Region play is now completely underway across the Lakelands. Here are four takeaways from Friday’s Week 6 action:
Greenwood pulls off
impressive upsetA shakeup on offense seems to have paid off for the Eagles.
After having troubles on offense in the first two region games of the season, Greenwood erupted for 49 points in a shocking win against No. 6 T.L. Hanna. Greenwood moved Daylan Rappley back to quarterback and used juniors Jaylin Tolbert and Jyrea Martin at running back in a formation with two tight ends.
Martin had an impressive showing, rushing for 170 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Tolbert added three touchdowns.
The Eagles couldn’t generate much offensively in losses to region foes Woodmont and Laurens, but their performance against the Yellow Jackets should be a sign that they’re headed in the right direction as region play continues.
Emerald offense makes strides despite lossThe Vikings still aren’t where they’d like to be, but their offense showed signs of life for the first time in weeks against Mid-Carolina.
Emerald endured an insurmountable non-region schedule after a season-opening win against Ninety Six. In past weeks, the offense had become stagnant and failed to put together sustained drives. Turnovers and untimely penalties have also prevented a young unit from building any sort of confidence.
That offense, however, made strides Friday night. Quarterback Zacoyeis Elmore scored two rushing touchdowns in the second half, Elias Ryans led a steady rushing attack and the Vikings put together an impressive final drive to put themselves in position for a game-winning field goal. The kick just happened to come up short.
Emerald will look for more progress this week against Newberry.
Saluda bounces backSaluda was determined to bounce back after a frustrating loss to Southside Christian. The Tigers did just that.
Saluda steamrolled Silver Bluff 55-0 in its region-opening game Friday. The Tigers’ explosive offense saw more standout performances across the board. Quarterback Noah Bell threw for 378 yards and four touchdowns. He added two touchdowns on the ground.
Wide receiver Dallan Wright caught four passes for 148 yards and a touchdown. The Tigers produced 560 yards of total offense.
As long as Saluda’s offense is clicking on all cylinders, Region 2-2A opponents will have their hands full this season. It’s a tough unit to slow down.
McCormick keeps rolling on offenseKeep your eye on McCormick freshman running back A’Chean Durant. He’s a star in the making.
Durant led McCormick’s offensive charge in a 41-14 win against Dixie, rushing for 133 yards and four touchdowns. In the Chiefs’ win two weeks ago against Eau Claire, Durant ran for 227 yards and two touchdowns.
McCormick had a challenging start to the season because of a difficult non-region schedule, but it should be a top contender in Region 1-1A because of its talent on both sides of the ball. Freshman quarterback Suderian Harrison has been another bright spot, as well as senior linebacker Caderrious Parks.
The Chiefs will look to stay hot this week against Calhoun Falls.