The Greensboro College football team hit the road for the first time on Saturday afternoon looking to rebound from a season opening loss to Guilford. A stingy defense and a big play offensive attack by the Wasps of Emory & Henry prevented that from happening, though, in a 38-0 loss.
The Wasps grabbed a 7-0 lead on their opening possession of the game, driving 70 yards on eight plays. Quarterback Kyle Boden hit Preston Jennings from 11 yards out to cap off the drive.
After a Donnie Leopold punt for The Pride, Emory & Henry moved the ball down the field again and tacked on a 40-yard field goal from Matt Turchin to extend the margin to 10-0.
The Greensboro defense would buckle down for the remainder of the quarter while the offense found its rhythm to begin the second frame. An 18-yard run by Rahmel Workman on the first play of the drive pushed The Pride near midfield. Quarterback Ryan Throndset connected on his first three pass attempts to continue the momentum, as Greensboro moved the ball to the Wasp 11-yardline.
A nine-yard sack of Throndset on third down left The Pride with a 37-yard field goal attempt from Joe Langmeyer. The kick sailed wide left, however, and Greensboro missed out on its best opportunity to put points on the board.
Emory & Henry scored another touchdown two possessions later and took a 17-0 lead into the break. The Wasps would add to the margin in the second half with a score in the third and two touchdowns in the fourth for the final count of 38-0.
Running back Robert Byrd led The Pride on the ground with 55 yards on 13 carries. Throndset added 56 yards through the air on 11-21 passing. Wide receiver Joey Porter was the primary target with six grabs for 41 yards.
Cody McCray and Allen Stallings paced the Greensboro defense with ten tackles apiece.
Overall, The Pride hung even with Emory & Henry on the ground, recording 103 yards compared to 106 for the Wasps. The key came in the passing game, where Emory & Henry racked up 370 yards while Greensboro only managed 68. The Pride offense was spotless in the turnover category with the defense forcing two on the day.
The loss drops Greensboro to 0-2 on the season. The Pride will be back on the road on September 17 against the Apprentice School at 1 p.m.