Greer waltzes past Berea, 67-0

Underclassmen get to enjoy playing time

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Saturday, October 6, 2012

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Alex Waters (92) clears a wide path for Greer's ballcarriers. 

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Alex Waters (92) clears a wide path for Greer's ballcarriers. 



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Malek Johnson fends off a blocker to move into position to make the tackle.'

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Malek Johnson fends off a blocker to move into position to make the tackle.'



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Quez Nesbitt is off to the races again en route to a touchdeown.

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Quez Nesbitt is off to the races again en route to a touchdeown.



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The football draws a lot of interest from both Berea and Greer players.

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The football draws a lot of interest from both Berea and Greer players.



It was a coming out party for DeAndre Moren, Garrett Poole and other underclassmen who are tagged as the future stars for the Greer High School football team.

The Yellow Jackets had too much firepower, a stingy defense and, when have you read this, too many players tonight. Greer, as expected, crushed Berea, 67-0, in a Peach Blossom Conference II-3A game at Dooley Field.

The win gives Greer a 3-1 conference record and 5-2 overall. Pickens, 3-1, 4-3, visits Dooley Field next Friday in Greer’s Homecoming. 

Players, cheerleaders and band members wore pink items of clothing to show support National Awareness Breast Cancer Month. Fans wore pink in support of finding a cure for the disease.

It was mostly business as usual for Quez Nesbitt, Josh Gentry, Alex Waters, John Hicks and the other Greer standouts. Nesbitt rushed for 115 yards and scored three touchdowns, Gentry completed 6 of 11 passes for 89 yards and scored a rushing touchdown. Waters dominated the offensive line play and Hicks virtually roamed unchecked against the Bulldogs.

It was the most points scored by Greer since the first game of the 2003 season when the Yellow Jackets beat Travelers Rest, 69-0.

“The kids did a good job handling this type of game,” Greer Head Coach Will Young said. “I thought we were crisp. Our goal was to cut down some of the mental mistakes we made last week, like the false starts.”

Moren, a sophomore, saw some quality time at quarterback. He scored two touchdowns, gaining 79 yards on 7 caries and completed his only pass for 15 yards.

“We need depth (at quarterback) and he’s made of the same mold as Quez. It was nice to get him a few touches,” Young said.

Moren was a little more ecstatic with his playing time. “It feels good to play and personally get a chance to prove to them I can put points on the board,” Moren said.

Moren’s first touchdown was a 47-yard run in the third quarter that built Greer’s lead to 53-0. “That touchdown was a run up the middle and then I saw a seam on the outside.” His 2-yard run with 1:56 remaining in the third quarter and Nick Roberson’s sixth extra point gave the Yellow Jackets its 60th point.

The game, Moren said, “gives me a lot of confidence. The line did a great job blocking and opening the holes.”

Garrett Poole, a sophomore offensive lineman, is already tagged as an up and coming lineman to watch. “Poole is good and he’s smart. He’s a physical player and needs to get bigger,” Young said.

Poole’s description of playing tonight was more reverent. “It was a big honor for me to get in the game,” he said.

Poole said he was focused. “I just cleared my mind and thought about the game,” he said. “It felt great when the touchdowns were scored because we did a good job blocking.”

Brook Chapman scored on a 1-yard run to give Greer a 7-0 lead with 6:42 remaining in the first quarter. Nesbitt scored on a 20-yard run and Emmanuel Kelly added a 2-yard touchdown for Greer’s 20-0 first quarter lead.

The Yellow Jackets scored 20 points in the second and third quarters. Gentry (6-yard run), Nesbitt (14-yard run) and D’Anta Fleming’s 36-yard pass reception from Gentry were the touchdowns in the second quarter. After Nesbitt’s 40-yard touchdown run to make the score 46-0 with 10:57 left in the third quarter, Young turned the game over to Moren and the younger players.

The final margin was the result of Fleming’s 37-yard interception return for a touchdown.

NOTEBOOK

 CAPTAINS:  Tonight’s captains were: TJ Donaldson, D’Anta Fleming, John Hicks and Tay Woods.

SIDELINED:  Center Connor Merrell, a senior, did not play tonight because of dislocated knee suffered in practice on Monday. He is expected to be back by the Blue Ridge game or first week of the state playoffs.

NEXT WEEK: Greer celebrates Homecoming with Pickens visiting Dooley Field for a 7:30 p.m. game. Pickens is the newest member to Peach Blossom Conference III-3A.

SCORING SUMMARY

 

1

2

3

4

TOTAL

BEREA

0

0

0

0

0

GREER

20

20

20

7

67

FIRST QUARTER

6:42. Greer: Brook Chapman 1 run (Nick Roberson kick). 7-0.

5:13. Greer. Quez Nesbitt 20 run (Roberson kick). 14-0.

: 23. Greer. Emmanuel Kelly 2 run (Roberson kick failed). 20-0.

SECOND QUARTER

10:06. Greer. Josh Gentry 6 run (Roberson kick failed), 26-0.

3:37. Greer. Nesbitt 14 run (Roberson kick). 33-0.

1:39. Greer. D’Anta Fleming 38 pass from Gentry. (Roberson kick). 40-0.

THIRD QUARTER

10:57. Greer. Nesbitt 40 run. (Roberson kick failed). 46-0.

6:47. Greer. DeAndre Moren 47 run (Roberson kick) 53-0.

1:56. Greer. Moren 2 run (Roberson kick). 60-0.

FOURTH QUARTER

2:22. Greer. Fleming 37 interception return. (Roberson kick). 67-0.

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