Greer comes home aching for a win

Published on Friday, September 21, 2012

Greer comes home to Dooley Field in a most unusual position. The Yellow Jackets are looking at the region standings from the bottom up  – four teams won and four lost in the Peach Blossom Conference 3A opening week.

Greer hosts Travelers Rest, 42-6 loser to Pickens one week after having a bye. The Devildogs have lost three straight, winning its opener 35-7 vs. West-Oak. Greer lost its opener to Seneca beat Riverside and Union County and lost to Greenville 24-21 last week on a touchown scored in the last 1:04 of the game.

Game time is 7:30 tonight.

Greer Head Coach Will Young said there will personnel changes although not necessarily starters being benched. “We’ve got to find some way to take some relief off our running game,” Young said.  Greer rushed the ball 51 times for a net 150 yards against Greenville. Quez Nesbitt had 31 carries for 107 yards. Quarterback Josh Gentry had 14 carries, most being rushed from the pocket or sacked and only netting 14 yards.  Brook Chapman seemed an answer to yards per carry with 25 yards on four carries.

Through the first four games there’s no secret about Greer’s office. Give it to Nesbitt, again, and again, and again until he breaks free. Only he couldn’t break free against Greenville – his longest run being 14 yards.

“We’re trying to get four wides on the field and Brook in the backfield,” Young said. “When Quez runs he has to get to the second level and, with his ability, he can make things happen.” That had been the case through the first three games but Greenville’s philosophy of stopping Nesbitt at all cost to secure the win.

“Quez was better inside than we thought,” Young said. “If he just could have gotten to that second level he would have had some room to run.”

Greer is in a region with eight teams. Four qualify for the playoffs.  At the beginning of the year it seemed like a clear-cut possibility. With four teams ahead of Greer that’s not part of equation until they win the first region game.

“We had tough ones before and we bounced back. I have no question that we can bounce back,” Young said. “One thing in the last game we may have played a little tight.”


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