Catholic ends skid with win against Guilford Nov. 9, 2002


Ryan Welsh filled the stat sheet with three tackles, a tackle for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery.

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Catholic recovered a late onside kick and held on to defeat Guilford, 28-26, in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference matchup. The win moves the Cardinals to 4-5 and 2-3 in the ODAC.

Senior quarterback Bill Sutton (Columbia, Md./DeMatha) threw for 319 yards on 21-for-39 passing with three interceptions and two touchdowns. Both scores went to Dan Evans (South Riding, Va./Paul VI), as the senior caught four passes for 60 yards.

After an interception by junior linebacker John Blattner (Lutherville, Md./Loyola) on the game's opening possession, Catholic marched 27 yards on eight plays capped off by senior Tokollo Moffat's (Wheaton, Md./Good Counsel) 3-yard touchdown run.

The Cardinals cushioned the lead early in the second quarter when Sutton hooked up with Evans on a 10-yard score. After holding the Quakers on a fourth-and-11 from the CUA 24 yard-line, Catholic went 76 yards on 12 plays. Freshman Chris Waechter's (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg Catholic) extra point was good, giving CUA a 14-0 lead.

Guilford (3-6, 1-4 ODAC) took advantage of an interception deep in their own end. Marcus Ballard got the Quakers on the board just two plays later, scoring on a 66-yard jaunt. Ballard would finish with 66 yards on seven carries on the day.

Ballard added his second score of the day right before halftime as he dove in from two-yards out. The extra point was blocked, keeping Catholic ahead at 14-13.

Late in the third quarter, Catholic used the momentum of another defensive fourth-down stop to go 48 yards on seven plays, highlighted by Sutton's second scoring toss to Evans, a 13-yard strike to put the Cardinals on top at 21-13.

The Quakers answered midway through the fourth quarter as Brandon Lockhart went 65 yards for a score. The two-point conversion was no good as Marcus Ballard was stopped just short of the goal line. Lockhart finished with a game-high 158 yards 14 carries.

On their next possession, Catholic churned out 77 yards on just six plays highlighted by two long completions to senior wide receiver Jim Jankiewicz (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's) on the drive. Jankiewicz caught five passes for 82 yards. With two minutes in the game senior James Vollono (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) rumbled in from 4 yards out. Vollono would finish with 52 yards on 12 carries and two receptions for 21 yards.

With under a minute and starting at their own 43-yard line, Guilford used the two-minute offense to get all the way to the CUA 1-yard line. Quarterback Clint Duckworth used a keeper from a yard out with just 53 seconds in the game. Aaron Horton's point-after was good, making the score 28-26.

Guilford recovered the onside kick, but an illegal procedure penalty negated the attempt. Catholic was able to recover the ball on the second kick and run out the clock.

Defensively for Catholic, Justin Kelly (Milton, Mass./Boston College) posted seven tackles and added one for a loss. Senior Ryan Welsh (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) posted three stops, one for a loss, a fumble recovery, and an interception.

Catholic hosts Bridgewater in an ODAC game next weekend to close out the 2002 season. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at DuFour Field.