Two weeks ago, Easley High’s 2013 football season appeared in serious trouble.
The Green Wave were 1-4 and had lost four consecutive games entering matchups against T.L. Hanna and Westside.
Thanks to Anderson County District 5, they’re feeling much better about themselves.
A 30-17 win Friday against Westside followed a win over Hanna and gave the Green Wave some much-needed momentum entering the season’s homestretch.
With four games left in the regular season, Easley (3-4, 2-1) is back in the Region 1-AAAA mix.
“The spirit is the will to win, the will to keep pushing, the will to strive to be the best,” said senior cornerback-receiver Deequon Arnold. “We had a good group before us, and we have to keep following in their footsteps and keep pushing.”
Easley coach Grayson Howell said his team is taking a steady approach towards improvement.
“All you can do is continue to work,” Howell said. “The new head coach at Limestone College (Bobby James) talked to our touchdown club a couple weeks ago. He talked about just going 1-0 every day. We just wanted to go 1-0 today. That’s what we did.”
With Easley star tailback and Clemson commitment C.J. Fuller on the bench because of an ankle injury, Westside rallied to tie the score at 17 in the fourth quarter. But Arnold’s 62-yard touchdown catch-and-run and Jackson Matthews’ 49-yard touchdown dash sealed the win.
“It’s the same mentality Bill Belichick and all these guys have,” Howell said. “You’ve got to go to your next guy. Chad (Smith) came in, ran the ball great. Jackson came in, he’s got a little more burst, just hits the crease on the sweep and puts it away. Proud of all of them.”
* At Liberty, Erick Sanchez rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a 33-yard touchdown pass, and the Red Devils beat Blacksburg 51-22 for their first victory. Tanner Chambers had two scoring runs, and Jordan Bash had a 79-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for Liberty.
* At Wren, Kelly Bryant passed for 276 yards with three touchdowns and ran for a score as the Hurricanes rolled to a 48-13 win against West-Oak.
* At Greenville, Pickens rallied from a 30-point, first-half deficit but lost 60-52 in a shootout at Sirrine Stadium. Elijah Turner passed for 348 yards with two touchdowns for the Blue Flame, and Austin Clark rushed for 159 yards and four touchdowns.
* At Pendleton, the Bulldogs scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and pulled away for a 34-21 victory against Powdersville. Jordan Smith passed for 173 yards and ran for two touchdowns for the Patriots.