Hunter Taylor threw for 198 yards and three touchdowns and the Emory & Henry bounced back from last week’s loss with a 38-22 Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory over Guilford on Saturday afternoon.
Emory & Henry (6-3, 5-2), which saw its ODAC title hopes dashed last week in a loss to Bridgewater, led 17-6 after halftime and 24-9 going into the fourth quarter.
Taylor, who was 12-for-24 and didn’t throw an interception, completed scoring passes of 28 yards to Derrick Yates, 10 to Daniel Hall and a 74-yard catch-and run to Gunner Griffith.
Taylor also ran for a 1-yard score.
T.J. Tester led Emory & Henry on the ground with 152 yards on 29 carries. Grayson Overstreet added a 2-yard touchdown run for the Wasps. Griffith finished with seven receptions for 134 yards.
Ivan Phillips led Emory & Henry’s defensive performance with 14 tackles and a forced fumble. The Wasps finished with 10 tackles for loss, five sacks – including two apiece by Deondre Chambliss and Da’von Keith - five forced fumbles and an interception by Tennessee High product Ryan Gibson.
E&H took the lead just four minutes into the game when Yates caught a 28-yard scoring pass from Taylor. The Quakers answered with an Evan Carnes 27-yard reception from Gassert, with Trel Phillips blocking the extra point to lead the Wasps up 7-6 after one quarter.
Overstreet’s 2-yard run and a 42-yard field goal by Matt Seals put the Wasps up 17-6 at the break. Harrison Kiser connected on a third quarter 25-yard field goal for the Quakers, and Taylor followed with a 1-yard scoring run to pull ahead 24-9 going into the final period.
Taylor threw two more scoring passes to Hall (10 yards) and Griffith (74). Guilford added touchdowns on a 16-yard pass from Gassert to Russell and a 1-yard run from Shanaan McKoy.
Guilford (2-7, 1-6) was paced by Gassett, who threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Evan Carnes led the Quakers with 13 receptions for 115 yards and joined Russell with a score apiece. Russell had seven catches for 80 yards. The Quakers were held to just 25 yards on the ground.
Khayree Lundy paced Guilford with 14 tackles.
Emory & Henry, which still has a chance to play in the Neptune Bowl against the Apprentice School in Newport News later this month, will conclude its regular season on Saturday by hosting Ferrum.