GHS blasts Opelika in spring game

Published 10:54 am Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Even though the Greenville Tigers and the Opelika Bulldogs only got to play a quarter of football before the weather interfered, the Tigers got a big boost heading into the offseason with a 14-0 win.

The GHS freshman team set the tone for the night with a 22-0 win over Opelika earlier in the evening.

Quarterback Kent Riley scored twice and Bryan Smith also put a touchdown on the board.

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“It was a pleasant surprise,” said head coach Ben Blackmon. “They got out there, played hard and got after it.”

When the varsity took the field, the result was nearly the same.

Quarterback Ryan Smith led the way with 128 yards passing in the quarter, and several receivers also had big nights.

Deangelo Carter caught the first touchdown pass of the night, and Michael Watts hauled in the second.

Mikwese Claybourne also had a pair of receptions.

All that action happened in the first quarter, and the game was postponed near the end of the quarter for an hour because of severe weather before it was eventually canceled.

Despite the shortened game, the Tigers still made a statement.

“I wasn’t expecting that,” Blackmon said about the 14-0 score. “I thought the kids would play hard, and they were playing with confidence. They were just going out there and playing, not to win or lose, but just laying it on the line.”

Blackmon also said he was pleased with the performance of his quarterback, senior Ryan Smith.

“Ryan had a real good spring for us,” he said.

The Tigers will now have some time to rest before summer workouts begin.