GREER (0-1) at RIVERSIDE (0-1)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Time has etched Thomas Center’s first varsity play in the annuals of Greer High School football.
With 1:25 remaining in the first quarter last Friday night Center, a sophomore, entered the game and kicked the extra point following Quez Nesbitt’s exciting 45-yard touchdown that pulled the Yellow Jackets to within 10-7 of Seneca.
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.
John Hicks, senior linebacker for the Greer Yellow Jackets, was credited with a game-high 12 individual tackles, five assists, two tackles for loss, one knocked down pass and graded out a team-high 14.5 points in the season-opening game last Friday night. Hicks also recovered one of two fumbles lost by Seneca.
Greer lost to Seneca in overtime, 46-45.
When Quez Nesbitt scores five touchdowns, rushes for 216 yards and adds 76 more on pass receptions, it’s likely Greer would win the football game.
It’s all about speed for the Greer Yellow Jackets this season.
Greer Head Coach Will Young salivates thinking of turning loose Quez Nesbitt, D’Anta Fleming, Emmanuel Kelly and Josh Gentry on offense. Or having Malek Johnson and Fleming on punt and kickoff returns.
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.
Ryan Holtzclaw, Student Minister for Greer First Baptist, is the chaplain to the Greer High School football team. Holtzclaw and the GFB Student Ministry will host the Greer football team for breakfast on Friday during the football season.
Holtzclaw and Greg Garrett’s Sunday School class will host pregame tailgating at Dooley Field. Holtzclaw has also planned post-game fellowships called Overtime.
Senior Josh Gentry will be the starting quarterback Friday night when Greer opens its 2012 season at Dooley Field versus Seneca. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Gentry earned the starting position with an excellent spring and summer practice. Emmanuel Kelly was thought to be the heir apparent to the graduated Reese Hannon, a finalist for South Carolina’s Mr. Football. Kelly will play wide receiver and provides a valuable receiver who can take over the game with his athleticsm.
Meredith Harrison and Zach Horton of the Greer swim team achieved state cuts in the 50 freestyle at Saturday’s inaugural Splashdown meet at the Westside Aquatic Center. Twelve teams participated.
The boys 200 free relay team finished with a consideration state time and hope to secure that spot in the state meet. Tuesday’s meet vs. Riverside, T.L. Hanna, St. Joseph’s and Palmetto in Duncan could decide that position.
The Greer Yellow Jackets ended their preseason tonight on a sweet and sour note.
Woodruff, last year’s 2A state championship runnerup, scored a touchdown with 3.1 seconds left in the second quarter for a 19-14 win over Greer at the Blue Ridge Jamboree. The Wolverines, playing in Class 3A, made the final margin reachable when it scored a touchdown with 1:40 left in the first half with a 24-yard scoring pass.
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Josh Gentry threw two touchdown passes, engineered another drive that resulted in another touchdown to lead Greer to a 20-0 win over Mauldin tonight in the J.L. Mann Jamboree in Greenville.
Emmanuel Kelly displayed his athleticism on a 40-yard catch and run for Greer’s first score with 9:06 left in the first quarter. He pulled in a flair pass from Gentry, was wrapped up and escaped one tackle and shook off another defender before sprinting into the end zone.
Josh Gentry had a good day at quarterback and Brook Chapman was unstoppable on the goal line drills today as Greer and J.L. Mann scrimmaged each other at Dooley Field.
The scrimmage was originally scheduled for Thursday evening but a powerful storm that dumped nearly an inch of rain and fallen tree limbs that resulted in downed power lines hit Greer.
Meet the Jackets night and a football scrimmage between Greer and J.L. Mann at Dooley Field was cancelled tonight. Greer Head Football Coach Will Young examined field conditions and talked over the cancellaion with Mann coaches.
Steady rain, lightning and some thunder remained past 6 p.m.
5:45pm - Scrimmage has been postponed to 8pm. We will make additional updates as the Coaches confirm or cancel the scrimmage.
6:10pm - Meet the Jackets has been cancelled due to inclement weather. There is no plans to reschedule as the Yellow Jackets will practice with JL Mann on the practice fields at 10 am tomorrow.
GreerToday.com has been selected by Greer High School to produce its 2012 game football program. The cover and content will change every home game.
This year’s program will be full color - advertising and news - and include content featuring player profiles, game previews, rosters, up to date standings, week-by-week scores and statistics. Greer’s fall sports will have its own section and content, and a weekly update on its seasons as they progress.
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.
The Greer Marching Band has scheduled its Parents Demo for Friday, Aug. 17 from 6-8 p.m. It’s the first time the 2012 Marching Band will perform publicly.
The parents demo will showcase Greer’s competition program “Hope Springs Eternal” in three movements. The public is invited and admission is free.