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2012 Football Season
Two Yellow Jackets ink football scholarships...
Congratulations to OL Alex Waters (Charleston Southern) and DB D'Ante Fleming (Limestone)on signing National Letter of Intent today at the high school.
2012 Peach Blossom Conference Champions!
Congratulations to John Hicks, D'anta Fleming, Jizzle Gentry, Alex Waters, Quez Nesbitt, Ty Campbell, Tay Tay Hardworking Woods, Malek Johnson and Emanuel Kelly on being named to the 2012 All-Region team!!
Greer's season ends with tough playoff loss at Dooley Field
Keiston Smith accounted for 19 unanswered points in the 2nd half tonight as Union County won Jacket Bowl XVIII 31-14. Greer led 14-12 at halftime and would get the ball to start the 2nd half, but could not ever get much going offensively after intermission. On Union County’s 1st possession of the half, they went 65 yards on just 7 plays and scored on Smith’s 25 yard pass to Victor Ruth. After a Greer fumble Union only had to go 32 yards to score again. On 3rd and 14 from the 36 Smith looked to pass but his receivers were covered up as pressure came. He ran down the field and was stripped of the football at the Greer 2 yard line by Emmanuel Kelly, but his teammate Chris Booker came by at the right time as the ball bounced right up in his hands for a touchdown. Those scores made it 24-14 Union County and when Greer couldn’t counter with points, Union put the game away with four straight 3rd down conversions to pick up 1st downs and keep the clock moving. Then with just under 5 minutes to play Greer fumbled at their own 20, and two plays later Smith found TJ Foster on a post route from 14 yards out with 4:37 remaining to set the final score at 31-14. Greer ends their season with a 9-3 record while Union County is now 7-5 and will travel to SC Flora next week for the Upstate Semi Finals.
Jackets advance in playoffs after 28-14 win over Seneca...
Greer avenges season opening loss to Bobcats, now another Jacket Bowl...
On the opening night of the 2012 football season Greer got 14 points ahead of Seneca but watched the Bobcats come back and claim a 46-45 overtime win, mainly because they were able to carve up the Jacket defensive front line to the tune of 290 rushing yards, controlling the clock in the process. This time around, Greer bolted out to a 28-0 lead, but there was no carving in store. In fact, the Jacket front line dominated the Bobcats up front all night long allowing only 61 rushing yards on 31 carries forcing Seneca into 42 passing attempts. And in spite of no points by the Jackets for the final 2 1/2 quarters, they were able to maintain a good working margin because of the excellent defense.
Greer scored quickly on their 1st posession, going 80 yards in 7 plays. The TD came on a 42 yard pass from Josh Gentry to D'Ante Fleming on 3rd down. Nick Roberson's PAT made it 7-0 Jackets just 1:53 into the game. Greer would quickly get the ball back and Quez Nesbitt took a 1st down handoff and raced 70 yards for a TD, but a holding penalty brought it back.The two teams then traded punts, but when Seneca punted late in the 1st quarter, Fleming raced 75 yards for the TD. He got caught up a little in the wash around the 35, but when he cleared the pack he outran the defense comfortably to make it 14-0. And after a quick 3 and out for the defense it was Kelly's turn for a long punt return, this one 70 yards. Some great blocks cleared the path, but it looked as if he would be stopped inside the 10. But he slowed down to let one defender pass then spun around at about the 5. He then surged ahead and stretched the ball accross the goal line for the score with 11:17 to go in the half. Roberson's extra point was good to make it 21-0. And another good defensive stop sent the Greer offense back on the field & they would go 69 yards on 7 plays and go up 28-0 on Quez Nesbitt's 22 yard touchdown scamper. Nesbitt now has 2200 yards rushing on the season after putting up 171 yards tonight.
The Bobcats got on the board with a 67 yard drive following Nesbitt's run, when Marquis Arnold ran it in from 10 yards out. Arnold would get the final score of the game on a 6 yard run capping a 51 yard drive with 2:14 to go in the 3rd quarter. Seneca drove into Greer territory midway through the 4th quarter, but an interception from Kelly ended the threat. The Jackets did move inside the Seneca 30 on two 4th quarter posessions but faild the get any more points on the board. The Sims & Karr Financial Solutions Players of the Game for Greer were D'Ante Fleming on offense with his 42 yard TD catch and his 75 yard punt return. On defense Kelly & Jackson Tipton share the honot. Kelly had the punt return for a score along with his big interception while Tipton made several open field tackle to slow down Seneca's big play potential.
We hope to see you next week as the Greer Yellow Jackets host the Union County Yellow Jackets in Jacket Bowl XVII at Dooley Field. GO JACKETS!!
Hick & Waters named to North-South All-Star game...
Senior linebacker John Hicks and senior offensive lineman Alex Waters have been named to the 64th South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association North-South All-Star Game. Kickoff will be at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 8th at Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach. Tickets are $15.
Hicks, a three year starter for the Yellow Jackets, leads the team in almost every defensive category. So far on the season he has 98 solo tackles, 11 sacks, 14 TFL, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions and a touchdown. Waters, a two year offensive starter, has 37 knockdowns, grades out at over 90% and anchors an offensive line that has the top rushing team in the state.
Congratulations to both young men on this well deserved honor and the Yellow Jackets will be well represented in Myrtle Beach. Greer Head Coach Will Young will be one of the assistant coaches for the North squad.
Jackets defeat Blue Ridge, 35-7, to win region championship...
Greer tames Tigers and readies for playoffs...
The Greer Yellow Jackets completed the season-long Peach Blossom Region comeback with a smashing 35-7 victory over previously undefeated Blue Ridge tonight at Dooley Field before 10,000 fans. With the win, along with Greenville’s blowout win over Eastside created a three-way tie at the top of the conference standings with 6-1 records. Defensive points allowed in the games between the Jackets, Tigers, and Raiders and behind a stellar effort tonight, the Jackets edged Greenville 31-35, followed by Blue Ridge’s 42. After the three way tie was broken, Blue Ridge receives the #2 in lieu of their head to head win over the Red Raiders. The Jackets and Tigers will host first round home games next week, while Greenville as the #3 seed will hit the road to face Chapin. Pickens will take the final conference playoff berth as the #4 seed. Defense got Greer the #1 seed and the Jacket defense was overwhelming on this night, allowing Blue Ridge only 134 yards of offense. Doubly impressive considering the Tigers were averaging well over 40 points a game, including a Greenville County all-time record 84 against Eastside.
The two teams swapped a pair of possessions each with both teams entering the other’s territory but turning it over on downs. But Greer would break through on their 3rd possession going 61 yards on 10 plays capped by Brook Chapman’s 1 yard run. Nick Roberson’s PAT made it 7-0 exactly halfway through the first quarter. The two teams swapping possessions from there until Blue Ridge threw a 4th down pass downfield with just over a minute to play in the half, but Malik Johnson stepped in front of it at the 5 and returned it 50 yards to the Tiger 45. The Jackets would move to the 19 yard line and with 10 seconds to go QB Josh Gentry threw a laser to Quez Nesbitt near the goal line on a wheel route. Nesbitt made a spectacular grab for the TD and the extra point gave the Jackets a 14-0 at halftime and with the Jackets getting the ball first in the second half, Greer fans were feeling good.
As the second half began Greer would start from their 30 and on the first play from scrimmage, Nesbitt took a handoff to the right but reversed his ground. After a great block from Gentry and some downfield hits from the receiving corps, 70 yards later the Jackets led 21-0 and the Tigers were stunned. Then a quick three and out by the defense gave Greer the ball back and they would go to work again. Gentry efficiently guided the Jackets down the field on a 63 yard 12 play drive and Nesbitt once again got the score on a 5 yard run. The Tigers broke through with their only score of the night next as a good kickoff return by Brennan Griffin set up a 54 yard TD run by Mikal Robinson to make it 28-7. Greer would then clinch the game and the #1 seed with a gutsy 84 yard drive on 12 plays taking a season long 6:23 off the clock. Roberson’s fifth PAT made it 35-7 and when Greer forced a Tiger punt from midfield at the 4 minute mark and when the Jackets got their second first down of the drive the clock ran down securing the win.
The Jackets will play at home next Friday night- we believe in a rematch against Seneca. The Bobcats knocked off the Jackets in the season opening game at Dooley Field 46-45 in overtime hitting on a two point conversion pass to end the game. The Sims and Karr Financial Solutions Players of the Game for the Jackets goes to the Greer coaching staff for their preparation and support of the team, along with an excellent game plan. And with another 200+ yard performance on the night Greer’s Quez Nesbitt pushed his rushing total to 2054 yards and his three scores gives him 30 touchdowns on the season.
Stay tuned to yellowjacketsports.net for playoff brackets and news as we begin The Road to Columbia next Friday night at Dooley Field. CONGRATULATIONS to the GREER YELLOW JACKETS for their big win tonight! Go Jackets!!Game & Season Stats...
Official playoff pairings...
Greer can now look ahead to region title game next week against Blue Ridge...
With four minutes remaining in the 1st quarter people had officially began to question "are the Jackets flat tonight"? After all Greer had run 6 offensive plays and punted twice. Southside had flipped the field on their last drive, moving the ball into Greer territory before punting down to the 6 yard line. But the Jackets would embark on one of their longest drives of the season, going 94 yards in 10 plays, the last a Quez Nesbitt eight yard run to get Greer on the board. Nesbitt would go on to get four more touchdowns in the first half as the Jackets poured it on to lead 34-0 at intermission. Greer got their 2nd TD when the defense backed up Southside and a short punt put the offense in great position for a 3 play drive capped by a 13 yard run by Quez, then in a similar scenario: good defense-short punt-four play drive- Nesbitt one yard run put Greer up 20-0. Southside did stop a fake kick two point conversion attempt after the TD. Emmanuel Kelly got an interception to stop the next drive but Greer turned it over on downs when Josh Gentry was sacked on 4th down. But Tim Ballenger recovered a Tiger fumble on the next play and Nesbitt got a one yard run ending a 53 yard drive. On the ensuing kickoff, Southside returned it into Greer territory, but Emmanuel Kelly poked it out for another fumble & Dorian Lindsey pounced on it at the 46 yard line with 1:30 to go in the half. From there the Jackets went fast scoring in just four plays. With Greer at the 31, Nesbitt caught Gentry’s pass at the 10 and made half the Southside team miss him as he juked & cut back his way into the end zone. Nick Roberson was perfect on his extra point tries on the evening and it was 34-0 at the break.
In the 3rd quarter Southside took the opening kick and got on the board. On 3rd and 9 the Tigers hit a short pass for the 1st down, but a Greer defender fell down leaving open field ahead. John Hicks was able to run him down, but not before he reached the 10 yard line. And from there Lutrell Dallas ran it in, making it 34-7. A good kick return by Malik Johnson to the Tiger 40 put the Jackets in good field position and after a 26 yard completion from Gentry to Lindsey and an 11 yard Nesbitt run, Kelly scored out of the Wildcat from a yard away. Roberson’s extra point gave the Jackets the final 41-7 margin.
The Sims and Karr Financial Solutions Players of the Game for Greer were Ty Campbell on defense and Quez Nesbitt on offense. Campbell had 3 tackles for loss, including a 21 yard sack. He also caused a fumble. In addition to his five TDs, Nesbitt rushed for 148 yards and had the 31 yard reception. In all the Jackets had 419 total yards with 222 on the ground and 197 through the air. Southside rushed the football 28 times for a negative 20 yards, but did pass for 127. The big stat however, was the Tigers had five fumbles- losing three while also throwing an interception- while Greer had zero turnovers. Greer did slightly better on penalties tonight with 6 for 60 yards. Greer has now built a five game winning streak and sits at 7-2 for the year with one regular season game remaining.
The win sets up the long awaited clash between Greer and unbeaten Blue Ridge, who moved to 9-0 with a 33-20 win over Pickens. Blue Ridge sits at 6-0 in the Peach Blossom Conference while Greer & Greenville are tied for 2nd at 5-1. A Blue Ridge win would take the region outright, while a Jacket win would create a three way tie for the title. Defensive points allowed with those three teams games with one another would set the seeds for the playoffs. The top two seeds would secure a first round playoff game, while the #3 seed would likely be in for a long road trip. The last three games between Greer & Blue Ridge have all been decided by a touchdown or less. Last year the Jackets got a late TD drive and held off the Tigers for a 24-21 victory. In 2010 Blue Ridge came into Dooley Field and won a 42-35 thriller, and in ’09 the Jackets prevailed 35-28 in overtime. It should be another exciting game between two rival schools located within the same zip code. The atmosphere should be electric as both sets of fans do a great job following their teams.
Congratulations to the Greer Yellow Jackets for getting their 5th straight win with a 41-7 victory over Southside! Go Jackets!!Game stats...
Greer captures Region title after 35-7 win over Blue Ridge...
Greer extinguishes Blue Flame on Homecoming, 42-20...
Jackets win fourth straight game, Chelsea Jones voted Homecoming Queen...
Josh Gentry threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as the Greer Yellow Jackets defeated the Pickens Blue Flame 42-20 on Homecoming night at Dooley Field. The Jackets led 28-0 at halftime, so by the time Pickens got their triple option ground attack in gear, the Blue Flame was too far behind to play catch up. Quez Nesbitt also had another big night as he rushed for 268 yards and two more touchdowns giving him 23 on the season. The star tailback now has over 1700 rushing yards in just 8 games for Greer. He opened the scoring for the Jackets with an 86 yard run in the first quarter, and his 73 yard scamper in the third quarter was perhaps the icing on the Homecoming victory cake. Pickens grabbed the momentum after halftime by taking their opening drive 63 yards in 10 plays to get on the scoreboard at 28-7, but on the next play from scrimmage, Nesbitt took a handoff off left tackle and cleared the line. He cut back across the field and with a series of twists & turns aided by some nice downfield blocks he made it into the end zone giving Greer back their 28 point lead at 35-7.
After Nesbitt’s opening score, Gentry found D’Ante Fleming on a long pass to the Blue Flame 7, then Gentry scored on a zone read play. He then found Tay Woods on a 35 yard scoring pass on the first play of the second quarter to make it 21-0 Jackets. Nick Roberson by the way, was a perfect 6 for 6 on PATs on the evening. And with the defense not allowing much of anything for Pickens, Gentry & Co got on the board 7 minutes before intermission with another TD pass to Fleming from 26 yards. Fleming had 6 catches on the night for 130 yards. Pickens moved the ball into Greer territory late in the half, but when they attempted a 37 yard field goal the Jackets blocked the kick on the half’s final play for the 28-0 Jacket advantage. After Pickens & Greer swapped those early thid quarter scores, the Blue Flame took advantage of a fumbled catch on a punt return and got the ball at the Greer 26 yard line. From there Pickens converted a fourth and two from the Greer 12, then got a 7 yard run from Mason Covey to once again cut the Greer lead to 21. But the Jackets would respond again too, going 76 yards in 9 plays. Emmanuel Kelly, who had 7 catches on the night, grabbed a 7 yard throw from Gentry in the North end zone to put Greer back up 42-14. Pickens would close out the scoring with a 70 yard drive midway through the final stanza and the Jackets blocked the extra point. The Blue Flame did have one more scoring chance late, but Tay Woods stepped in front of a slant pass at the 20 and returned it 50 yards to the other end of the field and the Greer ran out the clock.
The Sims and Karr Financial Solutions Players of the Game for Greer were Thomas Sullivan on defense, and Josh Gentry on offense. Greer is now 6-2 on the season and are currently tied for second place with Greenville in the eight team Peach Blossom Conference race with a 4-1 region record, one game behind 5-0 Blue Ridge. The Jackets will face the Southside Tigers next week on the road. Southside fell tonight 31-0 against Blue Ridge. This will be the first time Greer & Southside have played since the 28-0 Yellow Jacket win ended a four game series between 1980 and 1983. Those are the only games in the history of the two programs as Greer holds a 4-0 all time record against the Tigers. This will be the first time the Yellow Jacket Sports Network has ever broadcast a sporting event between Greer & Southside as well. We do hope you will make plans to come support the Jackets and especially keep up the strong- and legendary- Greer road game fan support.
And finally, congratulations to CHELSEA JONES for being voted the 2012 Greer High School Homecoming Queen. Great job to the Jackets in getting their fourth straight win!
Greer picks off Berea, 67-0...
Four interceptions...smothering defense paves way to blowout win for Greer…
The Greer Yellow Jackets improved to 5-2 on the season and 3-1 in the Peach Blossom Conference with a 67-0 shellacking of the Berea Bulldogs tonight at Dooley Field. It was only the 3rd home game of the season thus far for the Jackets, who were obviously happy to be at home sweet home. They led 20-0 after 1 quarter, 39-0 at halftime, and 60-0 after the 3rd quarter in perhaps their most complete and dominating performance of the season. The defense pitched their first shutout of the season, limiting the Bulldogs to 2…yes two yards of total offense. The closest Berea came to midfield was on a failed 4th and two try in the 2nd quarter. Quez Nesbitt had three touchdowns, Deandre Moren had two as did D’Ante Fleming, while Josh Gentry, Brook Chapman, and Emmanuel Kelly had one each.
The Greer defense set up the offense on the first possession of the game as Berea had 1st and 10 from the 20 but after 3 plays they punted at 4th and 20. Greer started from the Bulldog 34 and on 1st down Nesbitt went for a touchdown. But a holding penalty wiped away that score and Greer would have to punt. But on 2nd down Malik Johnson intercepted a pass at the 16 and 2 plays later Greer took the lead on a Brook Chapman 1 yard run. Nick Roberson made his first of 7 extra points and the Jackets led 7-0. Greer got it right back on a Tay Woods pick and returned it to the 20. From there Nesbitt got a TD that counted on the 1st play making it 14-0. On the next Berea possession Johnson got his 2nd interception of the night at the Greer 23 on a long heave by the Bulldogs. Greer then got it’s longest drive of the night and capped it off when Kelly rushed in from the two on a Wildcat QB run. Once again the Bulldogs would have to punt and this time D’Ante Fleming nearly took it back but was tackled at the 6 yard line following a 56 yard return. Josh Gentry scored from there to give the Jackets a 26-0 lead early in the 2nd quarter. Another 3 and out resulted in good field position at the 35. It took just 4 plays and Nesbitt was running 14 yards into the end zone to make it 33-0. Berea would get a couple of 1st downs and move as far as they would all night on the next drive, but were stopped short of midfield on 4th down. Two plays later, Gentry found Fleming behind the secondary for a 34 yard pass for a touchdown and the Jackets went to the locker room up 39-0.
In the 3rd quarter Greer got the ball on their 31 to start the half. On 1st down Gentry found Corbin Nesbitt on a 29 yard pass play, then Quez Nesbitt went the other 40 yards for another TD. After that play most of the starters had the rest of the night off. But that didn’t stop the Jacket scoring machine on this night. The reserves on offense in fact had two more 3rd quarter scoring drives in them on 61 & 35 yard drives. Deandre Moren got his two TDs on runs of 46 and 2 yards, and the defense continued stuffing any resemblance of offense by the Bulldogs. In fact, Greer got what is believed to be a school record 16 tackles for loss and 4 sacks, meaning they stopped Berea a staggering 20 times behind the line of scrimmage. Late in the game, Fleming capped off the scoring when he got his 3rd interception in two weeks and returned it 37 yards down the visitor’s sidelines for a score. Roberson’s extra point made it 67-0.
The Sims and Karr Financial Solutions Players of the Game for the Jackets were Tay Woods on defense, and we went with a combo award on offense, sharing the honor to the offensive line as a unit and to the sophomore running back Deandre Moren. Greer now looks ahead to a visit next week from Pickens. The Blue Flame will prove to be a significant test for the Jackets as they led Greenville midway through the 4th quarter tonight before falling 21-14. We hope you will make your plans to be at Dooley Field next week as they Jackets try to stay alive in the Peach Blossom Conference race.
Congratulations to the Greer Yellow Jackets for their big win tonight over the Berea Bulldogs!Berea Game Stats...
Greer soars over the Eagles...
Fleming's career game leads Jackets to Peach Blossom win...
Eastside Game Stats...
Greer rolls past Travelers Rest...
28 points in 2nd quarter propels Greer to blowout win over Devildogs
Weary from a month on the road, the Greer Yellow Jackets came were looking for some good home cooking, and they got just that with a 56-17 basting of the Travelers Rest Devildogs. The win moves Greer to 3-2 on the season and still within striking distance of the region lead at 1-1. Emmanuel Kelly had three touchdowns & Quez Nesbitt two, while QB Josh Gentry threw for two TDs and ran for another. And while the defense did give up three long plays, they were suffocating most of the night.
After stopping TR in 3 plays, Greer quickly moved out front with a 73 yard drive in just 6 plays, the TD coming on a Gentry 27 yard pass to D’Ante Fleming who got behind his man in the end zone. Nick Roberson kicked his first of 8 straight extra points to put the Jackets up 7-0. TR got a 59 yard completion to the Greer 4, but settled for a 30 yard Austin Bell field goal. And when they recovered an onsides kick at midfield, Toriano Pone gave the visitors a 10-7 lead when he ran 50 yards on a misdirection run. But the Jackets would score 35 straight points from there to take control of the game. Kelly got a 1 yard run completing a 51 yard drive, then Nesbitt scored twice, once from the 1 and another from 5 yards. The 5 yard run was set up when Nesbitt took a short pass and made it into a 30 yard gain. On the next drive Nesbitt lost his shoe while being tackled, and Brook Chapman came in and took a handoff 34 yards for his touchdown. Then with 1:21 to go before intermission Gentry found Kelly on a 20 yard pass play, putting Greer up 42-10. Pone got TR in scoring position with a 68 yard run, then AJ Gilbert scored with 28 second to go to make it 42-17.
After the break Greer came back out strong and got a quick score when Gentry capped a 66 yard drive with a twisting 30 yard run. The Jackets final points were set up when a bad snap sailed over Bell’s head and was recovered at the Devildog 6 yard line. Two plays later, Kelly took a handoff in from the 2 and Roberson’s extra point set the final margin at 56-17. Greer will hit the road again next week with a short trip to Eastside. The Eagles fell to Pickens 12-6.
Great job to the Jackets tonight in getting back into the win column with a big win over TR. Greer effectively ran the football and was able to get some quality reps in the passing game as well. The defense did give up three big plays (an area Defensive Coordinator Travis Perry identified as a concern) but beyond those three plays largely stuffed almost everything the Devildogs tried to do. And while the kicking game didn’t account for 3 TDs like it did at Union, they were very solid, including a great performance by a freshman kicker in his first game. As an added bonus, the Jackets got to play some of the younger guys with the score well out of hand. Nesbitt is now within 11 yards of the 1000 yards rushing on the season, while Brook Chapman actually leads Greer in yards per carry at 10.3. GO JACKETS!!
Greenville's late TD pass dooms Yellow Jackets...
Greer drops Peach Blossom opener to Red Raiders...
Clarke Scolameiro threw a 17 yard touchdown pass to Corbin Singleton with 1:04 to play and the Greenville Red Raiders knocked off the Greer Yellow Jackets 24-21 Friday night at Sirrine Stadium. The play capped off a 79 yard touchdown drive and left Greer, now 2-2 on the season with just over a minute on the clock. Quez Nesbitt returned the ensuing kickoff to the Red Raider 45 and when QB Josh Gentry hit Emmanuel Kelly with a pass to Greenville's 31on the 1st play, the Jackets were looking for some late-game heroics of their own. After two plays gained 3 yards, Greer was only about 5-10 yards from field goal range, but on 3rd down Gentry was tackled behind the line of scrimmage. And with time melting away the Jackets hurried to get off one final snap, but the pass was out of bounds and Greenville ran out the final 3 seconds with a kneeldown. The win marked a full circle for the Raiders, as they were defeated last year at Dooley Field by Greer 59-14.
Greenville took the opening kickoff at the 35 and scored in just two plays, the TD coming on a 55 yard run by Jamond Thomason. They would add a 30 yard field goal by Keith Karmilovich early in the 2nd quarter after an interception gave them the ball at the Greer 46. Greer would get going after that and went 61 yards in four plays, the final one a 43 yard TD pass from Gentry. When the ball was at it's apex, Kelly hadn't even seen it. But as it was coming down he found it and raced in the final 15 yards to get the Jackets on the board. Thomas Center nailed the extra point and it was 10-7. The Jackets then missed a golden opportunity to take the lead before the half. D'Ante Fleming caught a long pass into the 14. Brook Chapman took a handoff and was hit at the 7, but a massive Yellow Jacket convoy escorted the powerful Chapman into the endzone for a touchdown. (see photo above) But on a rarely called penalty, the Jackets were flagged for "assisting the runner" and the ball was spotted back at the 10. Three plays later from the Raider three the Jackets misfired on a 20 yard field goal and Greenville took a 10-7 into intermission.
Greer finally did take the lead when they took the 2nd half kickoff 70 yards in 11 plays, their longest scoring drive of the season play-wise. Chapman got the TD on a 19 yard run to make it 14-10. The Greer defense was in the middle of a suffocating run, as Greenville literally couldn't get anything. The Jackets got the ball 3 straight times in excellent field position but also could not get anything going well enough to add to their lead. In fact Gentry was intercepted with 9:13 remaining in the game, giving the Red Raiders a short field at the Greer 32. And on 3rd and 5 from the 27, Scolameiro was flushed from the pocket and was hit hard short of the 1st down and was almost down to the ground. But he gathered his balance and ran all the way into the end zone giving Greenville the lead back 17-14 with 8:18 to play. Kelly looked as if he would carry the Jackets to victory when he returned the kickoff 70 yards to the Greenville 15 yard line. 4 plays later on 3rd and goal from the 1, Kelly scored lining up from the Wildcat formation. That gave Greer the lead back with 6:27 left in the game. From there the Greer defense continued to dominate, forcing a three and out and a Raider punt with under 5 minutes to go. Greer got the ball back on it's 40 knowing that a couple of 1st downs might just put the game away because the Red Raiders only had one time out remaining. But three off tackle plays in a row to Quez Nesbitt netted 0 yards and the Jackets would punt. Josh Cooke's punt put Greenville back at their 21 and the Raiders were called for having too many players on the field when they broke the huddle, making it 1st and 15 from their 16. From there though, Greenville chipped away down the field, never hitting a big play, but steadily picked up little chunks. From the Greer 32 on 3rd and 10, the Jackets were flagged for a late hit on the QB, giving the Raiders a 1st down at the 17. Two plays later Scolameiro and Singleton would hook up on the game winning pass.
After the game Raymond Booker was selected as the Sims and Karr Defensive Player of the Game for Greer, while Emmanuel Kelly got the nod on offense. Coach Will Young said he was "real dissappointed" with the loss, but assured Jacket fans that they would "get a good look at the film, find out what we need to correct, and get back to work." Greer, who won't have been at home in a month, hosts Travelers Rest next Friday, who were 42-6 losers tonight to Pickens. Greenville (2-2) will make a short road trip to Southside.
Game stats- click here...
Greer throttles past Union County in Jacket Bowl 17...
Outscored Union County 41-14 after trailing 14-0...
After a narrow overtime loss on opening night and a blowout win over Riverside last week, the Greer Yellow Jackets were still looking for the kind of win they could hang their hats on. With Peach Blossom Conference play starting up next week, the Jackets got that win this night in Union that firmly sets Greer as one of the 3A teams to watch in the weeks ahead. Union County had gotten off to a good start by whipping Spartanburg in week one and narrowly losing to Big 16 Gaffney in week two. After falling behind 14-0 early in the 2nd quarter, the Jackets outscored Union 41-7 until 29 seconds remained in the game. There was a lot to be impressed with. Quez Nesbitt had another big game putting up 178 more rushing yards running behind an offensive line faced with blocking against a stout defensive line. Josh Gentry directed a solid game at QB, and Emmanuel Kelly chipped in a solid offensive performance. And the Greer defense, who gave up 14 points and 126 yards on Union’s first two scoring drives, held Union in check pretty much the rest of the way. Middle linebacker John Hicks had a career night, racking up 20 tackles including four sacks, while defensive tackle Tim Ballenger got a touchdown when he intercepted a screen at the Union five. Throw in two long kick returns, one by Nesbitt and the other a 59 yard punt return by Malik Johnson and the Jackets can boast big plays in all three phases of the game.
Union built that 14-0 lead on two Keiston Smith touchdown passes. The first one came on 4th and 10 from the Greer 20 to TJ Foster. The second one came after a promising Greer drive ended when Nesbitt was stripped from the ball at the Union 41. Smith tossed a pass from the 24 to Kaylay Jones. On the ensuing kickoff however, Greer got rolling when Nesbitt returned the kick 32 yards to the 49. On 1st down Gentry faked the handoff to Nesbitt and ran 51 yards for Greer’s 1st score with 10:12 remaining in the half. Thomas Center’s extra point made it 14-7. The Jackets stopped Union cold on the kick at the 15 and two plays netted -8 yards. Then on 3rd down Union tried to set up a screen, but Tyler Wright forced an early throw by Smith, and that’s when Ballenger stepped in front of the pass at the 5 and stomped into the endzone to tie the game. With momentum on it’s side and some nice adjustments from Greer’s defensive coaches, another stop meant another special teams play when Malik Johnson nearly returned it all the way, going 59 yards to the Union 14. After converting a 4th and 1, Emmanuel Kelly got a 4 yard TD out of the Wildcat. The Jackets missed their first PAT of the season but claimed their 1st lead of the night at 20-14. Yet another special teams big play for Greer was next, when Josh Cook’s short kick went untouched to the ground. After a bounce, Tedrick Gregory covered it up for the Jackets at the 34. Two plays later Nesbitt cashed in that ticket with a 34 yard TD run. Greer went for two but Gentry’s pass was too tall in the back of the endzone with 3:18 to go in the half.
The 3rd quarter saw both teams get mini-drives going, but the quarter was scoreless until 29 seconds remained. Union got within 26-21 when Jones got behind Kelly and Smith delivered a 30 yard TD pass. On their next possession Union moved past midfield and threatened to take the lead. But the Greer defense rose up and stopped the home team on 4th and 5 at the Greer 45. Greer would have to punt, but Cook’s punt was downed at the Union 15, and on 1st down a fumbled exchange was recovered by Ty Campbell with just over 8 minutes to play. Gentry ran it down to the two and Nesbitt powered in from there for the touchdown. A two point conversion pass was good between Gentry and Corbin Nesbitt and the Jackets led 34-21 with 7:37 to go. Greer’s defense gave up two first downs then pushed Union back, forcing them to punt on 4th and long. Two plays would net 11 yards and a 1st down, then Nesbitt put the game away with a twisting, ankle breaking 65 yard touchdown run with 3:19 to play making it 41-21. Union added a late TD with just 29 seconds remaining to set the final score at 41-28.
The Sims and Karr Financial Solutions Players of the Game for Greer were John Hicks on defense and Josh Gentry on offense. Special regognition goes to the Jackets special teams. Nesbitt’s kickoff return set up the 1st score, Johnson’s punt return set up the 3rd score, Gregory’s recovery on the kickoff set up the 4th score, and the extra point team got 3 PATs and a two point conversion.
After the game Greer Head Coach Will Young was happy with the win. "We challenged our guys to really come together as a team and to focus entirely on team. Not individual success, but team success. I think we came a long way with that tonight. I think maybe with this win, they may can start to see with the playmakers we are blessed to have, the sky can be the limit for them if they stay together". The Jackets are now 2-1 on the season while Union falls to 1-2. Both teams begin Region play next week with Greer finishing up a 3 game road trip at Greenville. Stay connected all week long from this website, on Twitter @YJSN1, on Facebook at Yellow Jacket Sports Network, or our free text service. Text JACKETS to 41411 and you’ll get breaking news and score updates from the Yellow Jacket Sports Network.
Congratulations to the Greer Yellow Jackets for their big 41-28 win over Union!
Greer runs past Riverside in cross town rivalry...
Greer gets first win of the season in convincing fashion over Warriors...
The Greer Yellow Jackets needed to get a win Friday night before going on the road to face Union and Greenville over the next two weeks. They got three touchdowns in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the game and blasted the Riverside Warriors 63-14 at The Reservation. The Jackets are now 1-1 heading into Jacket Bowl XVII at Union. Riverside is now 0-2 as Greer won for the 32nd time in 38 meetings between the two schools since 1974. It renews a series between the two high schools within the Greer city limits that took a two-year respite when Riverside moved to 4A in 2010. The fans obviously were happy to see the game, as a large crowd filled the stadium almost to capacity. Quez Nesbitt had another monster game for Greer, piling up 314 yards rushing, a 74 yard reception, and six touchdowns. Nesbitt has 11 touchdowns in just two games.
After holding the Warriors on their first posession, Greer scored in just 41 seconds when Nesbitt went in from 24 yards on the 3rd play. Thomas Center made his first of 7 extra points to give the Jackets an early lead. The defense gave Greer the ball back and Nesbitt scampered for a 35 yard score. After a Ty Campbell interception on a deflected ball set the Jackets up at the 11, Quez ran it to the one, then into the endzone giving Greer a 21-0 lead just midway into the 1st quarter. But Riverside showed some resiliance in not giving up when they scored back to back touchdowns and cut the lead to 21-14. Quarterback Greg Polastrini got a 3 yard run to cap a 40 yard drive and on their next trip, Polastrini broke a long run inside the 10, then scored two plays later with 9:17 before halftime. That seemed to stir the Jackets. An 80 yard drive for Greer led to another short TD run by Nesbitt. Quez broke through for a 41 yard run the next drive and Greer QB Josh Gentry pulled it from Nesbitt on the zone read and went down the middle for an 18 yard score to make it 35-14. John Hicks picked off a Polastrini pass and returned it to the Riverside 25. After a loss of two, Gentry hit Emmanuel Kelly in the left flat and he turned it into a 27 yard TD, but the Jackets weren't done. Riverside had to punt and a block in the back on the punt return set Greer back to their own 26. On 3rd and 10, Gentry lobbed a screen pass over the line to Nesbitt, and he turned it into a 74 yard touchdown with 2:15 to go in the half, giving the Jackets 28 points in 3:48 off the clock and a 49-14 halftime lead.
Greer had a nice drive going with a 1st down inside the 20 yard line to start the 2nd half, but a penalty and a sack tuned the ball over on downs to the Warriors. After trading punts Kelly got his second TD of the night when he came around on a jet sweep/reverse for a 30 yard run. Freshman Nick Roberson came in to kick his 1st extra point of the evening and it was 56-14. From there, the coaches and officials agreed to keep the clock moving the rest of the way. But there was one more big play on the night however when the Jackets were faced with 3rd & long from their own 6 handed the ball to Nesbitt on a sweep. He made one man miss when he turned the corner, then two more at the 20, and raced 94 yards for the final points of the night and a 63-14 victory.
The Sims and Karr Financial Solutions Players of the Game for Greer were Emmanuel Kelly on offense and Ty Campbell on defense. Coach Will Young was happy to get the win and see some smiles on his kid's faces during and after the game. "It's always nice when you can have some fun and see some kids have success. We have a lot of kids that want the ball and we understand that. But there's only one of them and we have to make sure we do the things now that will have us ready in the games we'll be playing later on".
Next week in Union for Jacket Bowl XVII, Greer will be playing a 1-1 Yellow Jacket team that defeated Spartanburg in week 1, and lost a close game this week to Gaffney. Union is coached by former South Carolina quarterback Steve Tanneyhill, who is in this first year on the job while Greer Head Coach Will Young played offensive line at Clemson. We hope to see you in Union. We'll also broadcast the game on an open FM frequency in Union as well as around the world on this website. Of course our flagship broadcast is on WPJM AM-800, so if you absolutely can't make it to Union we have you covered here on the Yellow Jacket Sports Network. Great job tonight to the Jackets on their big win over Riverside!
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Jackets stung in overtime thriller...
Seneca converts two-point try in overtime to win 46-45....
The Seneca Bobcats came into Dooley Field and slipped away with a 46-45 win in overtime in a thrilling, back & forth game that was only decided on the final play. It was a game that went back and forth both ways, sometimes dominantly so. Fittingly, the contest went to overtime and when Greer scored in just two plays and kicked the PAT, they were up 45-38 and were a defensive stop away from victory. But the Bobcats scored quickly to get within 45-44 and Coach Wayne Green didn't hesitate to go for two. After a timeout by both teams quarterback Spencer Brothers drifted to his left, biding time til his tight end Dakari Morris could come across the field near the back of the end zone. Brothers pass was on the mark, completing the two point conversion for a 46-45 win. Now 0-1 on the season, Greer will embark on a three game road trip beginning with Riverside next week.
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August 24 - Seneca - Lost 46-45, OT
August 31 - @ Riverside - WON! 63-14
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