Union County Beats Greer 7-0
By: Brian Whitmore
Sports Editor - Union Daily Times
Union County’s defense was dominant, special teams came up big and the offense did its part in a 7-0 win over region rival Greer on Friday night at Union County Stadium.
The only points came early, when Rickey Rice blocked Greer’s first punt and Nick Jackson recovered the ball on the Greer 28-yard line. A 13-yard run by quarterback Nick Monroe, who was celebrating his birthday, set up his 1-yard touchdown run. Alex Tucker’s point-after was good.
“That was a big play on the punt block, who knew at the time that would be the only points,” said Jacket coach David Lipsey.
UCHS defense took it from there, holding Greer’s star Dominique Parks in check all night. Parks had just 79 yards on 25 carries. Greer was held to just 149 yards offense, 101 yards on the ground.
“Our defense is carrying us without a doubt right now,” said Lipsey.
The Jacket offense came through big moving the ball well all night with the spread offense, not quite scoring, but winning the battle for field position. UCHS had 189 yards, 122 yards rushing.
“Our offense is getting better each week,” said Lipsey. “Monroe threw the ball well and we had several receivers with good games.”
Trailing at halftime, Greer recovered a fumble on the first play of the second half, but ended up going three-and-out. The other Jackets threatened on their next series, aided by a pass interference call, but a Desmond Floyd sack ended that threat.
Rice got an interception to end another Greer drive. The UCHS offense took over, Dierris Beacham caught a pass for 17 yards and Brennan Crosby one for 20 yards from Monroe, who ran for 11 yards. Michael Johnson also had an 11-yard run to set up a 39-yard field goal attempt by Alex Tucker. The snap was bad and Tucker threw incomplete.
Union County’s defense then came up with a big fourth down stop with 5 minutes left in the game.
The teams traded punts before some big runs by Johnson iced the game.
“We won this game on defense, special teams and a big turnover,” said Lipsey, who bragged on his coaching staff. “The offense played well. It was a total team win.”
UCHS (3-3, 1-0) hosts Riverside, which beat Clinton, next Friday. It will be Union County’s homecoming game.
Union County 7, Greer 0
UCHS 7 0 0 0 - 7
Greer 0 0 0 0 - 0
U - Monroe 1-yard touchdown run (Tucker kick)
First downs: UCHS 14, GHS 7
Turnovers: UCHS 1, GHS 1
Penalties: UCHS 7-82; GHS 6-30
Total yards: UCHS 189; GHS 149
Rushing: UCHS 122; GHS 101
Passing: UCHS 67; GHS 48
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