By Laura Workman
SALEM, Va.—Despite two rushing touchdowns by senior Jerry Washington, the Southern Virginia University football team fell short in a comeback bid to visiting Guilford College as the Quakers left Salem Stadium with a 35-27 victory over the Knights Saturday night in Salem, Virginia.
Guilford proved effective on the offensive side of the ball, earning 11 of 14 third-down conversions and quarterback Matt Pawlowski throwing for 394 yards through the air.
"Our guys worked hard tonight and gave it their all," said Southern Virginia head coach Jason Walker. "We had way too many blown coverage assignments and missed tackles. On offense we need to make better decisions and not force anything."
Pawlowski sent a pass to Adam Smith for a touchdown to give the Quakers a 7-0 lead after the first possession of the game.
The Knight offense answered back quickly as Washington rushed for a 15-yard touchdown to knot the score at 7-7.
The Quakers offense continued to find its way downfield. Palowski found Smith once again for a 14-7 lead. With nearly two minutes left in the second quarter, the Quakers' CJ Hobbs received a two-yard pass for a third Guilford touchdown
The Knights earned first down after first down to get back into the red-zone twice, but Guilford held Washington centimeters from the end zone to maintain the 7-21 lead at the half.
The Knights used Stevenson's arm on their second touchdown as Michael Carroll had a 25-yard reception. Stevenson and Carroll repeated the pass and catch for a second Southern Virginia touchdown.
Pawlowski found Austen Thompson in the end zone for a fourth Quaker touchdown to extend the score to 28-13 for Guilford.
The Knights kept fighting as Stevenson found Carroll at the other end of a 35-yard pass 11-yards from the end zone. Washington then rushed past the Quaker defense for his second touchdown of the night.
The eight-point gap was short lived as the Quakers' Josh Schow found his way to the end zone for a 35-20 lead. The Knight defense denied the Quakers a fourth-down conversion to allow the Knight offense to find its way to the end zone for one last touchdown.
Southern Virginia wide receiver Kyler Harris broke away from the Quaker defense to catch a pass from Stevenson to narrow the lead once again to 35-27. The Knights were unable to deny the Quakers a third-down conversion to regain possession and the Quakers ran down the clock to seal their 35-27 victory.
The Knights hit the road to face Wesley College in their last non-conference matchup of the season on Saturday, Sept. 27th at the Scott D. Miller Stadium in Dover, Delaware.