« on: October 26, 2014, 01:10:32 pm »
Final Guilford 28 at RMC 6
Former Guilford letterman Cliff Hunsucker and I drove to Ashland yesterday to watch the Quakers (6-1, 3-1) play RMC (3-4, 1-3) at their homecomng ... what a beautiful Day Field and an equally gorgeous day. When we got on the shuttle at the elementary school just north of the college on Henry St., we recognized another former Guilford player, Mike Minor, who lives in the Chester area. We had a great time watching the game and catching up.
As for the game, it was, in my opinion, unnecessarily close in the first half. RMC is a solid team with good athletes, but they're a bit one-dimensional on offense. Guilford moved the ball at will, but dropped two potential TD passes while in the red zone and then missed what are usually two chip shot (35-39 yard) FGs and ended up with zero points on both possessions. In the kicker's defense, the US flag was at a 90 degree angle to the pole, so there was some wind. RMC took the early 6-0 lead, but GC blocked the extra point. In the 2nd quarter, the Quakers scored and took a 7-6 lead to the locker room.
In the 3rd Quarter, in what I believe was the pivotal series in the game, GC had a 3rd and 1 at their own 38. A QB sneak gained about a half yard, so the Quakers were facing a 4th and 1 at their own 38 nursing a 1-point lead. Most coaches would punt, but GC chose to go for it. The Yellow Jackets stacked the box with 8 defenders and RB Josh Schow took the hand-off left of Center. When he broke through the line, no one could catch him as he sprinted 62 yards for the TD and a 14-6 Guilford lead. I know that TD energized the Guilford sideline and had to have demoralized the RMC squad. After that, the Quakers scored two more TDs and snuffed three RMC drives with INTs.
Pedro Arruza and his staff didn't help matters by getting two 15-yard penalties while the Quakers were on offense. One was when he protested a horse-collar penalty on an RMC defender when GC was in the red zone. I'm not sure what the other one was, but it may have been related as Pedro came to the middle of the field to confront the official. I know RMC was upset, but the play was on the GC sideline and looked like a pretty obvious call.
RMC has a good team, but Guilford was better on this day. I hope the Yellow Jackets can finish strong ... so far I can sense their season is not meeting their preseason expectations. Great facilites and beautiful campus. Nice.