Green Wave come up short against Woodmont

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

EASLEY — Two teams battled for a possible home playoff berth Friday night at Bill Carr Stadium.

Unfortunately for the host Easley Green Wave, it was the Woodmont Wildcats continuing a five-game win streak, escaping with a 28-21 win.

The Wildcats, 5-4 overall and 5-1 in Region I-5A, will now play T.L Hanna this Friday night for the region title.

At 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the region, Easley now needs to win at Laurens on Friday night to further secure its playoff berth.

It was an odd game Friday night. Easley recovered two squib/pooch kicks in Wildcat territory to end the first half and to begin the second half and didn’t convert on either. The Green Wave didn’t even pick up a first down after either recovery.

Woodmont took advantage of an Easley miscue on the opening kickoff, recovering at the Green Wave 30. Seven plays later, quarterback Clay Bartunek hit Nicholas Boatwright behind the secondary for a 13-yard score, making it 7-0 with 8:35 left in the first quarter.

“That was a tough way to start the game,” Easley coach John Windham said. “We had worked on that, but we just were not able to get it back and get on it. That was tough to give them the ball there right off the get-go.”

Easley answered with a five-play, 65-yard drive. Quarterback Dallas Odom hit Ethan Boyles on third and five for 18 to the Woodmont 42. On the next play, Jeremy Harried, one of 21 Easket seniors honored on senior night, scooted untouched for a 42-yard

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