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Jackets' spring game is 6 p.m. at Dooley Field

Public invited to see a free sneak preview of 2012 team

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Sunday, May 20, 2012

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The Black Team roster may be printed and brought to Monday night's game at Dooley Field. The game begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

The Black Team roster may be printed and brought to Monday night's game at Dooley Field. The game begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free.



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The White Team roster may be printed and brought to Monday night's game. The game begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

The White Team roster may be printed and brought to Monday night's game. The game begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free.



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Brook Chapman and Josh Gentry were practicing handoffs with quarterbacks and running backs last week. Gentry will get some snaps at quarterback and Chapman at running back.

Brook Chapman and Josh Gentry were practicing handoffs with quarterbacks and running backs last week. Gentry will get some snaps at quarterback and Chapman at running back.



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Hula hoop-like rings are placed on the ground as players practice resistance and balance.

Hula hoop-like rings are placed on the ground as players practice resistance and balance.



Monday evening’s Greer High School spring football game will give a foreshadowing of the coming 2012 season and what may be the team’s personality.

The scrimmage begins at 6 p.m. with players warming up and participating in specialty drills at 5 p.m. The scrimmage is free to the public and expected to draw a good crowd based on visitors to spring practices.

Head Football Coach Will Young, entering his ninth season at Greer, has talked about the abundance of skill players. While that is what most coaches desire, finding a position for them and giving them playing time can be an attractive dilemma.

Take Greer’s Emmanuel Kelly. “He’s the best athlete on the field. We will find positions for him to play,” Young said. Kelly is a standout linebacker and has played some quarterback this spring. Last year Kelly took over jayvee games and dominated play. He moved up to the varsity in mid-season and played linebacker, wide receiver and special teams.

Quez Nesbitt and Brook Chapman will both see action in the backfield at the same time and is expected to produce a 1-2 punch with Nesbitt’s speed and shifty moves complementing Chapman’s power running. Chapman also has exhibited good speed, he was on Greer’s school record 400-relay team that finished second in the state, and he has been getting some repetitions at linebacker.

Josh Gentry, backup to the graduating Reese Hannon, will see action for the black team.

D’Anta Fleming returns as a solid wide receiver and Malik Johnson will headline a secondary and see time at wide receiver.

Alex Waters has been dominant on the offensive line this spring and has played a few snaps on defense. He is the top senior recruit on the Yellow Jackets and is getting interest from NCAA Division I schools.

Teams were drafted for tonight’s scrimmage and split into black and white units.

Young told the team Friday they had nine good days of practice. “I don’t know what to expect. I just want the kids to have fun,” Young said. “It’s fun when they are willing to work and they have worked hard for nine days.”

Young said the players are settling in together in their groups. “The skills will be together all summer with the 7 on 7s. The lineman will be working in the weight room.”

John Hicks, a rising senior, said the spring game is bittersweet. “This is our last time together,” Hicks said. “We had good practices and I think this spring we did have more fun.”

Spring Game Format

 One 10 minute specialty period @ 5:20 p.m.

 Two 12 minute Individual Periods @ 5:30 p.m.

 Game will start @ 6 p.m.

 Both Teams will be on the Home Side of the field

 Kickoff team will kick and cover on air after all touchdowns

 Ball will be placed on the 35-yard line to start series

 All Coaches must be behind the offense prior to start of a play

 Defense is restricted to 5 Man pressures

 Quick whistle on uncontested sack

 Offense has 4 downs to gain first down – offense must decide whether to punt or go for it on 4th down (Punt will not be live)

 Officials will mark the ball where punt is fielded

 We will scrimmage with a 4-15 minute running quarters

 Clock will stop on change of possession

 There will be a 15-minute halftime

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