Guilford claims first win over Belvidere in six years

Last Friday night’s (Sept. 7) high school football game between the Rockford Guilford Vikings and the Belvidere Bucs was possibly the most entertaining game I’ve seen during the three seasons I’ve been covering the NIC-9 and now the NIC-10.

The game was played on Guilford’s home turf. The undefeated Belvidere Bucs came in with their fast-paced offense, led by running back Patrick O’Brien and quarterback Kyle Tevebaugh. Guilford entered the game with a 1-1 record. Both teams took the field fired up. During the first two quarters, the teams traded touchdowns, and both failed on an extra-point attempt. After the first half, the score was tied at 13.

The second half belonged to Guilford. Quarterback Jeremy Beal and running backs David Mordick and Stavhn Leavy anchored Guilford’s relentless offensive attack. Two-way player Melvin Burks also turned in a spectacular performance. During the night, he caught two touchdown passes from Beal and, while playing defense, he returned a muffed Belvidere pitch-out 79 yards for another Viking touchdown.

The final score was Guilford 34 and Belvidere 20. The win gave the Vikings their first victory over the Bucs in six years. Both teams will enter week four with a 2-1 record.

In week one, Guilford lost to Boylan 40-0. At that time, in this column, I stated that if Guilford continued to play like they did against the Titans, they would have a tough time finishing the season with a .500 record. Two weeks later, and having witnessed last Friday night’s game against the Bucs, I now have to change my tune. If the Vikings can play the rest of their games like they did last week, I think it would be more accurate to say they will have a tough time losing another game. Oh, what a difference a couple of weeks can make.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

from the Sept. 12 – 18, 2007, issue

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