GREER — Ten down, five to go – if Greer is going to reach its ultimate goal of winning the state championship.
The Yellow Jackets completed back-to-back undefeated regular seasons for the first time in school history Friday night with a 32-7 win at Blue Ridge.
Troy Pride caught two touchdown passes and blocked two field-goal tries, and fellow Shrine Bowl all-star Dorian Lindsey caught 12 passes for 159 yards with a touchdown.
North-South all-star Adrian McGee rushed for 101 yards for Greer while recovering a fumble on defense, and quarterback Mario Cusano accounted for 285 total yards and four touchdowns.
After a week with no game – when coach Will Young plans a team movie night and light practices – Greer (10-0 overall, 7-0 in Peach Blossom Conference play) will open the Class AAA playoffs Nov. 13 at Dooley Field and could host three postseason games.
Belton-Honea Path won at Greer in the second round of the playoffs last year, but Yellow Jackets players say their squad is better this year.
“I really think there’s something special about this year’s team,” said Greer offensive lineman Noah Hannon. “I think we’ve just got something different. Since the beginning of the year we’ve been preaching ‘fifth gear.’ We’re really trying to push it into fifth gear and go farther than anybody else. We’re in stride right now.”
Blue Ridge’s Vonta Jenkins led all rushers with 120 yards, averaging better than eight yards per carry and scoring the Tigers’ touchdown. Blue Ridge quarterback Jake Smith passed for 138 yards, and Tamaje’ Green led the team with 56 receiving yards.
But the Greer defense controlled momentum much of the game, with Korey Styles recording a sack and Brodie Wright making a couple key tackles. Greer scored two safeties on the night and allowed just 250 total yards.
Josh McAbee recovered a fumble and Tommy Williams grabbed an interception for Blue Ridge (2-8, 1-6).
The teams combined for 13 penalties covering 139 yards on the night.
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