Greer stepped onto the football field at rival Blue Ridge Friday night with its unbeaten record on the line and left with a 32-7 victory over the Tigers and another slice of history for itself.
The Yellow Jackets, ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 3A, recorded back-to-back undefeated seasons for the first time in the nearly 100-year history of Greer football and will carry a 10-0 mark into the Class 3A playoffs for the second straight year.
“It's absolutely amazing to go undefeated two times in a row with your brothers is just amazing,” Greer linebacker Brodie Wright said.
Blue Ridge wide receiver Jason Sammons stood in Head Coach Shane Clark's office on Monday afternoon and signed his name to a records form bearing the National Federation of State High School Association's letterhead.
It was his signature on a game for the ages.
Sammons vaulted into the national record books, catching 15 passes for an eye-popping 434 yards and four touchdowns in last Thursday’s varsity football game against Chapman. It is an unofficial state record since the South Carolina High School League doesn’t maintain a records database.
His yardage is the third most in a single game in U.S. high school history.
The South Carolina High School League has extended the playoffs one week.
Devastating floods buried much of the South Carolina midlands and Lowcountry under feet of water and forced postponements of scores of games. SCHSL commissioner Jerome Singleton granted a one-week extension to the regular season so that all teams could make up their missed regular season games.
Versatile Blue Ridge running back Vonta Jenkins showed why he has scholarship offers from eight different college programs.
Jenkins finished with 10 carries for 64 yards, three catches for 41 yards and 119 yards in kickoff returns, giving him 105 yards from scrimmage and 224 all-purpose yards in Thursday night's 49-28 loss to Emerald.
The four-year varsity player for the Tigers has received offers from Alcorn State, South Carolina State and Lenoir-Rhine among others at the NCAA FCS and Division II levels.
Emerald’s inaugural visit to Blue Ridge’s Tiger Stadium was everything the Vikings needed and wanted.
Spurred by big plays in the ground game from running backs Willie Reynolds and KeShawn Settles, who ran for three touchdowns apiece, the Vikings got their first road win of the season with a 49-28 victory over Blue Ridge.
“We knew they had all kinds of speed coming in here and it was going to be tough for us to match up there,” Blue Ridge Head Coach Shane Clark said.
Hurricane Joaquin is causing havoc with high schools trying to outmaneuver the “very dangerous” Category 4 storm to readjust football schedules Thursday and Friday.