GREENSBORO, N.C. (11/14/09) – Caleb Jennings rushed for 239 yards and a touchdown in visiting Emory & Henry College's 17-3 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football win at Guilford College Saturday. Jennings added 64 punt return yards and finished with 297 all-purpose yards in both teams' season finale.
The Wasps closed the campaign with three straight wins to finish with a 7-3 overall record (3-3 ODAC). The Quakers end the year with a 3-7 mark (2-4 ODAC).
The scoring drive proved costly as Guilford starting quarterback Billy Watkins was injured in the series and did not return. Without a game-tested backup, junior receiver Justin Parker, a high school option quarterback, took over under center. He ran for a team-high 98 yards, but completed just one of eight pass attempts. Teammate Earl Womble added 90 rushing yards for the Quakers.
The Wasps tied the score on Matt Turchin's 39-yard field goal late in the first quarter and took the lead with two second-quarter scores. Jennings had 133 rushing yards and a touchdown in the second quarter alone and 195 rushing yards by halftime. His 59-yard scoring run early in the second quarter gave Emory & Henry a 10-3 lead. Piscopo's 14-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Hawkins 11 seconds before halftime provided the game's final margin. Jennings ran for 46 yards on the seven-play, 65-yard drive, which was aided by two personal-foul penalties against the Quakers.
Both teams kept the ball on the ground in the second half, Emory & Henry by choice, Guilford by necessity. The Wasps converted just one of six third-downs in the final two quarters, but did not turn the ball over and kept the Quakers pinned deep in their own territory. Punter T.J. Frazier averaged 40 yards on four kicks, three of which fell inside the Quakers' 20-yard line.
Guilford's average second-half starting position was its own 24-yard line. The Quakers' best drive ended on downs at the Emory & Henry 23 with 2:17 left in the game.
Shane Wicks paced the Wasps' tacklers with 11 stops and one forced fumble. C.J. Hodges made two of his five tackles behind the line of scrimmage and broke up two passes.
Guilford senior linebacker Richie Paul, who entered the contest ranked third among NCAA Division III tackles leaders, made a game-high 13 stops in his final Quakers' contest. Jessup added 10 stops.