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Mauldin shocks Greer 24-21

Photo Credit: Leigh Clement

By: Basia Scott | Greer contributor

Greer dropped to 1-3 on the season after falling to Mauldin 24-21 on Friday. The game was delayed due to lightning at the start, and the players played through a light drizzle throughout the game, but according to Greer players and coaches it did not affect their performance at all. 

The Yellow Jackets had a 21-17 lead until Mauldin running back Randy Caldwell found the end zone on a touchdown run late in the 4th quarter to put the Mavericks ahead for good. Friday night’s game stood in stark contrast to last year’s meeting between the two teams when the Yellow Jackets defeated Mauldin 40-3.

According to senior safety, Ben Pearson, the Jackets were feeling “confident and ready” going into the game against Mauldin. This was evident in the way Greer came onto the field, putting up points early.

The rain was a non-factor in the eyes of quarterback coach Mazzie Drummond who stated, “I don’t think it affected us that much. We had a lot of good moments, we just had some bad moments that came up at bad times, that affected our play.”

When asked what his personal motivation was, Ben Pearson stated, “I have always been an underdog and this is my senior season. So, I want to show up and show out as much as I can.”. He continued to explain what he thinks motivates the team, “This is a season [after going] to a state championship appearance and we’ve started off 1-3… We’re in a dark spot and that makes us want to work harder… because Greer isn’t and won’t be a team to be unsuccessful.”

The Yellow Jackets will be look to improve their offensive gameplan this week in practice. Coach Drummond said that the Jackets will be focusing on, “executing, getting better at what we do and understanding how to just play hard all of the time.”

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