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Greer wins 5th straight region title, Cusano sets new passing mark

By John Clayton, Staff Reporter
Published on Saturday, October 24, 2015

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Mario Cusano broke the Greer career passing record against Southside Friday night. Assistant coach Mazzie Drummond set the record 15 years ago.
 

Julie McCombs

Mario Cusano broke the Greer career passing record against Southside Friday night. Assistant coach Mazzie Drummond set the record 15 years ago.

 



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There are no passing records without the offensive line. Tyeek Donaldson (56) and Ryan McCullough (70) keep Southside's defense away from Mario Cusano.
 
 
 

Julie McCombs

There are no passing records without the offensive line. Tyeek Donaldson (56) and Ryan McCullough (70) keep Southside's defense away from Mario Cusano.

 

 

 

There was no reason for Greer to wait.

The Yellow Jackets clinched their fifth straight Region II-3A championship Friday night with a 48-14 win over Southside at Dooley Field.

But the region title for unbeaten and third-ranked Greer seemed somewhat anti-climactic with rival Blue Ridge lying in wait next week and with bigger goals further down the line.

"We've won five region championships in a row -- I don't think these seniors have ever not won the region championship," Greer Head Coach Will Young said. "But the bottom line is, it's been 2003 since we've won a state championship, and that's what we've worked to do, that's what we've talked about and worked toward all year. We've still got six games to go."

After trading touchdowns with Southside in the first quarter, the Yellow Jackets (9-0 overall, 6-0 Region II-3A) erupted for six unanswered touchdowns from the usual suspects -- quarterback Mario Cusano, running back Adrian McGee and receivers Troy Pride and Dorian Lindsey.

Cusano scored on runs of 1 and 7 yards and threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns, breaking the 15-year-old career passing yardage record of former player and assistant coach Mazzie Drummond along the way. Cusano broke Drummond's record of 5,665 career yards on a short pass to Cameron Kelley in the third quarter.

While the Greer offense rolled up 481 yards of total offense en route to seven touchdowns, the Yellow Jackets defense forced the Tigers (7-2, 4-2) into turnovers three times inside the Greer 30-yard-line.

"We feel like we're one of the most talented defenses in the state," Sitton said. "We wanted to get their best, and we did. We played our best, and it came out in our favor."

Southside answered Greer's initial score -- a 2-yard run by McGee with 9:30 left in the first quarter -- with a nine-play drive that was capped by a 26-yard touchdown pass from Prince to Neje Washington with 7:02 left in the first quarter.

But the Tigers were unable to find the end zone again until Quavian White's 28-yard run with 6:42 to play. White finished with a game-high 107 yards on 16 carries with 65 of those yards coming on the Tigers' final two possessions.

McGee, who also scored on a 40-yard reception from Cusano, led the Yellow Jackets with 93 yards on 12 carries. Cusano added 72 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns.

Alex Syphertt led Greer with six catches for 77 yards, and Lindsey had 114 yards on four catches.

Southside entered Friday night's contest as once-beaten contenders to Greer's region throne, but left in a three-way battle for second place with Chapman and Emerald. Chapman defeated Blue Ridge 52-49 Thursday night, and Emerald stopped Berea 28-21 Friday. 

Eastside was upset by Travelers Rest 21-20 Friday night and fell to 3-3 in region play.

Southside hosts Chapman next week, while Greer travels to rival Blue Ridge.

"It's always fun to play there," Young said. "I'm looking forward to playing there, and our kids are looking forward to playing there. We'll see what happens."

SCORE BY QUARTERS  1   2   3   4   OT  TOTAL
(V) Southside 7 0 0 7 0 14
(H) Greer 21 14 13 0 0 48
Team Qtr. Time   Scoring Play Conversion Plays/Yds Score

GHS 1 09:30      Adrian MCGEE Carries(Hand Off) TOUCHDOWN, clock 09:30 2 yds PAT Kick by Nicholas ROBERSON GOOD. 3 / 50 0 - 7
SHS 1 07:02      Juwan Prince Passes to Neje Washington COMPLETE TOUCHDOWN, clock 07:02 26 yds PAT Kick by Micah Tiffin GOOD. 8 / 66 7 - 7
GHS 1 03:10      Mario CUSANO Carries(QB Keeper) TOUCHDOWN, clock 03:10 1 yds PAT Kick by Nicholas ROBERSON GOOD. 4 / 25 7 - 14
GHS 1 00:21      Mario CUSANO Passes to Dorian LINDSEY COMPLETE TOUCHDOWN, clock 00:21 37 yds PAT Kick by Nicholas ROBERSON GOOD. 3 / 59 7 - 21
GHS 2 05:04      Mario CUSANO Passes to Alex SYPHERTT COMPLETE TOUCHDOWN, clock 05:04 24 yds PAT Kick by Nicholas ROBERSON GOOD. 10 / 80 7 - 28
GHS 2 00:19      Mario CUSANO Passes to Adrian MCGEE COMPLETE TOUCHDOWN, clock 00:19 40 yds PAT Kick by Nicholas ROBERSON GOOD. 3 / 55 7 - 35
GHS 3 09:06      Mario CUSANO Passes to Troy PRIDE COMPLETE TOUCHDOWN, clock09:06 5 yds PAT Kick by Nicholas ROBERSON NO Good 8 / 63 7 - 41
GHS 3 03:33      Mario CUSANO Carries(QB Keeper) TOUCHDOWN, clock 03:33 7 yds PAT Kick by Nicholas ROBERSON GOOD. 7 / 80 7 - 48
SHS 4 06:42      Quavian White Carries(Hand Off) TOUCHDOWN, clock 06:42 28 yds PAT Kick by Micah Tiffin GOOD. 4 / 60 14 - 48

TEAM SHS GHS
  (VISITOR) (HOME)
Score 14 48
First Downs 19 21
Rushes / Yards (Net) 27 / 184 27 / 164
Passing Yards (Net) 148 317
Passes -- Att / Comp / Int 29/15/1 25/20/0
Total Offensive Plays / Yards 56 / 332 52 / 481
Fumble Returns / Yards 0 / 0 0 / 0
Punt Returns / Yards 2 / 6 3 / 26
Kickoff Returns / Yards 4 / 84 3 / 13
Interception Returns / Yards 0 / 0 1 / 0
Punts (Number/Average) 4 / 30.0 3 / 30.3
Fumbles / Lost 1 / 1 1 / 1
Penalties / Yards 8 / 75 11 / 110
Possession Time 22:59 25:01

SHS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS GHS
 
RushingAttNetTDLgAvg
Quavian White 16 107 1 31 6.7
Juwan Prince 9 64 0 22 7.1
Jahni Rosemond 2 13 0 9 6.5
RushingAttNetTDLgAvg
Adrian McGee 12 93 1 20 7.8
Mario Cusano 11 72 2 18 6.5
Markel Warren 2 2 0 5 1.0
Brice Green 2 -3 0 2 -1.5
 
PassingAttCompIntYdsTDLg
Juwan Prince 29 15 1 148 1 26
PassingAttCompIntYdsTDLg
Mario Cusano 24 19 0 302 4 40
Brice Green 1 1 0 15 0 15
 
Passing ReceivingNoYardsTDLg
Neje Washington 5 69 1 26
Tyrone Talbert 3 23 0 16
Quavian White 3 21 0 16
Cam Wrice 3 17 0 8
Passing ReceivingNoYardsTDLg
Alex Syphertt 6 77 1 24
Dorian Lindsey 4 114 1 40
Cameron Kelley 3 36 0 16
Troy Pride 3 20 1 15
 
PuntingNoYardsAvgTBI20Lg
Will Houston 4 120 30.0 0 0 35
PuntingNoYardsAvgTBI20Lg
Jake Arrowood 3 91 30.3 0 1 34
 
Punt ReturnsNo.YardsTDLg
Neje Washington 1 6 0 6
Quavian White 1 0 0 0
Punt ReturnsNo.YardsTDLg
Troy Pride 3 26 0 17
 
Kick ReturnsNoYardsTDLg
Neje Washington 4 84 0 24
Kick ReturnsNoYardsTDLg
Troy Pride 3 13 0 7

 

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