‘Lights Out’ at Guilford College with 40.9 seconds left in the game, but Methodist finishes off the Quakers, 34-21

Final tonight from Guilford College inside the Armfield Athletic Center:
Methodist Univeristy 34
Guilford College 21

The football field lights went out at Guilford with 40.9 seconds left in the game(34-14 Methodist at the point/stage), but they warmed back up in time(30 minute delay) and it gave Guilford a chance to add on a Matt Pawlowski(Northwest Guilford) pass to his teammate #18 Adam Smith(Davie County) in the end zone and the game ended with Tyler Hunt’s(Eastern Guilford) on-side kick being covered by Methodist and then they just ran out the clock…..

Matt Pawlowski(NWG) had the touchdown pass plus a touchdown run in the 4th quarter for Guilford and Austen Thompson(Southern Guilford) had a couple of nice pass receptions for the Quakers in the 4th period, while Gary Mearite(Ragsdale HS) was returning punts again for Guilford and Ramses Rojas(Ben L. Smith) made a tackle for Guilford after Methodist intercepted a Quaker pass…..Lots of Greensboro/Guilford County kids out there for Guilford and Hunt was handling the kickoffs, punts and PAT’s tonight……..Brian Spain(Page) also with Guilford and I saw his dad, Tyler Hunt’s dad and Matt Pawlowski’s dad all at the game…..

Guilford falls by the 34-21 final and the Quakers will be at Averett, in Danville, Virginia next Saturday…..

Guilford back home at the Armfield Athletic Center on September 29 and that will be their Homecoming Game…

Full game report from Dave Walters Guilford College Sports Information Director:

GREENSBORO, N.C.Freshman John Pappillion ran for three touchdowns in visiting Methodist University’s 34-21 football win at Guilford College
Saturday night.

The Monarchs (1-1) converted two of the Quakers’ (0-2) three turnovers into
touchdowns and returned a blocked punt for a score in their fourth straight
victory over Guilford.

After a scoreless first quarter, Pappillion scored on runs of three and
seven yards in the second quarter to open a 21-7 Monarchs’ lead at
halftime. On the Guilford possession following his first score, Methodist’s
Van Conyers blocked a Quakers’ punt and returned it 11 yards for a
touchdown, which opened a 14-0 lead.

The Monarchs went ahead 28-7 in the third quarter on a 26-yard touchdown
pass from quarterback Max Reber to Vaughn Cross.

Malcolm McCoy recorded Methodist’s second interception of Quakers’ freshman
Matt Pawlowski (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) on the third quarter’s
final play, which led to Pappillion’s third score of the night, a five-yard
jaunt with 13:02 left in regulation.

The Quakers scored on their final two possessions of the game, first on a
seven-yard scramble by Pawlowski and then on a 26-yard pass from Pawlowski
to rookie Adam Smith (Mocksville, N.C./Davie County) with 26 seconds left.
Smith’s first college touchdown catch capped an 11-play, 87-yard drive that
was delayed by 25 minutes when the Armfield Athletic Center lights
unexpectedly went out.

Methodist’s Reber ran for a team-high 73 yards on 13 carries, completed
six-of-12 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown, and also punted six times
for a 35.2-yard average. John Flanagan ran 14 times for 46 yards and
Pappillion finished with 45 rushing yards on 15 carries. McCoy (6 tackles)
and Keltcey Richardson (4 tackles) both made interceptions for Methodist’s

Guilford’s Smith finished with 13 catches for 134 yards and a touchdown in
his first college start. Pawlowski completed 31-of-55 passes for 294 yards
and a score. Sophomore linebacker Robert Smith (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J.
Reynolds) paced the defense with a game- and career-high 19 tackles, the
most by a Quaker since Josh Clayton made 20 stops versus Catholic
University of America Nov. 6, 1999. Smith also forced and recovered a
Methodist fumble.

Guilford visits Averett University next Saturday (9/15) in the Quakers’’
first road contest of the season and their final nonleague game of the year.

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Dave Walters
Guilford College Athletics