The Travelers Rest Devildogs raced to a 13-0 lead but ran out of gas against Greer Friday night at Dooley Field as the Yellow Jackets scored 45 unanswered points to win and set up a second consecutive rematch in the Class AAA playoffs.
Greer will play host to Union County, a winner over Belton-Honea Path, next week. Greer scored with 1:01 to play to beat Union County by a touchdown in September.
On Friday night, in another rematch from the regular season, the game wasn’t so close – despite Greer’s inauspicious start.
A day after announcing he was no longer committed to play football at Virginia Tech, Greer receiver and defensive back Troy Pride caught five passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 45-13 win.
Adrian McGee rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown while catching a pass for another touchdown, and he and fellow two-way player Dorian Lindsey each grabbed their fifth interceptions of the year on defense.
Mario Cusano completed 11 passes out of only 18 attempts on the night, but he gained 321 yards and scored four touchdowns through the air while rushing for 27 yards and another score.
The offensive production and timely stops on defense from Korey Styles, Jordan Hawthorne and others enabled Greer to overcome a Travelers Rest team that was hot early.
Runs by Xavier Terry and quarterback Chris Gomia set up Gomia for a 19-yard touchdown on the game’s first possession.
After stopping Greer on fourth down on the Yellow Jackets’ first possession, Dylan Scruggs completed a 9-yard scoring pass to Blake Young.
But that would be all Travelers Rest could muster, though Gomia rushed for 105 yards on the night.
Terry, the Devildogs’ high-powered offensive leader, was held to 80 yards on 30 carries. He rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns in Greer’s 41-13 win at Travelers Rest earlier this year.
► During halftime former Greer High and Clemson University kicker Nelson Welch was inducted in the Greer Ring of Honor, the highest athletic honor bestowed at the school.
Welch, a 1990 Greer graduate, kicked a 55-yard field goal in high school while leading the state in punting. He also played receiver and defensive back, and he earned all-state honors. He was student body vice president as a senior, and in track he broke a Greer record with a 10.6-second 100-meter dash.
He went on to become the first Clemson player to win All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors for four consecutive years, finishing among the top 15 in the nation for field goals each season.
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