Green Wave top Greenwood to guarantee spot in postseason

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

EASLEY — Keyed by a swarming, big-play defense, Easley played its best game of the season Friday night to upset Greenwood 24-21 at Bill Carr Stadium.

The performance was Hall of Fame-worthy as the Green Wave inducted six new members into the school’s athletic hall of fame at halftime. Sammy Galloway, Sam Houston, Gary King, Troy McGowens, Zack Reeves and Colt Shope were enshrined in the class of 2018.

The game, which had all the feel of a playoff game with the first cooler weather of the season, was a classic. With the win, Easley clinched a playoff berth and now can look to bigger and better things with wins the next two weeks at home against Woodmont and on the road at Laurens.

“That was huge,” Easley coach John Windham said. “They are such a quality opponent. Great program, great game — a huge game. I’ve seen a lot of games, watched a lot of games, been on a lot of teams, coached a lot of teams, but I’ve never been more proud of a team as I am tonight.”

Both defenses set the tone early. Greenwood’s Braylon Ryan sacked Easley quarterback Dallas Odom, forcing a punt. The Easley defense was up to the task, as a toss play on fourth and two by was stopped for a seven-yard loss by Shabba Little. It would be a night of big plays for Little.

The Green Wave offense couldn’t convert, as Odom’s pass was picked off by Kendrick Makins, who he returned it into Easley territory.

But again the Green Wave defense stood tall, as two plays later, Rhett

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