GREENVILLE -- Corey Dogan's interception on the first play of the game set the tone for Blue Ridge's second victory over a Class 4A opponent in as many weeks Friday night.
The Tigers (2-0) took over at the J.L. Mann 34-yard-line, scored the first touchdown of the game five plays later and went on to a 27-6 triumph.
BLUE RIDGE (1-0) at J.L. Mann (1-0)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Blue Ridge rallied from a 13-point deficit to defeat Wade Hampton in the season opener for both teams. In his first start as a varsity QB, Ty Montgomery completed 17 of 21 passes for 140 yards and ran for another 49 yards on 11 carries, while senior WR Brennen Griffin turned in a clutch punt return and fourth-down carry for a first down as the Tigers scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. . . . J.L. Mann overcame a slow start to shut out Southside 27-0 as both teams opened their respective seasons. . . . Jaterrance Williams starred for the Patriots with 97 yards on 21 yards.
Justin Howard, a senior safety on the Blue Ridge football team, remembers the season opener against Wade Hampton in 2011.
He saw it all from the sidelines after discovering a fracture of his L-4 vertebrae suffered during 7-on-7 workouts that summer.
No one will be able to blame visitors to the Blue Ridge High football stadium if they get a funny feeling that someone – or something – is watching them.
A new mural on the home-side press box is a closeup of the eyes of a tiger, Blue Ridge’s mascot. The mural was painted on a sheet of aluminum by Chesnee based sign and air-brush artist Robin Caldwell and then attached to the press box.
If Friday night was any indication, high school football fans from across the Upstate are in for a cardiac-testing 2012 season.
Week 1 was not for the feint of heart, and that was particularly evident in Greer's 46-45 overtime loss to Seneca at Dooley Field. The third installment in the three-year series between the schools was the first to go to Seneca, which rallied behind a diminutive running back and a no-quit quarterback. That's a familiar formula in Greer, but usually those guys are wearing black and gold.
Optimism was the keyword this afternoon at the first Greater Greer Touchdown Club meeting of the year.
Steve Euote, Riverside Head Coach, was full of confidence and entertaining; Chris Miller, Byrnes Head Coach, was mulling over missing three defensive linemen while planning for a trip to Chesapeake, Va., for an ESPN game Saturday; and Josh Thomason, coach of Eastside Head Coach Jeff Thomason, said Eastside football is back on the map. Blue Ridge coaches were not represented.
The Greer Touchdown Club begins its weekly meetings Thursday, Aug. 23 with the five greater Greer football coaches as guest speakers.
The luncheon is held at Memorial United Methodist Church’s social hall at 201 N. Main Street 11:45 a.m. and is catered by the Clock.