The Underdogs: Jacket Motivation

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The Underdogs: Jacket Motivation

Basia Scott, Staff Writer

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Greer is now 1-3 after losing to Mauldin at home. The score was 24-21, after a lightning delay that kept the game from starting at its slotted 7:30 time. There was a light drizzle all throughout the game, but according to Greer players and coaches it did not affect their performance at all. 

Greer had a lead, until Mauldin secured a touchdown and extra point that put them ahead just enough for the Jackets not to come back with time running out in the fourth quarter. This is a completely different game from the one that was played last year, where Greer beat Mauldin 40-3.

According to senior safety, Ben Pearson, the Jackets were feeling “confident and ready” going into the game against Mauldin. This was evident in the way Greer came onto the field, putting up points early. The rain was a non-factor in the eyes of Mazzie Drummond, Quarterback coach, who stated, “I don’t think it affected us that much. We had a lot of good moments, we just had some bad moments that came up at bad times, that affected our play.” The ball was fumbled quite a bit by both teams, but both teams seemed over all unaffected by the light cold drizzle.

When asked what his personal motivation was, Ben Pearson stated, “I have always been an underdog and this is my senior season. So, I want to show up and show out as much as I can.”. He continued to explain what he thinks motivates the team, “This is a season prior to a state championship appearance and we’ve started off 1-3… We’re in a dark spot and that makes us want to work harder… because Greer isn’t and won’t be a team to be unsuccessful.”

After this loss, Greer will be looking to improve their offensive game this week in practice. Coach Drummond said that the Jackets will be focusing on, “executing, getting better at what we do and understanding how to just play hard all of the time.” The Jackets have definitely upped their game, but there is more work to be done on the practice field as well as football field, as there always is. 

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