GHS seniors shine in home finale

Published 2:03 pm Friday, November 2, 2012

Greenville High School senior quarterback Kent Riley accounted for three touchdowns in the Tigers’ 43-0 win over Wilcox Central High School Friday night at Tiger Stadium. (Advocate Staff/Andy Brown)

Greenville High School capped its regular season with a dominating win Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers (5-5) blanked Class 4A Wilcox Central High School 43-0 on Senior Night.

In fitting fashion, it was senior Kent Riley who scored three of the Tigers’ six touchdowns.

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The 6-foot-1, 185-pound quarterback ran scores of 1 yard and 40 yards, and also completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Chris Smith.

Riley’s touchdown toss with 29 seconds remaining in the opening half was set up by a 37-yard completion to fellow senior Matthew Craig.

While Riley took center stage on offense for the Tigers, it was senior Ozell Carter who stole the show on defense.

The 5-foot-10, 220-pound defensive lineman put the Tigers on the scoreboard early when he sacked Wilcox Central’s quarterback in the end zone for a safety just more than five minutes into the game.

Carter spent much of the night in the Jaguars’ backfield and recovered a fumble with 31 seconds left in the first quarter, which eventually led to Riley’s 1-yard touchdown run with 9:47 to play in the second quarter.

“I’m very proud of my seniors,” Greenville head coach Earnest Hill said.

Greenville’s seniors got plenty of help from the rest of the Tigers.

Sophomore Jerome Watkins ran for scores of 1 yard and 84 yards, junior Michael Smith returned a punt 37 yards to set up a score, sophomores Zac Smith and Aquintas McDole recovered fumbles and freshman Jaquen Smith recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

The shutout was the first of the season for Greenville and the Tigers’ 43-point margin of victory is second only to their 53-point margin of victory over Sumter Central High School on Oct. 26.

Now the Tigers will turn their attention to the postseason and their first-round showdown with No. 4 Homewood High School.

“Homewood has a good team,” Hill said. “We’ve got to go back to work and get ready to play to have a chance to win that game.”

Greenville and Homewood will face off at 7 p.m. next Friday at Waldrop Stadium.