Union takes it on the road to face Newberry
by Kerry Flowers - www.unionyellowjackets.com
The Yellow Jackets hit the road again this week. This time to journey to the home of the Bulldogs of Newberry High. This game promises to be the marquee match-up of the 3A ranks this week with the winner having the "inside track" to this year's Region III crown.
The Jackets and Bulldogs haven't met much in recent times having just missed one another in the past couple of post-seasons. The only time Union and Newberry have hooked-up since the Yellow Jackets joined the 3A ranks in 1996 was a first-round playoff contest in 1997. Union came away with a 27-14 win in that one.
In years past Newberry, like Clinton and Greer, used to be a big-time, annual rival of the Jackets'. From 1962 to 1987 the Jackets and Bulldogs played annually with Newberry holding a slight edge over Union, having 14 wins to the Jacket's 12. Ten years then elapsed until their next and last meeting in '97. With Newberry (and Clinton & Greer) having joined Region III this season it probably won't be long before the old rivalries are re-kindled.
The Yellow Jackets head into Newberry to lay it all on the line: their #1 3A ranking; their perfect mark of 6-0; 1st place in the region; a 17-1 Region III record over the last three and a half seasons and, last but not least, bragging rights as to just who really is the team in Region III.
The Bulldogs are coming off a huge 25-20 region win over Greer last Friday night and are currently 5-1 on the season. They head into the contest brimming with confidence- as well they should. A lot is riding on this game and there is much to win or lose.
It's no secret that the Yellow Jackets are on a mission. A quest to a place where the Jackets firmly believe they rightfully belong: Williams-Brice Stadium. So, Newberry, here is your opportunity. Now is the time to garner a measure of the respect that you've been desperately seeking. The challenge is issued and the Jackets will gallantly forge into your field of battle to stand ready for the duel. Newberry- don't let this opportunity pass you by.
After the opening round of region play here's how Region III shakes out: Union, Newberry and Broome are each 1-0 while Greer, Clinton and Riverside are 0-1. Newberry (5-1) notched a big win last week by trimming Greer (4-2) 25-20. The Bulldogs look to keep the momentum on their side this week as they host the Union Yellow Jackets.
Broome (5-1) will entertain Clinton (2-4) in an interesting match-up. The Red Devils may be a little better than their current 4-game losing streak would indicate and the Centurions are enjoying a good measure of success so far this season. The outcome of this contest should be noteworthy.
Greer (4-2) will vent its frustration on Riverside (1-5). This game is at Riverside but that probably won't help the Warriors much. The Yellow Jackets came up short last week against Newberry and the Warriors will do all they can to help Greer get back in the win column.
Taking a peek outside the region we see that two other up-state teams still remain unbeaten. Pickens (6-0) shut out Daniel 24-0 last Friday and Greenville (6-0) flexed its muscle against Southside to the tune of 72-12. Hopefully one or both of these squads can maintain an unblemished mark into the post-season. (The Jackets prefer to obtain victory at the expense of previously unbeaten!) Furthermore, any team that is un-defeated and throwing 72 points on the board is the kind of team the Yellow Jackets want to play.
And so, in closing-- Jacket fans, Keep the Swarm Alive!
Clinton to try and rebound against Top 10 Ranked Broome
by JL Webb - - - http://www.chsathletics.com/Index.html
The Clinton Red Devils will travel to Broome High School this Friday night to take on the
5 - 1 Centurions of Broome High School. Clinton is in the midst of a 4 game losing streak while Broome is headed in opposite directions winning 4 in row including a 37 - 2 win over Riverside to start 1 - 0 in conference play this season. Clinton and Broome have squared off 18 times, the first being in 1976 that saw the Red Devils take a 38 - 0 win. Clinton holds a 14 - 4 mark against the Centurions including winning the past 8 games, the last occurring back in 1999 when Clinton defeated Broome 24 - 12.
The Centurions began the season as a run-oriented team, but changed to a more wide open offense that passes the ball more times than they throw it. Broome is led on offense by senior QB Brett Story. Story takes over for 3 year starter Rodney Wilkins who has been moved to WR. At running back, Jeriall Brannon and Tony Tate will do the majority of the carrying. Tate will also split out at wide receiver when the Centurions are in a one-back set. Six starters return on offense from last years 7 - 4 team that lost to Greer in the first round of the playoffs while eight starters return on defense led by LBer Toby Tobias. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
Riverside and Greer in a Battle of Neighbors.
Riverside Game #7