Dudley rallies past Western Guilford, 40-31By By Joe Daniels
Published: October 18, 2012
Someone forgot to tell the Western Guilford Hornets not to spoil Dudley’s annual Homecoming football game held at the newly renovated 5,000 seat Tarpley Stadium.
With 1:42 remaining in the game, the Hornets were ahead 31-24.
The Panthers (5-3, 4-0 Metro 4-A Conference) took over at their 42. Two plays later, senior quarterback Richard Hayes found Emmanuel Moseley streaking down the left sideline for a 48-yard reception. Hayes would score two plays later on a ten-
yard run lifting the Panthers to within one point of Western, 30-31. After a time out, Dudley elected to go for the win with
a two-point conversion which Hayes ran in lifting the Panthers to a 32-31 lead with 1:19 remaining.
On Western’s second offensive play of the next series, Dudley’s Trae Meadows returned a 55-yard interception and game-sealing touchdown touching off a wild celebration.
“I told them when we were down 17-0, I said ‘Look, keep fighting.’ I said, ‘We are going to win the game,’” Dudley
coach Steven Davis said.
Dudley trailed by 17 points in the first quarter and 15 points late in the fourth quarter.
The Hornets (4-5, 3-2) stunned the Panther crowd when on the third play of the game, Western quarterback, Reid Flippin, threw a pass over the middle to Trey Miller and Miller turned it into an 81-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
A fumble by the Panthers on their first possession was recovered by the Hornets. A 49-yard run by Ramone Ramsey set
up a 30-yard field goal by Kevin Gehsman and a 10-0 lead for the Hornets.
Western added to the lead when linebacker Andrew Shultz stepped in front of a screen pass and returned the interception 60 yards for a touchdown to provide a 17-0 advantage.
Dudley’s senior quarterback Richard Hayes rallied the Panthers with 96 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Hayes also passed
for 104 yards.
With the Dudley victory and Page High’s 38-0 win over Southern Alamance, a showdown has now been set up for the Metro Conference 4-A Championship and possibly an NCHSAA state playoff berth.