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Liberty bounces back from opening loss to beat Bulldogs

By Rocky Nimmons

LIBERTY — The Liberty Red Devils were ready to get the taste of a Week 0 defeat out of their mouths last week, and the Berea Bulldogs just happened to be the unlucky foe next on the schedule.

The Bulldogs went into Red Devil Stadium and found themselves in the crosshairs of head coach Kyle Stewart’s tough defense. The unit seemed to have an answer for anything Berea had to throw at them, and the Devils produced a 24-14 victory on a beautiful Friday night in Liberty.

The only points the Bulldog offense put on the board came with just 2:22 to play in the game.

“Defensively, I think we played a pretty good first half,” Stewart said. “Obviously they scored that TD at the end, but other than that, the defense got a shutout for three and half quarters”

Offensively, the Devils sputtered in the first half, but as the game wore on, the unit got going and dominated the Bulldogs on the ground, mounting 323 yards compared to Berea’s 156.

“We just had to settle down,” Stewart added. “We just needed to stop worrying about all the things that are out of our control and focus on the things we do control. Once we did

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Daniel dominates Green Wave to stay undefeated

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — The Daniel Lions entered Friday’s home opener against the Easley Green Wave expecting a solid test from an in-county foe.

The Lions aced that test, dominating the Green Wave in a 51-6 contest that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated.

“We did a very good job offensively and defensively,” Daniel quarterback Tyler Venables said. “We came out strong on offense, and I was happy to move down the field and score.”

Venables was the ring leader of the Daniel offense, accounting for six touchdowns in the first half, including four passing scores in the second quarter.

“Tyler is everything we expect him to be,” Daniel coach Jeff Fruster said. “He’s been challenged to be the leader of the team, and he‘s continually showed why.”

The Lion defense also had a stellar showing on the night, holding the Green Wave to six points and flying all over the field against Easley’s own fast-paced offense. The effort was especially impressive considering Easley coach Caleb King had averaged more than 50 points a game last season as the head coach of Havelock High School in North Carolina.

“Kudos to my defensive staff,” Fruster said. “Those guys work tirelessly and put together a solid game plan for us.”

Fruster was happy with the overall team effort, but stressed that the team needed to be more disciplined following a night filled with penalties.

“We gave great effort tonight,” Fruster said. “We played hard tonight, but the one thing

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Former officer, 2 others charged with conspiracy

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

PICKENS — A former Pickens County Detention Center officer arrested earlier this year is facing more charges.

S.C. Law Enforcement Division agents charged Zachary Keith Blanton, 23, with two counts of conspiracy on Thursday, according to a news release.

Blanton and two others were charged in connection with a scheme to provide methamphetamine to inmates at the Pickens County Detention Center, the release said.

Susan Lynn Maredy, 45, of Easley, is charged with conspiracy, as is 33-year-old

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Pickens girls take second in Nation Ford tourney

FORT MILL — The Pickens High School Lady Blue Flame were the runner-up in the 16-team Nation Ford Volleyball Invitational held Saturday in Fort Mill.

The Lady Blue Flame will square off against archrival Easley High School in a non-region volleyball match set for tonight (Wednesday) at the Peggy Harden Anthony Gymnasium at Pickens High School. The junior varsity match will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity.

Pickens High won five matches in the 16-team Nation Ford tournament before falling to Class 5A Rock Hill in the

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‘Hee Haw’ to have final performance Saturday

PICKENS — A play based on popular 1970s and ‘80s TV show “Hee Haw” was a smash hit in its last two performances at the Pickens Senior Center/Hagood Community Center.

More than 50 people had to be turned away from the jam-packed auditorium at the the last performance at the center, located on School House Road in Pickens.

As a result of the incredible response, officials at the center have announced a farewell presentation.

The Hagood Community Center/ Pickens Senior Center will present the final presentation of “Hee Haw” with local

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Pickens falters in second half after

By John Robert Ayers
Courier Sports

EASLEY — It was a tale of two halves on Friday night, as the Easley Green Wave extinguished the Pickens Blue Flame, 31-14, for their first win under new head coach Caleb King.

The Flame jumped out to a 14-0 lead after their first two possessions and took a 14-7 advantage into halftime before giving up 24 unanswered points in the second half.

“We gave out,” Pickens coach Chad Smith said. “I blame myself for that. Our conditioning was not at a level that it needed to be.”

Following a late kickoff due to the game’s inclusion in the Great America Rivalry Series, Pickens won the opening toss and elected to receive.

Jamorea Keith fielded the ball at the 13-yard line, bringing it out to the 26 to start the first possession of the season. Keith and Brennan Perkins split the majority of the carries on the opening drive as Pickens marched the ball downfield. The biggest play of the drive was a 30-yard run by bruising fullback Zach Hollman all the way down to the Easley 23-yard line. Keith finished the drive with a six-yard touchdown, and Mason LaMance’s PAT made it 7-0 Blue Flame with 8:05 left in the first.

The Blue Flame defense took the field after LaMance’s kickoff was returned to the 35. Easley junior quarterback Kasten Harvey opened his season with a six-yard pass to

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‘Still a lot of wins on the table’

By Clay Counts
Special to The Courier

LIBERTY — High School football has made its return to Pickens County, but week zero proved to be a struggle for the Liberty Red Devils.

Coming off of a successful season, the Red Devils knew the Daniel Lions would present a major challenge, and Friday’s matchup proved even tougher than Liberty envisioned as the Lions visited Red Devil Stadium and left with a 44-0 season-opening victory.

While not the result they wanted, the challenge gave the Red Devils the opportunity to knock off some cobwebs and get their feet wet for another year of football.

Although it is always difficult opening with a top-tier opponent and the result was far from ideal, Liberty coach Kyle Stewart was still optimistic following the game.

“We’ve got to get some good guys ready to go,” Stewart said. “We’ve known depth was an issue and we’d get a little worn down, but I thought our guys played hard against a quality

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Green Wave come back to beat Pickens and kick off King era

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

EASLEY — Coach Caleb King’s first win at Easley will be talked about for some time.

It will be remembered for a tremendous second-half comeback, as the Green Wave rallied from a 14-0 deficit thanks to a decisive third quarter to beat rival Pickens 31-14 in the teams’ season opener on Friday night.

It was the ninth in a row in the series for Easley dating back to a 2010 Pickens win, the last game in the rivalry at Bruce Field.

“It feels good.” King said of the win. “I’m more proud of our seniors and those guys for fighting and conditioning like we did. It’s an incredible group of young men to come in with as many new starters as we have, to be able to put up 31 points and have a lot more room for growth.”

Pickens scored on its initial two drives and Easley fans may have wondered if it was going to be a long night. But a few defensive adjustments, a huge turnover before halftime and

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High school football kicks off Friday night

By Bru Nimmons

Staff Reporter

EASLEY — Easley High School hosted the final dress rehearsal before football season at its annual jamboree on Friday night, and while showing plenty of positives, both the Green Wave and visiting Daniel Lions showed they had some work to do ahead of this week’s season openers.

Set to kick off the season with a 7:30 p.m. trip to county rival Liberty this Friday, Daniel dropped the opener in the Easley jamboree against the Brookland-Cayce Bearcats, 26-21.

Easley, meanwhile, lost 19-14 to Seneca in the jamboree’s closing half as the Green Wave prepare to host county rival Pickens at 8 p.m. to open the regular season this Friday.

The Lions fell behind early in their matchup with the Bearcats before quarterback Tyler Venables drove the offense 75 yards down the field and threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Billy Bruce to tie the game at 7-7. The

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2 arrested after late-night chase

CLEMSON — Two men were arrested last week after police said they ran from officers on foot after speeding through downtown Clemson.

At 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Clemson police noticed a car being driven at a “high rate of speed through the downtown area of Clemson” and officers tried to stop the vehicle before the driver evaded a traffic stop, Clemson Police Chief Jimmy Dixon said in a news release.

Dixon said the vehicle was driven to a dead-end street, and one man was found “trying to swim from the shore within

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