For four quarters and counterpunch after punch, Greer High’s Quez Nesbitt and Westwood’s Christian Brown powered a back-and-forth showdown in the Class AAA playoffs Friday night at Dooley Field. In the end, the difference was made by the foot of Greer sophomore Nick Roberson.
Roberson kicked a 37-yard field goal with 2.7 seconds remaining to lift the Yellow Jackets to a 45-42 win that pits Greer (10-2) against the No. 1 team in Class AAA, unbeaten Daniel, in the playoffs’ third round.
Nesbitt, cutting a figure that seems much larger than his 5-foot-5, 150-pound frame, added to his stature as Greer High’s all-time leading rusher with 26 carries for 364 yards and four touchdowns.
“He’s got a heart the size of Texas,” Greer coach Will Young said. “Unbelievable, tremendous drive and determination. I don’t know how else to describe it. … I swear, every game he does something to amaze you. It’s just incredible, the things he does – particularly at his size. He’s a really good football player.”
Brown put on a show, too, carrying a whopping 45 times for 384 yards and five touchdowns.
Quarterback Mario Cusano aired a key pass to Dorian Lindsey on third-and-12 on the winning drive. Lindsey went high to pull down the reception, gain 15 yards and give the Yellow Jackets a critical first down in Westwood territory.
Earlier, after Westwood (7-5) tied the score at 35-35, Nesbitt raced down the left sideline, bounced off tackles and outran others for a 40-yard gain. Then Emanuel Kelly, playing quarterback in a Wildcat formation, burst up the middle, ran over a tackle attempt and dove across the goal line to put Greer ahead 42-35.
Young praised the Jackets, particularly the offensive line, and said they’d be prepared for Daniel.
“I don’t see them ever giving up,” Young said. “They’ve worked really hard to get to where they are. They understand. They know next week is going to be even tougher. They know exactly where we are and what we need to do.”