UNION COUNTY — The first home game of the 2017 football season for the Union County High School Yellow Jackets will be played Thursday at 7 p.m. instead of Friday due to the weather.
UCHS Head Coach Bradley Adams announced this afternoon that Friday’s game was being rescheduled due to the possibility of heavy rain.
Adams also announced that the JV game scheduled for Thursday will be played Wednesday at 6 p.m. The JV game will be played in York.
Jackets vs. Indians
The Union County High School Yellow Jackets fell to 0-2 for the 2017 season with a 30-0 loss to the Gaffney Indians last Friday Night at Gaffney High School. The Yellow Jacket offense was unable to put together a successful scoring drive and despite running fifteen more plays than the Gaffney offense, they were out gained by the Indians 379-279 in total net offense.
Jacket QB Kesean Glover completed 16 of 28 pass attempts for 116 yards and one interception. His longest pass of the night was a 24-yard strike to Alijajuan Rice. DeShaun Holmes, who carried the ball 17 times for a total of 68 yards, led the Yellow Jackets in the rushing department. Glover also carried the ball 20 times for 67 yards.
Jacob Crocker, the team’s long snapper, also recovered a muffed punt for the Jackets that was dropped by the Gaffney punt returner.
Jackets vs. Cougars
Union County will open the home portion of the 2017 season this Friday night as the take on the York Cougars at Union County Stadium.
The Cougars, who the Jackets defeated last year 23-13, are coming off a tough 28-21 loss last week at home to the Rock Hill Bearcats. York is 0-1 on the season.
York is coached by Bobby Carroll who has been at York since 2011 after coming over from South Pointe High School where he served as that schools first head football coach, and led them to the 2008 State Championship. Since taking the reigns at York, Coach Carroll has been very successful, winning at least eight games in all but one season since he took over a program that went 3-7 the year before he took over. The Cougars have made one State Title Game appearance under Carroll in 2014 where they lost to the Spartanburg Vikings.
Last week against Rock Hill, the Cougars ran the ball 43 times for 184 yards and threw the ball 24 times for 153 yards. Stephen Olgelsby appears to be the player to watch for the Cougars. He carried the ball sixteen times last Friday night for 118 yards with a long of 34 yards.
The Jackets have allowed 390 yards rushing in the first two games combined this season.
To get a win against York this week the Jackets are going to have to finish some drives with touchdowns, and stop the York rushing attack. The Jackets will also need to capitalize on any York miscues.
Last week against Gaffney the Jackets were unable to take advantage of the Indians’ mistakes. Getting points off of turnovers can turn games and seasons around.
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