Week 1 Upstate Notebook

SCPrepNation.com had game reporters out and about all across the state and here are some of the notes from our contributors concerning some of the top games in the Upstate that were attended. Dylan Thompson (pictured)of Boiling Springs had 5 touchdowns on Friday night. Thanks to all of our game correspondents who emailed us their game reports.

Week 1 Notebook (UPSTATE)

Mauldin 28 Hillcrest 7- This rivalry game has become a great game to watch over the last few seasons. This one was close in the first half as Mauldin held a 14-7 lead going into halftime. The second half saw more of UNC commit Josh McKie running the show for the Mauldin Mavericks as he and brother Jeremiah McKie played a huge game. Older brother Josh was 11-22 for 270 yards passing along with 3 touchdowns. The 2009 standout also rushed for another touchdown on the ground finishing with 61 yards on 12 carries. Little brother Jeremiah appears he will be just as good as Josh grabbing 4 catches for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns. SCPrepNation.com will try and feature the younger McKie soon to give you more details concerning his early recruitment. D.W.

Woodruff 20 Greer 27- There were fireworks expected in this one and both teams delivered. In the end the Yellow Jackets defense held Woodruff from scoring just inside the 1 yard line on the final play of the game to seal the win. Greer RB Dominique Parks lead the way for the Yellow Jackets with 195 yards rushing and a touchdown, while teammate Dakari Sitton found the endzone twice in short yardage situations. Woodruff was lead by Maurice Gilliam who had 51 yards on 13 carries and caught 2 passes for 42 yards. QB Jake Lambert was 13-27 for 210 yards in the Wolverines effort tonight. D.L.

Daniel 14 Easley 7- This one we felt was either going to be really close or a blowout. Easley held their own against a Daniel team whom we felt had more firepower at the offensive skill positions in this matchup. A win is a win as QB Justin Walker powered the way passing 11-15 for 181 yards as wideout Marcus Greenlee was on the receiving end of 6 passes for 85 yards. The Easley crowd shouldn't take the loss too hard because Daniel is a very capable and strong AAA team. There were definitely positives to take from the game moving on to next week. A.P.

Dorman 6 Gaffney 0 (OT)- The new "Reservation" was opened with great fan fare and expectations. I must say that the venue is much improved and a great facility to watch some great high school action. The Gaffney community should be proud of what's in store at their new home. On to the news about the game. The Cavaliers and Indians had a thriller and treated all of the fans in attendance to a great game. Dorman offense dominated the ground game while Gaffney was fairly balanced in their attack. Still at the end of regulation neither squad could muster any points on each other's strong defenses. The overtime saw Gaffney with the ball first but their drive ended with a missed field goal. Dorman 2009 standout Walt Canty would score the winning touchdown from 3 yards out for the final score. Ash Butler powered the Cavalier rushing attack with 105 yards while Quenton Tucker ran for 80 yards. Dorman used their big offensive line and rarely threw the ball tonight which is somewhat surprising considering they have 2011 stud WR Charon Peake and Canty (sometimes) lining up at wide receiver. A great quality win for the Cavaliers, and the Indians will once again be a team that continues to get better as the season rolls along. Watch out for both teams come playoff time folks!!! J.O.

Boiling Springs 62 Chapman 7- The Bruce Clark era got underway in in Boiling Springs and his Bulldogs didn't disappoint. Behind QB Dylan P. Thompson and RB Troy Murph the Bulldogs used their massive offensive line to control the line of scrimmage against defending AA Upper State Champions Chapman. Thompson was 9-13 for 190 yards for 4 TDs and Murph had 29 carries for 149 yards. Thompson also ran for another touchdown accumulating 46 yards on the ground. The game was a dominating performance by the Bulldogs. Thompson according to SCPrepNation.com is getting some serious interest and after watching him tonight deservedly so. I will be interested to see where his recruitment leads to. P.B.

South Pointe 56 J.L. Mann 0- Let's just say that the transfer of Devonte Holloman to South Pointe is already paying huge dividends. Holloman made a number of plays and started the scoring with a 54 yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter. The Stallions' offense was potent behind QB/ATH Stephon Gilmore who was 6-9 for 196 yards and ran for 59 yards and a touchdown. Holloman intercepted a pass in the second quarter and returned it 40 yards for a score. Devin Wherry powered the running game for South Pointe with 69 yards on 10 carries. B.H.

Hanna 20 Westside 7- This Anderson County showdown saw T.L. Hanna under new head coach Kenya Fouch please the Yellow Jackets fanbase with a big win over their rivals. NC State commit WR Quinton Payton showcased his talents as the Westside defensive backfield had cramping issues throughout the contest. Payton caught 2 touchdown passes of 8 yards and 44 yards on the night. Will Gaye also got in on the action catching a 75 yard pass from QB Dajun Martin. T.G.

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