Guilford, Greensboro Square Off in Soup Bowl Sept. 7
The football team kicks off its season Saturday against crosstown-rival Greensboro College in the 17th annual Gate City Soup Bowl.
Regardless of the outcome of the 1 p.m. game at Grimsley High School’s Jamieson Stadium, the hungry win. The two schools are again collecting cans of food for those in need.
Canned goods may be dropped off in the lobby of Founders Hall, near the circulation desk in Hege Library and at the game. More than 9,000 cans were collected last year and distributed through Greensboro Urban Ministry.
The Quakers are ranked fifth, a spot they share with Emory & Henry College, in the eight-team Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Coach Chris Rusiewicz’s team returns 16 starters among 56 letter winners from last year’s 5-5 club that shared third place in the league with a 4-3 record.
Guilford welcomes back a league-best eight all-conference performers and the loop’s top rookie in 2012, quarterback Matt Pawlowski ’16.
Matt passed for 2,443 yards and 15 touchdowns as a 10-game starter a year ago. He completed just below 60 percent of his passes, threw just eight interceptions and rushed for a team-high six scores.
He’s joined by his leading receiver from last season, classmate Adam Smith ’16, who ranked among the ODAC’s best with 65 catches for 874 yards and five touchdowns. Adam was a Second Team All-ODAC honoree. Faris El-Ali ’14, Guilford’s top offensive lineman, earned third-team all-conference recognition for the second straight season in 2012.
Guilford’s defense returns five all-league performers, including first-team picks Robert Smith ’15 and Satiir Stevenson ’15. Robert, a linebacker, is the ODAC’s top returning tackler after making 108 stops as a sophomore, including 14 for loss and 6.5 sacks.
Satiir hauled down 79 ball carriers and picked off a club-high four interceptions as a sophomore safety. He is also one of Guilford’s top kick returners.
The trio of lineman Tyler Eller ’15, defensive back Hunter English ’15 and senior defensive back Alex Smith ’14 garnered Third Team All-ODAC honors in 2012, as did sophomore kicker Tyler Hunt ’16.
Fans attending Saturday’s game at Grimsley High School should access the stadium parking lot by using the first road north of Campus Drive off Westover Terrace. There is construction in the parking lot near the Campus Drive entrance.