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INSIDE THIS WEEK’S FOOTBALL FRENZY

Daniel enters region play unbeaten 2B, Green Wave take down Southside 3B, Red Devils can’t hang with Pickens 4B, Pickens gets back on right track against
Liberty 5B, Clemson overcomes wake in overtime 7B.

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PYAC planning first golf tournament

PICKENS — Founded in January 1965, the nonprofit Pickens Youth Athletic Corporation will host its first-ever golf tournament on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Rolling Green Golf Course.

Set to kick off with an 11 a.m. hot dog lunch and a noon shotgun start, the four-man captain’s choice tournament will raise funds for the PYAC’s mission of providing quality youth sports programs and the best facilities possible for Pickens-area residents.

The cost is $200 per team, and prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place finishes, as well as a closest to the pin contest and longest drive

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Tigers look to keep building after win at Wake

By Will Vandervort
Courtesy The Journal
news@thepccourier.com

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On a day when the defense was not at its best, it was the offense that found a way to get it done in the end for fifth-ranked Clemson.

And in particular, it was quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei and his much-maligned wide receivers.

Uiagalelei passed for 371 yards and five touchdowns, while his young receivers grew up in front of a nationally televised audience. It all added up to a 51-45 double-overtime victory over then-No.

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Pickens defense stymies Liberty in final test before region play

By Cheri Anthony
Special to The Courier
news@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — The Pickens Blue Flame could not have asked for a more beautiful fall evening to play football.

After dropping its previous two contests against Southside and Daniel, Pickens looked to get back in the win column as it traveled to Liberty on Friday night to play the Red Devils. The Blue Flame were able to do just that with a dominant effort on both sides of the ball in a 42-7 road win.

Pickens’ captains for the contest were Jaden Jackson, Jeremy Burgess, Sammy Edwards and Eli Roberts. Liberty won the coin toss and elected

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Red Devils struggle to keep up with Pickens in loss

By Matthew Kannarney
Special to The Courier
news@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — Despite a week off to try to get healthy and prepare for a matchup against county rival Pickens, the Liberty Red Devils had no answers for the Blue Flame on either side of the ball in a 42-7 loss on Friday night.

The Blue Flame dominated on both sides of the ball, quieting the Red Devils on offense and wearing out their defense most of the night to hand Liberty its third loss of the season.

The Red Devils, who are a young team to begin with, have been dealing with injuries since the beginning of the season, especially on

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Easley drops Southside for first four-game win streak since ‘12

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports
news@thepccourier.com

GREENVILLE — The Easley Green Wave checked off a lot of boxes Friday night against Southside.

  • Win a fourth consecutive game.
  • Pitch a shutout on defense.
  • Play a relatively clean game in winning the final non-region game, 42-0.

“I thought we played well,” Easley coach Jordan Durrah said. “I thought the kids showed a lot of focus. They showed a lot of attention to detail. I thought we executed on both sides of the ball and thought we performed well on special teams. Obviously it wasn’t perfect. There are still some things that we’ll learn from this game and try to clean up and fix before we get going in region play.”

Easley won the toss and elected to receive. The Green Wave drove 60 yards in nine plays, converting on fourth and one when Ethan Alexander picked up four. Four plays later, quarterback Kalab Sutton found Will Patton at the 8-yard line, and he put his shoulder down and ran over defenders en route to a 17-yard score. Alexander’s kick

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Lions demolish Riverside to remain unbeaten

By Bru Nimmons
Sports Editor
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

CENTRAL — In its final test before opening region play, the Daniel High School football team hosted Riverside on Friday night, and in a reversal of their previous two games, the Lions couldn’t manage to pull away over the first 20 minutes of action.

However, the Lions found their groove behind a career day on the ground from senior quarterback Blaine Simons and the rest of the Daniel offense, along with an impressive showing from senior Misun “Tink” Kelley, in a dominant 56-14 win.

“We talked a good bit this week about getting everyone’s best effort and what that means as far as how we’re going to approach the game,” Daniel head coach Jeff Fruster said. “I know we’re still intrinsically

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INSIDE THIS WEEK’S FOOTBALL FRENZY

Daniel downs county foe Pickens 2B,   Liberty rests up for Blue Flame 4B,  Turnovers costly for Pickens 5B, Easley wins third straight after second-half surge against woodmont 3B,  Clemson claws Louisiana tech 6B.

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Red-hot Blue Flame sweep rivalry matchup

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Off to an unbeaten start to the season, the defending Class 4A state champion Pickens Blue Flame volleyball team opened region play last week and kept its strong play going against county foe Easley, defeating the Green Wave in three straight sets.

“I was very pleased with the way we played tonight,” first-year Pickens head coach Mellie Crumpton said after the Sept. 13 win. “This was a fun night because

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Late touchdowns secure Lions’ big win over Pickens

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

CENTRAL — Gunning for its 28th consecutive win, the Daniel High School football team appeared primed to breeze by Pickens on Friday night at Singleton Field, and a 28-7 halftime lead bolstered that view.

However, things weren’t so simple, with Pickens cutting the Lions’ early lead to 14 points in the third quarter and hauling in Daniel quarterback Blaine Simons’ first interception of the season on the next possession.

Bouncing back, the Lions forced a Blue Flame fumble, and Simons knew he had to make up for his prior mistake when Daniel took

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