Jackets cruise to Homecoming victory

 

By GRAHAM WILLIAMS
Managing Editor - Union Daily Times

For all intents and purposes, Union's game with Riverside was over when Jeremy Sims took a handoff from Cameron Willis on the first play from scrimmage and streaked 77 yards for a touchdown.

In all fairness, the winless Warriors were without their starting quarterback and tailback, which put them at an even greater
disadvantage against a Yellow Jacket team that is building momentum.

Defensive end Andy Brame filled in at quarterback and on several occasions showed he wasn't afraid to put his head down and run over would-be tacklers, but Riverside could not muster much offense.

Union's defense limited the Warriors to just 86 yards total offense in the first half (51 yards rushing and 35 passing). Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets were moving the ball on offense, scoring on their first three possessions.

Sophomore quarterback Cameron Willis, substituting for the injured Steven Brewington, only played the first half, but completed six of seven passing attempts for 120 yards and one touchdown. His favorite target was junior wide receiver Dontee Stewart, who caught four passes for 97 yards. Willis also found Mikey Callahan for two-yard touchdown that gave Union a 13-0 lead.

Union's best drive came after an ensuing Riverside punt that pinned the Yellow Jackets at their own 3-yard line. Five plays later, Kendrick Neal scored from a yard out. Two big plays in the drive were a 48-yard run by Sims, who finished the night with 149 yards on seven carries, and a 44-yard pass from Willis to Stewart that gave Union a first down at the Warriors' yard line. Willis found Pip Smith for the two-point conversion and Union led 21-0 with 1:16 left in the first quarter.

A Jonathan Means interception set up Union's next score - the Yellow Jackets drove 70 yards in eight plays behind runs of 12 and 18 yards by Sims; a 21-yard pass from Willis to freshman Sam Hammond; and a 23-yard completion from Willis to Stewart. Willis called his own number of first and goal and scored from four yards out.

Two plays later, Jermaine Hill picked off another Brame pass and returned it to the Riverside 44. Six plays later, Smith banged over from a yard out for Union's final points of the game.

Head coach Tommy Bobo pulled his starters for the second half and by the end of the game nearly everyone who dressed saw action.

With the win, Union improves to 3-0 in Region III 3-A and 4-3 overall. The Yellow Jackets travel to Greer next Friday.

Union         21  14   0   0 - 35
Riverside      0   0   0   0 -  0
U - Sims 77 run (Gregory kick)
U - Callahan 2 pass from Willis (kick failed)
U - Neal 1 run (Smith pass from Willis)
U - Willis 4 run (Gregory kick)
U - Smith 1 run (Gregory kick)

Unofficial statistics
First downs - Union 15, Riverside 7
Yards rushing - Union 303, Riverside 110
Yards passing - Union 137, Riverside 35
Passing, A-C-I - Union 7-9-0, Riverside 4-10-2
Penalties - Union 9-75, Riverside 1-10

Individual statistics
Rushing - Union: Sims 7-149, Willis 6-48, Neal 6-36, Pendergraph
6-34, Broadus 5-18, Gilmore 2-12. Riverside: 5-13, Brame 14-37, 9-21.
Passing - Union: Willis 6-7-0, 120 yards, Gilmore 1-2-0, 17 yards.
Riverside: Brame 4-10-2, 35 yards.
Receiving - Union: Steward 4-97, Means 1-17, Callahan 1-2, Hammond,
1-21. Riverside: Jackson 3-35.

 

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