Greenville High School senior Kent Riley and the Tigers dropped their season opener 27-19 to Anniston High School Friday night. (Photo Courtesy of Bryan Campbell)

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Bulldogs tame Tigers in opener

Published 11:18pm Friday, August 31, 2012

The final score indicates that Friday night’s game between Anniston and Greenville was a closely fought contest, with the visiting Bulldogs managing to pull out a tough 27-19 victory in both teams’ season opener.

The truth, however, is that Anniston came into Tiger Stadium and pummeled Greenville’s defense, building a 27-0 lead early in the fourth quarter. Anniston, which was one win away from a Class 4A state title game appearance a year ago, ran at will on the Tigers’ frontline as running backs Zondrick Foster and Rashard Williams both scored touchdowns. Williams gave the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead in the second quarter, capping off an 11-play, 80-yard drive with a 17-yard scoring run

Greenville’s offense didn’t start clicking until after Quindarious Jackson hauled in a pass from Spencer Howard for the Bulldogs’ final touchdown of the game.

The Tigers’ offense rallied to score three touchdowns in the final nine minutes as runs by quarterback Harper Vinson and tailback Jerome Watkins cut into the Anniston lead. The final touchdown by Watkins, from two yards out, came with four seconds remaining in the game.

Turnovers cost Greenville early in the contest. The Tigers strung together a series of first downs on runs by Watkins and Vinson, but an ill-advised pass by Vinson led to an interception by Anniston’s Jamar Jones who returned the ball 80 yards for a touchdown with 14 seconds left before halftime.

Greenville, which played its opener without five starters who were ruled ineligible prior to the game, will hit the road next week to face Class 5A, Region 3 rival Satsuma.

  • Breakthru

    Ok tigerfan62 we will see how things go this Friday. Hoping for better football like last year. Still will be a follower of GHS Tigers just want to see more control on the field. Second why did they wait so late to find out about key players not being able to play. No doubt Coach Hill is a good coach along with the rest of the coaches just sloppy plays seem to be the problem. :)

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  • tigerfan62

    In response to the comment that “changes have to be made” yes they do. But not in the direction you are refering. Greenville made some mistakes last night and they cost us. Our offense moved the ball despite the mistakes, and our quarterback rallied and came thru for us. We were down 27-0 going into the fourth quarter. I think our boys deserve some credit for answering back with 19 unanswered points. We have to give the team time to work thru the changes in position and I think Coach Hill made a wise decision in placing the players in the positions that best utilized their talents. Now it’s time for the coaches to review the game film, identify our problem areas and make the necessary adjustments…not major changes. And yes, I could see the red and white jerseys from my position in the stands, but I’d just about bet the view was alot different on the field!

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  • Breakthru

    Changes have to be made. The quaterback Haper openly throwing interceptions. I could see that was the other team a mile away from the stand unless you color blind clearly those were red and white jersies. Acting like he in pro football hicking up the one leg. Just slooppy. Kent acts as if he lost he is not use to that position. 7 dollars a gmae and this is Tiger Pride.

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