Wave struggle in trip to Belton-Honea Path

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

HONEA PATH — The New England Patriots would have had a hard time Friday night against Belton-Honea Path as the Bears dedicated their field to longtime manager Marlee Gambrell, who passed away last November after 50 years of service to the school

Gambrell had a saying of “How bad, real bad!” It was that kind of night for Easley, as BHP held the Green Wave to just four first downs in a 43-14 win.

Knowing that it was going to be an emotional night on the BHP sidelines, Easley needed a good start. It didn’t happen.

How bad was it for Easley? It was real bad in several areas. The offense only had two first downs in the first half — one by penalty.

The offense was not the only issue. Special teams issues hurt the Green Wave several times, as a long punt return set up the Bears’ first score. Two punts rolled deep in Easley territory, setting up a safety and then a 14-point flurry in the final minute of the first half as BHP took command 36-7.

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