In the first game at Pickens High’s new stadium, rival Easley dominated the Blue Flame with a 40-7 season opening win.
“It doesn’t matter who you beat, but if you start 1-0 then it’s the start of a good year, so that’s big for us,” Easley coach Chad Smith said.
The Green Wave showed its quick strike ability early as C.J. Fuller took a pitch to the left, broke one tackle and left everyone behind as he raced to the end zone. Easley converted a two-point attempt for the early 8-0 lead.
“We’ve got some speed and he’s a good athlete. Hopefully they’ll break a lot more this year,” Smith said.
Easley marched 55 yards on 11 plays to open the second quarter, with Troy McGowens and Dan Travan carrying the load. Travan rushed twice for 18 yards on the drive and McGowens capped it with a 1-yard dive.
On Pickens’ ensuing possession, McGowens blocked a Blue Flame punt, and Fuller scored from 24 yards out to push the Easley lead to 20-0.
McGowens showed he could do it again midway through the third quarter, spinning out of a tackle and racing 58 yards to push the lead to 28-0.
Easley scored twice late in the third quarter to push the lead to 40-0. J.R. Crawford scored from five yards out, and Fuller scored for the third time after the Green Wave recovered a fumble.
The Blue Flame got on the board midway through the fourth on an 11-yard rush by Austin Clark.