Guilford out-throws Belvidere North, improves to 4-1
by Liz Rudolph Twitter: @LizESPN1380
Belvidere North (2-3) at Guilford (4-1)
In the first four weeks of the season, the Guilford defense had allowed just 47 points, all of them coming in one 47-21 loss to the Boylan Titans. It was the only loss the Vikings have suffered this season, and until last night, it was the only game in which an opponent had put points on the board. On Friday, the Vikings were two seconds away from sealing their fourth shutout of the season.
The Viking defense went to work immediately. Guilford LB Greg Williams blocked Belvidere North’s first punt of the game, running it back for a touchdown and putting Guilford ahead 7-0 with 7:20 to go in the first quarter. North quickly fumbled on the kickoff return, and put the ball back in the hands of the Guilford offense.
The remainder of the first half did not improve for the Blue Thunder. They committed four turnovers in the first two quarters, including another fumbled kick return and an interception by Guilford’s Jalante Wallace. Viking quarterback Nino Musso closed out the second quarter with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Mike Reitch to make it 28-0 at halftime.
While the Guilford defense has gotten a majority of the attention this season, Musso and the Vikings offense out-threw North's Jace Bankord, the NIC-10’s leading passer, this week; Musso was 16-29 for 269 total yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. The Vikings’ D held Bankord to 139 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Guilford WR Sedrick Jones Jr. also had a great night, totaling 171 receiving yards on six catches, including a 51-yard TD and a 58-yard pass play to set up Delano Canton’s touchdown run in the third quarter. Jones was also responsible for the second interception of Bankord in the fourth quarter.
Despite Guilford's dominating defense, Belvidere North refused to go home silently. As the clock expired, Bankord punched an 8-yard throw to the conference’s leading receiver Kevin Tevebaugh The touchdown made the final score Guilford 35 - Belvidere North 7, keeping the Vikings from their fourth shutout.
Guilford improves to 4-1, but they still have to face a majority of their toughest opponents in the second half of the season. They meet Belvidere next week, then go on the road to Auburn and Hononegah. Belvidere North falls to 2-3, but have yet to see the bottom of the conference in Freeport, East and Jefferson.
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