By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Quakers Hurt The Pride 36-30 In Wild Game
Greensboro, NC- It was homecoming for the Quakers of Guilford College and the fans were out in abundance to see an exciting game at Appenzeller Field.
After a tough first half that saw red shirt-sophomore sensation Josh Vogelbach throw two key interceptions leading to touchdowns, the Quakers came back in the second half strong, scoring early in the second half but needed double overtime to defeat the Greensboro Pride 36-30 in a wild game between bitter rivals.
Chris Barnette, Micah Rushing, Joe Joyner and Kevin Vaughn all had big days catching the ball leading the Quakers to victory. The victory was sweet not only because it was Homecoming weekend but especially since they suffered a heart-breaking loss the previous week vs Hampden-Sydney 46-43.
This was also the “Gate City Cup Of Soup Game” in which Greensboro won last year and led 5-4 entering this year’s game. It didn’t look too promising in the 1st half when early in the 1st quarter, the Quakers gave up a safety with 12:16 left giving the Pride an early 2-0 lead.
The Quakers went ahead in the 2nd quarter with an impressive eight play, 80-yard drive using 3:56 seconds culminating with a 25 yard pass from Josh Vogelbach to Rushing making the score 6-2 with 10:57 remaining in the half. The score became 8-2 as Volgelbach and Rushing teamed up once again for the two-point conversion.
The rest of the second quarter and half belonged to the Greensboro Pride. After the first of two interceptions by Vogelbach, the Pride took the lead on a quick 20 yard run by Torrey Lowe taking only 6 seconds and giving the Pride a slim 9-8 lead.
The Pride took advantage of a second Vogelbach interception and extended their lead. Wide Receiver Tyrelle Lee made a big 33 yard catch from fellow wideout Torrey Lowe on a wild-trick play that took only 3 plays, 58 yards in just 28 seconds making the score 16-8 with just 20 seconds left in the half pl be the score at intermission.
Two key turnovers hurt the Greensboro Pride in the second half that led to their demise and prove to be the turnaround the Quakers needed to win the game. The Quakers took their opening drive down the field on an impressive scoring drive.
Vogelbach redeemed himself in the second half directing two impressive drives and giving the Quakers the lead. The Quakers took the opening drive in the second half down the field on a 15 play, 75-yard drive taking 4:56 seconds to score on a 5 yard pass from Vogelbach to Barnette.
The two-point conversion (Vogelbach to Vaughn) tied the game at 16 with 9:53 left in the third. After a fumble by the Pride, the Quakers took their 1st lead since early in the 2nd quarter when Vogelbach hit Joyner on a 13 yard pass making the score 23-16 in favor of the Quakers with 6:05 left in the 3rd. The drive took 7 plays, 57 yards and consumed 2:14 seconds.
The 4th quarter was the defense’s time to shine. After both teams traded possessions late in the 3rd and into the 4th quarter, the Pride got the ball back on their own 13 yard line. Quarterback Randal Rankins was intercepted by Freshmen Dan Presley who took it the distance giving the Quakers a 30-16 lead.
A lead the Quakers thought was safe until the Pride’s defense made a big play. Vogelbach suffered his third interception of the game that led to the Pride’s next score. The Pride scored quick on a 1 yard run by Freshmen running back Brandon Campbell finishing a quick 4 play, 29 yard drive that took only 1:17 seconds off the clock and trimmed the Quakers lead to 30-23 with 7:53 left in the game.
After a missed field goal by the Quakers Travis Frazier with just under 4 minutes to play in the game, the Pride mounted a furious drive to try and tied the game and they did.
The Pride took the ball down the field with a mix of pass and run on a 7 play, 78 yard drive finishing with a 6 yard touchdown pass from Randal Rankis to Tyrelle Lee taking 2:06 seconds to score. After the extra point, the score was tie 30-30 with just 1:23 seconds to play in the game.
Mistakes continue to hurt the Quakers. With 4th and 9 on their own 30, the Quakers botched a punt attempt giving the ball to the Pride on the Quakers side of the ball with just 40 seconds left in the game.
After the Pride ran the ball 2 times, they stopped the clock with just 5.2 seconds to play in game to attempt a game winning field goal. The 37 yard attempt by Chris Palme was no good, sending the game into overtime.
The Quakers knew they dodge a bullet on the missed field goal by the Pride and wanted to come out in the overtime receiving the ball first and they did. After a first down pass for the Quakers, Vogelbach threw his fourth interception in the end zone stalling their chance to score 1st and giving the Pride a chance to score and win.
After a running play and a huge clipping penalty on the Pride, the drive stalled sending this wild game into overtime.
In the second overtime, the Pride got the ball and the drive stalled, Kicker Chris Palme attempted a 42 yard field that was no good giving the Quakers the ball one more time.
This time they took advantage of their opportunity. Vogelbach once again redeemed himself with a game winning 25 yard pass to Barnette for the game winner making the final 36-30.
Despite his mistakes, Voglebach was 33 of 66 for 360 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions. Barnette, who caught the game winner, had 12 catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
Rushing added 12 catches for 96 yards and a score. Joe Joyner and Kevin Vaughn caught five and four passes respectively with Joyner hauling in a touchdown catch.
Coach Kiesel talked about the importance of this win. “It’s a huge win because we have our next 5 games in the ODAC and it gives us momentum and it let’s us just feel good about ourselves as we moved forward into the season”.
With the win, the Quakers improve their record to 3-2, 0-1 in the ODAC while the Pride drop to 2-2. They also even the series with the Pride in the “GATE CITY CUP OF SOUP GAME”. The Quakers get a week off before they host Bridgewater Saturday, October 14th at Appenzeller Field in Greensboro.