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Two Yellow Jackets football players sign with Wofford...

Tymeco Gregory and Thomas Simmons signed to play football next season at Wofford College today. Greer Head Coach Will Young was very excited for both former players, "these are two great young men that had outstanding careers at Greer and we wish them all the best in their careers at Wofford College".

Gregory, played on both the offensive and defensive line for the Yellow Jackets. Simmons, was a wide receiver and defensive back during his days wearing the black and gold.

Congratulations to Tymeco and Thomas - we wish them great success for the Terriers.

Story on Wofford athletic site...




Two Yellow Jackets selected to participate in All-Star games...

Tymeco Gregory and Desmond Parks have been selected to represent Greer High School in upcoming All-Star games. Gregory, a senior offensive lineman, will participate in the North-South All Star game in Myrtle Beach on December 13th. Parks, a University of Florida commitment, has been selected to play in the Offense/Defense All American Bowl at Coastal Carolina University on January 2nd. The game will be broadcast live on Fox College Sports starting at 5:00 pm. Congratulations to Tymeco and Desmond!



Jackets fall to Lugoff-Elgin 43-40 in AAA playoffs

Greer ends season 10-2 and with a conference championship.....
The Greer Yellow Jackets 2008 season came to a screeching halt Friday night as the Lugoff-Elgin Demons got two 4th quarter touchdowns to win 43-40. Greer led 34-14 with 1:57 to go in the 1st half, and 40-28 late in the 3rd quarter, but the visitors never quit. They scored on a 33 yard touchdown pass from Forrest Koumas to Devonte Alexander with 5:18 to go in the game. The pass appeared to hit the ground as Alexander scooped it up, but the play was ruled a touchdown. Greer then drove to the Demon 24 yard line but another questionable call: a ruled fumble, turned the ball back over. After a great defensive stop the Jackets got the ball at their own 40 with 1:40 to play. The Jackets would move the ball to the Lugoff-Elgin 3 yard line and spike the ball to stop the clock with 16 seconds to go. The Jackets ran their zone read play to the Upstate's leading rusher Dominique Parks, who was stopped just outside the one yard line. With time running out, Greer tried to rush the field goal unit onto the field, but time ran out before they could snap the ball. The loss ends the Greer season at 10-2 and sends Lugoff-Elgin on to face the Daniel Lions next week.
 
Two Dominique Parks TD runs in the 1st quarter gave Greer a 13-0 lead, then a Trent Hudson run for LE made it 13-7. Efferlyn Williams then scored a pair of TD's for Greer to make it 27-7 Jackets early in the 2nd quarter. On their next drive, the Demons got a Koumas to Julian Baxter pass that made the score 27-14, but Greer came right back with a 70 yard drive that saw Parks score from 6 yards to make it 34-14 at the 1:57 mark of the half. The Demons got a huge drive of 64 yards when Koumas ran it in from 3 yards right before intermission to make it 34-21. That was huge because they got the ball to start the 2nd half and cashed in when Phillip Osbourn slipped out of a pile of players, again questionable in that forward progress had been stopped, and raced 65 yards to make it 34-28.
 
Greer scored on a 61 yard drive when Parks went in from the 1. The Jackets went for two, but the pass was dropped, leaving it at 40-28. Then the Demons got within striking distance with a 13 play drive in which they converted two 4th down plays as Koumas scored on an 8 yard run to make it 40-35. After forcing the only Greer punt of the night, the Demons went on their final touchdown drive, capping it with the Alexander catch.
 
Even though the loss is tough to swallow, the Jackets had a wonderful season. They turned around a tough 2007 with the most dominating conference performance in the storied history of Greer football. They rushed the football for over 4000 yards in just 12 games and that Greer Yellow Jacket swagger definitely returned. I guess the tough thing about accepting the loss is you just had a feeling that this was the Jackets year. Yes there was plenty to question from an officiating standpoint but I won't use this forum I have to do that. If you were at the game or listened in on the radio you know there was plenty to question. Even with that, you still had to think that the Jackets were going to take it in and win the game 47-43 at the end. Whatever plays you would have called there at the end might have worked, or maybe they wouldn't have. That zone read was awful good to the Jackets in this 2008 season! You also have to give credit to Lugoff-Elgin for never giving up and making a lot of plays that it took to stay in the game when a lessor team might have looked up at that water tower and given in.
 
The Yellow Jacket Sports Network says a big thank you to Coach Will Young and the rest of the coaching staff for letting us be "insiders" all season, every season. Congratulations to them, the Greer seniors, and the entire team for such an awesome turnaround. I know it hurts now, but you guys accomplished  tremendous things this year. Thank you to the Yellow Jacket fans for making the Greer Yellow Jacket football game experience and support the most exciting that high school football can be. Your passion for your Yellow Jackets is the envy of everyone around. Greer is the best community in the world. We love you!
 
As we turn our eye towards basketball season, watch for "Friday Night Hoops on the Radio" as the Yellow Jacket Sports Network will bring you many Friday night games this winter.
 
REMEMBER.....WE ARE THE GREER YELLOW JACKETS!!





Jackets skin Bobcats in first round of playoffs

Fast start helps Greer defeat Seneca 56-16

The Greer Yellow Jackets barreled their way into the 2nd round of the AAA playoffs Friday night at Dooley Field with a 56-16 thrashing of the Seneca Bobcats. The Jackets, now 10-1 on the season will face the Lugoff-Elgin Demons at home next week. Lugoff-Elgin, the #3 seed from their region, pulled a mild upset with a win at #2 seed Mann. The Jackets and the Demons have played twice before, both times in the playoffs, with Greer winning each, the last being a 38-13 win in 2004.

The Jackets started early when the defense stopped Seneca on their 1st posession, and the offense went to work. They went 67 yards on six plays and Dominique Parks scored his first of 5 touchdowns with a 17 yard run. Ross Robison kicked his first of 8 PAT's and it was 14-0. After another defensive stop, Parks was back in the end zone with a 2 yard run ending a 72 yard drive. Seneca got a 36 yard field goal from Seth Rothel to pull within 14-3, but Parks made it 21-3 when he scored with 1:35 to go in the half. Seneca threatened to score, but the Jackets blocked Rothel's 31 yard attempt to end the first half.

Greer got the opening kick of the 2nd half and wasted no time, going 67 yards on just 5 plays when QB Efferlyn Williams ran in from 5 yards. Three minutes later Parks scored on a 16 yard run to make it 35-3. James Hunter returned the kickoff for a TD for Seneca to make it 35-9, but on Greer's next drive, Parks got his 5th TD on a 23 yard run. Eric Campbell recovered a Bobcat fumble at the Greer 40, then the Josh Wilson directed Greer offense scored again, this one a Jonathan Winter 15 yard run. WIth Seneca's punting on their next posession, Dennis Kiff blocked it and Matt Holliday picked it out of the air at the 30 yard line and had an easy run for a touchdown. That made it 56-9 Jackets, and Seneca closed out the scoring with an 8 minute, 11 play drive that saw Chris Robinson score on a 2 yard run.

The Steve's Corner Stop Players of the Game were Dominique Parks with his 5 TD's on offense, and Dennis Kiff on defense. In addition to the blocked punt, Kiff also had a sack and numerous QB pressures. Senior WR/DB Thomas Simmons of the Jackets left the game in the 1st quarter with a leg injury, so please keep Thomas in your prayers for a quick recovery. Make your plans to come out next week as the Jackets continue down the Road to Death Valley at Dooley Field. The competition gets tougher each week, so the Jackets need your support more now than ever! If you can't be there, we will have it for you from this web site and on WPJM AM-800! Congratulations to the Jackets for the big win. Let's keep it rolling!





Jackets scalp Warriors to complete Peach Blossom sweep!

Greer will host Seneca in first round of 3A playoffs next Friday...

The Greer Yellow Jackets finished off a perfect season in the Peach Blossom Conference Friday night with a 62-28 win over the Riverside Warriors. The #2 ranked Jackets finished the regular season with a 9-1 overall record and ride into the AAA playoffs next week at Dooley Field against the Seneca Bobcats with a seven game winning streak. The win also marks the fourth region win this season over a team that defeated Greer last year. The Jackets will be the #1 seed from the Peach Blossom, while Seneca grabbed the 4th and final spot from the Western Conference.

Greer avoided falling behind early on when Stephen Painter just missed a 47 yard field goal 3 minutes into the game, and then took the lead when Dominique Parks ripped off a 68 yard run. Ross Robison made his first of 8 extra points to make it 7-0. The Warriors missed another field goal from 42 yards, then Efferlan Williams scored from a yard out capping a 10 play 80 yard drive that out Greer up 14-0 with 9:18 to go in the 1st half. A Thomas Simmons interception set up the Jackets next score, a run by Parks from the 5. Greer got it's final 1st half points as they went 94 yards on 9 plays. The touchdown came on 4th and 19 from the Riverside 30 as Williams scrambled out of the pocket and hit Desmond Parks with a strike in the end zone with 1:06 to go. Riverside got a quick TD pass from Jay Lizanich to Alex Poag, then when Greer fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Lizanich hit Jamaris Downs with another scoring pass. Painters two PAT's made it 28-14 at intermission. The Jackets had four first half turnovers and two other fumbles that were recovered.

After being challenged by the coaches at halftime to play with more intensity, The Jackets came out strong. They went 80 yards in three running plays, the finale a 58 yards run by Parks where he used a burst of speed to outrun a six-pack of Warriors down the Greer sideline. Riverside came back again with a 32 yard Lizanich pass to Downs to make it 35-21, but Greer got two more scoring runs to close out the 3rd quarter. Parks got his 4th TD of the night as he scored from 35, and Shun Hallums got his 2nd TD in as many weeks with a 1 yard burst. A Parks interception set up a 1 yard run by newly named North-South All Star team member Tymeco Gregory to make it 55-21, and when Denarico Johnson got a nice interception, Josh Wilson capped the scoring for Greer from 2 1/2 yards out. Riverside scored with 4:04 to go on a 2 yard Christian Bennett run to make the final score 62-28 Jackets.

The Steve's Corner Stop Players of the Game were Eric Campbell on defense, and with over 700 yards of offense, the radio crew selected the entire offense as "players of the game". Coach Will Young is proud of his team's turnaround. "A lot of these same kids remember how bad it felt last year when the 10th game was over, we were done. Now they've come full circle to go undefeated in the region. This is great. But now we really start our season. It's week to week if we want to keep playing. Seneca is a good team and we know they will bring everything they have at us next week. We'll work hard to be ready for them."

You can join the Greer Yellow Jackets football team and cheerleaders at Pizza Inn this Monday night to celebrate the region championship and encourage them as the playoffs begin. The team will arrive at about 7:30. Make your plans to eat between 6 & 7:00, so there will be plenty of seats for the players as they arrive about 7:30 from practice. Come enjoy a great pizza buffet along with the Peach Blossom Champion Jackets. The Humble Bumble Wagon will be there as well to get your Jacket gear, including conference championship apparel. Hopefully we'll see you on Monday night to get the Jackets encouraged as the Road to Death Valley has now begun!

Game photos from Riverside courtesy of Eddie Burch... 





Greer roars past Tigers, 54-14

Yellow Jackets clinch conference title!!
The Greer Yellow Jackets are conference champions once again. As they did two years ago, Greer put a wrap on the region title with still a week to go as they defeated the Blue Ridge Tigers 54-14 Saturday night at Dooley Field. The win gives the 3rd ranked Jackets an 8-1 record and more importantly, a 4-0 mark in the conference. Greer owns a head to head victory over Clinton, the only team in the league with just one loss, and that clinches the crown. It also explanation marks the dramatic turnaround from last season's 3-7 record, fittingly against Blue Ridge. Last year Blue Ridge got their first ever win over Greer with a 39-14 win over the Jackets. Greer has made dramatic turnarounds on both sides of the football from last year. The "Swarm & Sting defense has been stingy, and the offense, led by an epic rushing attack, has averaged 51 points per game in region play.
 
Greer took the opening kickoff and went 62 yards in just 5 plays, the touchdown coming on a 32 yard run by Dominique Parks. Ross Robison's extra point made it 7-0 with just under two minutes into the game. But Blue Ridge showed they weren't there just to formally give the region crown to the Jackets. On their 2nd play, QB Brad Rowe spotted single coverage and hit speedy Kenneth Littlejohn for an 85 yard TD pass. Christian Bright's PAT made it 7-7. After both teams drove into each others territory but failed to score, Greer scored when Efferlyn Williams ran it in from 5 yards. The PAT was no good and it was 13-7. Two minutes later Parks scored again from the 13 capping a 48 yard drive to make it 20-7, and when Gerry Hall recovered a Tiger fumble at their 16, Williams would score on a 2 yard run to make it 27-7. Blue Ridge then mounted a nice drive before the half by inserting Littlejohn in the backfield with Sergio Carr and the two helped the Tigers go 75 yards in 8 plays. Littlejohn's 4 yard run with 45 seconds to go made it 27-14 at halftime.
 
After the two teams traded punts to start the 2nd half, Denario Johnson of Greer intercepted a Blue Ridge pass on 4th down and returned it out to the 45 yard line. A play later, Williams got his 3rd TD with a 51 yard run. That play was selected as the Greer Now Magazine Big Play of the Game. After a Tiger punt, Williams scored again on a 40 yard run, then got his 5th touchdown of the night after another fumble recovery by Hall. Chase Lewis kicked the PAT to make it 48-14. Williams, who rushed for over 200 yards, scored those three 3rd quarter touchdowns in just 4:17 off the clock, giving him the rest of the night off as Josh Wilson played QB the rest of the way as Coach Will Young cleared the bench. The Jackets capped the scoring with just :25 to go in the game on an 8 yard run by JV running back Shun Hollums, making the final score 54-14. RB Dominique Parks did not play in the 2nd half due to a hip pointer he received in the Clinton game. The Upstate's leading rusher had 90 yards in his limited action.  
 
Greer Head Coach Will Young was pleased with the performance, and happy with the conference championship. "I'm mainly happy for these kids. A lot of these guys played last year. They know how it felt to go 3-7, and they know how it felt to lose to this team we played tonight. The dedicated themselves in the off-season to turn things around this year and so far they have. This is just one goal accomplished. We have another game next week against another home town rival in Riverside. Then we start the playoffs with a chance to meet more goals. This was a good Blue Ridge team that we played. We knew they would play hard and we knew they would fight us to the end, and they did. We've got a lot to be proud of, but we're ready to get back to work too." The Steve's Corner Stop Players of the Game were Efferlyn Williams on offense, and Gerry Hall on defense.
 
Greer will try & sweep the region schedule next week at Riverside. The Warriors have lost back to back heartbreakers, falling last week to Blue Ridge on a late field goal, and on Thursday night 28-27 to Chapman in the rain. So please come on over to the Reservation to support the Jackets. If you haven't been there since their stadium renovation two years ago, Riverside has a nice visitor section with plenty of seats. We're calling on all Greer fans to once again take that award winning support on the road. And take your radio head sets with you as we'll kick off the BB&T Yellow Jacket Tailgate Show at 6:00 and the kickoff at 7:30. If you cannot be there, please listen in on WPJM AM-800 or from this web site.
 
CONGRATULATIONS GREER YELLOW JACKETS. REGION 3 AAA CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS!   

GreenvilleOnline game photos - Eddie Burch

Peach Blossom Conference Standings...

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Jackets!!






Tymeco Gregory named to North-South All Star Game


Congratulations to senior offensive lineman Tymeco Gregory. He was selected to participate in the North-South Game. The game will take place on Dec. 13th in  Myrtle Beach. Tymeco is a three year starter for the Yellow Jackets and also plays on the defensive line. Congratulations Tymeco!!






Yellow Jackets crush Clinton, 42-6



Greer has sole possession of first place with 2 games remaining... 

On a somewhat rainy night at Dooley Field, two powerhouse programs matched up for the 42nd time as Greer hosted the Clinton Red Devils. This was a game between two teams that predominately liked to run the football and that was non exception tonight. Greer won the coin toss and elected to defer til the second half.

Clinton (5-3, 2-1) took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards in 12 plays, with Matt Ligon punching it into the endzone from the 2 yards on fourth-and-goal. A bad snap on the extra point gave them a 6-0 lead. Little did the Red Devils know that would be their only points of the game. The Yellow Jackets would start their first drive from the 28 yard line and march it right back down the field, going 72 yards on 7 plays, as senior quarterback Efferlan Williams would keep it on the option read and race 37 yards for the tying touchdown. Ross Robinsonís extra point hit the right crossbar and the score was knotted at 6-6.

Greer would take a 12-6 lead when Dominique Parks (182 yards rushing) scampered 56 yards for the first of his 3 consecutive touchdowns. The junior running back would also find the end zone on runs of 6 and 33 yards to push the lead to 25-6 at halftime. It seemed coming out of the locker room, the Yellow Jackets might have lost some of their fire but sophomore running back Jonathan Winter provided his own spark when he took the hand off from Josh Wilson and went 30 yards for a touchdown run. It was a tremendous run by Winter as everyone, including the Clinton defense, thought he was tackled at the 22 yard line but he used his hand to balance himself and take off for the score. Williams, would get his second score of the night when he went around the right side for a 18 yard touchdown. He also broke the 1,000 yard mark on the season thanks to a 194 yard rushing performance.

The final score came from the leg of Robinson as he made it a perfect 2-2 on the season after connecting on a 25 yard field goal. The offensive line (nicknamed the Bullies) did a terrific job all night and helped Greer eclipse 500 total yards for the 4 straight game. They now have sole possession of first place in the Peach Blossom Conference but Head Coach Will Young knows it is not over yet, "It was a great win for our kids and fans, but we have two of our rivals up next and we have to get ready for Blue Ridge next Friday night". The Steve's Corner Stop Players of the Game were Matt Holliday (offense) as he had two big receptions for 35 yards, both on 3rd down to move the chains. Defensively, Darus Murray and Brian Bustamante made big tackles upfront for the Jackets all night. 

Greer is now 7-1 overall, 3-0 in conference play and will host the Blue Ridge Tigers at Dooley Field on Friday night. The Fighting Tigers got a hard fought 12-9 win over Riverside. Hope that everyone will come out and cheer on the Yellow Jackets!

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Prior to tonight's game, five former Jackets were inducted into the Greer High Athletic Hall of Fame. They include Jessica Ward-Bruce, Corky Howell, Derek White, Don Brown, & Bobby Stroble. In addition, the late Jack Smith was inducted as an honorary member for his service in the concession operations. The home side concession stand is named in his memory.




Greer rolls, 51-12 over Chapman

Yellow Jackets now host Clinton with first place on the line... 


The Greer Yellow Jackets offensive barrage continued Friday night at Chapman. Greer had scored 62 & 49 in their previous two outings so it wasn't a huge surprise that they hung 51 on a very young Panther team still looking for it's first win. Even so, it was the Jacket defense that set the tone and set the offense up for their first two scores. Midway through the 1st quarter defensive lineman Eric Campbell intercepted a pass and returned it 26 yards to the Panther 21, setting up Efferlan Williams 11 yard run. Ross Robison kicked his first of six PATs to make it 7-0. Just two plays later the defense recovered a fumble at the 14 and in two more plays Dominique Parks was in the end zone giving Greer a 13-0 lead. After a defensive stop Williams, on the 4th play of a drive, ran around the left corner & got a block from Parks that sprung him for a 75 yard TD run. The Panthers Andre Hines returned the ensuing kickoff for a TD, making it 20-6. Greer then drove to the Panther 3 yard line, but on 4th down Parks was stopped at the 1. The Jackets forced a 3 & out and got the ball back at the 33. That set up Williams 3rd TD run from 11 yards. Robison would add a 33 yard FG with just over a minute to go giving Greer a 30-6 lead at the break.

 

Greer scored twice in the 3rd quarter. They took the opening series 69 yards on 12 plays as big Tymeco Gregory lined up as a fullback and barreled in from the 1. Later in the quarter Thomas Simmons smoothly reeled in a short pass from Josh Wilson and turned it into a 53 yard scoring play getting a big block from Kenneth Ramey along the way. And with the two coaches agreeing to a 4th quarter running clock, Jonathan Winter capped the scoring for Greer with a 5 yard run following his 53 yarder to the 5. Chapman got a late score on a 14 yard run by Keenan Hines to set the final score at 51-12. The Steve's Corner Stop Players of the Game were Thomas Simmons on defense & Tymeco Gregory on offense. After the game Greer Head Coach Will Young was glad to get the win. "Always good to get a road win in the region. You know these Chapman kids last year were the Upper State Champions.  We knew they had some good players. We knew that & we knew they would fight us to the end, and they did. It took us a little while tonight to really get going, but we did and again, we got the win. Now we really have to get focused on Clinton next week." Young said that he & the staff won't have to do a lot of talking to get everyone ready to play for that one. "They will be motivated to work towards Clinton. From that standpoint we ought to have a good week of practice, because they guys know to beat Clinton you always have to play your best." Greer is now 6-1 on the season.

 

Great job tonight Jacket fans on the road! In our estimation you once again went into an opponents stadium and took a bigger crowd. It was nice sitting just above you in the visitor side press box and hearing the Jacket Backers below loud & clear. Let's keep it up next week at Dooley Field as Greer & Clinton will square off in a game that will give the winner sole possession of 1st place in the conference with two weeks to go. So bring a horn, a cow bell, make a shaker, wave a terrible towel, scream your head off, & wear your black & gold as the Jackets host the Red Devils in yet another big game in the series that dates back to 1938. Greer leads the overall series with Clinton 21-20. If you can't be there, of course we will have it for you on WPJM AM-800 at 6:00 for the BB&T Yellow Jacket Tailgate Show and game time is 7:30. We'll also have it for you live from this web site world wide!

 

Congratulations to the Greer Yellow Jackets!!


GoUpstate.com game photos....


Peach Blossom Conference Standings...








Gravley to call historic broadcast Friday

"The Voice of the Yellow Jackets" Robbie Gravley will be behind the mic for the 225th time Friday night when the Jackets travel to Inman to take on the Chapman Panthers. Gravley is in his 19th season being the "Voice of the Yellow Jackets" being the eyes and ears for Yellow Jacket fans all over the world. He has brought you games from Williams Brice Stadium, from a scaffold at Seneca, using a cigarette lighter in his Yukon to provide power and everywhere in between.  From one night at Nixon Field to the CEO of the Yellow Jacket Sports Network, Gravley has brought Yellow Jackets Football to thousands of listeners every Friday night.

Congratulations and Thanks to Robbie Gravley the "Voice of the Yellow Jackets" .

The Tale of the Tape
Games Broadcast- 224
Stadiums Broadcast from- 30
Play-off Games Broadcast- 46
Upper-State Championships Broadcast- 5
State Championships Broadcast- 2





Greer runs past Union County in Jacket Bowl XIII, 49-21

QB Efferlan Williams contributed to five touchdowns... 

Jacket Bowl XIII was a game that everyone knew would break the 18-18 tie on overall wins in the Greer-Union series. They also knew that it was a game that would set the tone for the Peach Blossom Conference race. Maybe even a game that would serve notice to the rest of the Region and maybe even the Upstate 3A football powers. What everyone didn't see coming was an impressive 49-21 rout by the Greer Yellow Jackets over the Union County Yellow Jackets.

Even though Greer didn't score until 6 minutes to go in the opening quarter, once they did score they were off to the races, literally. Greer amassed 438 yards rushing, with over 200 each by QB Efferlan Williams and RB Dominique Parks. The duo have been quite lethal in the current 3 game winning streak. Williams rushed for 3 touchdowns and Parks two. Greer led 35-7 at halftime and cruised to the lopsided victory.

Coach Will Young was proud of his team and their desire & effort to improve. "We played well. Union County always has great athletes and they do this year. From that standpoint we liked what we saw in what we were able to do. But at the same time, our kids are not resting on what they have done. They know they need to get better....keep improving. We don't have to tell them that - even though we do. They know it and they work hard every week. This is a very focused group." Greer is now 5-1 but more importantly 1-0 in conference play.

Greer will now travel to Inman for game two in the region to face the Chapman Panthers. Chapman is new in the conference and new to AAA, having played for the State Championship in 2007. We hope that you will come support the Jackets on the road in the way that Greer fans have built such a reputation for. Many times we outdraw the competition, even on the road! Bring your radio headsets too, as we will be broadcasting inside the stadium on an open FM frequency between 97 & 100 FM. Just scan til you hear us! Also for everyone else the game will be on WPJM AM-800 and this website starting at 6:00 PM for the BB&T Yellow Jacket Tailgate Show and the kickoff is at 7:30. We hope to see you there!

 Click this link for driving directions to Chapman! http://www.spart1.org/chs/about/Directions/

GoUpstate.com game photos





Greer soars over Eagles

Haley Ah Ching chosen Homecoming Queen as Jackets romp over Eastside......

The Greer Yellow Jackets finished up the pre-conference slate tonight with a 62-14 Homecoming win over the Eastside Eagles. The fifth ranked Jackets took control early in the 1st quarter and never let up. Star running back Dominique Parks was on the bench for the game at the 11:18 mark of the first half after rushing for 94 yards and two scores in just over a quarter of action. With slippery field conditions and Peach Blossom play beginning next week, many of the Greer starters spent a lot of time on the sidelines. By 8:36 of the 1st quarter Efferlan Williams had a 15 yard TD run and a 60 yard TD pass to Brad Holliday and the defense hada forced three 3 & outs to build a 14-0 lead. Greer stretched the lead to 48-7 by halftime. Parks had two scores from 47 & 2 yards, while Jonathan Winter added two scores from the 7 & 13 yard lines. Williams hit WR/TE Desmond Parks with a 36 yard scoring strike as well, and Ross Robison was 6-7 on PAT's. Eastside's lone score came on a long pass from Drake Thomason to Jonathan Woolford that briefly made the score 14-7.

In the 2nd half as a misty rain fell, the Jackets got TD runs from Winter and JV sophomore QB Joey Russo, who got his first varsity touchdown in the 4th quarter. Eastside got another long passing TD when a Greer corner slid down on the soggy field. The Jackets amassed over 350 yards rushing on the evening and held the Eagles to near nothing on the ground. Thomas Simmons didn't score for the Jackets, but set up 3 scores. The 1st was a 2nd quarter interception that he returned to the Eastside 28, then a 28 yard reception on 4th down to the Eagle 1 in the 3rd quarter, and a 50 yard punt return to the 17 yard line that set up Russo's score. Williams was shaken up late in the 1st half and Josh Wilson came in to effectively run the offense for two quarters til Russo took the reins.

Coach Will Young was pleased with the effort, but saw room for improvement. "We did a lot of good things, but five games into the season we are still committing some bad penalties. Our region is tough and we start that next week. If we want to be the kind of football team that is playing in November, we've got to find a way to play smarter. We are definitely playing tougher the past two weeks, but we also need to play smarter." The Steve's Corner Stop Players of the Game for Greer were Denario Johnson on defense, and Jonathan Winter on offense. Johnson, a senior, had several passes he broke up and was in on a lot of plays, while Winter had 62 yards and three touchdowns.

Peach Blossom action will tip next week at Dooley Field in Jacket Bowl XIII with the Union County Yellow Jackets coming to town. Union County will come in on an upside after getting a good win over Broome to improve to 2-3. Greer is 4-1, and while that is "mission accomplished" in the pre-conference slate, that means nothing as to the postseason. The region record is everything, so it is paramount that the Jackets give full attention to the task at hand. Please be there early to fill Dooley Field with some fired up Greer fans to cheer on our Jackets. Radio air time is 6:00 PM and the kickoff is at 7:30. Wear your black & gold and bring your shakers, horns, and cow bells ready to make some noise, and tell your out of town friends they can listen in to all the action right here on www.yellowjacketsports.net.

Congratulations to the Greer Yellow Jackets for their big win over Eastside!

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GOOOOOO YELLOW JACKETS!!




Greer topples Greenville, 21-17...

Yellow Jackets score late to get victory...

The Greer Yellow Jackets went on the road to Sirrine Stadium in the highly anticipated matchup with the Greenville Red Raiders. The first quarter saw Greenville get the football in Greer territory as they successfully recovered the opening kickoff. Neither team was able to move the ball offensively much in the first quarter. Greer got on the scoreboard first, in the second quarter,  when Dominique Parks took it to the endzone from 3 yard out to give the Jackets the 7-0 lead. The Red Raiders would get a field goal in the quarter and the halftime score was 7-3..

Greenville got a touchdown in the third quarter to take their first lead of the game 10-7 and would stretch that lead out to 17-7 with just over 9 minutes remaining in the game. Behind the legs of quarterback Efferlan Williams and Parks, the Yellow Jackets would march right back down the field on their next possession and make the score 17-14 when Williams scored from 9 yards away with 7:50 left. After a big defensive stop for Greer, one of many on the night, the offense would have one more chance to tie or take the lead. With 55 seconds to go in the game, Parks would scamper 3 yards to give the Jackets the lead back. After a penalty on Greer, place kicker Ross Robinson would split the uprights for 35 yard out to make the final score 21-17.

The Yellow Jackets rushed for 265 yards (Parks-169, Williams 96) and was able to hold the Red Raiders leading rusher DJ Jules to only 76 yards on the ground. The Steve's Corner Stop players of the game were Bryan Bustamante and Gary Hall on defense and the entire offensive line for their outstanding play.

Greer returns to Dooley Field on Friday night, after three straight road games, to host the Eastside Eagles! Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. The BB&T Yellow Jackets Tailigate Show will be on live at 6:00 p.m. and we hope ALL Yellow Jacket fans will be at "The Hive" to cheer on the Jackets!!




Byrnes defeats Greer

Rebels scored early and often...
Over the first two games, USA Today's nationally #1 ranked team had played OK. Despite a few sputters, they were 2-0. The Greer Yellow Jackets went into Nixon Field with a good game plan, but did not see the same Byrnes team on the field that had played the first two games. The Rebels scored on a 79 yard Chas Dodd to Ricco Sanders pass play just 38 seconds into the game to take a 7-0 lead. They hit on just about all cylinders all night long as Byrnes dominated the Jackets 63-0. After the first score, Greer picked up a couple of first downs before having to punt. After forcing a Rebel punt, the Jackets were once again on the move near midfield. But on 3rd down QB Efferlan Williams pass was intercepted at the Byrnes 45 by Devin Miller, who raced 55 yards the other way that put the Rebels up 14-0. That early play with 3:54 left in the 1st quarter seemed to take the air from the upset sail that Greer had hoped for. Over the next six minutes Byrnes would increase their lead to 35-0 by the 9:44 mark of the half on drives of 1, 4, and 4 plays. After a nice Greer run resulted in a Byrnes fumble recovery at the 48 yard line, Dodd hit Torian Richardson on a 22 yard slant on the 4th play to make it 42-0 with 1:52 remaining. Even when good things happened the Jackets couldn't seem to catch a break. When Dominique Parks broke loose on a 50+ yard jaunt to the Rebel 19, a late flag from an out of position official moved the ball back to midfield. Byrnes scored two 3rd quarter TD's on an 18 yard Nick Jones run and from 1 yard by Jamel Watson. They capped their scoring on a punt return for a touchdown with 4:03 left in the game. The Steve's Corner Stop Players of the Game for Greer were Dominique Parks on offense and Thomas Simmons on defense. Despite the shutout, Parks gained over 120 rushing yards on the night, and Simmons made multiple tackles in the secondary despite playing the whole game on offense, defense, and on both return teams. The Jackets must now develop a short memory & turn their attention to the Greenville High Red Raiders. Greenville once again is one of the top AAA programs in the State and will be a big challenge. This is also a big measuring stick game for both Greer and Greenville to see where they stack up as region play begins in week 6. Greenville defeated Seneca on Friday to improve to 3-0. Hopefully we'll see a large contingent of Yellow Jacket fans at historic Sirrine Stadium to see Greer play it's 6th longest running rival. Greer has played only Byrnes, Clinton, Union, Easley, and Riverside more than the Red Raiders as the Jackets and Greenville will play for the 35th time. Make sure to lock your plans to be there Friday night to support our team. Radio air time on WPJM AM-800 will be 6:00 PM for the BB&T Yellow Jacket Tailgate Show and the kickoff is at 7:30. The game will be broadcast in & around the stadium on 99.5 FM, and can also be heard from this web site from anywhere in the world. Bring your headsets and cheer on your Greer Yellow Jackets, but if you can't be there tune in to the Yellow Jacket Sports Network! Photo gallery - GoUpstate.com




Williams Leads Jackets Past Berea 62-33

Greer outscores Bulldogs to go to 2-0 on young season...



The Greer Yellow Jackets exploded for 62 points on Thursday night at Berea to defeat a determined Bulldog team by the score of 62-33. Senior quarterback Efferlan Williams posted some gaudy offensive stats, falling just 21 yards short in passing to reach both 200 yards rushing & passing in a game. He also scored two touchdowns & threw for two more in his first start under center for Greer. Williams, who transfered into the Greer district late last school year from Maryland most likely has now established himself as the starting QB for the Jackets. He had exited fall camp as the #2 QB, slightly trailing Josh Wilson. And while Wilson himself has been very solid, Williams has raised the bar on his game exponentially.

The Jackets took a quick & early lead in the game in just 1:35 off the clock. It was a 5 play, 70 yard drive as Williams took it in from 5 yards. Ross Robison's PAT made it 7-0. Berea would tie it up a posession later on a 17 yard run by bruising RB Davion Gambrell, but the tie would only last seconds when Dominique Parks took a handoff and raced 64 yards to make it 14-7. The lead would stretch to 21-7 on Williams 45 yard pass to Matt Holliday. On the ensuing kickoff, Berea fumbled and Greer made them pay, with Parks scoring again from 3 yards out capping a 46 yard drive. That would be the last play of the night for Parks, as he had sustained a concussion earlier in the quarter. His status is day to day. Berea would come to within 28-14 the Jackets before intermission on an 80 yard pass play to Davon Dickey from QB Zach Reeves.

After halftime the scoring ramped up. On the Jackets 1st posession of the half they went 60 yards in 10 plays and Dakari Sitton scored from 3 yards to make it 35-14. After a Matt Holliday INT, sophomore tailback Jonathan Winter scored on an 8 yard run in his first ever varsity carry. WIth the score 42-14, the two teams would trade touchdowns like playing cards the next 10 minutes. Berea scored on plays of 83, 30, & 31 yards, while Greer scored on a Williams 57 yard run, a 52 yard pass to Thomas Simmons, and with 2:16 to play, a fierce 20 yard run by Josh Wilson on which he gave a piggy back ride to several Bulldog defenders into the end zone making the final score 62-33. The Steve's Corner Stop Players of the Game were on offense, of course Williams with his 200+ yards rushing and 179 yards passing. On defense Darius Murray got the nod as the top defender in a game where there really wasn't a lot of defensive highlights. In all the two teams combined for 95 points and well over 1000 total yards.

Coach Will Young was happy to get the win, but when asked about the performance wasn't impressed. "We really didn't play that well on either side of the ball. 62 points is good for sure, but even on offense we had costly penalites, we had dropped balls. Eff would have easily gotten that 200 yards passing if we just catch it. And on defense, well thats not the way Greer High plays defense, and we're sure not going to start playing it that way now. But hey, we're 2-0 and we've got some things to work on, and we sure will work on them to get ready for Byrnes."

The Jackets now turn their attention to the Rebels, who came into the season ranked #1 nationally and are also 2-0 on the season. Broadcast time on WPJM AM-800 will be 6:00 PM for the BB&T Yellow Jacket Tailgate Show and the kickoff between Greer & it's oldest rival will be at 7:30. Greer last defeated Byrnes in 2000 on the road at Nixon Field by the score of 28-27. The game can also be heard anywhere around the world from this web site. So wear you Greer gear, bring your headset and come support the Jackets as they face the Byrnes Rebels next Friday night!

GO JACKETS!!




Jackets ground down Wolverines

Greer holds off Woodruff 27-20 in season opener.....


The Greer Yellow Jackets are 1-0. An opening game of the season against 8th ranked Woodruff at home would have been enough of a story line any night, but not tonight. From the vidication from "Pad-Gate" as the 2008 fall season practice started, to the first game at Dooley Field without the presence of legendary Coach Phil Clark. From the homecoming of former Head Coach Travis Perry as Defensive Coordinator to the attempted "Return to Glory II" from last season's disappointing campaign. Greer was breaking in two new quarterbacks and returning two star players named Parks. A veteran offensive line stepping to the forefront and a young, untested secondary going up against a powerful spread offense that went 9-3 last season with a bunch of starters returning. Greer's Will Young, who has gained a bucketful of respect from the community for his empassioned defense of his players and obiously self-less team approach in bringing back the popular Perry, going up against a first year coach in Brian Lane, an offensive mind who once coached at Byrnes. There were so many story lines it truly was a huge night! Throw in that the game was played in front an overflow crowd on both sides and it had all the makings of one heck of a game. Oh - did I mention? It turned out to be, one heck of a game!

The Jackets, holding on to a 27-20 lead late in the game, saw the Wolverines convert a 3rd and 18 into a 1st down at the 40 with just over 4 minutes to play. From there they converted two straight 3rd down and 3's, then a 4th down. A 1st down at the Greer 4 yard line then became 2nd down at the 3 as the clock ran down inside 10 seconds to play. On 3rd down quarterback Jake Lambert's pass was tipped twice and knocked away twice and the clock stopped at 1.6 seconds to play. On 4th down & 3, Maurice Gilliam took a pitch to the right side and headed towards the goal line, but the Jackets Jailon Greer and others stopped him inches away, thus ending the game. It was a breathtaking finish that totally turned around the finish of last season's heartbreaking loss in the opener at Daniel that, really, set the tone for that season. Coach Young hopes this win will do the same for this team. "It was a very good win against a real good football team. Woodruff is very good. You just watch & see them. The good thing is that we did some nice things out there, and we were also able to win in spite of me seeing several things that we didn't do that well, so we have some things to work on. We definitely didn't play as well as we can, and when you can still win, that's a good thing. Our strength tonight was conditioning and running the football (Greer had well over 300 yards rushing), but we also know we will have to do a better job of throwing it too. But I'm proud of the guys for hanging in there & getting a win."

Woodruff scored first on what was ruled a 37 yard touchdown catch from Lambert to Trey Bailey. Bailey never seemed to come close to catching the ball at the 4 and it careened into the end zone, where he recovered it in front of Andy Drummond. After a short conference the official raised his hands to signal touchdown. The extra point made it 7-0. Greer began to mave the ball up & down the field, mainly on the ground, but couldn't finish off the drive. But they finally punced it in at the :57 mark of the 2nd quarter as Efferlan Williams sneaked it in from the 1. Ross Robisons PAT tied it up at the half. Greer would score quickly in the 3rd quarter on a 56 yard drive again from 1 yard out when Dakari Sitton scored. That made it 14-7, but Woodruff came right back with a Lambert to Dominique Woodruff pass. Pressure came from the right side on the PAT, and the kick was pulled into the left upright, keeping Greer in front 14-13. A Williams QB 50 yard run set Greer up in scoring position and a play later Sitton once again scored from the 6 to make it 20-13. They added to the total 4 minutes later on a 10 yard Dominique Parks run. And even though Greer seemed to be pulling away the Wolverines wouldn't fold up shop. Their next drive was a 9 play, 62 yard rive that ended with a Maurice Gilliam TD from a yard away and suddenly it was 27-20. The two teams traded posessions in the last 10 minutes until the game winning defensive stand for the Jackets.

The Steve's Corner Stop Players of the Game for Greer were Dominique Parks on offense, and Dennis Kiff on defense. Parks had 22 carries for 203 yards and a score, while Kiff had several tackles, including 4 sacks. Next week the 1-0 Jackets travel to Berea to take on the Bulldogs. Game time is 7:30 PM. Radio air time is 6:00 PM for the BB&T Yellow Jacket Tailgate Show. If you are going to the game, be sure & take your radio headset to the game. At Berea we will be broadcasting on an open FM frequency somewhere in the 97-100 FM range. You will be able to find us easily once you pull in the parking lot. Of course here in Greer & around, we'll be on WPJM AM-800, and you can listen around the world from this web site.

Congratulations to the Greer Yellow Jackets for the season opening 27-20 win over Woodruff!!
Game photos - Greenville Online




CLEARED TO PLAY!



The Greer Yellow Jackets football program received good news today around noon when their probation was overturned by a vote of 10-2 by the South Carolina High School League. Greer Prinicpal Marion Waters, Head Coach Will Young and Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach Travis Perry made the appeal to the High School League Executive Committee on behalf of Greer High School. Head Coach Will Young was grateful for the dcision. "It's a huge burden that has been lifted. I am just happy for our players and the community. Now we can get back to football." The football team is now allowed to participate in pre-season scrimmages/jamborees as well as post season play.

Article from GoUpstate.com, which includes a live "blog" from the meeting, click here.

Video from News Channel 7, click here.







2008 Greer Yellow Jackets Football Schedule


Home games in black. Peach Blossom Conference games in CAPS.

All games start at 7:30 PM.

August 29 - Woodruff  WON! 27-20   

September 5 - @ Berea  WON! 62-33   

September 12 - @ Byrnes Lost 63-0   

September 19 - @ Greenville WON! 21-17   

September 26 - EASTSIDE  WON! 62-14  

October 3 - UNION COUNTY  WON! 49-21

October 10 - at CHAPMAN  WON! 51-12

October 17 - CLINTON WON! 42-6

October 24 - BLUE RIDGE WON! 54-14

October 31 - at RIVERSIDE  WON! 62-28 

November 7 - Seneca*  WON! 56-16

November 13 - Lugoff-Elgin* Lost 43-40

 

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