Greensboro College goes (6-4) in dramatic fashion

Posted by Andy Durham on November 14, 2009 at 11:51 pm under College | 2 Comments to Read

Winchester, VA – Freshman Georg Wolff (Berlin, Germany/Westchester Country Day (NC)) kicked a game-winning 45-yard field goal with 2:58 remaining as Greensboro College defeated Shenandoah, 23-20, on Saturday. The come-from-behind win gave The Pride (6-4, 4-3) its first winning season in program history.

“I feel great about the win and the season, but I’m more happy for the people who have been here longer and got us to this point,” said first year Head Coach Dr. Randy Hunt. “We didn’t play that well, but still won. It’s a mark of a good football team to figure out a way to win.”

SU held a 14-0 lead in the second quarter. Mykel Searcy (Reidsville, NC/Rockingham County ) got GC on the board with a 60-yard interception return–with 10:20 left in the second quarter.

Matt Martin (Morehead City, NC/West Carteret) ran two yards for a score with 11:09 remaining in the third period. Martin had 108 yards: his third 100-yard game in the last four outings.

Trailing 20-14, GC got a 15-yard TD pass from Michael Caparaso (Morganton, NC /Freedom) to Brandon Richardson (Charlotte, NC/West Charlotte). It was Caparaso’s only pass of the game. Like SU on its previous tally, The Pride missed its extra point and the score remained tied at 20.

GC senior defensive back Andreas Platt (Greensboro, NC/Ragsdale) then intercepted Vern Lunsford (23-34, 292 yards, TD, 2 INT) and returned the ball 32 yards to the SU 23-yard line. Platt also had nine tackles in the game.

“The game came down to our seniors deciding to step up and not let us lose,” Hunt said. “Searcy,.Martin, Platt, Caparaso and Brandon Richardson all had big plays and played well.”

The Pride then lost yards before setting up for Wolff’s game-winner at the Hornet 28-yard line. Wolff, who just started kicking this year, had made just one field goal this season. He is also a member of the GC men’s soccer team. Wolff’s strong kick cleared the uprights with 10 yards to spare.

SU’s Hail Mary pass as time ran out went incomplete. Prior that possession, GC forced a fumble deep in Pride territory.

Antwan Thorpe (Oxford, NC/Webb) had nine catches for 74 yards. Seth Adams (Burlington, NC/Willliams) was 12-26 for 125 yards. On defense, Cody McCray (Greensboro, NC /Ragsdale) tied for game-high honors with 11 tackles.

The Pride, which ended the year with three straight wins, had a breakthrough year. Hard luck Shenandoah, however, finishes the year 1-9, 0-7. The Hornets lost six games by three points or less–and all nine by 10 points or less.

GC’s four conference wins match the best in program history set in 2001. The Pride started football in 1997 and had a 5-5 season in 2000 and ‘01.

  • Ziggy said,

    Simply amazing what Hunt and co. did over on Market St. this year. Should be conf. coach of year–if not national coach of the year with what he’s done with program. Good job GC.

  • Andy said,

    Great job by Coach Hunt, Coach Teague and staff and kudos to the local kids in Platt, Drumgoole, Seth Adams, and others and to the kid who should be First Team Freshman All-American, Antwan Thorpe……