The Yellow Jackets' offensive line shines

The Yellow Jackets' offensive line shines

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The Yellow Jackets' offensive line shines

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Greer’s offensive line paved the way for running back Quez Nesbitt to rush for 290 yards and four touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 42-3 win over Travelers Rest on Friday night.

“Our offensive line has done a really great job run blocking,” said Greer coach Will Young. “We are fortunate to have a great running back.”

Greer’s line took over in the second half against the Devildogs.

Nesbitt chalked up 152 yards and three touchdowns in the third quarter alone. The team finished with 349 yards rushing on 30 attempts.

This season the Jackets’ line has helped Nesbitt, a senior, amass more than 1,100 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns.

“My offensive line opened up some huge holes tonight,” Nesbitt said. “Our run game really started clicking in the third quarter. My line did a great job.”

The Jackets also are adept in pass blocking. Early in the game, the line gave quarterback Mario Cusano enough time to hit wide receiver Adrian McGee in the corner of the end zone to give Greer a 7-0 lead.

“They have done a really nice job pass blocking for Mario,” Young said. “He hasn’t been on the ground very much, so that is a testament to them. We have spent a lot of time working on it, and we are getting better and better each day.”

The Jackets have only one senior on the offensive line — left tackle Rolland Nall.

“He is playing really well right now,” said Young.

Freshman Noah Hannon is Greer’s starting center.

“He is getting better every day,” Young said. “He has a very high ceiling.”

First-year player Mead Cook starts at right guard, with Garrett Poole at left guard and Cole Henderson at right tackle.

“It is a very good group,” said Young. “They are very hard workers and are improving every week. I think we have improved the last couple of weeks.”

* Eastside, which opened the season with a victory, lost for the fourth consecutive week, falling 45-7 to visiting Pickens in a Peach Blossom AAA Region game.

The Eagles’ only score came when Bradley Fickling scooped up a Blue Flame fumble and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Eastside (1-4, 0-2) will play at Greer on Friday.

* Riverside was unable to reach the end zone for the fourth consecutive week, although the Warriors were shut out for the first time this season, losing 48-0 at Spartanburg in their Region 2-AAAA opener. Riverside (0-5, 0-1) will be on the road again Friday against Boiling Springs.

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