Steve Taneyhill provided the University of South Carolina with a memorable, charismatic field general during his years as a Gamecock. Now, as Head Coach of the Union County football team, his presence is equally as obvious and his swagger just as contagious.
The Jackets are adopting Taneyhill’s desire to win and are competing with a hunger that makes them dangerous, as was evident on Tuesday night during a scrimmage in Spartanburg with Wren High School and 4-A powerhouse, Byrnes.
The Jackets defeated Wren, 16-7 and a 9 p.m. stoppage resulted in a 14-14 tie with Byrnes.
Upstate football forums lit up with news of the scrimmage and debates of its relativity to regular season play. What most fans did agree on is that Union County looked ready.
“I always tell my players that you’re only gonna get 10 opportunities,” Taneyhill explained in July. “You’re only given 10 games — end of story — you’ve gotta earn that eleventh or twelfth one. You’ve got to take advantage of every game and it’s got to be fun. I had fun at the games when I played and I want it to be fun for these kids. Friday nights are fun, winning is fun.”
The Jackets will travel to Lugoff Elgin this Friday night where the plan is to have a little more “fun” in a jamboree before opening the season at Spartanburg next Friday night at 7:30.
Look for a breakdown of what to expect from the opener in Thursday’s edition of The Union Daily Times and be sure to pick up extra copies of Wednesday’s paper which will include the 28-page football magazine, Friday Night Lights.