September 19, 2009

Greensboro Football Rallies to Down Generals, 26-20, in OT

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Greensboro College scored a touchdown with 22 seconds left to force overtime and then stopped Washington and Lee in the extra frame for a 26-20 victory over the Generals in football action at Wilson Field on Saturday afternoon.

Up 14-13, the Generals (1-2) appeared to have the game in hand when they stopped Greensboro on a 4th-and-1 play to take over on the Pride (2-1) 30-yardline with 3:13 left in the game. W&L scored four plays later on a 20-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Jonathan Clemo (Salem, Va./Salem) for a 20-13 advantage with 1:37 remaining. However, the ensuing PAT was blocked by GC senior defensive end Brandon Drumgoole (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale), keeping it a seven-point game.

The Pride then marched 66 yards on eight plays, knotting the score at 20-20 on a 15-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Michael Caparaso (Morganton, N.C./Freedom) to first-year wide receiver Antwan Thorpe (Oxford, N.C./Webb).

Greensboro had the ball first in the extra session and took a 26-20 lead on another touchdown connection between Caparaso and Thorpe, this time from 10 yards out. However, sophomore defensive back John Beriont (Milford, N.J./Delaware Valley Regional) blocked the ensuing PAT giving W&L a chance to win it on their offensive possession. After sophomore running back Harrison Hudson (Salem, Va./Salem) gained six yards on first down, sophomore quarterback Charlie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) fumbled the snap on the next play and Greensboro pounced on the ball ending the game.

Westfal had an effective day for W&L, rushing 19 times for 90 yards and completing 8-of-13 passes for 72 yards. Clemo rushed 16 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns, while Hudson rushed eight times for 61 yards and one score. First-year running back Brett Murray (Lookout Mountain, Tenn./Baylor School) added 73 yards rushing on 15 carries as the Generals racked up 322 yards on the ground. Senior defensive back Donavon Sawyer (Little Rock, Ark./Robinson) tallied eight tackles and sophomore linebacker Rob Look (Dallas, Texas/Hillcrest) totaled seven tackles and one sack to lead the defense.

Caparaso completed 23-of-33 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns with only one interception to pace the Pride. Thorpe hauled in eight passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns, while sophomore wide-out Nathan Scott (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive) snared six passes for 85 yards and one score. Senior linebacker Devon Morrison (Denver, N.C./East Lincoln) led the GC defense with 12 tackles.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it hits the road for the first time this season with a 1:00 pm game at Averett University.

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