Football Preview: Guilford Quakers

Mylan Brewer, Sports Writer •

The Emory & Henry Football team is striving to send their seniors out with a win against Guilford College this Saturday.

The Wasps (3-6) will travel to face the Quakers (45) on Saturday for their final conference game. E&H is pursuing their second conference win after they defeated their non conference opponent last Saturday, The Apprentice School 37-13. However, Guilford is seeking their third conference win to finish .500 in the ODAC.

Last year the Wasps had to problem beating the Quakers, as they went on to demolished Guilford 37-7. E&H is hoping their defense will make a stone wall against Guilford’s offense. Defensively, the Wasps have allowed 425 yards per game so far this season.

Offensively, the Quakers come into this game averaging 457 yards per game, 319 yards passing and 138 yards rushing. The Wasps have been pretty tough against the run, however the defense has struggled against the pass at times.

Offensively, E&H has a relatively balanced offense. The Wasps are averaging 446 yards per game, 238 passing yards and 208 rushing yards.

Players to watch out for offensively for Guilford are quarterback Karsten Miller and running back De’Eric Bell. Miller is second in the ODAC in passing yards, throwing for 2,855 yards and 19 touchdowns on the season. Bell is coming into the game rushing for 752 yards on 150 carries with 10 touchdowns.

One positive for the Wasps is Bell has coughed up the ball 7 times this year, losing 2 of those. Two players to watch for on the defensive side of the ball for the Quakers are defensive lineman C.J. Nash and defensive back Vic Smith Jr. Nash is leading the ODAC in sacks with 6.5 on the season. Smith Jr. is coming into the game with 81 tackles on the season.

As for the Wasps, players to watch for on offense are wide receiver Derrick Yates and running back Isaiah Rodgers. Yates is averaging 77 yards receiving per game and 4 touchdowns on the season. Rodgers has 641 yards rushing for the year and 5 touchdowns. Two players to watch out for defensively are defensive back Justin Banks and defensive end Kash Jones. Banks comes into the game averaging 8.2 tackles per game. Jones is 4th in the ODAC with 2.5 sacks in conference play.

E&H is hoping to go into the off-season with a two game win streak if they can record the win this Saturday.

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