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Blue Flame defeat Powdersville, compete in Dorman tournament

PICKENS — The Pickens High School Lady Blue Flame downed the 2018 Class 3A state champion Powdersville Patriots last week and reached the Gold Division in the Dorman Tournament of Champions, played at the Spartanburg County high school.

The Lady Blue Flame defeated Powdersville in three sets in a match played at Powdersville Sept. 10, winning 25-20, 25-20, 25-19. Pickens advanced to the Gold Division of the Dorman Tournament of Champions on Friday and Saturday before falling to eventual champion Mauldin. Senior setter Kaylee Gillespie and senior right-side hitter

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Second-half shutout lifts TR over Pickens

By Rocky Nimmons

TRAVELERS REST — With heavy rains and lightning affecting the Upstate last Friday, many schools were forced to either cancel or find an alternate time to play scheduled high school football games.

Many schools elected to hit the gridiron on Monday night, and some canceled altogether. The Pickens Blue Flame (1-3) and the Travelers Rest Devildogs (4-0) elected to get their game in on Saturday afternoon in a rare daylight contest.

The Blue Flame came in pounding the Devildogs early, jumping to a 3-0 lead, but as the very hot afternoon wore on, Travelers Rest managed to pull out a few big plays to pick up a 21-10 win.

“Big plays got us,” Pickens coach Chad Smith said after the game. “We try to build our program on discipline, effort and toughness. That is what got us today. We have got to do a better job. We have to get in there and find out to see

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Red Devils shut out on soggy road trip to St. Joseph’s

By Clay Counts
Special to The Courier

GREENVILLE — Rolling thunderstorms threw a curve ball into Friday night football plans across the Upstate, but after some doubt, the Liberty Red Devils were able to take the field on the road at St. Joseph’s late Friday night.

They may have wished they hadn’t.

In a soggy, plodding, rain-delayed and shortened game in Greenville, the Knights completely shut down the Liberty offense to come away with a 10-0 win.

After a lengthy delay before the game even kicked off, officials elected to abbreviate the game with 10-minute quarters and a 10-minute halftime, but even more than causing the delay, the weather played a major factor in the game by making the ball hard to hold on to for both teams.

The two teams combined for 10 fumbles — five apiece — and the Devils lost possession all five times they put the ball on the ground.

“Turnovers killed us,” Liberty coach Kyle Stewart said after the game. “It’s never

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Washed Away

Hurricanes blow through Easley in rain-delayed game

By Ryan Davenport
For The Courier

PIEDMONT — In high school football, the terrible thing about youth and inexperience is the possibility of enduring one-sided losses.

The great thing about youth, inexperience and one-sided losses is plenty of opportunities to learn from mistakes and grow.

The Easley Green Wave gained a season’s worth of experience in Saturday morning’s 64-3 defeat at the hands of nearby rival Wren. Friday night’s strong line of thunderstorms and torrential rain forced the postponement of the intense rivalry’s 2019 edition, with the teams abandoning hope after an altered 8:30 p.m. start and agreeing to meet again for an 11 a.m. Saturday kickoff.

Spectators were sparse as the captains met at midfield, though the crowd

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After cancellation against Westside, Lions get final chance for region tuneup Friday


By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — With high school football teams from all over the area canceling their games on Friday night, Daniel and Westside continued to hold out hope that they could get their game in.

However, after almost two hours of delays, the contest was canceled, with no plans to make up the game.

“We never lost focus,” Daniel coach Jeff Fruster said. “It’s very unfortunate that we didn’t get a chance to come out against a very close opponent.”

Forecasts throughout the day called for scattered showers in the evening, but as game time approached, lightning wreaked havoc on the area. The Daniel game was pushed back to 7:45 p.m. originally before more and more delays came down.

Game time was pushed back to 8:15, 8:40 and finally 9:20, when it seemed like it was going to be played.

However, just minutes after the 9:20 start time was announced and the national anthem was played, officials made the call to cancel the game.

The game will not be made up due to the Rams starting region play this

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Clemson gets school-best 18th consecutive victory


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — No. 1 Clemson set a school record for consecutive wins with its 41-6 victory over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Saturday night.

The Tigers’ 18th consecutive win surpassed the mark of 17 set in 2014-15. The Tiger defense recorded eight sacks and held Syracuse to 187 yards of offense.

Trevor Lawrence set a new career high in passing yards in the Clemson win. Lawrence completed 22-of-39 passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns. The quarterback rushed for 42 yards and found the end zone in the second quarter for his third rushing touchdown of the season.

Amari Rodgers recorded his first two receiving

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Lady Blue Flame top Devils, Eastside to stay undefeated

PICKENS — The Pickens High School Lady Blue Flame won two away matches last week against longtime nemesis Eastside and Pickens County foe Liberty to remain undefeated in the regular season with a 5-0 record.

The Lady Blue Flame downed Liberty in three sets in a match played at Liberty on Sept. 3, winning 25-8, 25-8, 25-16.

Senior right-side hitter Olivia Dow led Pickens in kills with 11, followed by sophomore middle hitter Caroline Lucas with nine. Five players each had one block: Dow, sophomore outside hitter Alaina Craigo, freshman setter Lauren Dow, freshman middle hitter Faith Clarkson and sophomore middle hitter Calie Covey. Senior setter Kaylee

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Blue Flame pitch shutout vs. Liberty

By John Robert Ayers
Courier Sports

PICKENS — After two weeks of missed opportunities to open the 2019 season, the Pickens Blue Flame went into Friday’s game against county rival Liberty needing a win in the worst way.

The Flame were able to make the most of their opportunity, stifling the Liberty offense and picking up a 10-0 win.

“It feels great,” Pickens coach Chad Smith said. “Our kids executed, and we did a good job. I’m very proud of them. Those kids impressed me tonight. That was a first-class type of win.”

The closing minutes of the win were especially sweet for Smith, as his team showed remarkable determination in the fourth quarter, stopping the Red Devils inside the 1-yard line on their last possession before chewing up the final six minutes of the game clock with a drive that

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Red Devils lament missed chances in loss at Pickens

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

PICKENS — After an emotional, hard-fought battle with county rival Pickens Friday night, the Liberty Red Devils must have had one question running through their mind — what if?

The Devils had multiple missed opportunities, especially in the final quarter, in a 10-0 loss.

Following Pickens turnovers, Liberty started with the ball in Blue Flame territory at the 15-yard line and the 38-yard line and came away with zero points, literally missing by half a yard on its final chance.

“I didn’t have our team ready to play,” Liberty coach Kyle Stewart said after the game. “Plain and simple, we weren’t ready to play. That’s my

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Green Wave hope to get back on

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

EASLEY — Easley will play its closest rival Friday night when the Green Wave trek the six miles into Anderson County to play the high-flying Wren Hurricanes in their home opener.

The Green Wave will look to bounce back after a disappointing performance in the second game versus Daniel, falling, 51-6.

“We’ve got to get ready for another really good football team,” first-year Easley coach Caleb King said after the loss to the Lions. “Wren has a great football team. We’ve got to make sure we are well prepared, better than we were tonight.”

Offensively, the Green Wave have tried to have a balanced attack. Quarterback Kasten Harvey has yet to throw for a score, but has two rushing touchdowns, while only throwing one interception so far this season.

His top target has been freshman receiver Chris Edge, who has 12 catches, but for just 60 yards. Senior Hooper

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