The Greensboro College football team kicked-off the 2011 season with a 27-7 setback to cross-town rival Guilford on Saturday. With the win, the Quakers regained the Soup Bowl trophy and picked up an 8-7 edge in the series.
The Pride hung tough through the first quarter, turning back a couple of Guilford scoring threats to keep the score knotted at 0-0. The Quakers broke the ice at the 7:20 mark in the second quarter with a two-yard touchdown run by Josh Williams to grab a 7-0 lead.
Nearly three minutes later, Guilford's game MVP Ben King hauled in a 69-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Zac Halbert to push the advantage to 14-0 heading into the locker room.
The Halbert to King combination was back at it again at the 5:40 point in the third quarter, this time hooking up from 41-yards out for a 21-0 lead. The Quakers added their final score of the day with 4:24 showing on the third quarter clock. Owen Bridges missed the extra point to leave the score at 27-0.
With 1:08 remaining in the game, Greensboro's Kwame Petty broke loose on a 32-yard touchdown for the first points of the 2011 season. Petty's run concluded a three-play, 45 yard drive that took only 1:33 off the game clock. Joe Langmeyer connected on the point after attempt for the final margin of 27-7.
Guilford held a commanding 25-6 advantage in first downs and finished the day with with 462 yards of total offense compared to 126 for The Pride. The lone turnover of the day came with 4:02 left in the third quarter when Greensboro quarterback Ryan Throndset was picked off following a dropped pass.
Individually, senior linebacker Allen Stallings (pictured) earned MVP honors for The Pride with nine total tackles including two for loss and a pass break-up. Travis Welch also chipped in on defense with eight tackles and two for loss. Overall, Greensboro tallied 18 total tackles for loss on the day.
On offense, Throndset made his Pride debut at quarterback with a 14-27 performance through the air with 68 yards and one interception. Dexter Russell was his primary target, hauling in eight passes for 48 yards.
Donnie Leopold stood out on special teams, punting 12 times for a 41.0 yard average which was highlighted by a 69-yard blast that fell three yards short of the school record.
The loss drops Greensboro to 0-1 on the season while Guilford avenged last season's 17-15 defeat to move to 1-0 on the year. Next up for the Pride is a 1 p.m. road date at Emory & Henry on September 10.