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2009 Football Season
Jackets fight to the final whistle and nearly pull the upset....
The Greer Yellow Jackets played their hearts out Friday night in Chester against one of the top AAA teams in the state. The Jackets didn't win, but they took the Cyclones into the final minute of the game but came up just short, falling 27-21. Three times on the evening, Greer fell behind by 13 points to the highly regarded home team, but three times the Jackets responded with long, gutsy drives of 79, 82, and 82 yards to crawl back into the game. And when QB Reese Hannon lofted a 9 yard touchdown pass on a pretty wheel route to Dominique Parks with 3:10 remaining the Jackets were energized at the Chester crowd seemed to be nervously expecting the worst. But facing 4th and 4 from their own 38, they faked the punt, and gained 12 yards to seemingly begin icing the game. But on 2nd down with the clock edging under a minute to play, the Chester QB fumbled the snap and Douglas Mack recovered the football at the Chester 48 with 55 seconds to go, giving the Jackets one final chance. After two incomplete passes surrounded a 4 yard loss, Hannon's desperation heave was intercepted and returned to the 40 with just 17 seconds to go, and the Cyclones ended the game by taking a knee. Co-Region Champion Greer finishes the season with a 5-6 record, while 10-1 Chester will go on the road to face undefeated Daniel next week.
The Cyclones started very fast. On the opening drive QB Tony McNeal was sharp, connecting on several passes, but it was the run game that go the first points when Julius Pendergrass raced in from 32 yards. The extra point was no good and Chester led 6-0. The would make it 13-0 when a 75 yard drive culminated with a 7 yard pass from McNeal to Deterron Hardin, and at that point the Jackets only had been able to pick up one first down. But on 3rd and 9, Hannon found a wide open Dakari Sitton for a 24 yard gain to the Chester 32. On the next play Sitton took a handoff and burst through the gap for a TD. Chase Lewis made the XP to make it 13-7. The score stayed that way until just before the half, but Pendergrass ran it in from 4 yards to give the Cyclones a 20-7 lead with 1:21 to go.
Controversial call by the officials in final seconds of the 1st half....
After a punt by Greer, Chester went to work again. Greer's defense however, held, and as Chester lined up to run one final play, McNeal looked at the clock and decided he would let the clock expire and began walking to the Chester sidelines. The center, however snapped the ball, sending it careening downfield, mind you, with no whistle. LB William Sales alertly ran back & scooped up the loose ball and ran it in for a miracle touchdown as the clock ran out. But after a period of several seconds and a conference by the officials, it was ruled that the horn had sounded before the ball was snapped. This broadcaster will forever dispute that ruling, as the siren on the scoreboard absolutely sounded well beyond the snap. If I may further stray from the game story to editorialize- at worst the call was terribly missed that took away 7 points from the Jackets in a 6 point loss. At it's best, it was obvious that the officials were understandibly caught off guard by the play and had no idea what to call, leaving them to do what any official hates to do.....guess.
The score remained 20-7 throughout the 3rd quarter, and as the 4th quarter began, the Jackets, who had installed a new offensive package for the game, went back to the spread offense they had run for most of the season. Things began to click and Greer ground out an 82 yard drive over 12 plays, the last a Parks 3 yard run. Hannon was sharp on the drive and hit Jon Redmon near the Greer sideline for a 12 yard gain on 3rd and 7 to the Chester 10. With the score 20-14 and the Greer defense hunkered down on 3rd and short from the 39, Pendergrass burst through a hole in the line and raced 61 yards, almost untouched to expand the margin back to 13 with 6:54 to play. The home crowd, which had noticibly quieted, started celebrating their teams victory. Greer wouldn't go away however, driving the 82 yards on 13 plays to get to within 27-21. The Sims and Karr Financial Solutions Players of the Game for Greer were Kenneth Ramey and Dominique Parks on offense, while Douglas Mack got the nod on defense.
And while the Jackets do lose North-South All Stars Dominique Parks & Kenneth Ramey, and some talented seniors, the bulk of this year's young team returns next year. As usual, the Yellow Jacket Sports Network crew has enjoyed broadcasting the games on WPJM AM-800 and the internet stream, and maintaining this web site. Keep on the lookout for news on our edition of "Friday Night Hoops on the Radio". We will pass along our Jacket Basketball broadcast schedule soon.
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Riverside crashes Jackets region title party...
Warriors create four way logjam at top of region with 29-26 win over Greer...
The Riverside Warriors spoiled the Greer Yellow Jackets party Friday night at Dooley Field with an exciting 29-26 see-saw victory. JT Roberts capped a quick 65 yard drive for Riverside with a 13 yard run for the game's final points with 3:46 to play. They converted a two point conversion for a 29-26 lead that would hold up. Greer got two final tries in that span, but a strong pass rush doomed the Jackets chances, as three sacks in seven plays stifled any final comeback. Greer had taken the lead with 5:15 to play in the game. Dominique Parks, who had 190 yards rushing and two TD's on the night for Greer, put the team on his shoulders for much of the drive. He converted a 3rd and 7 by stretching out for a 1st down, then broke several long runs, the last one to the Riverside 1. Dakari Sitton ran it in from there to give Greer a 26-21 lead. The Jackets had to burn a timeout to get their two point conversion play called, the second timeout for the Jackets on extra points in the half. But the Warrior defense threw Parks for a 5 yard loss on the play, setting up the big finish by the visitors. Greer along with Riverside, both finish the regular season at 5-5 and 3-2 in the Enoree River Conference. Union County's win over Blue Ridge, and Clinton's win over Chapman leaves the Jackets, Riverside, Union County, and Clinton all with 3-2 records along with a playoff berth next week, while Blue Ridge and Chapman will stay home for the playoffs.
Greer scored first on a Parks 3 yard run, after the Jackets had driven 66 yards. Chase Lewis extra point made it 7-0. Riverside would come right back with a 60 yard drive and score as QB Austin Lawrence hit Alex Poag with a 3 yard pass on 4th down to make it 7-7. Sitton later scored from the 3 capping a 69 yard drive to make it 14-7. But Riverside's defense, who played tough all night, stopped the Jackets on a drive that might have staggered the Warriors. The Riverside offense went back to work quickly, taking only two plays to cover the distance, Lawrence taking it the final 16 yards to tie things up at halftime.
That momentum seemed to carry into the 3rd quarter as the Warriors would score on their first play from scrimmage, a 54 yard run by Deandre Cheeks, giving them their 1st lead of the night at 21-14. Greer started the half going 3 and out on their first three posessions, but after a punt, Darius Murray scooped up a Warrior fumble and tromped 44 yards to the 6. Parks ran it in on the 1st play for the touchdown. But after a timeout, the snap wasnt handled properly and Greer still trailed 21-20 with 5:28 to go in the 3rd quarter. From there a good defensive stop gave the Jackets the ball back at their own 20 for what might have been the game winning drive.
The Sims and Karr Financial Solutions Players of the Game for Greer were Dominique Parks on offense, and Darius Murray on defense.
Coach Will Young was down but not out. "We are dissapointed no doubt. We tried really hard. Give Riverside credt, they played hard and they won. We are still alive, we will be ready to play next week, whoever we play and wherever we go." At this late hour it appears the Jackets will be on the road next week either at Chester or Fairfield Central.
We'd love to see a big crowd follow the Jackets next week on the road as they begin The Road to Columbia. Please make your plans to be there. Radio air time is 6:00 with the BB&T Yellow Jacket Tailgate Show and kickoff is at 7:30 on WPJM AM-800 and around the world from this web site. Also- we will be broadcasting on an open FM frequency in and around the stadium, most likely between 97.0 and 100 FM, so take your radio headsets and listen in!
Good luck to Greer Yellow Jackets as the begin their playoff quest next Friday night!
Greer takes conference lead with 35-28 win over Tigers....
For the second straight week, the Greer Yellow Jackets played a tough four quarters against a tough opponent and ended regulation in a 28-28 tie. And once again the Jackets started OT on offense. On 4th down from the one yard line, Dakari Sitton plowed in for the TD and Chase Lewis knocked the extra point through, giving Greer a 35-28 lead. Blue Ridge got their turn with the ball and looked like they might tie it up on 1st down, but their receiver dropped an easy catch in the back of the end zone. On 2nd down, Sitton delivered a jolting blow on the Tigers leading pass catcher Byron Ross, knocking the ball loose. So on 3rd down from the 10, Blue Ridge ran the ball to the right side of the line, but QB Caleb Rowe drifted around the end the other way. The Tigers threw it towards Rowe in the end zone, but Raquib Cherry stepped in for the interception, giving the Jackets the overtime victory. The win gives Greer sole possession of 1st place in the Enoree River Conference with just one game remaining. Greer will host Riverside next week at Dooley Field with a chance to win it all. Quite a turnaround for the Jackets, who now have won their last three games to take hold of the region with a 3-1 record, and officially clinch a playoff berth. Blue Ridge drops to 2-2 and will play at Union County next week. A Greer win next week would put the Tigers in the playoffs, but a Riverside win would make their game at Union County do or die. The parity in the region literally has all six teams still with a chance at the playoffs and despite Greer's lead, five of the six still battling for 1st place.
Greer scored first in the game tonight on a 23 yard Dominique Parks run. It came after the Jackets recovered a fumble at the Tiger 30 and Lewis made it 7-0 with the extra point with 11:04 to go in the half. Blue Ridge tied the game on a 76 yard drive, highlighted by a long pass inside the Greer 1 yard line. Rowe sneaked it in from there. The Jackets then mounted a 67 yard drive before the half. On 4th down from the Tiger 37 yard line, Greer let the clock run down to 32 seconds and took a timeout. QB Reese Hannon then sat back in the pocket and delivered a perfect pass to Travis Terry in the end zone to make it 14-7 Greer at the half.
The two teams traded possessions in the 3rd quarter until, on a Tiger punt, the Jackets got caught in the end zone and Blue Ridge stripped it out for an unlikely touchdown. They missed the extra point and Greer still let 14-13. But on the ensuing kickoff, Parks raced up the middle of the field and when it looked as though he would be caught at the 50, he turned left and kicked it into 2nd gear en route to a 95 yard return for a score. Lewis' point after made it 21-13. Blue Ridge would fight back to tie the game at 21 with 4:46 to go when Rowe connected on a 10 yard pass, and then threw to Ross on the 2 point conversion. Starting from their 35, the Jackets then scored on 8 straight running plays. The final run out of the "Buzz Bone" was a 15 yard burst by Parks with 1:22 to play. That made it 28-21. The Tigers once more showed heart as they would once again take it down the field and get a 25 yard scoring pass from Rowe to Jonathan Alexander and Bright made the extra point, forcing overtime. In addition to their 3-1 region mark, the Jackets are now above .500 for the first time this season at 5-4.
We'd love to see a big crowd welcome home the Jackets next week on Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor night at Dooley Field. Greer deserves a large crowd of fans there to see them go for the conference championship against their other crosstown rivals. Please make your plans to be there. Radio air time is 6:00 with the BB&T Yellow Jacket Tailgate Show and kickoff is at 7:30 on WPJM AM-800 and around the world from this web site.
Congratulations to the Greer Yellow Jackets for their overtime 35-28 win tonight, over the Blue Ridge Tigers!
Jackets stop Clinton in OT, win 35-34
Greer stuffs two-point conversion attempt on game's final play to secure huge region win....
Last week several of the Greer players talked to Steven Gay on the field after the game on the Yellow Jacket Sports Network. They talked about being a family, and how they were depending on each other, trusting each other, and were going to make a run at the Enoree River Conference title. Sounds good on the radio. Tonight the same Yellow Jackets put those words in action over an over in a breathtaking 35-34 overtime victory over the Clinton Red Devils at historic Wilder Stadium. Three times Greer could have folded. Three times they battled back with solid touchdown drives and defense. And on the biggest play of the night, a two point conversion attempt by Clinton in overtime that would either mean victory or defeat, the resurgent Greer defense, much maligned over the season's first five games, strung out 6'2" 245 pound Taviouzie Booker down the left side of the line until they stopped him a yard short of the end zone. That stop set off a Jacket celebration at midfield and coupled with Chapman's upset of Union County, vaulted Greer into a tie at the top of the conference.
Greer tied the game midway through the 4th quarter on a determined 61 yard TD drive that featured a huge 3rd and 9 completion from QB Reese Hannon to Jon Redmon that gave Greer the ball inside the Clinton 10. A play later, Hannon faked the ball to Dakari Sitton and ran in from the 3. Chase Lewis, who was 5-5 on the night, made the extra point to tie the game. Clinton threatened, but the Jackets finally forced a punt with a minute to play from the Greer 44, setting up overtime. Greer got the ball first and scored in three plays, all on the ground, all Dakari Sitton runs. He gained 5, 2, and 3 yards for the score. Lewis' kick gave Greer a 7 point lead. The Red Devils then got their turn and also scored in three plays. Clinton Coach Andy Young would call timeout, then as they lined up from the wishbone to go for two, Greer countered with a timeout of their own. The Red Devils chose Booker, the strong power back from their stable who had a 60 yard TD run to his credit earlier in the game, along with several bruising runs. This time the Jackets were ready. Defensive end Mario Sanders kept Booker's options to keep going wide and running out of field, he turned it up towards the goal line. Sanders hit him, and LB Douglas Mack arrived on the scene and the two took down the big man a yard short of the end zone sealing the Jacket victory. Greer is now 2-1 in the region, tied at the top with Union County and Blue Ridge.
The Red Devils had their way early, getting a 13 play, 71 yard drive, all running plays to go up 7-0. Greer came right back with a 15 play, 80 yard drive as Hannon did the honors with an 8 yard run to tie it up. Clinton scored on a 59 yard pass play from Grant Templeton to tight end Ryan Underwood, and the 60 yard run by Booker. That made it 21-7 Clinton with 5:28 to go in the half, and Greer looked to be in trouble. But impressively, the Jackets regrouped and executed perhaps the most important drive of the season as they went 73 yards on 12 plays and scored with 55 seconds to go in the half on an 8 yard laser pass from Hannon to Quadrick Mack to bring Greer within 21-14 at the break. The Jackets did drive the ball to start the 2nd half but punted from the Red Devil 38. The Jacket defense was able to strip out a fumble and recover it on the Clinton 21. Dakari Sitton ran it to the 3, where Hannon would score from to tie the game at 21. The Jackets would have a chance later to take the lead after recovering another Clinton fumble, this one by Booker--a fumble that would send him to the bench for several plays--at the Greer 42. When the Jackets would punt to the 9 yard line it looked like the Red Devils were backed up. Clinton showed they were in it to win though, as they went 91 yards to score when Booker rumbled in from the 13, putting them up 28-21 with 10:18 to play. Once again though, the Jackets came back with the game tying drive.
After the game Greer Head Coach Will Young was thrilled with the effort and fight in his team. "I am so proud of all of these kids. This is the way we want to play Greer High football. They came at us hard, and had us down three times, and three times we fought back. Every one of them, all of them played their hearts out. This was a great win. It keeps us in the race." Greer, Union County, and next week's opponent Blue Ridge are tied at the top with 2-1 records, while Clinton, Riverside, and Chapman are all 1-2. Translation: at this point no one is in the playoffs, and no one is out, although you'd much rather be 2-1 than 1-2. Blue Ridge defeated Riverside 36-20, while Chapman knocked of Union County 13-11 in a fall rainstorm in the Upstate. Next week's games are Riverside vs. Chapman, Union County vs. Clinton, and Greer travels just up the road to face Blue Ridge. Unlike last year when Greer had clinched the region crown by Week 9, this year's race will likely not be decided until the final week.
We hope you will make your plans to be part of a huge contingent of Greer Yellow Jacket fans at Blue Ridge on Friday night. The two teams have split their last two games, as Greer won last year at Dooley Field. Take your radio headsets with you next week and tune while at the game, but if you can't be there we will have it for you on WPJM AM-800 in the Upstate, and around the world from this web site. Air time is 6:00 for the BB&T Yellow Jacket Tailgate Show and the kickoff is at 7:30. It's a 1st place game between the Blue Ridge Tigers and the Greer Yellow Jackets!
Congratulations to the Greer Yellow Jackets for a thrilling 35-34 overtime victory tonight!!
Greer shuts out Panthers on Homecoming....Natalie Leonard (bottom right) is crowned Homecoming Queen
The Greer Yellow Jackets came into tonight's game with several things to accomplish. First, they just wanted to get a win. They also wanted to get the offense going after last week's Enoree River Conference opener at Union County. They also wanted the defense to build on the good performance against Union and show that they are ready to be a strong point for this team. They wanted to get off to a good start and have the game well in hand by the 4th quarter. They wanted to open up the playbook, and they wanted to build some confidence going into a three week stretch- the next two on the road- that will determine their playoff destiny. Mark the first objective done, as Greer defeated the Chapman Panthers 31-0 on Homecoming Night at Dooley Field. But they can also check the rest of the list off as well in perhaps the most complete performance of the season. The shutout for the defense was the first one since the Jackets had two October shutouts over Wade Hampton and Eastside in 2006. The Jackets led 24-0 at halftime and were very balanced offensively in the performance that can do nothing but revive the buzz on the team and around town heading into the important stretch over the next three weeks.
Greer scored just 2:08 into the game after a good defensive stand when QB Reese Hannon lofted a perfect 47 yard pass to Shaq Mack on the Jackets 2nd play. Chase Lewis extra point made it 7-0. After the score, the Panthers mounted their most serious scoring threat. With a 3rd and 9 from the Greer 22, Douglas Mack stepped in front of a Will Condrey pass for an interception to thwart the drive. A series later, the Jackets drove quickly when Hannon threw a long completion to Jon Redmon, and Dominique Parks ran it in from 18 yards to give Greer a 14-0 lead. After another good defensive stop, the offense kept on the pressure, and from the "Buzz Bone", Dakari Sitton plunged in from the one, capping a ten play, 53 yard drive. And with a 21-0 lead and lights-out defense that gave them another scoring opportunity, Greer took it down the field late in the half to the Chapman 13. A 3rd down sack seemingly took them out of field goal range, but Lewis drilled the 39 yard kick with plenty of room to spare giving the Jackets a 24-0 halftime lead.
With the defensive coaches challenging the team to keep it up in the 2nd half, the Panthers seemed to go backwards more than they went forwards in the half. Sacks by Eric Campbell, Mack, Mario Sanders, Darius Murray, and Sitton all highlighted a great half by the Swarm and Sting. The offense added a 4th quarter touchdown when Parks ran it in on a 5 yard sweep with 3:08 left to play.
After the game Coach Will Young spoke with Steven Gay on the Yellow Jacket Sports Network, and said he was "pleased with the effort, pleased with the intensity, and was proud of the way the team performed" in their "most consistent effort of the season". "Our guys have been through a lot so far in seven games. I'm thankful that they still want to come to work, practice hard, and improve. We know we can still make a big run. How long and how far we go is really up to us."
The Sims and Karr Financial Solutions Players of the Game were QB Reese Hannon on offense, while Eric Campbell had a monster game on defense and was tabbed for the honor for a 2nd time this season.
Next week the Jackets travel to Clinton to take on a Red Devil team who, like the Jackets are 1-1 in region play. After losing a 22-21 decision to Riverside in the conference opener, Clinton turned the tables on Blue Ridge tonight with a 35-34 win. The Red Devils blocked the potential game-tying extra point with five minutes to play, and then used their ball control offense to run out the clock. In other region action, Union came from behind to defeat Riverside. Union stands at the top at 2-0, while Greer, Riverside, and Clinton are at 1-1, while Chapman now is two games behind at 0-2. The top four teams in the region get playoff berths, and the top two receive 1st round home games.
Please include in your plans to come to Clinton next week. The Jackets would love to see you in the stands at historic Wilder Stadium to see Greer take on one of it's oldest rivals. We will broadcast the game in and around the stadium on an open FM frequency in the 97-100 FM band. Here in the Upstate, we will of course be on the air at 6:00 PM on WPJM AM-800 and the kickoff is at 7:30. The game can also be heard around the world from this web site thanks to Laura Simmons of Joy Real Estate and goupstate.com. The best plan of all would be to grab your radio headsets and head to Clinton and listen in at the game. We would love to see you there!
Congratulations to the Greer Yellow Jackets for their nice 31-0 victory over the Champan Panthers!
Jackets drop Enoree River Conference opener 7-0....
The Union County Yellow Jackets used a first quarter blocked punt to set up a 28 yard touchdown drive early in the game, and they made it stand up for a 7-0 victory over the Greer Yellow Jackets in Jacket Bowl XIV. Union came into the game with some impressive defensive numbers and started the game holding Greer to a three and out on the first posession. As the Jackets lined up to punt, Union got a hand on the Chase Lewis kick to set them up at the 28. After a key 3rd down pass play on 3rd and long set them up inside the 10, quarterback Nick Monroe ran it into the end zone from the one. The extra point by Alex Tucker made it 7-0 with 7:47 remaining in the 1st quarter. Little did we all know that would be the only points scored in the game.
Union kept Greer bottled up with poor field position for most of the 1st half. Greer did pick up some field position as the half went on with the two teams swapping punts, as Greer moved to the Union 44. But the Jackets were forced to punt and the half ended with Greer backed up deep.
The defense got an early turnover in the 3rd quarter, setting up the offense at the Union 35. But on 3rd and 4 from the 29, they sacked QB Reese Hannon for a 7 yard loss and the Jackets punted. Another good stop by the defense forced a Union punt and Greer got the ball at their own 42. That's when Greer mounted their most serious threat, moving downfield with a series of runs and short passes that eventually reached the Union 29 with a first down. But on 2nd down, Hannon's pass was deflected off the receiver's hands and intercepted by Union. The two teams would continue to swap punts throughout the 2nd half. With under 5 minutes to play Greer mounted its last scoring threat, moving to the Union 44. But on 4th down and 4, Hannon kept it on the zone read and appeared to have the first down. But after a questionable spot of the football (from our perspective) and subsequent measurement showed the Jackets a football length short. Greer may have gotten the ball back late in the game, but Union County converted a 3rd and long and was able to run out the clock.
Greer falls to 2-4 on the season and 0-1 in Enoree River Conference play, which began tonight. Union County improves to 3-3 and of course, are 1-0. Next week Greer will host the Chapman Panthers at Dooley Field for the Jackets annual Homecoming Game. Champan dropped a 27-20 decision to Blue Ridge. In the other region game, Riverside surprised Clinton 22-21 after trailing for much of the game. After the game tonight, Greer defensive coordinator Travis Perry applauded his unit for shutting down Union County after giving up the TD in the first quarter. "Our guys played hard. I am pleased with their effort. Of course, you gotta tip your hat to Union, they stopped us too. What we have to get across to our players though, is the region race is not over after one game. There is a lot of parity in our region. One loss does not take us out of the race for the region championship."
The Sims and Karr Financial Solutions Players of the Game for Greer were linebacker Douglas Mack on defense, and punter Chase Lewis on offense. Lewis kicked very well tonight, including a 55 yard punt for Greer late in the game that could have put the Jackets in position for a final TD drive, but Union County converted the 3rd and long to run out the clock.
Please come out to Dooley Field and continue to support the Greer Yellow Jackets. Radio air time on WPJM AM-800 is 6:00 for the BB&T Yellow Jacket Tailgate Show and the Homecoming Game kickoff is at 7:30. The game will be broadcast around the world from this web site as well. GO JACKETS!
Jackets hold on to defeat Eastside 42-40
First half offensive gives Greer big lead...
The Greer Yellow Jackets held on for a 42-40 victory Friday night over the Eastside Eagles. The Jackets bolted out to a 42-21 halftime lead only to see the Eagles cut that lead to two points on a Drake Thomason 44 yard run with 2:51 to play in the game. But on the two point conversion, the Jacket defense made not one but two stops. Thomason was racked at the 1, then pitched it out to Mateo Rojas, who himself was stopped outside the 1. After a failed on-sides kick, Greer got one first down and ran the clock down to :19 before punting it away. The Eagles got the ball back with 10.5 seconds to go. An incomplete pass set up the final play: a 20 yard pass followed by a series of laterals that eventually Greer stopped at midfield as time ran out. The Eagles might have gotten the ball back with 25-30 extra seconds to play, but after a penalty, inexplicably let the clock run down despite having a timeout.
Eastside led 7-0 when on the opening kickoff the Jackets fumbled it away, setting up a Jimmy Pisteolis 4 yard run just a minute into the game. D'anta Fleming tied it up with a 9 yard run, but Thomason put the Eagles back ahead with a 65 yard run. The Jackets then marched 69 yards for a TD, a Dakari Sitton 11 yard run. With Chase Lewis extra point it was 14-14. The Greer defense then forced an Eagle punt and William Sales blocked it, setting up the Jackets at the Eagle 33. On 1st down Reese Hannon threw a 33 yard strike to Jon Redmon. Another good defensive stand got the Jackets the ball back and Greer took it right back down the field on a 69 yard drive. Most of the yards were gained by Sitton, who took it in from the 5. The Eagles would once again strike quickly when Thomason found Kelvin Brown on a 61 yard pass play to make it 28-21. Greer would stretch that lead to 42-21 on runs by Fleming and Hannon. Hannon's score came with just :34 left in the half capping an 80 yard Greer drive. Hannon was 13-15 in passing for the 1st half, and along with over 200 rushing yards between three backs,the Jackets looked very difficult to deal with.
The 2nd half saw the Eagles outscore Greer 19-0 Touchdown runs by Rojas and Thomason would cut the lead to 42-34. After Thomason's 1 yard run, Mario Sanders made what would turn out to be a huge play in blocking the extra point. The Jackets did move the ball in the 2nd half, but could not put any points up. Almost every promising drive in the 2nd half was stopped due to penalties. Jake McKown recovered an Eagle fumbled punt at the 24, but a holding penalty eventually took the Jackets out of field goal range. Later with Greer driving and milking the clock, Dominique Parks took a handoff and went 60 yards for a TD and perhaps put the game away, only to have another holding call bring it back. Another long drive for Greer that reached the Eagle 34 with a 3rd and 3 was moved back to 3rd and 19 after a holding call. When Greer punted turned it over on downs that would set up Thomason's 44 yard scoring run. Greer improves to 2-3 while Eastside is now 3-2.
The Sims and Karr Financial Solutions Players of the Game were quarterback Reese Hannon on offense, and on defense it was Avery Fleming.
Enoree River Conference play begins next Friday at Union County. Now that the conference slate is set to go, the Jackets can set their sites on carrying the momentum from this game forward. Radio air-time will be 6:00 with the BB&T Yellow Jacket Tailgate Show and the ball is kicked at 7:30. Please come to Union for the game, and support the Jackets. You will also be able to listen to the game in Union in and around the stadium through our FM short-range broadcast. We are live on the web from any computer in the world from this web site.
Congratulations to the Jackets for the 42-40 win tonight!!
Red Raider defense too much for Greer on this night...
Yep. The Greenville Red Raiders can now play a lttle defense. Maybe they don't have the big names on that side of the ball like they have in the past, but they sure controlled the game tonight, and the result was a runaway 38-13 victory over the Greer Yellow Jackets at Dooley Field. Greer falls to 1-3 on the season with Eastside coming up next in the final pre-conference game of the year. After an exciting three quarters with Woodruff and a home win over Berea, the Jackets have fallen hard in consecutive home games with Byrnes and Greenville, and are desperate to see the light in time for the Enoree River Conference schedule.
Greer showed signs of life early on, as their first drive stalled at the Raider 32 when Dominique Parks was stopped on 4th and two. After a Greenville fumble, Greer was in business again, but Reese Hannon's pass was intercepted at the 22 by Tyrell Pearson and returned 78 yards for a touchdown. A Greer punt set the Raiders up at their 40 and six plays later QB Rooke Crouch hit Roderick Williams with a 14 yard TD pass. The Jackets would drive inside Greenville's 15 yard line, but a holding penalty and a sack took them out of scoring position. A Will Senn 27 yard FG followed another interception, this one on a batted ball at the Greer 35 with 1:08 to go in the half. Then, on Greer's first play from scrimmage, Dominique Parks took a handoff and raced 78 yards for a TD, giving them life at 17-6. However, the extra point was blocked as Parks hobbled off the field not to return due to a recurrence of the groin injury he sustained against Byrnes.
After a nice defensive stand to start the 2nd half by Greer and a chance to make it a game, the Greenville defense would clamp down, allowing the vaunted Greer rushing attack no yards in the 2nd half. And when Hannon would look to throw, more often than not there were Red Raiders in his face. A 3rd quarter pass from Crouch to Williams and two 4th quarter runs by A.J. Terry and Crouch put Greenville way ahead at 38-6. Two turnovers by Greer and poor field position on a punt allowed Greenville's 2nd half scoring drives to be from 19, 32, and 21 yards. Freshman D'anta Fleming gave the Jacket fans something to cheer about when he returned a Red Raider punt 59 yards for a touchdown with 1:51 to play.
Coach Will Young talked with the Yellow Jacket Sports Network's Steven Gay after the game and said "My hats off to Greenville. They played well, real well. They really could have beaten us worse. It's probably been a long time since a Greer team has been handled up front like we were tonight. I know that its the most we've been pushed around since I have been here. We don't like it, and it is our job to correct it. I can assure you that we will do everything we can to get better." The Sims and Karr Financial Solutions Players of the Game were Greer punter Chase Lewis on defense, and D'anta Fleming on offense. Lewis had a 47 and a 60 yard punt in the 4th quarter tonight, while Fleming had over 150 yards in returns, including the 59 yard punt return for the touchdown. Greenville now evens their record at 2-2 on the season with the win.
Next week the Jackets travel to face Eastside at John Carlisle Field. Eastside is one of the bigger surprises of the pre-conference schedule games with a 3-1 record. The Eagles lost to Easley 31-7 tonight, but feature one of the Upstate's best quarterbacks in Drake Thomason. Let's stay behind the Jackets and make your way to Eastside on Friday night. We hope you will make the short drive to the game to show them that Greer fans are the best and most loyal fans anywhere. It won't take much to spark this team into another big run into the 2nd half of the season. Of course, the Yellow Jacket Sports Newtork will be there broadcasting. The game can be heard live on WPJM AM-800 and from this web site. The pre-game show starts at 6 and the kickoff is at 7:30. You can also sign up for our free texting service, described below. We will send out breaking news about the Jackets and scores throughout each game. GO JACKETS!
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Byrnes defeats Greer 52-6
Rebels score three late 2nd quarter TD's to break open a close game...
With about nine minutes to go in the first half, the Jackets had 'em right where they wanted 'em. Trailing 7-0 after a Chas Dodd 1 yard quarterback dive, Greer got the football back with 7:42 to go in the 1st quarter. They got the ball at their 20 and proceeded to drive 74 yards to the Byrnes six yard line. In that time, they converted three 3rd down conversions and a two 4th downs. Over 10 minutes melted off the game clock as the Jackets were poised to tie the game. After a short gain, a penalty and a sack moved the ball back to the 22, and on 4th down Chase Lewis had plenty of leg, but his 39 yard field goal missed just wide to the right. It didn't produce any points, but that drive showed the 7000 fans at Dooley Field that Greer had come to play.
By the time the Rebel offense got the ball back, they had regrouped. Dodd capped a six play drive with a 47 yard pass to Lee Weick that made it 14-0. Another time consuming series for Greer didn't put any points up and Byrnes got what looked like a quick score to end the half when Torian Richardson hauled in a 49 yard pass from Dodd with 1:33 left. Disaster struck though for Greer when a center/quarterback exchange miscue was recovered by the Rebels at the Greer 19. After an incomplete pass, Dodd threw a strike across the field to Jazz King to make it 28-0. Good teams make you pay for mistakes or missed opportunities and that rang true tonight in the final minutes of the 1st half.
Two 3rd quarter touchdown passes from Dodd to Marcus Lattimore and King gave the Rebels an insurmountable lead but Greer wouldn't quit. Late in the quarter, Dakari Sitton took a handoff and outran the defense 57 yards for a touchdown to make it 42-6. Lattimore got a 12 yard TD run, and Kaleb Patterson connected on a 26 yard field goal late in the game to settle the score. The Jackets did move into scoring position twice more in the 4th quarter but would come away empty. Greer falls to 1-2 on the season and will entertain the Greenville Red Raiders next week at Dooley Field. Byrnes is 3-0.
The Sims and Carr Financial Solutions Players of the Game for Greer were freshman left tackle Tyrone Crowder on offense, and DB Jalion Greer on defense.
Coach Will Young while not satisfied with the loss and the missed scoring opportunites, was proud of his teams effort. "That was a great football team we played tonight. They are nationally ranked and they should be. But you know, there were times that we were the ones controlling the line of scrimmage. That is encouraging to me. We should have gotten more points, sure. But I'm happy that we were physical, and we gave good effort". Leading rusher Dominique Parks strained a groin and did not play the final three quarters and finished the game with 28 yards on 9 carries. OL Justin McKittrick left the game with what appeared to be a broken collarbone as well. The win was the 9th straight for Byrnes in the series in a decade that saw the Jackets win in 2000. It gives the Rebels a 27-26-1 lead now in this rivalry that dates back to 1955.
Next week the Greenville Red Raiders come to Dooley Field in another rivalry game for Greer. Last year Greer defeated the Red Raiders on a late Dominique Parks three yard run that gave the Jackets a 21-17 win. Greenville has a new Head Coach in Phil Magdic, and the Raiders like Greer, are 1-2 after shutting out Seneca 22-0 tonight. We hope you will come out and fill up Dooley Field again next week, as after next week there won't be another home game until October 9. Bring your radio headsets out to beautiful Dooley Field and support the Greer Yellow Jackets. And tell your friends the can listen live anywhere in the world with an internet connection from this web site. Also, you will want to sign up for and tell everyone about the new text messaging service described below.
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Woodruff takes out Jackets 59-34 in season opener
Wolverines score 20 points in 3 minutes to break open a close game beginning late in 3rd quarter... With 6:02 reamining in the 3rd quarter it looked like your typical Greer-Woodruff game. Exciting, close, might go down to the wire. Greer had just rallied from a 27-14 halftime deficit behind two Dominique Parks TD runs to forge ahead at 28-27. Enter Jake Lambert, again. The senior QB from Woodruff, who had already thrown 3 first half TD's and ran for another, threw three more in 3 minutes off the clock to give the Wolverines a 47-28 lead that they would not relinquish. He added another scoring pass for good measure and to set the Woodruff school record for the most TD passes in a game...seven. After that, the two teams swapped late scores leaving the final score at 59-34. Greer was able to move the ball effectively on offense, rushing for 366 yards, 278 of them from Parks. Sophomore QB Reese Hannon in his 1st varsity start tallied 70 yards on the ground and 48 through the air. And while the Woodruff offense did have great success moving the football against Greer's young secondary, it was three consecutive special teams collapses Saturday night that doomed the Jackets. After Woodruff scored to reclaim the lead at 33-28, a personal foul penalty(1) on the failed two point conversion allowed the Wolverines to kick off from the Greer 45. Woodruff had already attempted an on-sides kick earlier in the game, so this field position made that likely. Greer had a shot at the ball, but it bounced away(2)giving the Wolverines the ball at the 29. After a quick TD, Woodruff forced the Jackets to punt just shy of midfield. But the snap was high (3)and long, once again setting the Wolverines up in great position at the 19. Greer led the game early 7-0 on a Parks 2 yard run. After Woodruff scored 13 straight, Dakari Sitton pounded through for a short TD run to give Greer the lead back at 14-13. After Woodruff went up 19-14, Greer marched down the field trying to go ahead, but Woodruff stopped the Jackets on 4th down and 7 a yard short at the Wolverine 28. Lambert then raced his team down the field as they would score just before intermission to lead 27-14. The Sims and Carr Financial Services Players of the game for Greer were Parks-with his 278 yards rushing and 3 TDs, while Douglas Mack got the honor on defense. Next week Greer will celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Dooley Field as they will entertain the Berea Bulldogs on THURSDAY night in the first of three straight home games. There are 1200 new seats on the home side, as well as new ticket booths, restrooms, a new field house, press box, and a $185,000 scoreboard & sound system. It will be a great night, especially if it is filled to capacity with screaming Yellow Jacket fans. Berea got off to a good start with a win on Friday night over Travelers Rest behind 310 yards rushing by Eddie Williams. The BB&T Yellow Jacket Tailgate Show starts at 6:00 on WPJM AM-800 and the kickoff is at 7:30. The game will also be broadcast live around the world from this website. We hope to see you all Thursday night at Dooley Field!
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All games start at 7:30 PM.
August 29 - @ Woodruff Lost 59 - 34
September 4 - Berea WON! 35 - 14
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September 18 - Greenville Lost 38 - 13
September 25 - @ EASTSIDE WON! 42 - 40
October 2 - @ UNION COUNTY Lost 7 - 0
October 9 - CHAPMAN WON! 31 - 0
October 16 - @ CLINTON WON! 35 - 34, O.T.
October 23 - @ BLUE RIDGE WON! 35 - 28, O.T.
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