Friday’s first quarter belonged to Boylan, but the second was all Guilford. The Titans would have none of that back-and-forth action in the second half, however, as they pulled away for a 21-3 win.
“We just looked at each other there in the third quarter, and we all kind of said: ‘This is way too close. Let’s go.’ That was it,” said running back Steve Thomas, who scored the go-ahead touchdown and the one that iced it in the fourth quarter. “A game like this is fun, but it was a little too fun for us. We finally got it together near the end of the game.”
Boylan went 80 yards on 13 plays to take a 7-0 lead on its first possession, and wound up outgaining Guilford 118-4 in the first quarter. But Michael Morman was wide right on a 27-yard field-goal attempt late in the first, and the Vikings stole momentum.
“We were really going toe-to-toe. We felt like we could do what we wanted to there in that second quarter,” Guilford’s workhorse Tim Hill (20 rushes for 64 yards) said. “But we couldn’t keep it going, and we didn’t execute when it came down to it.”
Hill and Vikings (1-1) earned their first first down with 5:52 left in the half, but they didn’t stop there. They drove 80 yards on 14 plays before being stopped on the 5. Tyler Anderson banged in a 22-yard field goal with 39 seconds left before the break to cut the gap to 7-3.
“We definitely figured it would be like this,” said Morman, who rushed for 86 yards and threw for 52 more, including a 4-yard TD to Thomas with 6:51 left in the fourth quarter. “They battled us, but we are 2-0.”
Fullback Zack Smith charged in from eight yards out with 28 seconds left for the final tally. Thomas ran for 59 yards on nine carries while Paul Barmore rushed for 76 yards on 14 attempts.