Pride tops Quakers in Soup Bowl ’09

The Greensboro College Pride defeated Guilford, 12-7, to snap a four -game losing streak in the series.

Randy Hunt won in his first game for The Pride. Brandon Richardson (Charlotte, NC/West Charlotte) (3 catches, 128 yards, TD) was GC’s game MVP.

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“We played hard and hung in there when we needed to,” Hunt said. “Our defense played great and they deserve a lot of credit for the win. But this win is for the entire program and for everyone affiliated with Greensboro College.”

Caparaso converted 8-of-18 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown through the air. He added a one-yard rushing touchdown for the go-ahead score with 14:56 in the fourth.

Greensboro made a late defensive stand with less than 30 seconds remaining in the contest, forcing a pair of incomplete passes by quarterback Billy Watkins. Devon Morrison (Denver, NC/East Lincoln) finished with a game-high 11 tackles, including four solo stops, to pace the defense.

After a scoreless first half for each team, Guilford opened the third quarter with a 12-play, 65-yard drive that chewed up 6:58 from the clock,. The drive was capped off by a Justin Parker two-yard rush into the end zone. After a Brad Scott PAT, Guilford assumed the 7-0 lead.

On the next drive, freshman David Parrish (eight tackles) intercepted a pass by Luke Vandall at The Pride 14-yard line and returned it 60 yards. Two plays later, Caparaso found Richardson on a corner route down the right sideline for a 42-yard touchdown pass that cut the lead to 7-6 in favor of Guilford. The Pride PAT attempt failed.

Following the touchdown The Pride defense forced a fumble by Vandall on the fourth play of the possession. The Quakers defense forced Greensboro to a fourth and 15 from the 27-yard line before Caparaso found Richardson for 16-yard gain and a first down at the two-yard line. After three unsuccessful attempts, along with a false start that move the ball back five yards, Caparaso carried the ball from for a one-yard touchdown.

Greensboro punter Donnie Leopold (Brown Summit, NC/Warwick Valley) punted five times for a 42.2 yard averaged. He had a 50-yarder and placed one kick on the five yard line in the fourth quarter. That boot forced the Quakers to score on a long field and their final drive ended on the 11-yard line with 26 seconds remaining.

Guilford now leads the Soup Bowl series, 7-6. The Prideâ€s Brandon Richardson (Charlotte, NC/West Charlotte) and Guilford linebacker Richie Paul (nine tackles, 2 for loss and a half sack) were game MVPs.

The Soup Bowl is also about feeding the hungry in the Gate City. This year, the colleges collected 6,147 non-perishable food items. Guilford collected 3855 to Greensboro’s 2292. Since the first game in 1997, 45,259 non-perishable food items have been collected.

The Pride hosts Emory & Henry next Saturday. The Family Weekend game begins at 1 p.m.