Friday Night Football Greer at Riverside
GREER – An efficient and productive night from quarterback Mario Cusano lifted the Greer Yellow Jackets to a 35-7 win over crosstown rival Riverside High Friday night at the Warriors’ Reservation.
Cusano completed 10 of 12 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 103 yards and another score as Greer, ranked No. 7 in Class AAA, improved to 2-0 on the season and Riverside fell to 1-1.
“I’m from Connecticut, but I’ve heard about the rivalry and I don’t want to lose a rivalry,” Cusano said. “We had to get out here and get a win.”
A 97-yard drive on the Yellow Jackets’ first possession set the tone. After two 15-yard penalties pushed Greer back from Riverside’s 4-yard-line to the 34, Cusano lofted a spiral to Zecchariah Glidden down the left sideline for a touchdown pass on the next play.
The first of Adrian McGee’s two touchdown runs, a 4-yard carry early in the second quarter, then put Greer up 14-0 after Cusano hit Glidden on a two-point conversion that made up for a missed point-after try following the first score.
McGee finished with 78 yards on 6 carries.
“I was pleased with our kids with how we came out, particularly in the first half,” said Greer coach Will Young. “We kind of challenged them to come out and raise that level of play a little bit.”
After a shotgun snap by Riverside hit a man in motion and the fumble was recovered by Bobby Farrington, McGee raced in from 14 yards out to give Greer a 21-0 lead.
Riverside answered, though, by driving 69 yards to score on a fourth-and-3 pass from Ryan Cerino to Corey Bridges.
Cerino rushed for 37 yards for Riverside, and he passed for 79 yards and an interception by Dorian Lindsey. Robert Morrow led Riverside with seven receptions for 28 yards.
Among several injured players that the Warriors were without was playmaker Emanuel Jackson, who could return next week from a shoulder injury.
“I’m not too happy about the way we played,” said Riverside coach Phil Smith. “We had a lot of injuries coming into this game, and I don’t want to make it an excuse because everybody’s got to be ready to step up when their number is called, but it just didn’t seem like we started out ready to play.”
Greer gained 403 yards of total offense while holding Riverside to 135 yards. Farrington led Greer with five tackles and a sack.
Freshman Quay Thackston scored on a 13-yard run late in the second quarter, and Greer added its last score with a 16-yard keeper by Cusano.
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