Antwan Thorpe 8 catches for 131 yards, but Pride falleth 28-17

I was right there watching on Thorpe’s entertaining first TD which covered 55 yards. He streaked down the left sideline, juggled the ball, juked defenders and broke tackles on his way to the goal line. This was one of the more exciting TD’s plays that I have ever seen. Every time #11(Antwan Thorpe) lines up, you have to find him, because you know there’s at least a 70-75% chance he’s gonna get the ball.

Thorpe is out of Oxford Webb High School and now the Pride is using a freshman QB, Seth Adams, out of Burlington Williams HS and for more local fun, on defense, the Greensboro Collge Pride has Andreas Platt(Ragsdale HS/Duke) and Brandon Drumgoole(Ragsdale HS and William and Mary).

Platt also plays on offense at the wide receiver position in special situations(he’s quite an athlete) and Platt wears #9…..Drumgoole is right at 6’7 and he is leaner version of Julius Peppers and Drumgoole wears the #99. Drumgoole along the defensive line is as tall a player as you will ever see and I remember when he was in the East-West HS All-Star game, all the way back around 2001……..

Here’s the meat and potatoes on last night’s game at Jamieson Stadium and again, it’s fun to watch guys like Thorpe(should be a DI player somewhere), Platt(one of the best athletes you’ll see:defense/offense/returns) and Mr. Drumgoole(a slimmed-down version of Julius Peppers in his younger days)……..

Greensboro, NC — Dontavius Watson and Mark Williams each ran for scores as Averett University defeated Greensboro College, 28-17, in the USA South opener for both teams at Jamieson Stadium on Saturday night. The visiting Cougars netted 163 rushing yards in the game.

Averett improved to 3-1, and 1-0, while The Pride is now 2-2 and 0-1.

The Cougars held off a late Pride rally led freshmen Seth Adams (Burlington, NC/Willliams) and Antwan Thorpe (Oxford, NC/Webb). The duo connected on two second half touchdowns as The Pride cut 28-3 game to 28-17 with 9:20 remaining. In its next two possessions, however, GC could not muster a scoring drive.

Thorpe had eight catches for 131 yards and Adams passed 10-23 for 154 yards. The Pride outgained the Cougars 324 yards to 230 in the game.

AU’s Williams opened the game’s coring in when he scampered 15 yards on sweep to the right side with 7:15 left in the first period. The Pride moved the ball early, but only had a George Wolf (Berlin, Germany/Westchester Country Day (NC)) 29-yard field goal to show for it. Playing his first ever football game, Wolf earlier missed a 43-yard attempt.

Watson scored on a seven yard run to make the score 14-3 with 35 seconds left in the first quarter. Cougar Cody Ladutko connected with Dixon for an 11-yard TD pass for the second quarter’s only scoring. AU led 21-3 at the break.

Linebacker Anssi Nevalainen intercepted a Michael Caparaso (Morganton, NC /Freedom) pass and returned 11 yards for the Cougars final touchdown with 12:38 left in the third period.

Thorpe’s entertaining first TD covered 55 yards. He streaked down the left sideline, juggled the ball, juked defenders and broke tackles on his way to the goal line. The second connection covered 31 yards and occurred after Adams left the pocket, rolled right and found him on the near sideline.

GC defensive back Maurice Torain (Burlington, NC/Eastern Alamance) had a game-high nine unassisted tackles. Linebacker Allen Stallings (Manteo, NC/Manteo) had seven tackles with two for losses. Safety Andreas Platt (Greensboro, NC/Ragsdale) grabbed an interception for the green and white.

The game was marred by penalties. AU was flagged 12 times for 169 yards and GC had 11 for 198 yards.

The Pride hosts NC Wesleyan next Saturday at 1 p.m. It’s also “Take a Kid to the Game” day and children are admitted free with an adult.