GREENSBORO, N.C. — Quarterback Seth Adams (Burlington,
N.C./Williams) ran for two second-half scores in Greensboro
College's 17-15 win over Guilford College Saturday night in the
14th annual Gate City Soup Bowl.
The Pride (1-0) evened the series between Greensboro's two NCAA Division III football teams at seven wins apiece with its second straight victory.
On third and goal, Adams snuck the ball across from one yard out, capping a 10-play, 99-yard drive that gave Greensboro a 9-8 third-quarter lead. The Pride's game Most Valuable Player also scored on the Pride's next possession on a seven-yard keeper that opened a 15-8 edge. Two penalties moved the point-after-attempt to the Quakers' 23-yard line, but Adams hooked up with Antwan Thorpe (Oxford, N.C./Webb) for the conversion that ultimately provide the game-winning points.
Guilford scored on its opening drive of the fourth quarter on a 27-yard end-around run by wideout Ben King (Archdale, N.C./Trinity (Appalachian State)), the sophomore's second score of the day. He also tallied the game's first touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Luke Vandall (Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance) and earned Guilford's game MVP honor.
Greensboro enjoyed an over 17-minute edge in time of possession, rolled up 335 total offensive yards and earned seven of its 23 first downs via Guilford penalties. Nick Bryant (Los Angeles, Calif./Burroughs) gained a game-high 73 rushing yards on 16 carries and Robert Byrd (Atlanta, Ga./Grady) added 47 rushing yards on 11 carries. Thorpe finished with 172 all-purpose yards, including 77 receiving yards on a team-high five catches.
King made a game- and career-high six catches for 53 yards and a touchdown in his first Guilford game. Vandall completed 10-of-17 passes for 87 yards and a score in his first college start. Sophomore De'Shawn Lindsey (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) made a game-high 11 tackles for Guilford.
The Quakers host Methodist University Saturday (9/11) at 7:00 p.m. The Pride host Emory & Henry College next Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
The annual canned-goods drive that accompanies the game yielded 7,101 non-perishable food items for the benefit of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina and the Greensboro Urban Ministry.