GREENWOOD, SC- The Greenwood Eagles ran for 342 yards and Octavious Morgan exploded for 159 yards and three touchdowns on the night, leading Greenwood to a 42-10 win Friday night at J.W. Babb Stadium.
Spartanburg opened the scoring on the first drive of the game, with a 33 yard field goal from Cameron Brown, giving the Vikings a 3-0 lead. Greenwood’s defense would recover, virtually pitching a shutout the rest of the game, giving up a late score with under two minutes left in the fourth quarter on a one yard run.
“They came out the first drive with some things we hadn’t seen on film all week,” linebacker Davon Durant said. “We were able to regroup and make some adjustments and play well the rest of the game.”
After Greenwood’s offense went three and out on their first possession of the game, Spartanburg again drove into Greenwood territory, with Brown missing a 28 yard field goal. Greenwood would capitalize on the ensuing play when Morgan broke loose for an 89 yard touchdown run, giving the Eagles a 7-3 lead.
After trading back to back three and outs, Greenwood would score on consecutive possessions midway through the second quarter, both touchdown runs from quarterback Evin Sims.
Sims would first punch in a touchdown from one yard out on a quarterback sneak, then on a 22 yard scamper to give Greenwood a 21-3 halftime lead.
“I think we were able to block well tonight,” Greenwood Head Coach Gene Cathcart said. “It was better than we have blocked the past few weeks so I was pleased with that.”
After receiving the ball to start the third quarter, Greenwood drove the length of the field, with David Shavoy Davis giving the Eagles a 28-3 lead on a four yard touchdown run.
On the following possession, the Eagles defense forced a fumble, with Jerry Thomas falling on it on the Spartanburg 26 yard line. Greenwood’s offense would capitalize once again on a Vikings’ turnover, with Morgan scoring from three yards out.
After a Martavious Griffin interception to close the third quarter, Morgan would put the game out of reach on the ensuing play, scoring this time from 26 yards out, his third touchdown of the night, giving the Eagles a 42-3 advantage.
“I just had great blocking tonight,” Morgan said. “My line blocked good and I just ran as hard as I could.”
With the win, Greenwood improved to 4-0, as they prepare to open up region play next week when they play host to Hillcrest. The major question mark leading into the region opener is the status of star wing back Lorenzo Mathis, who suffered a mild ankle injury in the second quarter.
“Hopefully we are able to get fully healthy,” Cathcart said. “We would like to get Lo (Mathis) healthy before next week; he suffered a mild sprain to his ankle. I feel like we need to execute better in the passing game and in the kicking game, as talented as we are. But overall, I feel like we have done some good things that we can build on.”