Facebook

Greer teases Chapman, then secures 8th straight win

By John Clayton, Staff Reporter
Published on Saturday, October 17, 2015

Enlarge photo

Adrian McGee rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown for Greer.
 

Adrian McGee rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown for Greer.

 

INMAN – What began as just another blowout victory for third-ranked Greer turned into as much of a nail-biter as the Yellow Jackets can find in Region II-3A.

After scoring four straight touchdowns in the first half, Greer had to hold of a second-half Chapman rally for a 35-21 win Friday night.

Capitalizing on a couple of uncharacteristic Greer turnovers, the Panthers scored 21 unanswered points to cut the Yellow Jackets' lead to 28-21 with just over 10 minutes to play. 

But Greer finally answered with a 15-play, 96-yard drive that lasted nearly eight minutes – the bulk of the fourth quarter – and ended with Adrian McGee's 1-yard touchdown plunge. McGee finished with a game-high 149 yards rushing.

That was the cushion the Yellow Jackets needed with 2:30 to play.

"Being able to take that drive down there, that was a good way to end it," Greer Head Coach Will Young said. 

Young said it was also the reality check his team needed.

"We go so long sometimes scoring 40 or 50 points a game, and that's not realistic. It's not what's going to happen in November," Young said, looking forward to the playoffs. "It's not realistic for November."

The Yellow Jackets (8-0 overall, 5-0 region) had outscored region opponents 150-20 in their three prior games.

Chapman (5-3, 3-2) would not go as quietly.

Panthers quarterback Colton Bailey passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as Chapman nearly erased the four-touchdown half-time deficit.

The Yellow Jackets struck quickly behind quarterback Mario Cusano, who exploited Chapman's defense with his legs, rushing for 123 of his career-high 147 yards in the first half and scoring from 5 yards out on a quarterback draw.

Cusano also completed 16 of 24 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns.

Troy Pride took a screen pass from Cusano 80 yards to open the scoring with 5:14 left in the first quarter. Cusano and Pride connected again late in the first quarter on a 28-yard strike. Pride had six catches for 141 yards.

Dorian Lindsey, who had eight catches for 124 yards, finished the first-half scoring barrage with a 40-yard touchdown catch from a Cusano pass with 1:24 left before halftime.

But the final, time-consuming scoring drive that delivered the victory gave Cusano particular satisfaction after being intercepted for the first time all season and fumbling the ball away in the third quarter to help set up a Chapman score.

"We live for these moments," Cusano said. "We live for the teams who think they can hang with us. When they think they've got the momentum, we have to take that momentum back." 

SCORE BY QUARTERS  1   2   3   4   OT  TOTAL
(V) Greer 14 14 0 7 0 35
(H) Chapman 0 0 14 7 0 21
Scoring Summary: Plays Yards TOP Score
05:14  GHS Mario Cusano Passes to Troy Pride COMPLETE TOUCHDOWN, clock 05:14 80 yds PAT Kick by Nicholas Roberson GOOD. 1 70 00:36 7 - 0
01:27  GHS Mario Cusano Passes to Troy Pride COMPLETE TOUCHDOWN, clock 01:27 28 yds PAT Kick by Nicholas Roberson GOOD. 7 60 02:35 14 - 0
06:15  GHS Mario Cusano Carries(QB Keeper) TOUCHDOWN, clock 06:15 5 yds PAT Kick by Nicholas Roberson GOOD. 2 94 00:25 21 - 0
01:24  GHS Mario Cusano Passes to Dorian Lindsey COMPLETE TOUCHDOWN, clock 01:24 40 yds PAT Kick by Nicholas Roberson GOOD. 1 40 00:07 28 - 0
10:07  CHS Colton BAILEY Passes to Richard TUCKER COMPLETE TOUCHDOWN, clock 10:07 41 yds PAT Kick by Carlos MONTAVO-CORRALES GOOD. 8 80 01:53 28 - 7
04:37  CHS Colton BAILEY Carries(QB Keeper) TOUCHDOWN, clock 04:37 12 yds PAT Kick by Carlos MONTAVO-CORRALES GOOD. 4 30 01:13 28 - 14
10:10  CHS Colton BAILEY Passes to Tim BEACH COMPLETE TOUCHDOWN, clock 10:10 6 yds PAT Kick by Carlos MONTAVO-CORRALES GOOD. 12 66 03:36 28 - 21
02:30  GHS Adrian McGee Carries(Hand Off) TOUCHDOWN, clock 02:30 2 yds PAT Kick by Nicholas Roberson GOOD. 15 96 07:40 35 - 21

 

TEAM GHS CHS
  (VISITOR) (HOME)
Score 35 21
First Downs 23 20
Rushes / Yards (Net) 38 / 296 37 / 181
Passing Yards (Net) 287 142
Passes -- Att / Comp / Int 24/16/1 32/20/1
Total Offensive Plays / Yards 62 / 583 69 / 323
Fumble Returns / Yards 0 / 0 0 / 0
Punt Returns / Yards 2 / 16 1 / 3
Kickoff Returns / Yards 3 / 45 1 / 25
Interception Returns / Yards 1 / -6 1 / 19
Punts (Number/Average) 2 / 32.5 6 / 31.5
Fumbles / Lost 2 / 2 0 / 0
Penalties / Yards 10 / 120 5 / 35
Possession Time 25:45 22:15

GHS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS CHS
 
RushingAttNetTDLgAvg
Adrian McGee 22 149 1 89 6.8
Mario Cusano 15 147 1 67 9.8
Dorian Lindsey 1 0 0 0 0.0
RushingAttNetTDLgAvg
Colton Bailey 17 70 1 13 4.1
Cody Chavis 4 62 0 46 15.5
DJ Twitty 15 49 0 7 3.3
Shaundre Miller 1 0 0 0 0.0
 
PassingAttCompIntYdsTDLg
Mario Cusano 24 16 1 287 3 80
PassingAttCompIntYdsTDLg
Colton Bailey 31 20 1 142 2 41
Brandon Adams 1 0 0 0 0 0
 
Passing ReceivingNoYardsTDLg
Dorian Lindsey 8 124 1 40
Troy Pride 6 141 2 80
Chance Coleman 1 13 0 13
Alex Syphertt 1 9 0 9
Passing ReceivingNoYardsTDLg
Patrick Phongstat 5 26 0 9
Tim Beach 5 15 1 11
Richard Tucker 3 76 1 41
Brandon Adams 3 13 0 8
 
PuntingNoYardsAvgTBI20Lg
Jake Arrowood 2 65 32.5 0 2 35
PuntingNoYardsAvgTBI20Lg
Dillon Ramsey 6 189 31.5 0 0 38
 
Punt ReturnsNo.YardsTDLg
Dorian Lindsey 1 8 0 8
Troy Pride 1 8 0 8
Punt ReturnsNo.YardsTDLg
Shaundre Miller 1 3 0 3
 
Kick ReturnsNoYardsTDLg
Cameron Kelley 1 26 0 26
Dorian Lindsey 1 12 0 12
Kick ReturnsNoYardsTDLg
Richard Tucker 1 25 0 25

Statistics by Red Watson of Yellow Jackets Sports Network

 

Share



Related Photo Galleries


Leave a Comment



Trending: Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, Obituaries, Chon Restaurant, Allen Bennett Hospital

GREER CALENDAR

View All Events