2010 Football Season

Belton-Honea Path ends Jackets season...

Bears break open a close game in 4th quarter in 42-10 win over Greer

With just under 8 minutes to play in the 3rd quarter, the Greer Yellow Jackets were had it 1st and goal at the Belton-Honea Path eight yard line. The Bears held a slim 7-3 lead, but it was the Jackets in control of the football and all of the momentum. And while it was BHP that scored their go ahead TD with just 13 seconds to go in the 1st half on 4th down from the Greer two yard line, the Jackets were sticking it to the Bears now, in fact, imposing their will against a 10-0 team on their home field. Greer's offensive front was punishing the Bear front line, not just making room for a running back to wiggle through, but smashing the #1 seeded Western AAA Champions with a decided swagger right in the heart of Honea Path. Dakari Sitton's bruising slash was almost unstoppable as he went over 100 yards on the drive. The wave was too much for the Bears, and it would only be mere moments before Greer bulldozed it in the end zone and took a 10-7 lead, perhaps to see BHP get out of whack as they looked at the scoreboard to see themselves behind in a 2010 football game. Perhaps the Greer defense would continue to shut down the BHP running attack as they did in the 1st half, forcing some mistakes as the clock became their enemy. Perhaps the Greer Yellow Jackets would go on the road and pull it off, another legendary playoff triumph, and jump start a run towards Columbia with a team that started the season with such high hopes. Perhaps. 

But as the Jackets raced around the left side of the line inside the BHP three yard line, it appeared that one of the Bear's helmet got in on the football and knocked it loose. It dribbled on the field for a moment, then cornerback Tyler McGill scooped it up at the 9 yard line and raced down the home sideline 91 yards for a touchdown, a Bear touchown. And after the extra point, the Jackets found themselves in disbelief, feeling like they were dominating the game having just taken a 10-7 lead, but seeing the scoreboard say 14-3 the other way with 7:32 to go in the 3rd quarter. And while there was plenty of fight left in the Jackets on the evening, you could almost see the season being taken away as McGill ran down the field. Greer would start moving the football again, but a fumble led to a BHP touchdown pass, & it was 21-3. The Jackets benefited from a strong defensive stand and an ensuing 7 yard Bear punt to start at the 16 yard line, and on 4th down from the two, Hannon dove in to bring Greer to 21-10 on the 1st play of the 4th quarter. After a stop, the Jackets started another nice drive only to see a 18 yard gain turn into an interception for BHP when the catch was bobbled, then taken away in mid-air. On the next play Cody Spence tossed a 35 yard touchdown pass to make it 28-10 with 8:02 to play. With Greer practically forced to throw on almost every play, the Bears cashed in on two more interceptions to win going away. Greer ends the season at 6-5, while BHP is now 11-0 and will host the Chester Cyclones next week, who won a tight game tonight at Wade Hampton.

Greer's defense got a stop on 4th and one inside their 10 yard line in the 1st quarter, and another 4th down stop at the 31. From there, the Jackets went 69 yards in six plays. Greer had a 2nd and goal from the 3 yard line, but had to settle for a 21 yard Derrick Davis field goal with 3:32 to go in the 1st quarter. The 3-0 Greer lead stood until late in the half, as the Bears would get a penalty-aided scoring drive just before intermission. After having it 2nd and goal at the Greer one yard line, consecutive tackles for loss by the Jackets put BHP in a 4th and goal from outside the 2. But with the clock running, Spence threw an out to Matt Williams just across the goal line with only seconds to go in the half to give the home team a 7-3 advantage at the break. The Sims and Karr Financial Solutions Players of the Game for Greer was OL Matthew Rochester on offense, and Shrine Bowl selection Darius Murry on defense.

Congratulations to the seniors on this team for a great career as a Greer Yellow Jacket. The Jackets will welcome back a great nucleus of players for 2011 and will most likely begin preparations for that in the next few weeks. Thank you to the whole Yellow Jacket family for all the hard work and dedication it takes to be a top program, of course to the players & coaches, but also the countless volunteers who help make it all happen on Friday nights. Special thanks to our radio crew for another job well done this season. The Yellow Jacket Sports Network is looking forward now to another season of Friday Night Hoops on the Radio, as the Jackets have already begun practice for the upcoming season. Until then, check back here to this web site for plenty of Greer Yellow Jacket news. Remember for breaking news and Greer basketball scores, you can also text the word JACKETS to 41411 and subscribe to our free text service.

Thanks to the Greer Yellow Jackets for another exciting football season!

Yellow Jackets edged 24-17 by Chapin in regular season finale
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Greer will travel to B-HP next week in playoff opener...

The Greer Yellow Jackets suffered a tough loss for the 2nd straight week to end the regular season tonight at Chapin, falling 24-17 to the Eagles. As they did a week earlier to Blue Ridge, the Jackets had to dig out of an early hole after falling behind 10-0 in the 1st quarter. Chapin went 11 plays for 68 yards for their first score, a 23 yard field goal by Forrest Dean. The Eagles converted three third and longs on the drive, each on penalties on Greer. The nearly 20 penalty flags thrown on the evening was easily the most in a game this season shouldn't have been surprising, given the fact that the officials measured the playing field before the game and threw a flag on Chapin's band for taking too long in playing the school fight song as their team entered the field. On their 1st posession, a holding penalty forced the Jackets to punt and the Eagles marched 52 yards and scored on a Michael Weimer 16 yard TD pass. Greer overcame two more flags on a nice 80 yard 14 play drive and scored on a 3 yard run by Dakari Sitton. Derrick Davis' extra point made it 10-7. Sitton and the Jackets looked poised to take the lead after a Chapin punt as Greer would move it to the Eagle 18 yard line. Sitton had over 100 yards rushing in the half and when QB Reese Hannon ran to the 10 yard line on 2nd down the Jackets were looking good. But once again a holding penalty wiped out the play and set Greer back to the 28 and the Jackets would eventually punt. After swapping posessions, the Eagles took a 10-7 halftime lead.
Greer moved into the Chapin 40 after the break, but the Eagles intercepted a 3rd down pass and returned it to the Greer 38. Four plays later Weimer threw a 32 yard TD to extend the lead to 17-7. Greer got a 25 yar field goal by Davis to make it 17-10 as the 4th quarter began, and the Chapin kick return man slipped down at the 17 yard line on the ensuing kickoff. But from the Wildcat formation, Jalen Pauling raced through the left side of the line 83 yards for a TD to give the Eagles a 24-10 lead with 10:48 to play. But as they did a week earlier when they fell behinddd by 14 in the 4th quarter, Greer tried to rally. The Jackets went 61 yards in 9 plays, converting a 4th and two along the way, and when Hannon hit Jon Redmon with a 12 yard pass, Greer was within 24-17. The Jackets would get two more chances with the ball, the 1st resulting in a punt. On their final attempt, Greer started at their 17 yard line with just over 3 minutes to play and moved out to the 38. But on 3rd down, Hannon's pass deflected off Redmon and was intercepted. From there the Eagles ran out the clock to secure the 24-17 win. The Sims & Karr Financial Solutions Players of the Game for Greer were Jon Redmon on offense and Adam Ah Ching on defense.
With the loss, Greer finishes the regular season with a 6-4 record, but 2-3 in the Enoree River Conference. Chapin improved to 5-5 and 3-2. In spite of the two losses to end the season, the Jackets get new life as the playoffs begin next Friday night. Greer was hoping for a win and the #2 seed, which would have landed them a game at Dooley Field, but now will take the #4 seed on the road at Belton-Honea Path. The Bears completed a perfect 10-0 regular season tonight with a win at Walhalla. The Jackets and the Bears do have two common opponents, Seneca & Clinton. Greer defeated Seneca 41-14 in the season opener and knocked off Clinton 3 weeks ago 40-35, while BHP beat Clinton 18-17 on September 24 and defeated Seneca last week 27-24. And while the Road to Columbia will not be an easy one for the Jackets, as it would almost certainly be all on the road as a #4 seed, the fact remains that there is a lot of talent on this Greer team, and as Coach Will Young said tonight after the game, "There is a good football team somewhere in there. We won't quit, and we are gonna work hard this week to find it. You have to beat 'em all to get to Columbia anyway and this is the time of the season we've been working so hard for all year."
We hope that you will make the trip to BHP to support the Jackets as they start the AAA playoffs next week. Don't give up on this team, as they try to put together another impressive post-season run. We'll have the game for you on the Yellow Jacket Sports Network as air time will be 6:00 for the BB&T Yellow Jacket Tailgate Show and the kickoff will be 7:30 PM on WPJM AM-800 and this web site. Hopefully we'll see you next week at Belton-Honea Path & good luck to the Greer Yellow Jackets!

Yellow Jackets fall to Blue Ridge
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Tigers win first ever game at Dooley Field, 42-35....

The Blue Ridge Tigers came into tonight's game at Dooley Field having lost three straight in the Enoree River Conference. Not a good position for a team, especially playing in a place they's never won, especially when Greer had won two straight, including a thrilling 40-35 win over Clinton just a week before. Add to that the Tigers had lost 30-28 to Chapman, a team that the Jackets crushed 56-10 two weeks earlier. But all that didn't matter, as Blue Ridge excorcized their Dooley Field demons by knocking off the Jackets 42-35. Coupled with Union County's win over Clinton, Greer was eliminated from contention in the region championship race and now must battle to make the playoffs next week at Chapin.

Blue Ridge got off to a rousing start hitting a 75 yard touchdown on the game's 3rd play on a bubble screen on 3rd and 12 from Caleb Rowe to Bryton Griffin. After a three and out by the Jackets, the Tigers struck again quickly when Tyshawn Richardson got a 17 yard TD run to make it 14-0 less than 4 minutes into the game. Greer would claw back into the game scoring twice in the 2nd quarter to go into halftime tied. Dakari Sitton put the Jackets on the board with a 17 yard run, finishing an 80 yard drive, then D'Ante Fleming caught at 9 yard pass on a well executed screen. Derrick Davis made the two PATs and it was 14-14.

After intermission, Greer drove down the field and took the lead and it didn't look difficult. Sitton raced in from 32 yards as the Jackets went 66 yards on just four plays. But to the Tigers credit they came right back with an impressive drive of their own, going 77 yards in six plays, the score coming on another Rowe to Griffin connection. Greer then drove inside the Blue Ridge 25 and hit a big play to the 7 yard line, but a holding penalty backed the Jackets up & on 4th and 14 from the Tiger 31, Greer punted, and starting from their 17, Blue Ridge would re-gain the lead on a 9 yard drive, starting with a heave to midfield on 3rd down between three Greer defensive backs. Three plays later it was Rowe & Griffin again, this time a perfectly thrown post route from the 37 to give the Tigers a 28-21 lead. On the last play of the 3rd quarter, Greer would tie the game at 28 on Reese Hannon's four yard burst capping an 82 yard drive. But as they did to start the game, Blue Ridge would score 14 unanswered points to take a 42-28 lead. The first score came as a scrambling Rowe found Martin Harbin open in the end zone & with 8:22 to play Richardson got a 3 yard run after a jet sweep pass netted 47 yards to the Greer 3. In between those scores, the Jackets were once again derailed by another holding penalty that set them back before they could get going. But give the Jackets some credit for not giving up. They went 75 yards and scored on a 1 yard run by Sitton. The drive was kept alive when on 3rd and 23 from their own 13 yard line: after a holding penalty, Hannon threw it downfield. There were two Blue Ridge defenders at midfield, but a determined Quadrick Mack wrestled the ball away for a 1st down at the Tiger 48. The Greer defense would do their job in holding the Tigers and the Jackets got the ball with just over 3 minutes remaining at their own 30. Greer had a 1st down at the 47, but a loss of 8 on a jet sweep hurt. After two incomplete passes and a procedure penalty, the Jackets were forced to go for it on 4th and 20 and with pressure coming, Hannon was forced to throw early and the Tigers held on for the win.

The Sims and Karr Financial Solutions Players of the game for Greer were Jarvon Walker on defense & Quadrick Mack on offense.

Greer falls to 6-3 on the season, and is 2-2 in the region, while 4-5 Blue Ridge got their 1st region win and is 1-3. Union County officially wrapped up the region championship tonight with their win over Clinton. With Chapin's win over Chapman, the Jackets, Clinton, & Chapin are tied at 2-2. Blue Ridge & Chapman are 1-3. As for Greer's position in the region, assuming a Red Devil win over Chapman, the Jackets can snare the 2nd seed with a win over Chapin. If the Jackets lose, then we don't even want to think about it. That would tie Chapin with Clinton and give the Red Devils the 2 seed & put the Jackets at 2-3 in or tied for 4th. A Blue Ridge upset of Union County would give the Tigers a 2-3 mark and leave the Jackets out of the playoffs. To make sure, along with a 1st round home game, the Jackets need to take care of business next week against a better than expected Eagle team on the road, a team that just a week ago used a big 2nd half to pound Blue Ridge 31-14. So for Greer, the mission is simple...find a way to finish on a high note and get a win.

We hope you will make the 1:20 minute drive to Chapin to support the Greer Yellow Jackets. We're sure the Jackets could use your vocal support as they go on the road for the last regular season game trying hard to get the 2nd seed in the conference. We will have the game for you on WPJM AM-800 and this web site starting at 6:00 for the Pre-Game Show and the kickoff is at 7:30. We will also be broadcasting on an open FM frequency in & around the stadium in Chapin probably between 95 & 100 FM. Directions to the stadium will be posted on this web site by the middle of next week. Hang in there with the Jackets, most of the pre-season goals are still within reach. Good luck to the Jackets as they try for a big finish next week

Jackets win thriller over Clinton, 40-35

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Greer gets late game heroics in win over Red Devils...

In the last 10 meetings, the Greer Yellow Jackets and the Clinton Red Devils saw 8 of those games decided by a touchdown or less. Make it 9 of 11. The Jackets trailed 35-28 with 8:59 to play when Shakiel Bates scored for the Red Devils on a 2 yard tun. Facing crunch time and a fatal blow to their conference title hopes, Greer ground out perhaps their most important drive to date in the season going 72 yards in 11 plays, with Dakari Sitton finishing it off with a 10 yard run. The extra point was blocked with 5:19 to play, leaving the Jackets behind at 35-34. But that drive kept Greer in the game and when Byron Thomason intercepted a Red Devil pass on 3rd and 6 at midfield, then returned it to the Clinton 22, the Jackets were poised to take the lead. They did just that 3 plays later, when Sitton bowled in from 8 yards out to make it 40-35 with 2:12 remaining in the game. Clinton had one more chance, but after two running plays lost yards and valuable time off the clock, the Red Devils attempted a fullback screen that Jared Ensley blew up. Then on 4th down Clinton QB Grant Templeton was sacked and the Dooley Field celebration began. It was the 2nd win in two days for Greer, as Rock Hill was forced to forfeit their OT win over the Jackets earlier this year for an ineligible player. That stands the Jackets now at 6-2 on the season, and 2-1 in the Enoree River Conference. Clinton has identical records in & out of the region.

Greer took the lead early in the 2nd quarter on a Sitton 1 yard run capping off a 97 yard drive. Derrick Davis made the 1st of four straight extra points to make it 7-0. The drive started at the 3 because the Greer defense stopped Clinton on 4th and two there. The Red Devils had a hard time moving the ball on the ground early against the Jacket D, but once they got going, they were very difficult to stop. Bates scored to tie it up on a 2 yard run and it was 7-7 after Truett Bates XP. The Jackets then marched 80 yards on 12 plays and regained the lead when Sitton romped in from 13 yards to make it 14-7. But the Devils tied it back up a minute before intermission on a Neil McGowan run from a yard out. Greer would catch a break early in the 2nd half when Templeton lost the snap at midfield and Ensley recovered. Three plays later Reese Hannon found Jihad Lateef open for a 46 yard touchdown and the Jackets were back ahead. Another long Red Devil drive however, got Clinton within 21-20 when Lavadrick Glenn rushed in on a short run. The game seemed to turn to Clinton on Greer's next posession, when facing 3rd and 1, Hannon's short pass bounced off Quad Mack and into the hands of Glenn, who then sprinted home for a 38 yard pick-six. A two-point conversion made it 28-21 with 3:38 to go in the 3rd. Not to be outdone, the Jackets turned right around and took it 59 yards in 12 plays, with Hannon pulling the ball on the zone read play to Sitton and taking it 10 yards for a touchdown. Davis' extra point tied the game at 28 entering the 4th quarter, setting up the dramatic finish.

The Sims and Karr Financial Solutions Players of Game were Dakari Sitton on offense, and Byron Thomason on defense for their late-game heroics. Congratulations to those two, and also to the entire Yellow Jacket squad. This is the kind of game, the kind of victory, that can cause a team and a group of players to realize that something special may be within their grasp. There have been many great Greer Yellow Jackets over the years who took their team on their backs in a pressure situation and willed their way to victory. Guys that made the plays at big moments in big games. Tonight we saw several guys make plays in a game that very well could have gotten away from the Jackets. But they refused to give in to defeat and in the process of another great win, some stars were born as well.

The Jackets stay home next week as the Blue Ridge Tigers come in from just up the road. The Tigers fell to 0-3 in the region with a 31-14 loss to Chapin. Union County now has sole possession in the conference as they beat Chapman, but Union still must play Clinton. Come out to Dooley Field for Ring of Honor night and yet another "must win" game to stay in the race for the Enoree River Conference Championship. We hope you will be there in person, but if not the Yellow Jacket Sports Network will be your voice around the Upstate on WPJM AM-800 and around the world on this website. Congratulations to the Greer Yellow Jackets for their exciting 40-35 win over the Clinton Red Devils!

Jackets rout Chapman 56-10
Greer takes charge early and wins going away over Panthers...

The Greer Yellow Jackets traveled to Chapman tonight in a "must-win" situation, that is, if they wanted to remain in the Enoree River Conference race. They came back to Greer with much more than a win, as they routed Chapman 56-10. The Jackets, now 1-1 in the region, return home next Friday in another huge game when 2-0 Clinton comes to town. Greer led the game from the outset, building a 22-0 1st quarter lead. They led 28-3 at the half and put the game away with a 21 point 3rd quarter. And while Chapman certainly helped the Jackets with four turnovers, Greer was hitting on all cylinders on offense too. Taylor Lamb, filling in again for injured QB Reese Hannon, was terrific, passing for over 250 yards and four touchdowns. In all, Lamb completed passes to seven different recievers. The Greer defense was stingy too, as Chapman scored only on turnovers by the Jackets. They kicked a 29 yard field goal when Greer fumbled on their own 25 in the 2nd quarter and scored a touchdown when another fumble was returned to the Greer four yard line.

The Jackets looked as if they were stopped on the first drive of the game, a feat that no defense all season has done as Greer punted out to midfield. The ball however was jarred loosed and Jake McKown recovered it at the Panther 47. D'Ante Fleming scored from the 1 to cap an 8 play drive. Adam Ah Ching carried the ball in for a two point conversion to make it 8-0. A good defensive stop gave the ball back to the Jackets and Fleming scored again from the 3 to finish off a 46 yard drive to make it 14-0. After another Chapman punt, Greer drove 59 yards in just 3 plays to score again, this one a pass from Lamb to Jihad Lateef from 17 yards. Derrick Davis threw it to Jon Redmon for another two points. After the Chapman field goal by Carlos Villanoava made it 22-3, Greer drove it inside the Panther 30 yard line twice in the 2nd quarter but turned it over on downs. But with Chapman facing 4th and 5 from the 45, Coach Will Young took a timeout with 17 seconds to go in the half. This proved to be a great move as Fleming caught the punt at the 24 and raced up the left side of the field. He got a great block from Lateef at the 40, made a nice spin move at midfield as was gone for a 76 yard touchdown return. That made it 28-3 at halftime.

On their 1st play from scrimmage in the 3rd quarter, Fleming broke a 12 yard run for the Jackets, but fumbled. The Panthers picked up the loose ball and returned it to the Greer 4 yard line, and Chapman scored two plays later on a Traves Smith run to make it 28-10. After trading a punt for a turnover, Greer got it on the Panther 25. Two plays later Lamb hit a wide open Lateef from 13 yards out. Derrick Davis then made his first of four straight extra points to push the score to 35-10. On the Panthers next posession, they got a first down, but Josh Rowland picked off Josh Henderson on a nifty interception, Rowland's 2nd in as many games to set up a Lamb to Jon Redmon 9 yard scoring pass.Next, John Dawson stripped the ball from Henderson and Akio Suber recovered at the Chapman 18, and Lamb tossed a 23 yard strike on a slant route to Quez Nesbitt to make it 49-10. The Jackets finished off the scoring with 11:26 to play when Dakari Sitton got a 4 yard TD run after yet another Panther turnover. The Sims and Karr Financial Solutions Players of the Game for Greer were Taylor Lamb on offense with his big game, and Jake McKown on defense with his two fumble recoveries and good work on special teams. Chapman falls to 1-1 in the conference standings along with Greer. Union County defeated Chapin tonight and Clinton edged Blue Ridge so those two are 2-0, while Chapin and Blue Ridge are now 0-2.

Next week the Clinton Red Devils come to Greer for a game that will loom large in the region race. Please make your plans to be in your seats to cheer for the Jackets at Dooley Field. If you can't make it, the Yellow Jacket Sports Network will be there to bring it to you. Congratulations to the Jackets for the big 56-10 win over the Chapman Panthers!

Union County wins Jacket Bowl XV 28-22 in O.T.

Jackets dominate game but cant nail down the victory...

Since 1999 the Jacket Bowl game has for the most part, been a high stakes drama with close, hotly contested battles, sometimes coming down to the last breathless moments of the game to determine a winner. But there had never been an overtime. Not until tonight. Union County scored on a 10 yard run by Michael Johnson on their 1st play in overtime to end the game and give them a 28-22 win over Greer in the Enoree River Conference opener for both teams. Earlier Union intercepted a pass in the end zone on 3rd and 7 during Greer's possession in the extra period setting up the game winning run. Greer falls to 3-3 on the season but more importantly drops to 0-1 in the region. From the Jackets perspective it is a bitter pill to swallow, as for much of the evening it seemed a game that Greer was firmly in control of.
Greer led 3-0 after yet another nice opening drive that resulted in a 27 yard field goal by Derrick Davis. Sophomore QB Taylor Lamb, playing in place of injured QB Reese Hannon, led the Jackets down the field with mostly through the air. The Jackets found running lanes hard to come by throughout the game due to an opposing front four from Union. But when Lamb had time in the pocket there were plenty of opportunities downfield. Union took the lead at 7-3 with 3:26 to go in the 1st when Keiston Smith spotted Victor Ruth for a 17 yard TD pass. That came 3 plays after Union had intercepted their 2nd pass of the quarter and returned it to the Greer 17. Greer completely overwhelmed Union's offense the rest of the half, but couldn't get a whole lot going offensively until they started at their own 34 with 2:15 to go. They put together a nice quick drive for a score when Lamb found Jihad Lateef on a 19 yard pass. The extra point was just wide and Greer led 9-7 at halftime. Union County at that point had a total of five, yes five yards of total offense, which included the 17 yard pass play.
After intermission, Greer moved ahead further on a 9 yard pass from Lamb to Jon Redmon. Davis' extra point gave Greer a 16-7 lead and tons of momentum. But on 3rd and long on their next possession Union got a break when the Jackets were called for pass interference that kept the drive going and moved the ball into Greer territory. Johnson drew Union close with a 9 yard run that capped a 12 play, 79 yard drive to make it 16-14 with :40 to go in the 3rd. Greer moved the ball to Union County's side of the field early in the 4th quarter but punted to pin Union deep at their 10. On 3rd and 18 after tackles for loss on consecutive plays back to the 2 yard line, Smith heaved a pass from his end zone down the Greer sideline. While closely covered, Ruth snagged the pass at midfield and raced 98 yards for the go ahead touchdown. Stunned at the turn of events, the Jackets then gave up a two point conversion to put Union ahead 22-16 with 7:44 to go. Greer would not roll over however. After swapping punts and gaining field position, the Jackets took over at the 45 with 3:22 remaining. Greer seemed to almost will the ball down the field, and when Quez Nesbitt made a head turning one handed catch on 3rd down, Greer suddenly was in position to win the game at the Union 18 yard line. A play later, a perfectly executed screen pass from Lamb to D'Ante Fleming turned into a 13 yard Jacket touchdown. That tied the game at 22 with just 1:34 remaining in the game. But the ensuing extra point never got high enough under a heavy rush and was knocked down, setting up overtime.
Next week the Jackets travel to Chapman to take on a Panther team that has had no trouble scoring points. Chapman got a win tonight against Blue Ridge to join Union County and Clinton as the three 1-0 teams in the 1st night of region action, putting Greer in the unenviable position of  something close to a "must win" situation on the road in week two of conference play. We hope you will make the short drive to Inman to support and cheer for the Jackets. With the high scoring offenses in the Enoree River Conference, chances are good that with a strong surge, Greer could still have an important say in who ultimately lands the  region title. Good luck to the Jackets as they prepare to shake off a tough loss and get ready for the next Friday night of Greer Yellow Jacket football!


Jackets stuff Eagles 57-0

10th ranked Jackets get big win on Homecoming... 

The Greer Yellow Jackets returned home to Dooley Field for the 1st time in a month and throttled the Eastside Eagles 57-0 on Homecoming night. Before the game was two minutes old the Jackets had driven 59 yards for a touchdown and recovered a fumble at the Eagle 14. The Jackets led 21-0 after one quarter, 28 after two, 48 after three, and the 2nd safety in as many games for the defense added the final two points to the 57 total. The Eastside offense moved into Greer territory just once the entire game and only netted 40 yards in 28 total plays. Once again the Greer offense was very balanced, rushing for 226 yards and hitting for 256 through the air. The Jackets finish the pre-conference schedule at 3-2, as Enoree River Conference foe Union County will visit Dooley Field next week.

On the opening drive the Jackets needed just 4 plays to go 59 yards and got on the board when QB Reese Hannon hit freshman Quez Nesbitt with a 25 yard pass. Derrick Davis' 1st of 7 extra points made it 7-0. Then when the Eagles fumbled at their own 14, Shaq Mack ran it in from a yard out to extend the lead to 14-0. Mack and Nesbitt, by the way, were filling in for starters Dakari Sitton and D'Ante Fleming who were out nursing shoulder injuries tonight. After a good defensive series, Greer went 47 yards and scored on a 4 yard Hannon to Jihhad Lateef pass. The Jackets would get their final points of the half on the 1st play of the 2nd quarter capping another 47 yard drive with a Hannon short burst to make it 28-0. Greer actually moved it deep into Eagle territory later in the half, twice, but Mack tried to stretch the ball across the goal line and one of the Eagles knocked it loose. Then on 4th and 8 from the Eastside 24, the Jackets gained 6 yards and the Eagles ran out the clock in the half.

The Jackets started out the 2nd half like they did the 1st, putting up three 3rd quarter TD's. Mack and Rodriquez Ellis scored from close range on a pair of 56 yard drives, and Brooks Chapman forcefully ran straight upfield on an impressive 44 yard romp. Leading 41-0 with Taylor Lamb at QB, Greer would score with 9:22 left when Lamb threw a nice pass down the seam to Nesbitt for a 40 yard hookup to make it 55-0. The defense capped the scoring when a low snap in the end zone resulted in Travis Terry and Joey Russo covering up the quarterback for a safety.

The Sims and Karr Financial Solutions Players of the Game for Greer tonight were Quez Nesbitt on offense and Daris Murray on defense. Nesbitt had 6 catches for 105 yards and two TD's in his first full time Friday night action for the Yellow Jackets. Murray had 3 tackles for loss and clogged the running lanes for the Eagles all night long. Eastside rushed the ball 29 times for a negative 15 yards. Coach Will Young was pleased with how his team bounced back from last week's disappointing loss to Greenville. "We did a lot of good things tonight. We had a lull there in the 2nd quarter that we were not happy about, but overall we did OK. We got some of our young guys in the game, we got to rest a few guys who were a little nicked up and banged up and hopefully we got some confidence back. Some of those youngsters showed that they are going to be good players for us in the future."

Now the Jackets turn their attention to Union County for the annual "Jacket Bowl" game that marks the beginning of conference play. The game will be played at Dooley Field as the Jackets begin their quest for the 2010 Road to Columbia, better known as "the playoffs".Getting off to a fast start in conference play will play a big role in the final games of the season. Make your plans to get out to Dooley Field to cheer on the Greer Yellow Jackets next week!

Also- congratulations to Jordan Mathis for being named 2010 Homecoming Queen!

Greenville sacks Greer, 23-9

Tale of two halves dooms Jackets...

Half the game looked pretty good for the Greer Yellow Jackets Friday night at Sirrine Stadium as they took a 9-0 lead into the locker room. Thing is, it could have been 16 or even 23-0 at that point. Turns out, the Jackets would need those missed opportunities in the 1st half in the 2nd. Greenville hit a hail mary heave as their quarterback was about to be sacked on the 1st play of the 2nd half for a 25 yard gain to midfield. It was only the 2nd 1st down of the game for the Red Raiders, but it opened the floodgates to their offense. 5 plays later they were in the end zone and they had snatched the momentum that Greer had dominated the entire game. The momentum carried over against the Greer offense too. 3 plays, two for lost yardage gave Greenville the ball back and they scored on one play taking a 13-9 lead after only 3:48 off the clock. After that the Greer defense stiffened as long as they could, until they just got worn down from so much time on the field. The Jackets did have their chances to regain the lead, having the ball inside the Raider 30 three times. The first time they punted, then failed to convert on a pair of 4th down attempts. The 1st one ended up a loss of 23 yards when the snap sailed wide of Reese Hannon back to the 47, and the 2nd attempt pass went wide under a severe pass rush. The Jackets seemed to not have much of an answer for the Greenville blitzes after an impressive opening drive that saw the Jackets march 80 yards in just 7 plays to take a 7-0 lead. Greer would start in or near Greenville territory 5 more times in the 1st half but never got closer than the 25. Meanwhile Greenville could only muster one 1st down the entire half against the Jacket D. And when a Derrick Davis punt was grabbed and downed by Jake McKown at the Red Raider 1 late in the half a 3rd down sack in the end zone by Jarvon Walker gave Greer two more points on the safety. It looked as though, even as Greer perhaps left some points on the field, that the Jackets were firmly in control.

Greenville came out from the break and took control. They consistently brought a series of blitzes from all over that Coach Young said that Greer had a hard time picking up. Reese Hannon, who had not been sacked all year was constantly harrassed and was sacked 5 times. Many times he was hit as he threw. And when the Raiders went on a 9 play, 68 yard drive late, the Greer defense, while playing perhaps their best football of the season early, seemed to have no gas left in the tank. That made it 23-9 with 2:59 to play. An interception on Greer's next play sealed it. Greenville improves to 4-0, while Greer falls to 2-2. The Jackets will face Eastside on Thursday night in their 1st return to Dooley Field since the opening game against Seneca. The game is also the annual Homecoming game.

Thanks to everyone who came over to Sirrine Stadium tonight. By our estimation, the good Greer crowd came close to doubling up the crowd that showed up to see the Red Raiders. Thank you Greer fans for supporting the Yellow Jackets. Now let's show up strong Thursday night to cheer on the Greer Yellow Jackets in their final game before Enoree River Conference play begins!

Greer downs Berea, 26-16

Junior QB Reese Hannon leads Jackets over the pesky Bulldogs...

The Greer Yellow Jackets bounced back tonight and claimed a hard earned 26-16 win over the Berea Bulldogs. It wasn't as easy as many thought it might be, but as the night wore on it became obvious that this was a Berea team that will have its share of success as the season unfolds. After the opening defensive and offensive series: 3 plays, no yards for the Bulldogs, and an ensuing 79 yard touchdown drive for Greer, it was a slugfest, with Berea holding their own with the Jackets until a late knockout punch won the game.

Greer scored to take the lead on a pretty throw and catch from Reese Hannon to Quadrick Mack from 7 yards. The extra point wasn't good and it was 6-0. They would score again on a 33 yard play when Hannon's pass was caught by Taylor Lamb at the 20 and the sophomore weaved in for the score. The play was set up by a long run by Dakari Sitton. Sitton however, was injured on the play and did not return. Earlier center James Redmon left the field with what appeared to be a serious knee injury. Greer's 2 point conversion fell short and the Jackets led 12-0. After a Berea TD and 2 point pass cut the lead to 12-8, Hannon hit Mack with a big-time throw to the Bulldog 4. 3 plays later though Derrick Davis 22 yard field goal hit the crossbar the score held at the half.

The 3rd quarter saw both teams bend but not break until D'Ante Fleming scored on a jet sweep from 9 yards. Davis made it 19-8 with his PAT, but early in the 4th Berea pulled within 19-16 with a TD and another 2 pt conversion as QB Daron Dickey made both plays. Greer took the lead back to 10 with a time consuming 5 minute drive as Hannon plunged in from the 2. That made it 26-16 and when the Jacket D stuffed the Bulldogs on 4th down the game was secure. Greer moved it to the one yard line, but let the clock run out there to improve to 2-1 on the season.

The Sims and Karr Financial Solutions Players of the Game for Greer were Reese Hannon on offense and Dontavious Boyce on defense. The Jackets will enjoy an open date next week while the 1-1 Bulldogs play Ware Shoals. Greer will complete the month long road trip away from Dooley field on the 17th with a visit to Sirrine Stadium to play the Greenville Red Raiders. Greenville is 2-0 after taking out Daniel 24-7 tonight.

Congratulations to the Jackets for their win over Berea! Go Jackets!.

Greer vs. Berea Final Game Stats
  26 16
First Downs 19 15
Total Yards 479 255
Rushes/Yards 35/255 39/162
Completions/Passes/Int 15-22-0 7-13-0
Passing Yards 224 93
Fumbles/Lost 1/0 0/0

Individual Highlights


Reese Hannon

17 rushes-119 yds-1 TD
  15-22 224 yds passing - 2 TD

Quadrick Mack

6 rec. 81 yds - TD

Rock Hill takes game from Jackets, 29-28 in overtime...

Greer outgains and outplays Bearcats despite loss...

The Greer Yellow Jackets dominated almost every facet of the game Friday night against Big 16 power Rock Hill at District 3 Stadium. The Jackets totalled over 400 yards in offense, almost doubling the home team output. Time of posession: ditto. First downs: double. Rushing yards: double. Passing yards: you got it, double. Penalties: 8-1...in favor of Rock Hill, a stat that even without questionning the validity of the calls kept the Bearcats even close in the game. And the most important stat of them all, Rock Hill 29 Greer 28: final score in overtime. It was a game that Greer led the entire way. In fact, the Bearcats never led until the last play of the night, a two point conversion pass that won it. The Jackets had taken a 28-21 lead on their posession in O.T. when Dakari Sitton plowed ahead from the one on 3rd down. Derrick Davis kicked the extra point to give the Jackets a 7 point lead. And when Rock Hill scored from the five on another questionable call- many of the Jackets thought the play had been stopped at the four- the Bearcats lined up and went for two to win it right then. It paid off as a perfect slant pass to the well covered reciever gave the Bearcats the victory. Rock Hill, which finished last season 11-1 gets their season-opening win, while the Jackets fall to 1-1.
After the game was delayed 36 minutes due to lightening in the area, Greer took a 6-0 lead after driving 80 yards in 12 plays in an extremely impressive series with a nice blend of runs and passes. Dakari Sitton got the touchdown, but the extra point was off the mark. The Jackets next drive was derailed by a holding penalty on a pass into the Bearcat 8 yard line brought it back to the 44. But after a Jacket interception, Greer would score on a 28 yard pass from Reese Hannon to Jon Redmon to make it 14-0. Rock Hille would cut the lead in half with just over a minute to go in the half after returning the Greer kickoff to the 38. The Jackets drove it deep, quickly down the field again, but another untimely holding penalty sent the teams to the locker room with Greer leading 14-7.
The home team finally tied things up on another controversial no-call, a 60 yard swing pass that saw a Jacket defender appear to be blocked in the back, which set the Bearcats free down the sideline for the long TD. On their next series, the Jackets started at their own 13 and moved the ball to the Bearcat 40 only to see yet another critical penalty change the down and distance from 2nd and 4 to 1st and 22 and an eventual punt. Greer would mount a long drive that would culminate into the end zone with just over 7 minutes to play when Hannon found Jaheed Lateef on a 42 yard TD pass that put the Jackets back ahead. But the Bearcats tied it back again on a 60 yard pass of their own as the Greer corner mistimed his jump to knock it away. Greer drove the ball one final time into Bearcat territory but could not take it all the way in, setting up overtime.
The 1-1 Jackets  will be on the road again next week to face the Berea Bulldogs, who defeated Carolina Academy tonight 20-13. Thanks to all who made the trip to Rock Hill to support the Jackets and to those of you who stayed home and "Rubbed the Charm" listening to the radio broadcast. We hope you will follow the Jackets to Berea next Friday and show them appreciation for going toe to toe, even dominating, one of the top 4A teams in South Carolina. GO JACKETS! 

Jackets tame Bobcats, 41-14

Greer wins season opener over Seneca...

The Greer Yellow Jackets kicked off the 2010 season with a rousing start with a convincing 41-14 win over the Seneca Bobcats in front of a packed home side at Dooley Field. The Jackets led the entire way showing a balanced offense and an opportunistic defense that created three turnovers. And even with the offense moving inside the Bobcat five yard line twice without any points on the board, they still managed 464 yards on the evening.

Early in the 1st quarter, the Jackets drove inside Seneca's 2 yard line but gave the ball up on downs. After a Bobcat punt, Greer went 59 yards on five plays, all through the air. The scoring strike was a 25 yard pass from Reese Hannon to Jaheed Lateef. Derrick Davis made the 1st of his five extra points to make it 7-0 with 2:50 remaining in the quarter. Seneca got a couple of 1st downs before punting again. D'ante Fleming caught the punt at his own twelve and 88 yards later he was in the end zone making it 14-0. The Bobcats cut the lead in half just a minute later as Seneca QB Trae Earle scampered 31 yards for a score, finishing off a 79 yard drive. Greer executed a nice fake punt from inside their own 30 but eventually had to punt. But when Earle tried to pass on 3rd down Mario Sanders batted the ball in the air and was able to find and catch it at the Seneca 20. On the next play, Hannon found Jon Redmon open in the end zone to make it 21-7 with 5:25 to go in the 1st half. The defense gave the ball back to Hannon & company for a two minute drill and they capatalized. They took just a little more than a minute and Hannon ran it in himself from the eight. The extra point was wide, but the Jackets carried a 27-7 lead into the locker room after dodging a bullet on the last play of the half when Earl missed a wide open reciever for a sure touchdown.

After receiving the 2nd half kick, that last play of the 1st half missed opportunity loomed bigger for the Bobcats as they scored on a 65 yard run by Demarcus Fowler to creep within 27-14. They would have three chances to draw closer as Greer's offense while managing yards, couldn't dent the 2nd half scoreboard in the 3rd quarter. But as the 4th quarter began, the Jackets were starting their longest and perhaps most impressive drive of the evening, a 9 play, 80 yard drive, the last play a 23 yard run by Dakari Sitton. The play was set up as Shaq Mack came in motion on the jet sweep. Hannon faked the handoff and gave it to Sitton who then took off towards paydirt, challenging defenders with his swashbuckling style. That made it 34-14 with 8:06 remaining. And if the wind wasn't already out of the Seneca sails, it surely was when Sanders got his 2nd interception of the night at the Bobcat 39, reaching high in the air with one hand at the line of scrimmage and outrunning everyone back the other way for a touchdown making the final score Greer 41 Seneca 14.

The Sims and Karr Financial Solutions Players of the Game were Sanders on defense with his two interceptions, impressive stuff for a defensive end, and Jon Redmon on offense. Redmon had six catches for 70 yards along with that 20 yard touchdown reception. After the game Coach Will Young was glad the Jackets got a win, and was happy to see his guys perform well, and was also glad to get a good read on things to work on moving ahead. "Good win. We did a lot of really nice things. I thought we threw the ball well, we had some good runs. Our defense made some plays. I also saw some things now that we can work and improve on, and we'll get to work on that Monday."

Greer will now work a short week as they play at Rock Hill on Thursday night. We hope a large contingent of Yellow Jacket fans can make the trek to follow the Jackets on the road to face a Big 16 team on the road. We will have directions posted on the site a little later next week. Of course we'll be there broadcasting on the Yellow Jacket Sports Network on WPJM AM-800 and from this website with the pre-game beginning at 6:00 followed by a 7:30 PM kickoff.

Congratulations to the Jackets in winning the season opener over the Seneca Bobcats!

Greer vs. Seneca Final Game Stats
  41 14
First Downs 21 12
Total Yards 464 329
Rushes/Yards 32/292 37/281
Completions/Passes/Int 14-24-1 5-20-2
Passing Yards 172 48
Fumbles/Lost 1/1 3/1
Individual Highlights    
Dakari Sitton 16 rushes-128 yds
Reese Hannon 9 rushes-92 yds
Reese Hannon 14-24 passing 172 yds
Mario Sanders 2 interceptions
D'Anta Fleming 88 yard punt return

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2010 Greer varsity schedule

August 20 - Seneca   WON! 41-14

August 27 - @ Rock Hill  Lost 29-28 (OT) Officially Greer Wins 2-0 FORFEIT

September 3 - @ Berea  WON! 26-16

September 17 - @ Greenville  Lost 23-9

September 23 - Eastside  WON! 57-0

October 1 - UNION COUNTY  Lost 28-22 (OT)

October 8 - @ CHAPMAN WON! 56-10

October 15 - CLINTON WON! 40-35

October 22 - BLUE RIDGE Lost 42-35

October 29 - @ CHAPIN Lost 24-17

November 5 - @ Belton Honea-Path Lost 42-10

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