Greer hand-delivered message to Eastside on social media manners

By John Clayton, Staff Reporter
Published on Sunday, October 4, 2015

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Senior Tara Hawkins was named Greer's homecoming queen Friday night.

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Senior Tara Hawkins was named Greer's homecoming queen Friday night.


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The weather and field conditions weren't the only things classified as sloppy in Greer's 48-7 win over Eastside Friday night.

The two teams combined for 221 penalty yards on 21 flags – with many of those coming on unsportsmanlike conduct and personal foul penalties as the game wound down in the fourth quarter.

Greer Head Coach Will Young said at least part of the chippy play in the fourth quarter could be blamed on social media, more specifically Eastside's use of social media, some of which became new-age bulletin-board material for the Yellow Jackets.

"They're a big social media team and like to say a lot of things on social media," Young said. "I don't know anything about social media, but my kids do and they bring me the things that they're saying, so I think, yeah, there was a little more intensity.

“The one thing is we do want to be respected here at Greer. We think we have a first-class program and we always have and we demand respect,” Young said.

Whatever disrespect was alleged by Greer in the pregame, first-year Eastside head coach Steve Wilson made sure to give the Yellow Jackets their due in his post-game interview.

"That's where everybody wants to get to and where everybody wants to be," Wilson said of Greer.

Homecoming queen: Senior Tara Hawkins was named Greer's homecoming queen Friday night win over Eastside. The homecoming queen and court were presented before the game due to heavy rains predicted for the area later in the evening.

The court included senior class representative Madison Harvey, junior class representative Emma Cornell, sophomore class representative Laura Brown and freshman class representative Savanna Fore. 

Lot of Pride: Brothers Troy and Chance Pride led their respective teams in receiving.

Troy Pride, a Greer senior and Virginia Tech commit, had three catches for a team-high 59 yards and a 49-yard touchdown reception. 

Eastside's Chance Pride, a sophomore running back and slotback, had team highs in receptions (6) and receiving yardage (68) to go with 21 yards rushing.

Desired results: Friday night's 6 p.m. kickoff achieved the desired results. The game's start time was moved up from 7:30 p.m. in the hopes of avoiding the brunt of the heavy rains forecast for the area.

Though it rained lightly for most of the game, the heavy rains were not an issue.

• Next game: Greer plays at Berea Friday night.





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