Despite the efforts of quarterback Keiston Smith, and wide receiver Chris Booker, the 3-A Yellow Jackets were edged out by 4-A Gaffney last Friday night, 28-21.
Smith was a workhorse for Union County, throwing for 245 yards with two touchdown passes. He broke 13 tackles over the course of the game and rushed for 105 yards on 11 carries including a touchdown and the two-point-conversion that tied the game in the fourth quarter.
“Keiston got us out of trouble a bunch of times,” said Union County Head Coach Steve Taneyhill. “The wide receivers played good but we had zero running game except Keiston.”
Booker provided Smith with a consistent target, especially in the first half of Friday’s contest. Every pass that Booker reeled in during the first two quarters resulted in first downs with one 13-yard touchdown that gave Union County a 7-0 lead.
On seven carries, he collected 108 yards and added a 41-yard kickoff return.
“We have four really good wide-receivers, so on any night one of them could be the star,” said Taneyhill.
Both Smith and Booker are key variables to the offense and will play critical roles when the Jackets meet Greer at the Union County Stadium on Friday night.
Your Union Daily Times co-players of the week are Keiston Smith and Chris Booker.