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2006 Greer Football Schedule

Home games is black, Peach Blossom Conference games in caps

August 25 Daniel WON! 17 - 9

September 1 Byrnes Lost 41 - 6

September 8 Berea WON! 49 - 7

September 15 CLINTON WON! 27 - 26


September 22 BLUE RIDGE WON! 62 - 14

September 29 RIVERSIDE WON! 21 - 10

October 6 WADE HAMPTON WON! 47 - 0

October 13 J.L. Mann WON! 7 - 6

October 20 EASTSIDE WON! 50 - 0

October 27 UNION WON! 16 - 9

November 3 DREHER WON! 21 - 16

November 17 Blythewood Lost 42 - 10







Award winners recognized at GHS Football Banquet
Event held December 18th

AWARDS

C-TEAM OFFENSE: C-TEAM OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Dakari Sitton
C-TEAM DEFENSE: C-TEAM DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - William Sales/Justin McKittrick

JV OFFENSE: JV OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Alex Snoddy
JV DEFENSE: JV DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Douglas Mack

VARISTY OFFENSE: OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR – Taylor Johnson
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR – Brandon McAbee
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Antione Cross
VARSITY DEFENSE: DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR – Jerrick Gaffney
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR – Grant Shokes
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Chris Owens

SPECIAL TEAMS: SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Loranzo Sullivan

ACADEMIC: 3.5 or higher GPA
Ethan Gagne
Tymeco Gregory
Brad Holliday
Matt Holliday
Eric Jones
Dennis Kiff
Desmond Parks
Todd Samuel
Zach Shaffer
Thomas Simmons
Andrew Yarborough

ALL-REGION:
Antione Cross
Brett Fisher
Chad Fryar
Taylor Johnson
Brooks Nichols
Chris Owens
Grant Shokes
Larenzo Sullivan
James Willett

PEACH BLOSSOM CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR:
Will Young

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2006 JACKETS!











Senior Chris Owens named to Shrine Bowl
The 2006 Shrine Bowl rosters were released this afternoon and Greer's Chris Owens was named to represent the Yellow Jackets. The 6-3, 225 lb senior linebacker currently leads the team in tackles.

The 70th annual Shrine Bowl game will take place on December 16 (1pm) at Gibbs Stadium, Wofford College. Greer High will also be represented by Athletic Director Steve Woodward, who will serve as an assistant coach for the Sandlappers.

Congratulations to Chris on this great accomplishment!

Complete SC Shrine Bowl roster...

Official Shrine Bowl website...




Blythewood eliminates Jackets with 42-10 win

Bengals throw even the kitchen sink at Greer to advance to Upstate finals.....

Yes, they even tossed the kitchen sink. The Blythewood Bengal offense was highly respected coming in to tonight's game, and tonight we saw first hand why. Greer fans saw a creative & explosive Bengal offense take out the vaunted Greer defense on this night and advance to host Clinton in next weeks Upstate Finals. Greer's offense had it's chances in the 1st half to make it a game, or even have the lead, but several missed opportunities led to a growing deficit that eventually the defense could not overcome. Still, the Jackets finished the season with an impressive 11-2 record, their best since the 2003 State Championship season ended with a 13-2 mark and the big trophy.

Greer took the opening kickoff & quickly marched across midfield, but a dropped pass on 3rd down forced a punt on what would have been a long gainer, then when Ivan Dodd stripped out a fumble at midfield Greer had another good chance but returned the turnover with a tipped pass & interception. The Bengals took the lead after that with a 44 yard drive on the first of three Richard Mounce to Charles Wright TD passes. Aaron Mayes added the extra point to make it 7-0. But Greer threatened to tie it up after Jerrick Gaffney's nice catch on 4th down gave Greer the ball with a 1st down at the Bengal 3. Three running plays netted 0 yards and Greer settled with a 19 yard Daniel Fiske FG to make it 7-3. Another caused fumble by Greer gave the Jackets the ball at the 49, but when they couldn't move it, White's 2nd TD catch capped an 82 yard drive to put Blythewood up 14-3. WIth Greer's offense starting to sputter, the Bengals took full control, when on 4th down from the Greer 14, Mounce took the snap on a fake field goal and zipped a pass to Marquan Jones with :50 to play in the half.

Greer came out to a rousing cheer from the large contingent of fans who made the trip to Blythewood, but when the Bengals scored on another Wright TD catch from Mounce just 3 minutes into the half you could begin to see the Jackets lose a step. Greer did march it deep into Blythewood territory on their first possession of the half, but another tipped ball was picked off at the Bengal 7 yard line. From there, they went 93 yards on 7 plays, aided by a pass interference, a personal foul, and an unsportsmanlike penalty to set up at the Greer 6. Two plays later, Mounce sneaked it in to make it 35-3. With the defense spending more & more time on the field, Blythewood began to rush the ball more effectively, as Rodney Jameson got the Bengals last TD with a 5 yard run. Gran Simmons caught his 2nd TD in two weeks with a 28 yard reception from Johnson with 4:23 to play to make it 42-10.

The Jackets had their 10 game winning streak snapped with the loss, but still finish the season with an impressive 11-2 record, and are the Peach Blossom Conference Champions. Blythewood runs their win streak to 12 with the win and are 12-1 on the season. They will host Clinton in the Upstate finals next week. Clinton defeated Riverside 42-0 to move to 12-1 on the season as well, with their lone loss coming to Greer in the season's 4th week. Greer's 28 seniors were named as the Poinsett Grocery Players of the game for their leadership this season, and the contributions they made to Greer High football through the years. After the game, Greer Head Coach Will Young was still proud of his Jackets. "Oh gosh, I am going to miss these seniors. Our team had so much heart & they would fight you. They fought all year & were still fighting out there til the end tonight. That (Blythewood) was a good team we faced tonight. (Coach) Jeff Scott does a great job with that offense, they throw a lot at you. We had our chances to be in the game, we just didn't make plays tonight & they did. But again, our kids played hard all year and you know, we had a good run."

The Yellow Jacket Sports Network crew thanks all the Jacket fans for coming to Blythewood, and for supporting the Greer Yellow Jackets all season. We also thank you for the kind words of support for our broadcasts & this web site. Thanks to everyone for a great season.

NOW LET'S GET SOME STADIUM UPGRADES and turn our attention to Greer High Basketball!

Van's Breakdown of Friday's game vs. Blythewood...

Photo gallery of the game, Greenville Online....click

"Greer falls to Bengals air attack" ... G-News

Blythewood football site...

Greer 21 Union 16 game story & stats.....click here

Peach Blossom Conference standings & scores...

Game stories, pictures, and links to all 2006 football games....click here!

2006 AAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFF BRACKET.....CLICK HERE!!

THANKS TO THE 2006 GREER YELLOW JACKETS FOR A GREAT SEASON!

Greer vs. Blythewood Final Game Stats
GREER BLYTHEWOOD
Score 10 42
First Downs 13 25
Total Yards 283 472
Rushes/Yards 26/78 30/201
Passes/Completions/Int 28-13-2 29-21-0
Passing Yards 205 271
Fumbles/Lost 3/1 3/2
Time of Posession 20:42 27:18





Jacket Hall of Fame member Reuben Wright will be on the opposite sideline.....

When Reuben Wright walked off the field in 1989 at Irmo High School after Greer won the 3A State Championship he was a Greer Yellow Jacket through & through. That team became the first ever team in high school football history to compile a perfect 15-0 record. Reuben had a stellar career with Greer that landed him into the Greer High Athletic Hall of Fame. And while Wright still checks the scores on Saturday morning to see how the Yellow Jackets did, this Friday night he'll be wearing different colors. Reuben Wright is the Defensive Coordinator for the Blythewood Bengals, the Yellow Jackets Upstate opponent to see who advances to the Upstate Finals.
Wright says going to Blythewood "was a great opportunity to be part of something "totally new." We were starting everything from scratch and that sparked my interest. After meeting Coach (Jeff) Scott and the administration, "I knew that they were committed to having a first class program and that the support would be there. We've been very blessed this year with a great team The good LORD has been good to us! I also have to give credit to our administration, Dr. Sharon Buddin (our principal) and Coach Vince Lowery. (our athletic director) They had a vision of where they wanted our school to go academically and athletically. They provide all the resources for all of our athletic teams to be successful. Of course Coach Scott's leadership is a true reflection of the success of this football team." On working with Coach Scott, who is the son of Clemson Assistant Coach Brad Scott, Wright says "Working with Coach Scott has been awesome! He is a fierce competitor that works extremely hard to put our team in a position to be successful. We have a great working relationship and he's not only a great coach but he's also a great friend!"

Taking about Greer, Reuben says the Jackets look very much like a "typical Greer team". "Very athletic, very physical, very talented, and a team that will play hard for 4 solid quarters. Their success this year reflects the type of athletes they have. By looking at their schemes, their coaches do an excellent job of putting them in position to make plays. They play with the attitude that they expect to win. That type of attitude is what wins ball games and is something you can't coach. They have the same type of athletes that they had during those state championship years. We definitely have our work cut out for us."

About his Blythewood team: "We have a great group of guys that play as a team. They have great chemistry and they seem to be one big family. Even off of the football field, they eat with each other, go to college games with each other. They all get along, there are no egos. Our players bought into the vision that we had and have came out and done everything we've asked. It makes our job as coaches easy when you have players that are receptive to criticism and accept coaching. We have been blessed to have such a good group of young men."

Reuben says he still has a lot of ties in Greer and says while it will be great to see all of my friends and family he laughs "the sad thing is.........I don't know who they'll be pulling for!" And while we all hope that Greer can advance on in the playoffs we do know that we are proud of Reuben Wright and wish the very best for him & his Bengals.

Van's Breakdown of Friday's game vs. Blythewood...





Greer bowls into 3rd round with 21-16 win

Jackets take Jacket Bowl XI from Union to advance.....

It's been said plenty of times before that offense sells tickets & defense wins championships. But what do they say about field position? For the most part, the Greer Yellow Jackets owned that phase of the game at Dooley Field in route to a 21-16 victory over the Union Yellow Jackets in "Jacket Bowl XI". Union, which had 350 yards of offense, including 278 yards passing, spent much of those yards just getting out of deep in their own territory. Union did not help themselves either on their kickoffs as they either elected to attempt on-sides kicks, or to just kick it short & out of bounds against the speedy Greer return teams.

Union however, jumped out to an early 10-0 lead. They scored on a 37 yard pass play from L.J. Mobley to Jay Crawford capping a 7 play, 76 yard drive with 4:10 to go in the 1st quarter. Brooke Jackson made the PAT, and then added a 30 yard field goal at the 8:06 mark of the 2nd quarter to finish off a 60 yard drive. Meanwhile, the Greer offense, while enjoying good field position, couldn't get cranked up in the early going. But when Union attempted the on-sides kick after the field goal, the Jackets covered it at midfield. Though Greer would punt on that posession, they pinned Union back at the 10. After forcing a punt, Greer started at the 31 and scored in 3 plays, the touchdown coming on a 19 yard throw & catch from Taylor Johnson to Jerrick Gaffney. Daniel Fiske's extra point made it 10-7 at the 3:33 mark in the 2nd. Two plays later, Chris Owens stripped out a fumble, which Justin Anderson recovered at the Union 31. Anderson came out from the bottom of the pile with the recovery, and on 2nd down, Antoine Cross ripped a 23 yard run to put Greer ahead to stay with 2:37 to go in the half.

Union started the 2nd half with another on-sides kick attempt, and once again started Greer at midfield. The Jackets moved the ball inside the Union one yard line, but on 4th down Taylor Johnson's sneak was stopped short. Union got a 41 yard completion on the next play, but then Chad Friar intercepted the next pass attempt 7 returned it out to the 47. The Jackets from there went 53 yards on 7 plays for what proved to be the winning points. the scoring play was a 24 yard pass from Johnson to Gran Simmons in the left corner of the end zone. Fiske's extra point made it 21-10 with 1.7 seconds remaining in the 3rd quarter. With those two 3rd quarter drives, Greer's offense was on the field for 11:30 of the 12 minutes in the quarter.

The two teams traded a pair of punts in the 4th, but Union finally got good field position and put together a 47 yard scoring drive. 250 pound fullback Devon Thompson scored on a 3 yard run to get Union to within 21-16, but Thompson's 2 point conversion run was stopped short. From there, the Greer offense ran some clock. One key play was a nice Cross run for a 1st down to inside the Union 30. Union did get the ball back with 1:03 to play at their 18. By that time they were out of time outs, & forced to throw it every down, Greer's Timmy Massey intercepted Mobley on a long pass at the Greer 30 with 27 seconds to go. A snap from the Greer offense & the Jackets advance on to the 3rd round. With the win, Greer advances to the Upstate semis to face the Blythewood Bengals, 17-7 winners over Lugoff-Elgin. Both Greer & Blythewood are 11-1 on the season. Union's season ends with a 5-7 record and a typical strong finish. After Union had won 5 straight games against the Jackets, Greer has now won five of the last six Jacket Bowls.

The Poinsett Grocery Players of the Game were Taylor Johnson on offense and Shrine Bowl selection Chris Owens on defense. Congratulations to those two. Honorable mention goes to Chad Friar on offense & Ivan Dodd on defense. After the win, Greer Head Coach Will Young was relieved to get the win with all the injuries. "Our guys will fight you to the end, I'll tell you that. These guys have an incredible heart as a team to win. They really want to win badly every week. We need to get some people healthy or figure some things out this week, because our injury situation is hurting us. It was good to get Antoine back out there tonight. Hopefully we can get another one or two back on the field, but I'm proud of our guys. I love these kids." So come, please come to Columbia on Friday night to see the Greer Yellow Jackets take on the Blythewood Bengals in the Upstate Semis. We'll have the game on WPJM AM-800 here in the Upstate, and we'll also be broadcasting in the stadium at Blythewood on an open FM frequency so take your headset to the game. Of course we'll also have the game live from this web site to the whole world as well. GO JACKETS!!

Greer vs. Union II Final Game Stats
GREER UNION
Score 21 16
First Downs 12 18
Total Yards 194 350
Rushes/Yards 35/70 28/67
Passes/Completions/Int 20-10-1 27-16-2
Passing Yards 124 350
Fumbles/Lost 2/0 4/1
Time of Posession 24:41 23:19

Blythewood football site...

Peach Blossom Conference standings & scores...

Game stories, pictures, and links to all 2006 football games....click here!

2006 AAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFF BRACKET.....CLICK HERE!!

Good luck to the Jackets as they continue on the Road to Columbia next week against Blythewood in Round 3 of the AAA playoffs!




Jackets survive Dreher 35-20

Greer win over Blue Devils sets up yet another "Jacket Bowl" against Union......

The playoffs are here, and the first order of business is to live to play another week. Style points is another matter. The Greer Yellow Jackets did accomplish the primary goal, to move on, with a 35-20 win over the visiting Dreher Blue Devils and their talented running back Nick Bethea. The Jackets notched their 10th win of the season despite being hit hard with the injury bug and several untimely penalties. Senior tailback Antoine Cross sat out the game with a high ankle sprain, and three way player Loranzo Sullivan was limited with his hand in a cast. Already out for the game were OL Brooks Nichols and DB/WR Bryson Young. Jerrick Gaffney, Rent Snoddy, & Andrew Fisher also missed plays with injuries in the game. And Greer was forced to also play almost the entire game without LB James Willett. With that cast of wounded, the Jackets move ahead to host the 2nd round after controlling the second half.......plus 29 seconds of the first half.

The Blue Devils scored first after their pooch kickoff to start the game was not handled by the Jackets and Dreher recovered at the Greer 37. They would fake their punt on 4th and 10, then Bethea rumbled 15 yards for the score to make it 6-0. They went for two, as they did after every score, but were stopped short. Greer came back to take a 7-6 lead as Taylor Johnson's 9 yard run got them on the scoreboard. Daniel Fiske's first extra point on a perfect night on PAT's gave Greer the lead. But the Blue Devils came right back to reclaim the lead on a 5 yard Bethea run capping a 75 yard drive. This time the 2 point conversion was good and it was 14-7. Greer then tied it back up on a 70 yard drive of their own as Johnson hit Chad Friar on a 29 yard scoring strike on the drive's 7th play with 8:17 to go in the half. The see saw battle continued as Dreher forged back ahead with a 55 yard drive and yet another Bethea touchdown, this one a 7 yarder. The two point play was stopped and it was 20-14. That drive ate up all but 1:32 in the half. But the Greer two minute offense, which scored last week on Union, and the week before against Eastside, went to work again. It took 7 plays and 59 yards, and the 4 yard pass from Johnson to Jerrick Gaffney, along with the Fiske PAT gave Greer the halftime lead it would not relinquish.

The Jacket defense began to slow the Blue Devil Wing- T. The teams swapped punts to start the half and when the Greer defense stopped Dreher on a fourth down gamble just across midfield the offense had good position at the Greer 47. It took only 5 plays to go the distance, as Loranzo Sullivan raced the final 16 yards on the first play of the 4th quarter to make it 28-20. After another defensive stand in which Greer stopped the Devils on 4th down, Loranzo Sullivan took a handoff from Johnson, turned towards the near sideline, and bolted 55 yards for the game clinching touchdown. That made it 35-20, and while Dreher once again moved the football into Greer territory, the Jacket defense would turn them away on 4th down. Greer Head Coach Will Young was happy to get the win, but was concerned about the penalties & the injuries. "We have a good football team. We have some people hurt, and we also hurt ourselves some out there tonight. We need to get some guys well, and we need make some better decisions. That being said, I am proud of our effort. Dreher came in ready to play. They have a fine running back that was hard to tackle. Our guys never quit and I am pleased that we get to move on against Union."

The Poinsett Grocery Players of the Game were Dominique Parks on offense & Geoff Ballenger on defense. Parks, a freshman, played in place of Antione Cross and had over 100 yards rushing and picked up a key first down late in the game when he carried 5 Blue Devil defenders for nearly 10 yards. Ballenger had 6 tackles for loss, 5 of them in the decisive 2nd half. Also logging a great game was QB Taylor Johnson, who was 13-17 for 190 yards and two TD's. He also ran for another score.

Greer will now face Union at Dooley Field for the 2nd time in the last 3 weeks, as Union upset #2 seed Greenville at Sirrine Stadium 21-14, behind two fourth quarter touchdowns. It was an excellent night for the Peach Blossom Conference, as five of the six teams won. Last week Greer defeated Union 16-9 in a defensive struggle. This game will also be played at Greer with the kickoff at 7:30. Radio air time will be 6:00 for the BB&T Yellow Jacket Tailgate Show. Make your plans to be in a seat at Dooley Field for "Jacket Bowl XI" and help lead the Greer Yellow Jackets another big step down the "Road to Columbia"!

Greer vs. Dreher Final Game Stats
GREER DREHER
Score 35 20
First Downs 17 16
Total Yards 418 270
Rushes/Yards 21/228 52/193
Passes/Completions/Int 17-13-0 11-4-0
Passing Yards 190 77
Fumbles/Lost 3/2 2/1
Time of Posession 30:36 17:24



PRINT & TAKE TO THE GAME!! Van's breakdown of the Greer-Union game (posted on Wednesday)

Greenville Online photo galleryof the Greer- Dreher game....click

Union's Football Web site......click here (great site)

Peach Blossom Conference standings & scores...

Game stories, pictures, and links to all 2006 football games....click here!

2006 AAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFF BRACKET.....CLICK HERE!!

Good luck to the Jackets as they continue on the Road to Columbia next week by hosting Union in Round 2 of the AAA playoffs!





Jackets complete Peach Blossom sweep!

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Jacket defense carries the load in 16-9 win over Union

They say defense wins championships. This time, they were right. As they have done all season, the Greer defense played tenacious football, shutting out Union in the 2nd half as Greer would prevail in Jacket Bowl X, winning 16-9. In a game where the Greer offense only gained 102 yards for the game, it was still enough. The defense set up the go ahead Daniel Fiske field goal with 11 seconds to go in the 3rd quarter, and put the finishing touch on the win with a Jerrick Gaffney interception & return for a TD on the game's final play. The win for the Jackets completes a perfect 7-0 record in the Peach Blossom Conference and a #1 seed in the playoffs, which begin next Friday night at Dooley Field against the Dreher Blue Devils.

Union scored first, taking advantage of a short field & getting a 27 yard field goal by Brooke Johnson to lead 3-0. The drive was 44 yards as Union's 1st 3 drives started near or past midfield. A Greer fumble late in the 2nd quarter at their own 11 gave Union another easy chance, and they would make it count. Although the Greer defense did make them work for it Union got a 3 yard run by 250 pound Devon Thompson on a 7 play, 11 yard drive. The extra point snap was bad, and Union led 9-0 with 26 seconds to go in the half. But Union would attempt an onsides kick, which James Willett recovered for Greer at the 48, & the officials allowed 17 seconds to tick off on a play that lasted 3. But on first down from their own 48 Taylor Johnson lofted a long pass that Justin Anderson ran under and split two Union defenders at the 5 for a miraculous yet unlikely score with 3 seconds to go in the half. Fiske's extra point made it 9-7 at halftime.

As the 2nd half began, neither team could mount any substance of a drive, although Greer owned field position. Fiske pinned Union deep inside their one twice with punts, and after the 2nd one, Union was stripped of the ball and James Willett recovered it at the Union 5. The Union defense stood tall, stopping Greer on 3 running plays, but Fiske gave the Jackets the 10-9 lead with his 19 yard field goal with 33 seconds to play in the 3rd. The game stayed at 10-9 the entire 4th quarter as Greer would become quite conservative on the ground, content to run clock & rely on stellar defensive play. The Jackets were also reeling with the loss of star tailback Antoine Cross, who went down in the 3rd quarter with an ankle injury. He did get taped up to try & return but was unable to go, leaving the burden to Loranzo Sullivan. The Jacket rushing game had already taken a big hit when senior Brooks Nichols was lost for the season with an injury at JL Mann. Union got the ball back for one final drive with 3 minutes to play at their own 20 following a missed 39 yard field goal attempt by Fiske, and after a 5 yard penalty, were sacked twice back to the 5. With time running out, Union would throw up a long pass, which Jerrick Gaffney intercpeted and returned 28 yards for a touchdown on the game's final play. With the 16-9 win, Greer has now defeated their one time nemesis Union in 4 of the last 5 games between the two.

After the game, Greer Head Coach Will Young was pleased in his team's fight. "We fought hard. That was a very talented football team Union had. They have some good young kids. We knew it would be tough. Union is always tough. But you know, our kids are too. Even with our offense not doing much, we still won & I am happy about that. We will get at it again on Monday to get ready for Dreher." With the win, Greer in 9-1 on the season and has won 8 games in a row. So mark your calendars to be at Dooley Field next Friday night as the AAA playoffs begin. We need a big, enthusiastic crowd on hand to send out the Greer Yellow Jackets on the Road to Columbia!

Greer vs. Union Final Game Stats
GREER UNION
Score 16 9
First Downs 7 10
Total Yards 102 140
Rushes/Yards 29/29 38/52
Passes/Completions/Int 16-4-3 19-7-2
Passing Yards 73 88
Fumbles/Lost 2/0 3/2
Time of Posession 19:47 28:13


PRINT & TAKE TO THE GAME!! Van's breakdown of the Greer-Dreher game (posted on Wednesday)

Peach Blossom Conference standings & scores...

Dreher High School web site.....click here

Union's athletic website....great site!

Click here to see the inductees & the Hall of Fame!

Good luck to the Jackets as they begin the Road to Columbia next week by hosting Dreher in Round 1 of the AAA playoffs!





Yellow Jackets...Peach Blossom Conference Champs!!

Greer clinches conference title after 50-0 win over Eastside

The Greer Yellow Jackets had a couple of items on their checklist heading into tonight’s game against the Eastside Eagles. First, capture the 2006 Peach Blossom Conference title. Secondly, get a victory on a special night as it was not only Homecoming but also Hall of Fame night as seven individuals were inducted. And last was to get their offense back on track after being held to 7 points last week against JL Mann and they were able to do that by putting up 50 points.

It did not take long for the Jackets (8-1) to get on the scoreboard, after forcing the Eagles to punt on their first drive, as senior placekick Daniel Fiske was successful on a 32 yard field goal and the Jackets took a 3-0 lead. Two minutes later, the upstate’s leading rusher Antoine Cross capped off a 10 play, 78 yard drive with a 10 yard touchdown run.

The players and coaches take a lot of pride in their special teams and it has been paying off as Cross returned an Eagle punt 84 yards down the sideline for the touchdown and the Jackets were up 17-0 with 3:25 remaining before the half. The Eastside (1-8) offense was unable to move the football and were forced to punt yet again and the Jacket offense had the ball at their own 45 yard line with under 2 minutes remaining in the first half. Junior quarterback Taylor Johnson remained calm and led his team down the field and Cross finished the drive with another 10 yard touchdown run. Greer was able to catch the Eagles off guard and recovered an onsides kick at the 37 yard line with :36 left. Johnson hooked up with Chad Fryar on a pass across the middle and Fryar muscled and drug Eastside tacklers with him down to the 9 yard line. The two were able to connect once again this time for the 9 yard Yellow Jacket touchdown pass, Fiske was successful on his fourth extra point and Greer took a 31-0 halftime lead.

Following Homecoming ceremonies, Jackets were not able to put much together on their opening drive of the second half, but as normal the defense gave them the ball back with great field position. Senior fullback James Willet was able to get his fifth touchdown of the season on a 1 yard run with 10:53 in the third quarter. Less than two minutes later, Eastside punted the football away again and this time Laranzo Sullivan took it 57 yards down the Greer sideline for their fifth punt return of the season. The final touchdown came from Cross, as he rushed for over 100 yards for the 7th consecutive game (128 yards), taking it 13 yards for his third rushing and fourth overall touchdown on the evening. The Greer defense continued its dominance as it was able to shutout Eastside for the first time this year. Jackets improve to 6-0 in the conference and 8-1 overall on the season.

Congratulations to Yellow Jackets Head Coach Will Young, entire coaching staff and the players on winning the Peach Blossom Conference title. Next week, Jacket Bowl X takes place as Union invades Dooley Field. All Greer fans are asked to wear black as it will be “Black Out Night”.



PRINT & TAKE TO THE GAME!! Van's breakdown of the Greer-Union game (posted on Wednesday)

Peach Blossom Conference standings & scores...

Greer celebrates Homecoming with win....Greenville Online

Union's athletic website....great site!




Jacket defense holds strong in 7-6 win over Mann

Greer gets late score, holds off Pats.....

The Greer Yellow Jackets know that they won. They also know that they may have gotten away with one from J.L. Mann Friday night. In an epic struggle that lasted 3 1/2 quarters in a scoreless tie one must have thought that when Greer mounted a 71 yard drive and took the lead on Taylor Johnson's one yard sneak with just over 7 minutes to play, that the Jackets looked very good come away with their sixth straight win. They in fact, did just that, but it certainly was not without high drama.

After Daniel Fiske's PAT gave Greer a 7-0 lead, J.L Mann and the Jackets exchanged punts. Then with 3 minutes to play, the Patriots, starting from their 35, moved into the Greer 30. But a penalty and two sacks backed them up into a 4th and 24. On 4th down & under 30 seconds to play, Mann QB Charlie Humphries pass was intercepted by Greer defensive back Rent Snoddy, and with only 15 seconds remaining, the Jackets task was simple: run out the clock. But from the victory formation, the shotgun snap bounced away and was recovered by Mann inside the Greer oner yard line. That stunning turn of events with 9 seconds left turned around the crowds from both sides of the stadium, who had began filing into the parking lots. After awapping penalties, Humphries found a reciever in the back corner of the end zone for a touchdown with 2 seconds to play. And when the Jackets got a personal foul penalty that moved the ball to the 1.5 yard line, Mann Coach Mickey Crocker went for the win. But the Jacket defense for the second time this season made a stop on a two point conversion that meant the difference between a win and a loss as the Jackets came away with a 7-6 win. With the win, Greer is now 7-1 on the season and still unbeaten in the Peach Blossom Conference with a 5-0 mark. They are one game ahead of Clinton, who got a big win over Eastside tonight, Mann falls to 5-3, 3-2 into a three way tie for third with Riverside & Union.

Earlier in the game Greer looked like they would take a first and a second quarter lead, only to be turned away. The best chance came in the 2nd quarter. Antoine Cross took a handoff to the Mann one yard line, but a penalty moved it back to the 26, and the Jackets would turn it over on downs from there. The first drive of the 2nd half moved deep into Mann terriory, but an interception and long return to the Greer 30 had Mann looking good. But the Greer D, who held the Pats to just 20 runshing yards on 23 attemepts, pushed Mann back.

On the touchdown drive, Johnson hit Jerrick Gaffney with a long pass on the sideline to the Mann 39, then a 9 yard Cross run was followed with a 12 yard pass to Gaffney. Cross then ran it 18 yards to the one, where Johnson sneaked it in.

Greer Head Coach Will Young was thankful that in spite of "some mistakes, both playing & coaching", that they still got the much needed win to keep one step ahead of 2nd place Clinton. "Our kids fought hard, and I'm proud of them for that. Our fans, I hope that in spite of the finish down here that they will remember that this was a big win for us. Our goals are very much upon us. The first one was to win a conference championship, and we can clinch that with a win next week." Asked about the defensive stop on the two point conversion, Young said "Our defense is amazing. They have been playing terrific football all year."

The Poinsett Grocery Player of the Game was Ivan Dodd, who helped anchor the defenive front, but was also pushed into action on the offensive line when senior Brooks Nichols went down with an apparant leg fracture in the first half. Nichols was one of the top linemen in the conference and was also one of the emotional leaders for the Jacket offense. Dodd played well in Nichols absence, earning the player of the game honor.

Next week the Jackets will return home to Dooley Field for their final two games of the regular season as Eastside comes to town. Eastside has struggled under first year coach Jay Feltz, going 1-7. They are 0-5 in the Peach Blossom. So come out to Dooley Field to support the Jackets as they try to lay claim to the Peach Blossom top spot. Game time is 7:30, and all the action willl begin here with the Yellow Jacket Sports Newtork at 6:00 from this web site and on WPJM AM-800.

As the late/great Georgia Southern Coach Erk Russell once said after winning a game with the exact score of tonight's game......SEVEN IS A HECK OF A LOT MORE THAN SIX!

Congratulations to the Jackets for the win over JL Mann, and for getting their 7th win on the season!


Van's breakdown of the Greer-Eastside game (posted on Wednesday)

Peach Blossom Conference standings & scores...

Greer-Mann box score with stats & scoring plays...G-News

Next week's foe Eastside's web site......click here.




Yellow Jackets dominate Wade Hampton, 47-0

Loranzo Sullivan returns the opening kick for a TD as Peach Blossom leader Greer blanks Generals......

The Greer Yellow Jackets tonight did exactly what they wanted to do. Goal #1 was to get a win against the Wade Hampton Generals and stay alone atop the Peach Blossom Conference race. Goal #2 was to take control of the game early, and give Antoine Cross a chance to stay in the race for the Upstate rushing lead. Goal #3 was for the Greer defense to make another strong showing. #4 was to give Taylor Johnson and the receivers some work to continue building on a passing game that is getting more & More effective by the week. And goal #5, assuming the first four were met, was to play some of the younger players on the team who work so hard on the practice field. The Jackets did all these & more tonight in a 47-0 victory over the Generals.

AS for taking control early, Loranzo Sullivan saw to that when he took the opening kickoff back 76 yards for a touchdown. Daniel Fiske added the extra point and Greer was up 7-0 just 18 seconds into the game. Only three minutes later Cross got his first of four touchdowns with a 3 yard run. It was a four play 39 yard drive to make it 14-0. Wade Hampton broke a long play of 76 yards to the Greer 10 yard line, but Sullivan, who was blocked at the 50 and was seven yards behind, ran the play down at the 10. Two plays later a jaw rattling hit at the one forced a fumble and Greer recovered at the three. Up to that point the Generals had not scored in their first three region games. From there, Greer mounted a 12 play 97 yard drive that was capped with a Taylor Johnson one yard run. Cross scored the next two TD's at the 7:49 & 4:00 marks, first on a 49 yard draw, and then on an 11 yard run. With 18 seconds remaining, James Willett crashed in from the 1 to make it 41-0 at the half.

The second half saw the Jackets in cruise control. On their first possession, on 2nd down after a fumble recovery at the General 37, Cross again found pay dirt on a 28 ayrd run down the right side. That made it 47-0 with 8:19 to go in the 3rd. From there many reserves got plenty of valuable and much earned playing time as the Jackets notched their 5th straight victory since the game 2 loss to Byrnes. Greer is now 6-1 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in the Peach Blossom Conference. Antoine Cross finished the evening with 160 yards on the gorund and is approaching the 1200 yard mark for the season. Taylor Johnson had one of his best nights as the Greer QB, as he hit 12 of 16 passes for 238 yards. Also congratulations to the defense in getting their first shutout of the season. The Poinsett Grocery Player(s) of the Game was the Greer offensive line. That unit has been paving the way for the impressive Antoine Cross totals, and tonight provided great protection for Johnson on his big night.

Next week Greer travels down I-85 to face J.L Mann High, who were 48-7 winners over Eastside. Mann had 302 yards rushing on the night. The Patriots are 5-2 overall & 3-1 in the conference. So please make the short 30 minute drive to Mann to support the Greer Yellow Jackets. It's another big game as the Jackets try to win the conference title outright and keep the best possible playoff matchups. The Jackets final two regular season games will be at home, so this is the last road game in yet another new Greenville County School District funded stadium. Radio air time will be 6:00 for the BB&T Yellow Jacket Tailgate Show and the kickoff will be at 7:30. Of course, you can listen in from this web site. Also, we'll be broadcasting on crystal clear FM in the stadium & close proximity, so take your headsets to the game! Bring your noise makers and wear the Black & Gold and come cheer on the Jackets!


Van's breakdown of the Greer-JL Mann game (posted on Wednesday)

Peach Blossom Conference standings & scores...

Greer/Wade Hampton photo gallery...Greenville Online

Greer vs. Wade Hampton Final Game Stats
GREER WADE HAMPTON
Score 47 0
First Downs 18 5
Total Yards 424 125
Rushes/Yards 36/186 33/44
Passes/Completions/Int 16-12-0 12-3-1
Passing Yards 238 81
Fumbles/Lost 1/1 4/3
Time of Posession 23:24 24:36






Yellow Jackets win backyard battle......

Greer fights past Warriors 21-10 at the Reservation.......

The Greer Yellow Jackets took sole possession of first place in the Peach Blossom Conference Friday night with a 21-10 win over the feisty Riverside Warriors. Coupled with Blue Ridge's 30-23 comeback win over J.L. Mann, the victory means the Jackets are the only undefeated team in the league after three games. Riverside played tough all night long with the 5th ranked Jackets in a game that made Greer dig down deep more than once on a chilly September night. Greer is now 5-1 on the season overall to go with their 3-0 conference record.

Riverside got on the scoreboard first with a 35 yard Christian Combs field goal with 6:07 to go in the first quarter. The play was set up on the Warriors first play from scrimmage when a long gain on a trick play set them up deep in Jacket territory. The Warriors threatened big time to extend the lead in the 2nd quarter as they marched to the Greer one yard line with a first down. After three runs at the center of the line gained half a yard, the Jacket defense threw Riverside tailback Logan Whichard for a four yard loss. Later in the quarter Riverside would advance to the Greer 20 only to fumble & Geoff Ballenger recovered for Greer. That big play would serve as the send off for the Jackets first score. They went 80 yards on 11 plays, the final one coming with 26.9 seconds to go in the 1st half on 3rd down as QB Taylor Johnson fired an 11 yard strike to Jerrick Gaffney in the front corner of the end zone. Daniel Fiske made his first of three extra points to make it 7-3. On the ensuing kickoff the Jackets got a big break when they recovered a botched reception on the kickoff at the Riverside 10. But Fiske's field goal attempt misfired on the final play of the half.

In the second half it looked good early for the Jackets, as Antoine Cross Shook loose from the Riverside defense for a 50 yard jaunt at the 9:33 mark in the 3rd. That made it 14-3, for Greer, but Riverside struck right back with a nice drive of their own, going 75 yards on 5 plays as Matt Pegler & Chad Lord hooked up on a 43 yard pass play. Combs PAT made it 14-10 Chad Friar stopped the next Riverside drive when he intercepted a pass & returned it for a touchdown. A block in the back wiped off that score for Greer. The Jackets got the final points of the night with 10:09 to go in the game. James Willett lined up at fullback and blew through a big hole to make it 21-10. That touchdown was set up by a 4th down fake punt that saw Friar gain 21 yards to the Riverside 28. The final big play in the game came with 7 minutes to play from the Greer 30 on 4th down as the Jacket defense got a sack by Justin Anderson.

The Poinsett Grocery Player of the Game was Chad Friar, who had an interception for the 2nd straight week.. The former Greer quarterback also had a reception on offense. Coach Will Young said his team deserved a lot of credit for standing up to a determined Riverside bid. "That (Riverside) is a pretty good, pretty tough football team. Hopefully our players & coaches can learn a lot from watching the film from this game. I know that I am happy to get out of here with a win."

Next week Greer returns to Dooley Field for a 7:30 contest with Wade Hampton. Now as the region's only unbeaten team, the Jackets hold their own destiny. Greer will close out the season with Wade Hampton, J.L. Mann, Eastside & Union. All but the Mann game will be at Dooley Field. It will be good to be home next week, come out & support the Jackets!

Greer vs. Riverside Final Game Stats
GREER RIVERSIDE
Score 21 10
First Downs 13 12
Total Yards 295 278
Rushes/Yards 36/213 25/39
Passes/Completions/Int 22-15-0 27-12-1
Passing Yards 82 239
Fumbles/Lost 2/0 3/2
Time of Posession 30:43 17:17

Next week opponent Wade Hampton web site, click here

Clinton 51 Whade Hampton 0, box score

Van's breakdown of the Greer- Wade Hampton game (up by Wed!)

Video from the Greer-Riverside game, click here







Jackets hitting on all cylinders in big win over Blue Ridge....
Greer's Antoine Cross had 282 rushing yards & 5 TD's in 62-14 win over Tigers.....

The Greer Yellow Jackets unleashed an impressive array of offense, defense, and special teams tonight in front of a packed house at Dooley Field as they defeated the Blue Ridge Tigers 62-14. It was the most points by a Greer team since they scored 63 at Chesnee three years ago. The Jackets rushed for over 400 yards, including two running backs with over 100 yards. Antione Cross led the way with 282 yards & 5 touchdowns, while Loranzo Sullivan had 108 and two scores. The Greer defense logged another impressive performance as well, holding the Upstate's leading rusher, J.J. Booker to just 50 yards on the ground. On special teams, Greer returned two of the Tigers first half punts for touchdowns by two different players. Sullivan did the honors first, making an over the shoulder catch at his 14, then spun around & went 86 yards. Bryson Young had the other, returning his 55 yards.

Greer took the opening kickoff and quickly showed they would play well tonight, going 60 yards in just 7 plays. Cross dented the scoreboard with a 10 yard run. Daniel Fiske made the first of 7 extra points he'd make for a 7-0 lead. Blue Ridge got a first down, but then punted to Sullivan, who's return made it 14-0. The Tigers sliced the lead in half when they got a big gainer to the Greer 2 yard line as C.T. Morton hooked up with M.J. Suber. A diving Jerrick Gaffney saved the touchdown for Greer. But on 4th down, Booker was hit in the backfield, but bounced off to just get in for the score. James Miles added the PAT. After swapping possessions, Greer would get the ball at their own 10 yard line, and Cross & the offensive line again went to work. It took just 3 plays, all to Cross on the ground to go 90 yards, the final play a 6 yard burst around the right corner. After stopping the Tigers in three plays Young's punt return touchdown made it 28-7 with 1:26 to play in the half. But Blue Ridge showed they were there for the fight, as Marquis Leaman would follow an initial wedge then cut it in front of the Blue Ridge bench and go 97 yards on the kick return. Miles kick made it 28-14 at the half.

The 2nd half saw Greer put up 34 unanswered points. Cross got things started with a 31 yard run, then after a James Willett interception, Sullivan would score on the next play, a 55 yard run down the middle of the field. On the next series, Chad Friar stepped in front of a Blue Ridge pass at the Tiger 40. Four plays later Greer QB Taylor Johnson hit Brail Murphy with a touchdown pass. David Gillespie kicked the extra point to make it 49-14. Greer would add two fourth quarter scores, both by Cross. The first was an 80 yard run with 10:33 to play, then a 5 yarder at the 4:51 mark. The win improves Greer to 4-1 on the season, 2-0 in the Peach Blossom Conference, while Blue Ridge is now 3-2, 1-1. The Jackets travel to face Riverside next week, and Blue Ridge will host J.L. Mann. Riverside defeated Eastside 33-14. Mann & Greer now sit alone at the top of the Peach Blossom Conference after week two as the only 2-0 teams.

Greer Head Coach Will Young said he felt very good about his team's performance. "Probably as well as we can play there in the 2nd half. We are constanly challenging our players to take it to another level. We were close in the first half, but there was room to improve. I'd say we just about got there for a while in the 2nd half." He was also happy to see the offense break out. "I am very proud of Loranzo & Antoine both having great games. But as I said on the pre-game show, those big guys up front make that happen. Out defense again did a fine job."

The crowd tonight was great. The stands were packed on both sides, and there were easily another 1500 on the banks & around the fences. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come at the Jackets will play 3 of their final four games at Dooley Field. Cross' performance puts him unofficially at 838 yards on the season. He had come into tonight's game as the Upstate's #5 rusher, but a quick tally from here currently puts him 2nd, trailing only J.J. Booker, who has 859. Cross will likely be tested next week against a Warrior defense that is giving up just under 8 points a game. Please come across town to the game. Parking & getting to the stadium might be a challenge, but when you get inside The Reservation is newly renovated. There are many new seats on the visitor's side so come on over to support the Jackets!

Greer vs. Blue Ridge Final Game Stats
GREER BLUE RIDGE
Score 62 14
First Downs 22 13
Total Yards 515 209
Rushes/Yards 31/405 34/93
Passes/Completions/Int 12-8-0 20-10-2
Passing Yards 110 116
Fumbles/Lost 1/1 1/1
Time of Posession 22:19 25:41


Greenville Online game story, click here.

Next week opponent Riverside 33 Eastside 14, box score.

Riverside web site.....click

Print & take to game! Van's breakdown of the Greer-Riverside game. (up by Wed)

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE JACKETS FOR THE WIN OVER BLUE RIDGE!!





Jackets take 27-26 overtime thriller from Clinton......

Taylor Johnson rolls out behind Antoine Cross in the Jackets win over Clinton......


When you first see 27-26 as the final score, you could be forgiven for thinking it must have been a shootout with lots of scoring and big plays. And although there were plenty of big plays, about the best way to describe this years annual Greer-Clinton game is the way you could describe most every Greer-Clinton game: it was a war. The two teams battled for four quarters and two overtimes and still the margin was one foot. That was the distance from the goal that Greer senior linebacker James Willett stopped top ranked Clinton tailback Brian Kingsborough from the goal line to end the game in the 2nd overtime. Greer had scored on quarterback Taylor Johnson’s 10 yard run on first down and Daniel Fiske gave the Jackets a seven point lead at 27-20. But when Clinton converted an unlikely 3rd & 25 for a touchdown in their overtime possession, Red Devil Coach Andy Young decided to go for the win on the extra point. He ran leading rusher Kingsborough around the left corner & was met by Willett at the two. A might struggle for the goal line ensued, with Willett dragging him down inches short, giving the Jackets the victory and sending the Greer fans racing onto the field.

The first half was a war in of itself as no one put up any points in an 0-0 tie. Greer managed some nice offensive series, reaching scoring range on four drives, and twice having Daniel Fiske field goal attempts blocked. But in the 3rd quarter Clinton took control, scoring on consecutive drives to take what looked to be a commanding 14-0 lead. Aided by a pass interference call they’d get the first TD on a short Kelton Hall run, then a 44 yard Kingsborough run. With the Clinton defense not having given up an offensive point all year long and that typical Clinton ball control offense now moving the football, things were beginning to slip away for the Jackets. But on their next drive on 3rd & short, Antoine Cross followed a lead block by Willett and burst through a small hole to get the first down. Second effort then sprung him free from the pileup at the line, and with Clinton’s backs in tight, Cross dashed 63 yards for the touchdown. Fiske made it 14-7 with the PAT. For the rest of regulation the Greer defense didn’t give up a first down, and the offense would mount a promising drive from it’s 21 to the Red Devil 45, but a fumble gave it back. After forcing another punt, Greer would get it back for one final drive. Johnson lobbed a sky high pass that Bryson Young reeled in for a 39 yard gain to get Greer across midfield. They got another first down at the Clinton 10, but faced 4th & goal from the eight. Johnson rolled left and whipped a strike to Jerrick Gaffney just across the stripe for a touchdown. Fiske & company knocked through the extra point to send the game to overtime.

In the first overtime, Clinton scored in two plays as Kingsborough scored from the one. They didn’t convert the PAT however, as the snap was bobbled. One Greer’s possession from the 10 Cross took the first down handoff up the middle, sidestepped to his left, and turned it north to score, tying the game at 20. But Fiske’s turn to win it sailed just left of the upright, sending the game to a 2nd overtime. After the game Greer Head Coach Will Young was ecstatic with the win. “Our guys, I can’t say enough about how proud we are of them. We’re down 14 on the road to the #1 ranked team in the State, and they never once quit or never once though we wouldn’t win this game. They have heart. You hope this win, this feeling will carry over. It certainly was a great game. You hate for Clinton to have to lose, because you know, they played hard too. We are ticked to get this win.”

Several Jackets had big games. Cross had 125 rushing yards and two TD’s. QB Taylor Johnson had a big night, throwing for 217 yards & a score, while rushing for another in the 2nd overtime. Bryson Young & Jerrick Gaffney had 126 & 71 yards receiving as well. Johnson’s performance earned him the Poinsett Grocery Player of the Game honors as selected by the Yellow Jacket Sports Network crew. And though the offensive scores get a lot of attention the Greer defense once again showed that they are one of the top units in the area, capped off by the game winning two point conversion denial to end the game.

Next week the Jackets return home to Dooley Field for the first time since opening night as they will host the resurgent Blue Ridge Tigers, who like Greer as 3-1 on the season. Blue Ridge defeated Eastside tonight by a 25-14 score. With tonight’s loss, Clinton falls to 3-1 and they will face Union next week at Union County Stadium. Please come out to Dooley Field on Friday night to welcome home the Greer Yellow Jackets after knocking off the #1 ranked Clinton Red Devils!

Greer-Clinton photos...Greenville Online

Blue Ridge football website...next week's opponent

Greer vs. Berea Final Game Stats
GREER CLINTON
Score 27 26
First Downs 18 10
Total Yards 327 211
Rushes/Yards 28/110 40/159
Passes/Completions/Int 30-15-1 15-4-0
Passing Yards 217 53
Fumbles/Lost 1/1 3/1
Time of Posession 22:18 25:42


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE JACKETS FOR THE BIG WIN IN OVERTIME!





Jackets buzz Berea 49-7

Antoine Cross had a big night for Greer, rushing for 239 yards & 2 TD's

The consensus around the Greer football program was that the game against Berea was a very important game. The Jackets needed to keep the same intensity on defense they displayed in the first two games, but the big thing was that they come out & establish that the offense could make some plays too. With Peach Blossom Conference play kicking off next week on the road against #1 ranked and defending State Champs Clinton, Greer needed a big game. A big game to not only let the rest of the Upstate know that Greer was alive & well, but maybe even to build some confidence in themselves. They got all of that & more Friday night at Berea in a complete game 49-7 win over the Bulldogs.

The Jackets got things started in the 1st quarter with a six play, 50 yard drive after forcing a Berea punt. Antoine Cross scored on a six yard run, and Daniel Fiske added the point after. The Jackets overcame two holding penalties on the drive, in what was a preview of things to come, as about the only thing that slowed Greer on the night was the officials yellow flags. The Jackets were penalized 16 times for 165 yards, while Berea was hit 6 times for 76. Shortly after the touchdown Greer would go up 14-0, when Berea QB Sam Clayton was stripped of the ball dropping back to pass, & James Willet scooped it up & took it 34 yards for a Greer score. On their next possession, Berea cut the lead in half as Devoe Massey got a TD on a one yard run that was set up by a 76 yard throw & catch from Clayton to Chris Howell. The touchdown was prevented momentarily as Bryson Young chased Howell to stop him just before the goal line. But after that Bulldog score it was all Yellow Jackets. Antoine Cross sped through the line for a 42 yard TD at the 6:17 mark of the 2nd quarter, then made a spectacular 82 yard run for another four minutes later. The later score came just one play after the Greer defense stopped Berea at the 18 yard line on 4th down. That turn of events put the Jackets up 28-7 at the break.

Greer received the opening 2nd half kickofff & Lorenzo Sullivan gave Greer good field position at the 45 with a 37 yard return. From there, it took just 7 plays to score, as James Willet got his 2nd TD of the game with a 3 yard run. And after Sullivan intercepted a pass at the Berea 35 the Jackets scored again, as Sullivan would take it the final 13 yards around the corner to make it 41-7. The defense added a second score with 8:27 to play when an all out blitz forced Clayton to throw the ball away from the end zone. That resulted in a safety and two points for the Jackets. The final score of the night came with just 1:16 to play as offensive lineman Kyle Cooper recovered a fumble in the end zone. That nine play 62 yard drive was engineered by freshman backup QB Alex Snoddy. Underclassmen Monquez Vernon & Zach Shaffer both had some nice runs on the drive behind some good looking young linemen for the Jackets as Greer would come away with a 49-7 victory.

The Poinsett Grocery Player of the Game was Lorenzo Sullivan, who scored a touchdown, and a pass interception, and 103 return yards on the night. Also of note, tailback Antoine Cross finished the night with 239 yards on just 15 carries and 3 touchdowns, and James Willet had a pair of touchdowns, one on offense, and one on defense. Greer's tough defense added two scores for the Jackets. Greer is now 2-1 on the season, while Berea drops to 0-3.

Next week's Peach Blossom Conference opener at Clinton will match up two teams who always consider it just another year to be listed as favorites to win the league. The winner of that game will go a long way in giving one of them a big leg up in the standings. Hopefully many of you will make your way to Wilder Stadium in Clinton to support the Jackets. The crowd at Berea was great, and it had to be a big boost for the team to see the visitor's stands almost completely packed over there. Radio air time will be 6:00 for the BB&T Yellow Jacket Tailgate Show & the kickoff will be at 7:30. The game can also be heard live on this web site, while fans traveling to the game can listen in & around the stadium in Clinton on an open FM frequency, most likely in the 99.5 area of the dial. So again, we hope you can come, but even if you can't, there are many ways to keep up with the game with the Yellow Jacket Sports Network!

Greenville News game story........click

Game photos....Greenville Online

Week #4 foe Clinton's athletic web site......click here

Greer vs. Berea Final Game Stats
GREER BEREA
Score 49 7
First Downs 19 7
Total Yards 435 110
Rushes/Yards 37/356 24/49
Passes/Completions/Int 14-9-0 17-5-2
Passing Yards 79 95
Fumbles/Lost 1/0 1/1
Time of Posession 26:08 21:52




GO YELLOW JACKETS!





Byrnes wins 41-6 over Jackets

Greer defense played extremely hard despite loss to Rebels.

Jackets look to regroup against Berea on Friday.....


The Greer Yellow Jackets fell to the #1 nationally ranked Byrnes Rebels on Friday at Nixon Field in Duncan, but the team came away with many positives as much of the season still lies ahead. Despite the lopsided score, the Greer defense earned a measure of respect, while not totally putting the skids on Willy Korn & the vaunted Byrnes scoring machine, they at least forced the Rebels into being patient, and taking longer scoring drives. In all, among the Rebel scoring drives, in the # of plays were 13,7,9,14, & 10. And the Greer offense, held mainly in check for most of the evening, did mount a pair of 2nd half drives against a lightning fast Rebel front.

It was actually Greer, who had the first good chance at points, when the Jacket defense forced a punt and got their start at the Rebel 39. But after a Greer punt to the 8 yard line, Diante Gist capped a 92 yard drive with a 5 yard run. The drive featured two conversions of 3rd & long. The Rebels added a 45 yard Cam MIller field goal late in the 1st quarter to make it 10-0, then got their only big strike of the night on a 47 yard pass from Korn to Randall Hawkins. They would end the 1st half scoring on the 14 play drive of 67 yards at the 1:24 mark as Korn sneaked it in from a yard out on 4th down. The Rebels had set up with 1st & goal from the four. They gained 3 yards on 1st down. But from there the Jacket defense stopped them twice before Korn's 4th down score.

After the break, Byrnes got another long FG by Miller with 4:16 to go in the third, and Greer would then take off on a nice scoring drive. Lorenzo Sullivan's athletic 13 yard run set up Antoine Cross for a seven yard run to get the Jackets on the scoreboard at 27-6. Byrnes would close out the game with a couple of late scores, a 17 yard Gist reception, and a Marcus Lattimore 3 yard run. Byrnes improves to 3-0 as they prepare now to face Cincinnatti Moeller in another nationally recognized game. With the loss, the Jackets stand at 1-1, and will travel to Berea this week to take on the Bulldogs. Greer Coach Will Young said "although the team needs to improve on some things, he couldn't have been happier with the fight in his team. We faced a lot this week. It was a tough week in more than one way, and I am proud of our guys & how they faced it. We will be ready to play Berea next week. It's my responsiblity to have them ready & I accept that. We have some great kids here."

Berea is 0-2 on the early season, after dropping two close games to Eastside & Wade Hampton. Their nemesis thus far had been to give up an occasional big play. This past week the Bulldogs rallied to within 28-27 before falling 42-27. Coach Dean Batson's Bulldogs are led on offense by QB Sam Clayton and RB Devoe Massey.

Berea High Football Web Site......click here

Game story from Greenville Online...

Photos from the game......GoUpstate.com

Wade Hampton holds off Berea....Next week's opponent.

Radio air time 6:00 PM for the BB&T Yellow Jacket Tailgate Show. 800 AM WPJM in the Upstate. Internet broadcast from this web site beginning at approximately 6:45 PM.

At the stadium in Greenville, tune your FM headset to 99.5 FM to hear a crystal clear broadcast!


GOOD LUCK TO THE JACKETS AGAINST THE BEREA BULLDOGS FRIDAY NIGHT!!




Jackets grind out win over Daniel in season opener...

Greer takes out Lions 17-9 at Dooley Field....

The Greer Yellow Jackets got the 2006 season off to a winning start Friday night with a 17-9 win over the Daniel Lions, giving Head Coach Will Young a win against his high school alma mater. Young is now 2-0 on opening nights at Greer. Daniel was playing it's first game under their new Head Coach, Randy Robinson.

Greer started the game with a bang, scoring in just 1:14 off the clock. A Lorenzo Sullivan kick return set up the Jackets at the Daniel 48. Two plays later, quarterback Taylor Johnson hit Brail Murphy with a 26 yard pass completion to the one yard line, where the ball was stripped from him. It bounded into the end zone, where Justin Anderson covered it for a Greer touchdown. Daniel Fiske's extra point game Greer a 7-0 lead. The score would remain 7-0 through halftime, allthough the Jackets had two other firm scoring opportunites in the first half. One was twarted by a penalty, and another when a Johnson pass was dropped at the goal line.

Meanwhile the Greer defense was almost unpenatratable, as Daniel would not get an offensive first down until 1:35 in the 2nd quarter.

In the 2nd half, Daniel did get some momentum going on the opening drive, taking it 12 plays for 65 yards to the Greer 8. The drive was driven back from there, and the Lions settled on a 25 yard FG by Stuart Schiff to bring them to within 7-3. From there, the Jackets came alive. Starting from the 35, Greer TB Antoine Cross took off on a 44 yard run to the 21, then followed that with a 16 yarder. He then followed a huge push ny the right side of the line for a 3 play 65 yard touchdown drive. Fiske added the PAT to make it 14-3.

In the 4th quarter with 6:28 remaning, Daniel got a touchdown on a halfback pass. The two point conversion was no good, amking it 14-9. The Jackets added a late Fiske FG from 29 yards amking the final score 17-9. Head Coach Will Young was happy to get a win. "We did some good things out there tonight. Obviously we also did some things that we will have to get out on the practice field and get corrected. But all that is made easier when you win."

Next up for the Jackets will be the Byrnes Rebels next Friday night at Nixon Field in Duncan. Come on over & support the Jackets. Radio air time is 6:00 for the BB&T Yellow Jacket Tailgate Show. The game can be heard live on WPJM AM-800, and also from this web site.

Jackets Drop Lions....G-News

Greer Edges Daniel.........Go Upstate

Photos from the game......Greenville Online

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GREER YELLOW JACKETS FOR A 17-9 WIN OVER THE DANIEL LIONS!









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