Greer blasts Travelers Rest with balanced attack

5 players account for 8 touchdowns

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Friday, September 21, 2012

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The Yellow Jackets Crunch Bunch had an impromptu meeting at the Travelers Rest ballcarrier on this play.

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The Yellow Jackets Crunch Bunch had an impromptu meeting at the Travelers Rest ballcarrier on this play.



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Josh Gentry had his best passing performance of the season. He didn't do too badly on the ground either, scoring a touchdown on this play in the third quarter.

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Josh Gentry had his best passing performance of the season. He didn't do too badly on the ground either, scoring a touchdown on this play in the third quarter.



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This photo doesn't quite tell the story how far Brook Chapman was ahead of the TR defense and how he separated himself for a 25-yard romp for a touchdown.

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This photo doesn't quite tell the story how far Brook Chapman was ahead of the TR defense and how he separated himself for a 25-yard romp for a touchdown.



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D'Anta Flemiing makes a move on a Travelers Rest defender during tonight's game. Fleming scored the game's first touchdown on a 28-yard pass from Josh Gentry.

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D'Anta Flemiing makes a move on a Travelers Rest defender during tonight's game. Fleming scored the game's first touchdown on a 28-yard pass from Josh Gentry.



Greer looked into its offensive weapon manual and figured it had more firepower than it had shown the first four games.

Quez Nesbitt got his carries, found his touchdown groove again with two scores and Greer took out it’s fury of last week’s conference loss at Greenville on Travelers Rest tonight at Dooley Field. Greer beat TR 56-17, it could have easily been worse, and evened its Peach Blossom Conference 3A record to 1-1 and overall to 3-2.

Greer’s arsenal included more different scorers, than at any other time this year.

The eight touchdowns were shared among five players – Nesbitt’s two, Emmanuel Kelly two, D’Anta Fleming, Brook Chapman and Josh Gentry.

“We wanted to continue to evolve,” Greer Head Coach Will Young said. “Offensively, there is so much more we can do. Hopefully we continue playing this well the next several weeks.”

Six Greer touchdowns in the first half were shared among 4 players. Nesbitt scored on 1- and 7-yard runs. Fleming’s 20-yard scoring pass from Gentry was the signal that all weapons would be in use tonight.

Kelly added a pair of touchdowns, on 1- on a 2-yard run and the other on a 20-yard scoring strike from Gentry.

“We were more balanced and the offensive line blocked great,” Josh Gentry, quarterback, said. Gentry said he played last Friday feeling badly and had to miss Monday’s practice with lingering ailments.

Gentry was healthy tonight, grinning widely as he rattled off all the players who scored . . . "Kelly got a running touchdown, Fleming caught a great pass and Brook (Chapman) had a great run, Quez got two …

“A game like this gives us a lot of confidence and show you can’t just concentrate on one player,” Gentry said.

Nesbitt had 160 yards rushing and Greer had 348 yards on the ground. Gentry had his best passing game of the season completing 8 of 10 passes for 154 yards and no interceptions.

“We wanted to work a lot on passing tonight and that’s why we opened it up early,” Young said.

Fleming and Kelly got Greer rolling on the scoreboard, Fleming’s 27-yard scoring pass from Josh Gentry with 8:11 left in the first quarter gave the Yellow Jackets a 7-0 lead.

Travelers Rest answered with Austin Bell’s 30 yard field goal with 4:45 left and caught Greer napping on the kickoff when the Devildogs recovered the onside try. “We knew it was coming,” John Hicks said. “We had it covered we just didn’t get th football.”

One play later fullback Torian Pone busted through the middle of Greer’s defense at the 49 and was all alone from the 25-yard line in to give TR a 10-7 lead with Bell’s kick. “

Kelly scored his first touchdown of the night on a one-yard run and Roberson’s kick gave Greer a lead it wouldn’t lose, 14-10.

It was all Greer in the second quarter with Nesbitt scoring on 1 – and 7-yard runs, Chapman powering in from 34 yards out untouched and Gentry finding Kelly open on a 20-yard scoring strike. Roberson’s 4 PATs accounted for Greer’s 42 points in the first half.

Roberson handled the kicking duties when regular kicker Thomas Center was diagnosed with a hip flexor in his kicking leg.

Travelers Rest gave Greer’s defense some riddles to solve. Austin Bell’s 30-yard field goal put the Devildogs on the scoreboard in the first quarter. TR recovered an onside kick and on the next play Toriano Pone scored the first of his two touchdowns in the first half for a 10-7 TR lead.

The next five TDs were all Greer as it built its 42-point half.

Greer was comfortably closing out the final 1:21 in the first half when Pone took off for a 60-yard run to inside the Greer five and with seconds remaining Pone scored his second touchdown with 28.3 seconds left. Bell’s kick made the halftime margin 42-17.

 

SCORING SUMMARY

 

1

2

3

4

Total

TR

10

7

0

0

17

Greer

14

28

14

0

56

 First Quarter

8:11. Greer. D’Anta Fleming 27 pass from Josh Gentry (Nick Roberson kick). 7-0.

4:45. Travelers Rest. Austin Bell 30 FG. 7-3.

4:28. Travelers Rest. Toriano Pone 49 run (Bell kick). 7-10.

3:25. Greer. Emmanuel Kelly 1 run (Roberson kick). 14-10.

Second Quarter

11:55. Greer. Nesbitt 1 run (Roberson kick). 21-10

8:19. Greer. Nesbitt 7 run (Roberson kick). 28-10.

5:13. Greer. Brook Chapman  34 run (Roberson kick). 35-10.

1:21. Greer. Kelly 20 pass from Gentry. (Roberson kick) 42-10.

:28.3 Travelers Rest. Barron Morgan 2 run (Bell kick)  42-17.
 

Third Quarter

9:50. Greer. Gentry 30 run (Roberson kick). 49-17.

5:13. Greer. Kelly 1 run (Roberson kick). 56-17

 

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