Westwood is the last Midlands team left standing in the Class 3A state football playoffs.
The second-year Redhawks (7-4) dominated the second half while scoring a 38-10 win over visiting Woodruff in the program’s first-ever postseason game last week. This week, the Westwood journey continues with a challenging road game at Greer.
Greer (9-2) is 47-28 in state playoff games with three state championships in the modern era (since 1970), but the traditionally tough Yellow Jackets have not made it as far as the third round in postseason play since 2006.
Senior Quez Nesbitt is Greer’s offensive star. Last week the 5-foot-7, 150-pound running back piled up 297 yards on 29 carries and scored the game-winning 14-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of last week’s 34-30 nail-biting win over Emerald. Nesbitt also had a 73-yard scoring run and hauled in a 16-yard scoring pass in the game.
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Nesbitt has 2,126 yards rushing to date this season, and a school-record 5,657 yards for his career. He needs one more touchdown to become Greer’s all-time leader in that category, as well.
Westwood has a decent running back of its own in senior Christian Brown, who powered for 257 yards and fourth touchdowns on 40 carries against Woodruff. Brown has 1,592 yards and 19 TDs on the books. He is averaging 175.0 yards per game since becoming a full-time offensive player in the fourth game of the season.
QB Chris Patterson has thrown for 920 yards and run for 531. Patterson has excellent receivers to work with in senior Vyncint Smith (31-503-3) and junior Adonus Lee (31-506-5).
Stephen Timmons (87 tackles, 8 TFL, 2 sacks), Raymond Hall (80 tackles, 14 TFL, 3 sacks), Jeremy Jenkins (54 tackles, 10 TFL, 4 sacks), Jacob Gidron (49 tackles, 11 TFL, 2 sacks), Bradley Carter (46 tackles, 14 TFL, 4 sacks), Deant Drakeford (46 tackles, 4 interceptions) and Anthony Douglas (48 tackles, 4 interceptions) have been stalwarts on defense.
Kicker Brandon Howard has also been a key contributor. He is 9-for-12 in field goals, 32-for-35 in PAT kicks and is averaging 35 yards on 30 punts.