Greer has a more diverse offense since first game with Seneca

Free spirit rags distributed to students before the game

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Friday, November 2, 2012

Greer plans to show Seneca it is more than a one-dimension, run-oriented offense led by junior sensation Quez Nesbitt. Greer plays Seneca at 7:30 p.m. at Dooley Field in the first round of the state 3A football championships. Greer's defense is previewed here.

It’s Spirit Rag night with the Parents Teachers Students Association distributing them free to students attending the game at each entry gate. Admission, set by the SCHSL, is $7.

Last week’s win over Blue Ridge showcased an offense that had its star running back surrounded by role players who are skilled in making Greer’s offense dynamic. And they all were factors in Greer winning decisively.

Since Seneca’s 46-45 overtime win over the Yellow Jackets in the season opener, Greer Head Coach Will Young has been honing his skill players’ talents for a run in the playoffs.

Blue Ridge saw some of that diversity last week that complements Nesbitt’s 2,021-yard season running the ball and his 29 rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Josh Gentry has developed into a solid quarterback who is a threat to run or pass. His decision-making and game management has been superior during the stretch run when Greer dismantled teams in its path to a share of the Region II-3A championship and No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

“Josh is playing well and he’s making good decisions. I can’t say enough good about how he has done this year,” Young said. Gentry, statistically, has passed for 1,398 yards and 13 TDs, completing 84 passes of 153 attempted. Has been intercepted six times.

“We are a lot better than we were in the first game,” Young said. “We used a good part of our (offensive) package against Blue Ridge, some out of necessity.

“The fat boys (offensive line) are playing well,” Young said. Alex Waters, selected to play in the North-South game, anchors the offensive line with Roland Nall joining him at left guard. Center Conner Merrill, injured in the latter part of the season, was back at center last week and TJ Donaldson (guard) and Cole Henderson (tackle) man the right side.

Nesbitt’s strength is to get him past the first line of defense and let him do his mesmerizing “now you see me, now you don’t” running.  “I have watched a lot of football and played a lot, but I have never seen any back go through the line sideways and take off,” Merrell said.

Nesbitt began the season with a 216 yards rushing, five touchdown performance against Seneca. He also had 76 passing yards.

There are other weapons on offense who are go-to players if Nesbitt gets bottled up. Brook Chapman, used mostly at defensive end, has been brought into the game to use his power and speed to bull his way for yardage. Chapman only touched the ball 29 times but gained 270 yards and scored four touchdowns. “We give Brook touches in every practice,” Young said. 

Jarrett Szabo plays H-back and Emmanuel Kelly, with defensive linemen Ty Campbell and Tim Ballenger leading the way, has been used in short yardage situations to muscle for some yardage.

Wide receivers, D’Anta Fleming, Emmanuel Kelly and DeAndre Moren provide speedy targets for Gentry. Fleming, a senior, during the second half of the season has dominated his position. Kelly leads the receives with 35 catches for 448 yards and four TDs followed by Fleming with 20 catches, 403 yards and 5 TDs. Tay Woods, with only six catches for 134 yards owns the best yards-per-catch average with 22.3 yards.

Young has spent countless practices trying to rid his team of harmful penalties. “We are probably the most penalized team in the state,” Young said. “We have had way too many false starts.”

Tentative Starting Lineups



3 D’Anta Fleming, wide receiver

6 Emmanuel Kelly, wide receiver

17 DeAndre Moren, wide receiver

72 Alex Waters, left tackle

75 Roland Nall, left guard

55 Conner Merrell, center

56 TJ Donaldson, right guard

67 Cole Henderson, right tackle

11 Josh Gentry, quarterback

20 Quez Nesbitt, running back

43 Tyler Wright, fullback/H back


2 Malek Johnson, cornerback

3 D’Anta Fleming, cornerback

17 DeAndre Moren, safety

13 Jackson Tipton, safety

9 John Hicks, linebacker

7 Tay Woods, linebacker

28 Tedrick Gregory, linebacker

25 Brook Chapman, defensive line

66 Tim Ballenger, defensive line

69 Ty Campbell, defensive tackle

35 Raymond Booker, defensive tackle

Special teams

80 Punter Josh Cooke

4 Nick Roberson, FG/PAT

43 Tyler Wright, long snapper



71 Miller Cunningham, left tackle

56 Allen Williams, left guard

55  Chaz Henry, center

70  Zack Darst, right guard

74  Josh Latimer, right tackle

21  Adam Beitz, tight end

14  Spencer Brothers, quarterback

15  Marquis Arnold, running back

17  Dorrian Raines, wide receiver

13  Nakia Burke-Littles, wide receiver

10  Stan Smith, wide receiver


89 Dakari Morris, end

75 Antuan Martin, tackle

50 Vari Benson, tackle

43 Jonah Cleveland, end

42 Pierre Davis, inside linebacker

23 Craig Weston, inside linebacker

26 Malik Harbin, outside linebacker

38 Tiavon Cowans, outside linebacker

12 Marquis Hunter, free safety

5 TJ Smith, cornerback

27 Darrius Webb, cornerback

Special Teams

34 Angelo Menin, K/P


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