GREER — A spectacular game featuring two stellar running backs came down to a field goal.
Sophomore Nick Roberson kicked a 37-yard field goal with 2.7 seconds left to lift Greer past Westwood, 45-42, at Dooley Field in the second round of the Class 3A football playoffs Friday night. The Yellow Jackets play host to Daniel next Friday.
Greer’s Quez Nesbitt rushed for 364 yards and four touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets (10-2). Westwood (7-5) got 386 yards rushing and five scores from Christian Brown.
So, did Roberson have butterflies?
“Tons!” he said.
“Christian just put the offense on his back,” Westwood coach Rodney Summers said. “He’s a great kid.”
“I just give all the glory to God,” Brown said. “I just followed my offensive line. We’ve been doing this all year. I came out here knowing we’d have to play the best game we could play. I tried to do too much in the first half, but I trusted my offensive linemen as much as I could.”
Emanuel Kelly scored Greer’s final two touchdowns on runs of 18 and 31 yards.
“We knew it was going to be pretty much of a run thing, especially with the rain,” Summers said.
“Greer has a rich tradition,” Summers said. “You always want to come out with a win, but our guys can come out with a lot from this and grow.”
Nesbitt scored on a 71-yard run on Greer’s first play of the game and on a 50-yard run on the first play of the second half. He also had scoring runs of 67 and 27 yards.
Brown’s scores covered 2, 32, 23, 6 and 34 yards. Quarterback Chris Patterson scored Westwood’s final touchdown on a 4-yard run with 2:41 left.
A clutch, 15-yard reception by Dorian Lindsey on third-and-12 kept the game-winning drive alive.
“The outcome was just the last team to have the ball,” Brown said.
Brown was impressed by Nesbitt, who has rushed for more than 2,400 yards and scored 33 touchdowns this season.
“That’s how you run the ball. We’re over on the sideline working, but every time Nesbitt gets the ball, you want to get up and watch.
“I told him if you keep running like this and put the team on your back, you’re going to win state. Nesbitt is the epitome of a running back,” Brown said. “He’s strong and runs to the hole even though he’s undersized.”
Play was delayed after the final play of the third quarter because of an injury to Westwood offensive lineman Marlon Reese. He was removed from the field on a stretcher.
Summers said on the field that Reese was having some issues with his neck. Later, he sent a text message that Reese was awaiting X-rays at an area hospital.