UNION COUNTY — The Union County High School Yellow Jackets open the home portion of the 2017 football season on Thursday as they played host to the York Cougars. The game was moved to Thursday due to the threat of bad weather on Friday night.
The field at Union County Stadium was kind of sluggish on Thursday night from rain that had rolled through the area earlier in the day, and the Yellow Jacket offense appeared to bog down in the mud to get started. The Jackets went three and out on their first few possessions before they were finally able to manage a first down.
The Cougars didn’t let wet field conditions or the fact that the game was a day early bother them, as they came out firing on all cylinders scoring touchdowns on two of their first three drives.
The Jackets were able to put together a promising drive late in the first quarter to only have it taken away by a turnover, as York’s JT Sander intercepted Kesean Glover’s pass on a great defensive play.
The Jackets next drive also showed some promise as they moved the ball down inside York’s forty but were unable to convert the possessions into any points. The Jackets went into halftime trailing York 13-0.
The Jackets came out fired up in the second half and were able to march the ball down field 69 yards capped off by a two yard Deshaun Holmes touchdown run to make it 13-6.
The Cougars were able to answer on their next possession when quarterback Ethan Mitchell threw a nice 25-yard touchdown pass.
The Jackets next possession saw QB Kesean Glover go down with an injury and backup quarterback Will Horlacher enter the game. The Jackets didn’t miss a beat without Glover as the offense led by Horlacher took it down the field and Keion Glover punched it in from 20 yards out.
In the 4th, the Cougars would add another score to make it 27-13 until just under a minute when Will Horlacher found wide receiver Michael Purdie for an 11-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to seven. However, the ensuing onside kick was not successful and with two kneel downs the Cougars were able to run out the clock and claim the 27-20 victory over Union County.
After the game Yellow Jacket head football coach Bradley Adams said, “A loss is a loss and I’m not happy with it at all. We wanted to win this game really bad. We got off to a slow start on offense, and as a result of that it caused us some problems.” Adams also added, “We have got to stop the run on defense, that’s definitely a big problem I see right now, we are just giving up too much in the run game defensively.”
Adams also addressed the injury to starting quarterback Kesean Glover, “Kesean got banged up a little bit, but he’s ok. He’s got an ankle injury, it’s not anything major. He could have come back in and played but he was hobbling a little bit so we held him out.”
With the loss the Jackets move to 0-3 on the season and will host the Spartanburg Vikings at Union County Stadium next Friday night.
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Tyler Shugart can be reached at [email protected]