New field yields big plays as Cougars cop win over Quakers

The Guilford College Quakers fell hard as they dropped their home-opener on their brand-new truf field last night and it wasn’t a pretty sight, but here’s hoping they can turn it around in the next couple of weeks.

The defense wasn’t playing bad, but as is the case in many instances, they were on the turf way too long last evening on that Herb Appenzeller Field inside the Armfield Athletic Center on the Quaker campus.

We mentioned it wasn’t a pretty sight, but the crowd was decent and we took a number of pictures and we should have them up here later today or early Monday for your vewing pleasure or anguish.

We have all the details in what might be your most extensive report on what happened last night at the Guilford-Averett game and it all comes your way courtesy of Dave Walters, Guilford SID.

Here’s that report:
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Mario Huffman recovered three fumbles and Anthony Squillini made nine catches for a school-record 174 yards in visiting Averett University’s 28-3 nonconference football win at Guilford College Saturday night.

The Cougars’ (1-1) defense forced five Guilford (0-3) turnovers and held the Quakers to 228 total offensive yards.

Averett’s Brian Daniels ran for two short touchdowns, including a two-yard score with 2:02 left in the first half that opened the game’s scoring. His one-yard run with 24 seconds left provided the final margin. It also capped a scoring drive set up by one of three Cougars’ recoveries of punt returns muffed by Guilford.

Brad Scott’s third-quarter field goal made it a 7-3 game and capped a nine-play drive, the Quakers’ longest of the game. In addition to forcing five turnovers, the Averett defense limited Guilford to two-of-15 on third-down conversions.

Averett quarterback Cody Ladutko completed 17-of-36 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns in his first college start. He replaced junior Phil Kwiatkowski, who was injured in Averett’s season opener. Nine of his passes went to Squillini, including a 64-yard catch-and-run shortly after Scott’s field goal pulled Guilford to within 7-3. His 11-yard scoring toss to Steve Oristian capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter that effectively put the game out of reach.

Huffman recorded four tackles in addition to school-record is three fumble recoveries, two of which came off of muffed punt returns. Zane Cooper made a team-high 12 stops and intercepted Guilford quarterback Billy Watkins in the fourth quarter.

The Quakers’ Richie Paul and Trey Billian shared game-high tackles with 14 apiece. Justin Parker paced Guilford’s offense with 117 all-purpose yards (65 rushing, 52 receiving).

Guilford opens Old Dominion Athletic Conference play next Saturday (9/26) versus Hampden-Sydney College at 7:00 p.m.

Box Score (Final)
Averett vs Guilford (Sep 19, 2009 at Greensboro, NC)

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
—————– — — — — —–
Averett…………. 0 7 7 14 – 28 Record: (1-1)
Guilford………… 0 0 3 0 – 3 Record: (0-3)

Scoring Summary:
2nd 02:02 AU – Brian Daniels 2 yd run (Marcus Klusacek kick), 4-24 1:07, AU 7 – GC 0
3rd 02:58 GC – Brad Scott 30 yd field goal, 9-45 4:06, AU 7 – GC 3
01:52 AU – Anthony Squillini 64 yd pass from Cody Ladutko (Marcus Klusacek kick), 3-66 1:00, AU 14 – GC 3
4th 07:07 AU – Steve Oristian 11 yd pass from Cody Ladutko (Marcus Klusacek kick), 12-80 7:06, AU 21 – GC 3
00:24 AU – Brian Daniels 1 yd run (Marcus Klusacek kick), 8-15 3:37, AU 28 – GC 3

FIRST DOWNS………………. 12 10
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)………… 40-120 38-128
PASSING YDS (NET)…………. 253 100
Passes Att-Comp-Int……….. 36-17-0 20-7-1
Fumble Returns-Yards………. 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards………… 4-37 5-13
Kickoff Returns-Yards……… 2-37 5-91
Interception Returns-Yards…. 1-0 0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)………… 7-37.0 6-38.2
Fumbles-Lost……………… 0-0 7-4
Penalties-Yards…………… 16-125 7-51
Possession Time…………… 33:15 26:45
Third-Down Conversions…….. 6 of 18 2 of 15
Fourth-Down Conversions……. 0 of 3 0 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances……. 3-4 1-1
Sacks By: Number-Yards…….. 1-12 0-0

RUSHING: Averett-Dontavious Watson 15-46; Cody Ladutko 3-30; Mark Williams
11-28; Antwan Hughes 4-9; Brian Daniels 5-5; Jorge Del Valle 1-3; Anthony
Squillini 1-minus 1. Guilford-Mike Williams 10-66; Justin Parker 17-65; Billy
Watkins 7-2; Team 3-minus 1; Thomas Kicinski 1-minus 4.

PASSING: Averett-Cody Ladutko 17-36-0-253. Guilford-Billy Watkins 7-20-1-100.

RECEIVING: Averett-Anthony Squillini 9-174; Jorge Del Valle 3-44; Chris Williams
2-15; Donald Reed 2-9; Steve Oristian 1-11. Guilford-Justin Parker 2-52; Thomas
Kicinski 2-14; Jake Routh 2-9; Jon McKinney 1-25.

INTERCEPTIONS: Averett-Zane Cooper 1-0. Guilford-None.

FUMBLES: Averett-None. Guilford-Team 3-1; Thomas Kicinski 2-1; De’Shawn Lindsay
1-1; Billy Watkins 1-1.

Averett vs Guilford (Sep 19, 2009 at Greensboro, NC)

SACKS (UA-A): Averett-Ray Faulkner 1-0. Guilford-None.

TACKLES (UA-A): Averett-Zane Cooper 7-5; Albert Brown 5-1; Frederick Reid 5-1;
Logan Smyth 2-4; Ray Faulkner 3-1; Anssi Nevalainen 2-2; Mario Huffman 2-2;
Jeremy Clifton 3-0; Matthew Smith 2-0; Jerel Robinson 2-0; Sirpatrick Iwu-Byrd
1-1; Justin McCauley 1-1; Steve Oristian 1-1; Brad Robinson 1-0; Tremell
Nicholson 1-0; Mark Green 0-1; Corey Scruggs 0-1; Mark Williams 0-1.

Guilford-Richie Paul 10-4; Trey Billian 9-5; Kyle May 4-3; Chris Jessup 3-4;
De’Shawn Lindsay 4-2; Markas Brunson 2-4; David LaPlaca 3-1; Mitchell Kurucz
2-0; Jordan Nelson 1-1; Tumba Kanku 1-1; Mike Cooper 1-0; Brad Gayhardt 1-0;
Tyler Hasty 1-0; Brice Carlson 1-0; Brennan Choate 1-0; Jordan Dutton 0-1.

Game Starters:

Averett Guilford

RB 2 Mark Williams RB 3 Thomas Kicinski
WR 5 Chris Williams RB 1 Justin Parker
QB 8 P. Kwiatkowski WR 87 Jon McKinney
FB 16 Steve Oristian QB 14 Billy Watkins
WR 1 A. Squillini WR 84 Jake Routh
TE 20 S. Robinson TE 44 Mike Cooper
RT 61 Alex Mayo RT 72 D. Biggerstaff
RG 69 Phil Blaising RG 76 AJ Harbour
C 77 Kevin Roberts C 50 Brice Carlson
LG 60 Jeffrey Bosley LG 53 TJ McCay
LT 62 Bill Harrington LT 63 Joshua Nguyen

DE 45 Ray Faulkner DE 5 Markas Brunson
DT 53 Zack Morton DT 95 Tumba Kanku
DT 93 Corey Scruggs DT 98 Brad Gayhardt
DE 44 A. Nevalainen DE 45 Brennan Choate
LB 23 Mario Huffman LB 31 David LaPlaca
LB 40 Zane Cooper LB 27 Mitchell Kurucz
LB 26 Logan Smyth LB 47 Chris Jessup
CB 15 Jerel Robinson CB 19 Spencer Dew
FS 36 Jeremy Clifton CB 15 D. Lindsay
SS 14 Justin McCauley FS 2 Trey Billian
CB 11 Frederick Reid SS 30 Richie Paul

Player participation:

Averett: 3-Cody Ladutko, 4-Matti Vaininen, 6-Donald Reed, 7-Jeremy Dixon, 9-Jorge Del Valle, 10-Marcus Klusacek, 13-Assad Graham,
18-Dale Gross, 21-William Bonilla, 22-Brad Robinson, 24-Antwan Hughes, 25-Keith Pearsall, 27-Mark Green, 28-Anthony McCall,
29-D. Watson, 33-Brian Daniels, 34-S. Iwu-Byrd, 35-T. Nicholson, 41-Matthew Smith, 42-Joshua Freed, 48-Matt Mccloud,
59-Jean Max Nord, 67-Josh Brumfield, 79-Harry John, 80-John Escoboza, 81-C. Bodney-Jeter, 82-Z. Richman, 84-Justin Falk,
90-Nicholas Shedd, 97-Wynton Stephens, 99-Albert Brown.

Guilford: 6-Mike Williams, 8-J. Blackwell, 22-Jake Kues, 23-Chris Heflin, 25-Brad Scott, 26-Kyle May, 28-Earl Womble,
32-DJ Leach, 39-Jordan Nelson, 40-James Harris, 51-Jordan Dutton, 54-Ryan Hammond, 56-Chris Ward, 58-Roy Marsh, 64-Sage Luley,
70-Brandon O’Hara, 74-Kyle Guyton, 80-Tyler Hasty, 83-Misha Braja, 88-DJ Wilson.

Dave Walters
Guilford College Athletics