College football: Greensboro College wins at Methodist and Guilford College falls at home to Catholic

Courtesy of Bob Lowe(Greensboro College) and Dave Walters(Guilford College)

Fayetteville, N.C. — Greensboro College won at Methodist University, 22-19 on Saturday….

GC’s Rodney Beasley (Condor, NC/East Montgomery) had a 90-yard kickoff return for touchdown. The Pride got 91 rushing yards on 15 carries from Robert Byrd (Atlanta, GA/Grady ) and 12 tackles and two sacks from Brian Green (Stuart, FL/Martin County).

On The Pride’s opening drive, GC had a 51-yard touchdown pass from Kall Daniel (Brookville, FL/Hernando) to Chris Cooper. The extra point was blocked for the Pride to hold the 6-0 lead.

MU’s Corey McGuire had a four-yard touchdown run to tie the score. Methodist went for the two-point conversion, but came up short.

On the opening drive of the second half, Methodist reached the Greensboro two-yard line, but settled for the 20-yard field goal by Tyler Mosko to take the 9-6 lead. The Monarchs’ defense prevented a first down on the Pride’s next possession and Methodist drove back down for Mosko to convert the 31-yard field goal.

Methodist held the 12-6 lead briefly before Greensboro’s Rodney Beasley (Condor, NC/East Montgomery) ran back the kick-off for a 90-yard touchdown. Antwan Thorpe (Oxford, NC/Webb) ran the ball in for the two-point conversion and the 14-12 advantage.
McGuire finished MU’s next drive with a 15-yard touchdown run. Mosko’s extra point gave Methodist the 19-14 lead.

Greensboro used an eight-play drive to score their third touchdown of the day. Thorpe connected with Byrd for the two point conversion and the 22-19 lead.

Methodist would have four more possessions to try to counter, but two fumbles cut the drives short. Greensboro held on for the 22-19 win.

Greensboro’s Kall Daniel (Brookville, FL/Hernando) was 16-for-35 for 181 yards passing and Robert Byrd (Atlanta, GA/Grady ) picked up 91 yards rushing.

GC is now 2-7 and 1-5 in USA South games. The Pride hosts Shenandoah next Saturday to close the year.

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Andrew Ouellette’s 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown
with 4:19 remaining gave visiting Catholic University of America a stunning
23-22 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football victory at Guilford
College Saturday afternoon.

The Quakers (0-9, 0-5 ODAC) took a short-lived 22-17 lead on its previous
possession when rookie Zac Halbert threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Ben
King with 4:32 left in regulation. After Aaron Thompson picked off the
Quakers’ two-point conversion pass, Ouellette took the ensuing kickoff at
his own six-yard line, cut to his left and sprinted down the sideline for
his second touchdown return of the season.

A 36-yard kickoff return by Lawrence Blake gave the Quakers possession on
Catholic’s 49-yard line, but the Cardinals’ (4-5, 2-3 ODAC) defense held
firm as Thompson broke up Halbert’s fourth-down pass attempt with 3:08 left
in the game. Catholic took over and after an 11-yard run by Mike
Pitsenberger, the Cardinals ran out the clock.

Catholic overcame an early 14-0 deficit with a defensive effort that forced
four turnovers that led to 10 Cardinals’ points. Three different Cardinals,
including Thompson, picked off Guilford quarterback Billy Watkins in the
second quarter after the senior threw a 30-yard score to D.J. Wilson that
opened the game’s scoring. Joe Tretter recovered a Bailey Crego fumble in
the fourth quarter, resulting in a 37-yard Conor Maloney field goal and a
17-16 Catholic lead.

Behind Crego’s career-high 148 rushing yards, Guilford enjoyed a sizable
edge over Catholic in total offense (414-217) and time of possession
(36:11-23:49). Halbert played the second half and completed 11-of-18 passes
for 127 yards and a touchdown, all career highs.

Pitsenberger carried 22 times for 66 yards and two touchdowns in his first
game back from a one-game absence due to injury. He scored on runs of one
and four yards in the second quarter, which helped the Cardinals pull to
within 16-14 at halftime. Pitsenberger also caught three passes for 55
yards. Quarterback Greg Cordivari completed 19-of-34 passes for 170 yards.

Catholic’s Conor Stueckler made a team-high eight tackles, one and a half
for loss. Teammate Dylan O’Shea added six stops and an interception. Anthony
Albanese also made six tackles, two behind the line of scrimmage. Guilford’s
David LaPlaca led all defenders with 10 tackles. Teammate Chris Jessup had
eight stops and recovered a fumble.

Guilford closes the 2010 season next Saturday at Emory & Henry College at
1:00 p.m. Catholic entertains Bridgewater College next Saturday in its
season finale.