Teague with 3:17 left in regulation. The Monarchs, who struggled with snaps on two previous point-after attempts, snapped the ball high. It was recovered by kicker Mario Miralles, who was tackled by Guilford's R.J. Lassiter.
The Quakers' Justin Parker ran for two first downs on the ensuing possession as Guilford ran down the clock for sixth win in eight meetings with the Monarchs. Parker finished with a game and career-high 103 rushing yards on 14 carries, including a one-yard touchdown plunge just before halftime that gave the hosts a 13-12 edge.
Guilford's Josh Vogelbach completed 21-of-43 passes for 301 yards and three second-half touchdowns that rallied the Quakers from a 20-13 deficit. His 40-yard strike to junior Chad Kastor tied the game at 20 and his 63-yard bomb to Kevin Vaughn gave the Quakers a 27-20 lead. He tossed a 16-yard scoring strike to Hagen Miller early in the fourth to make it a 34-20 game.
Teague, the son of former Guilford football player Jimmy Teague '80, paced the Monarchs' offense with 98 rushing yards on 16 carries. He also completed 18-of 29-passes for 169 yards and two scores. His one-yard scoring plunge on fourth down with 6:03 remaining made it a 34-27 game.
Methodist's defense opened the scoring with its third touchdown in two games. Monarchs' cornerback Antonio Bartee intercepted a Vogelbach pass and ran it 14 yards for a touchdown with 4:42 left in the quarter. A bad snap resulted in holder Brian Leary's failed two-point conversion.
Guilford's Thomas Kicinski opened the second period with a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown, the Quakers' first since 2004. Hunter Chappell's point-after gave the hosts a short-lived 7-6 lead as Teague led a 10-play, 65-yard scoring drive on Methodist's ensuing possession. Teague capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Brian Hopkins that put the Monarchs up, 12-7.
The Quakers fumbled on consecutive second-quarter possessions, but Guilford's defense held and got the ball back to Vogelbach and the offense with 3:12 left in the half. The Quakers ran their two-minute formation well and took the lead just before halftime on Parker's second rushing score of the year.
Methodist regained the lead early in the third quarter on running back Corey McGuire's 13-yard touchdown run. Teague set up the score with a 41-yard scamper followed by an eight-yard pass completion to Chris Peoples. Teague's two-point pass to wide receiver Jared Boyles gave the Monarchs a 20-13 advantage.
Guilford's offense kicked into gear the Vogelbach completed his three scoring passes over the next five possessions, two of which were set up by Methodist turnovers. After Vogelbach hit Kastor from 40 yards out to tie the game, Richie Paul recovered a Parrish fumble near midfield. On the very next play, Vogelbach found Vaughn with the second-longest pass completion of his distinguished career, a 63-yard bomb that opened a 27-20 edge after Chappell's third point-after attempt of the night. After trading punts, Guilford freshman Kenneth Hyman III stopped a Monarchs' drive with an interception on his own 16-yard line. The Quakers took a 34-20 edge early in the fourth quarter on Vogelbach's scoring pass to Miller, who finished with a game-high seven catches for 73 yards after missing last week's opener with an injury.
The Quakers' defense held Methodist to three downs on seven of its first eight second-half drives, but when Demory Williams picked off Vogelbach at the Quakers' 27, Methodist gained new life. Williams' pick set up a Teague touchdown on fourth and goal from inside the Quakers' one-yard line. Leary got a low snap down for Miralles to punch the PAT through and bring the Monarchs to within 34-27 with 6:03 left in the game.
Kevin Jordan jarred the ball from Kicinski on the ensuing kickoff and Methodist's Anthony Cassone recovered on the Quakers' 35. Six plays later, Teague found Parrish and made it a 34-33 Guilford lead.
Vogelbach finished with 301 passing yards, which marks the 22nd time in his 32-game college career he surpassed 300 yards through the air. Parker became just the second Quaker back to rush for over 100 yards in coach Kevin Kiesel's three-plus seasons. Kastor finished with six receptions for 89 yards and a score. Lassiter made a game-high 11 tackles (8 solo) versus his former mates. Senior safety Danny Langston added 10 stops.
Troy Glover and Mike McMillan both made eight tackles for Methodist.
The Quakers visit Averett University next Saturday (9/20) at 1:00 p.m. The Monarchs are off for a week before opening USA South Athletic Conference play at North Carolina Wesleyan Sept. 27.