This one was never in doubt. Greenville moved the ball with relative ease or when they needed yardage to keep the chains moving.
From the early going Greenville's fast pace offense and speed was evident. Senior WR Tony Curtis hit the endzone first for the Red Raiderson a 10 yard pass from QB Matthew Roberts. A high snap out of the reach of the A.C. Flora punter forced a safety making the score 9-0. Tony Curtis once again found himself in the endzone on a 1 yard run to make it 16-0 Greenville.
From there it appeared to be a long night for the visitors from Columbia. Greenville DE Mike Davis snared a A.C. Flora pass out of the air and returned it 9 yards for another Red Raiders touchdown as the score was 23-0 at halftime.
Greenville K Jake Koenig put up the only points of the third quarter to make it 26-0 Greenville. In the fourth quarter backup RB John Robinson took it in from 1 yard out to finalize Greenville's scoring on the night to make it 33-0.
Praylow finally got loose later on with an 11 yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion catch by Chori Evans made it 33-8 where the score would stand as time expired.
Greenville will next host Blue Ridge High School which defeated Lugoff-Elgin 7-0 in a hard fought battle.
- The big news for the victorious Red Raiders will be if the ankle injuries their two biggest weapons the perimeter suffered. Both WR Chris Wallace (North-South selection) and Tony Curtis went out of the game with ankle injuries and had them wrapped with ice on the sidelines in the second half. The victory could have come at great cost to the Red Raiders' success in the rest of the playoffs if those two standouts at WR are unable to play. We will keep you posted.
- Greenville QB Matthew Roberts played an outstanding game. Roberts was effective buying time by rolling out of the pocket and allowing his receivers to get open before firing some nice passes. He played virtually a mistake free game except for a few errant passes that sailed on him. Roberts was 25-37 for 303 yards and 1 touchdown pass on the night.
- A.C. Flora RB Otis Praylow looked good when he got some blocks but the Greenville defense won the battle up front on a cold night.
- A.C. Flora OG Kenneth Page looked strong when he engaged but often times against the Raiders he pulled and sealed which really didn't showcase his talents. This one was not one of his best performances in my opinion. Shows good form and technique but I didn't see much aggression out of the big man who's more than capable of dominating.
- Greenville DE Mike Davis had another big showing. We've been singing his praises for the past few months and he didn't disappoint. Davis had the big INT for a touchdown but he had a number of TFLs and a sack or two on the night as well. His name was being called on every series on a regular basis. Great instincts and moves to shed blockers. Great looking junior prospect who's stock is definitely on the rise in a big way. (Check back with us for an exclusive recruiting update this week with Davis as he says some new powerhouse D1 programs have started to make regular contact with him early on.)
- A.C. Flora LB Kei-won Brown had his named called quite a bit tonight as well. Has a real nose for the ball and made a ton of plays defensively for his team. A solid prospect that deserves some looks from colleges.
- Greenville RB D.J. Jules isn't the biggest player we've seen by any stretch of the imagination and he didn't have a huge game production-wise but the youngster runs with heart and is quite powerful considering his 5'4 150 pound size. Already having rushed for 1000+ yards this season Jules is arguably the key to keep opposing defenses from trying to key on wideouts Chris Wallace and Tony Curtis. We will have an update with D.J. Jules this week as well so stay tuned.
- Mike Davis, North-South selection DT Arterio Arnold, and the rest of the Red Raiders' defensive line put tons of pressure on A.C. Flora as they managed to slow down one of the state's top rushers in RB Otis Praylow. Davis and Arnold highlighted an outstanding defensive performance by the defense. In years past the Red Raiders were known for their high powered offense but their defense is equally as tough to deal with these days it seems.