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Lions end Chapman’s 22-game win streak to advance to Upper State

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

INMAN — There have been plenty of big games during Daniel head coach Jeff Fruster’s tenure with the Lions.

Prior to Friday night’s matchup against defending Class 3A state champion Chapman, Fruster’s Lions had played for three region championships and had been a part of 10 playoff games during his five-year run, including a matchup with four-time defending state champion South Pointe and an Upper State championship appearance against Greer in 2018.

Despite the profile of those games, Friday’s colossal collision between the Lions and the Panthers may have been the most important game of his head

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Green Wave enter offseason with momentum after closing with win

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

news@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — The Easley football team capped off an unusual season with a postgame celebration that had been building all season.

In most seasons, unless a team wins a state

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Tigers’ Swinney slams FSU after game cancellation

By Michael Crouchley
Courtesy The Journal

michael@upstatetoday.com

CLEMSON — The Clemson football team was under a large tent in a hotel parking lot in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday morning, eating breakfast and preparing for its noon game against Florida State.

Then head coach Dabo Swinney delivered the news that every college football team dreads this

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Durrah picks up first career victory to close season

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

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SENECA — Easley coach Jordan Durrah won’t likely forget his first win as a head coach on Friday night.

The Green Wave (1-7) tallied season highs in points and total offense in rolling Seneca 44-14.

“First of all, I’m just proud of these seniors,” Durrah said. “I’m proud of the seniors for continuing to lead and for doing things the right way throughout the adversity and throughout the losing and end the season on a high note.”

It was the Easley’s best performance all season. Defensively, the Green Wave gave up their fewest points of the season, picking off two passes and

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Pearman’s hot night leads Daniel to huge win to open playoffs

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

CENTRAL — Trent Pearman has been among the top high school football players in the state in recent weeks, but in Friday night’s 62-30 first-round playoff win against Chester, the Daniel junior quarterback engineered his best performance yet.

Pearman finished 21-of-26 passing for 415 yards and six touchdowns as he picked apart the Cyclones’ secondary with ease in the romp at Singleton Field.

“I thought he did a great job tonight,” Daniel head coach Jeff Fruster said. “He showed so much poise in the pocket, and nothing really rattled him. He took his shots where he could and really led this offense.”

Pearman’s performance was the latest standout performance he’s

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Flame falter in season finale at Woodmont

By Scott Sasser
Courier Sports

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PICKENS — After a promising start to the season, the last few weeks had not gone in Pickens’ favor heading into Friday night’s matchup with the Woodmont Wildcats.

With one last shot to pick up a win on the season, the Blue Flame couldn’t end their late season slide in a disappointing 42-27 loss to the Wildcats.

Typically, whoever wins the time of possession battle has the edge, and Pickens certainly won that battle, thanks in large part to the

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Landrum drops Red Devils in final game of season

By Clay Counts
Courier Sports

claycounts21@yahoo.com

LIBERTY — After a season riddled with delays and makeup games due to COVID-19, the Liberty Red Devils came to the end of the line Friday night against the Landrum Cardinals in a 42-14 loss.

Landrum received the opening kickoff, but was quickly forced into a three-and-out due to a tackle for loss by Trinity Oglesby before punting the ball away.

Taking over at their own 20, the Red Devils came out with E.J. Stafford behind center. The Red Devils did little to move the ball and were forced into a punt, too.

Stafford punted the ball 22 yards to the Liberty 49, where it was caught by Landrum receiver Bobby Dodd. Dodd then took the punt all the way back to the end zone

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Pickens has playoff hopes dashed by TR

By Scott Sasser
Courier Sports

news@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — The Pickens Blue Flame’s playoff hopes came to an end at the hands of the Travelers Rest Devildogs in a must-win matchup on Friday night.

The Pickens defense was unable to stop the surging TR offense in a 56-13 loss.

In a highly anticipated matchup to determine Region I-4A’s second playoff spot, the Blue Flame struggled to maintain their composure as the game quickly got out of hand. Once the Devildogs took the lead early in the first quarter, they never looked back, pulling away with seeming ease.

For Travelers Rest, Friday night’s game was a great display of explosive offensive action, accompanied by some lockdown defense. For the Blue Flame, it was a story of one step forward, two steps back throughout the night.

Pickens coach Chad Smith described the game in one

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Panthers shut out Liberty on road

By Clay Counts
Courier Sports

claycounts21@yahoo.com

ABBEVILLE — With the 2020 season winding down, the Liberty Red Devils made a long trip down to region powerhouse Abbeville on Friday night.

The Panthers boasted a 6-0 record going into the contest, and their high-powered offense proved too much for the Red Devils in a 63-0 win.

Unseasonably warm weather greeted the two teams on the first Friday night in November.

Going up against a tough opponent, the Red Devils knew they’d have to pull out all the stops. They did just that on the opening kickoff, sneaking in an onside kick that they recovered.

Shai Jamison broke a 12-yard run into Panther territory, but the drive died out, forcing a Red Devil punt.

Wasting no time, Abbeville pieced together an 86-yard drive, with Tyrell Haddon punching in a six-yard touchdown to take the early

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Green Wave still on the hunt for first win after loss to Mauldin

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

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EASLEY — It would be hard to convince any Easley fan or player that Mauldin had only won two games entering Friday night’s game with the Green Wave.

The uber-talented Mavericks, with two junior players ranked in the top 15 for the state in the class of 2022, including the top-ranked player in cornerback Jeadyn Lukus, ran off 42 first-half points in beating Easley, 49-6.

Mauldin’s losses this season have been to archrival Hillcrest, to T.L. Hanna by one point, to Greenville and last week to Ridge View, the team that beat Daniel in the Upper State title game last season.

“That is a good team,” Easley coach Jordan Durrah said of the Mavericks. “We scheduled that for a reason. I told them it’s about being process-oriented, and that’s the best thing for the program. We want to play against real good teams and competitive teams with

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