GREENSBORO, N.C. (9/5/09) - Greensboro College took advantage of three straight Guilford turnovers and reclaimed the Gate City Soup Bowl trophy with a 12-7 football win Saturday afternoon at Jamieson Stadium. Aron Terrill broke up Guilford quarterback Billy Watkins' fourth-down pass from the Pride's 11-yard line with 30 seconds left in regulation, preserving the victory in both teams' season opener and the first win for Greensboro head coach Dr. Randy Hunt in his Pride debut.
After a scoreless and turnover-free first half, Guilford (0-1) got on the board first on Justin Parker's two-yard run that capped a 12-yard, 65-yard drive to start the third quarter.
Guilford rookie De'Shawn Lindsay picked off a Mike Caparaso pass on the Pride's ensuing possession, but the Quakers turned it right back over as David Parrish picked off Watkins at his own 14-yard line and returned it 60 yards in to Guilford territory. Caparaso connected with tight end Brandon Richardson on the next play and Richardson took it 42 yards for a score. Markas Brunson blocked the extra point, which preserved a 7-6 Guilford edge.
Greensboro's Brandon Drumgoole recovered a wild shotgun snap on the Quakers' next possession, which set up a one-yard run by Caparaso on the fourth quarter's first play. Guilford stopped the two-point conversion, but Greensboro had a 12-7 lead.
The Quakers drove to the Pride's 32-yard line on their ensuing possession, but defensive lineman Brian Green picked off Watkins' fourth-down pass for Guilford's third turnover in as many possessions.
Richardson earned Greensboro's game Most Valuable Player Award thanks to three catches for 128 yards and a touchdown, all game highs. Caparason completed eight-of-18 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a score.
Richie Paul won team MVP honors thanks to a team-best nine tackles, including 2.5 for loss. The Quakers' defense held Greensboro to 170 total offensive yards, including -14 team rushing yards. Watkins led all rushers with 76 rushing yards on 17 carries, both career highs. He also completed seven-of-12 passes for 67 yards.
Guilford returns to action Saturday (9/12) at Methodist University at 1:00 p.m.