UNION COUNTY — The Union County High School Yellow Jackets started region play on Friday night against the Eastside Eagles. Eastside (6-0) jumped out to an early 21-0 lead on Union County in the contest before the Jackets were able to get on the board in the second quarter on a 51-yard touchdown pass to by backup quarterback Will Horlacher to wide receiver Quadrik Smith. This touchdown marked the first time all season that Eastside had surrendered a single point outside the fourth quarter of play.
The Jackets were able to manage two more scores in the contest before eventually falling to Eastside 48-20. The 20 points scored by the Jackets are the most points that Eastside has allowed so far this season. The Jackets have now scored 20-plus points in four out of seven games this season. The Jackets offense is averaging 12.85 points per game while the Jacket defense is allowing 36.7 points per game.
The Jackets will have a bye week this week before taking on Blue Ridge for homecoming. The bye week comes at a good time for the Jackets who have been a bit banged up. After the bye week starting quarterback Kesean Glover should be clear to return to the field for Union County. Glover, who is just a sophomore, has shown promise for the Jackets in the early part of the season.
Union County is now 0-7 on the season, and with three games remaining in the regular season each game becomes more important. The team is improving. This team is very young and as stated many times, play what may be the toughest schedule in the state of South Carolina. The good news is, from what I can tell, is this team isn’t giving up. I see fight in this team each and every week despite the 0-7 record. With how young this team is and the continued success of our middle school teams, the future of Union County football is bright. We just have to continue supporting the kids and encouraging them.
For more about Yellow Jacket football and other local sports action see upcoming editions of The Union Times and online at our website (www.uniondailytimes.com) and our Facebook page. Also, Yellow Jacket games and other Union County sports activities can be caught on WBCU 1460AM and 103.5FM, online at WBCURadio.com, and on the WBCU mobile app.