Wolfpack comeback shocks Warriors

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Greenbrier's Ricky Wiebe (right) is tackled by Jason Hulse. The Wolfpack rallied for the win.

Jahvon Hardrick saw the hole open up and knew he was end zone-bound.

"Once I saw that hole, I had to hit it," the junior said. "My fullback, my line cleared it out for me. After I broke that one tackle, I knew I was out of there."

Hardrick's run capped off a ferocious Greenbrier comeback, as the visiting Wolfpack stormed to a 20-16 victory over Grovetown in Friday's season-opener for both teams.

"We played sloppy in the first half," said Greenbrier coach Brian Smith, who cited the team's penalties -- 13 for 110 yards -- as one cause. "We came out the second half, we talked to our guys, and we just knew we were determined to win."

The Warriors took the lead less than four minutes in, as quarterback Xavier Crain bolted 40 yards for the game's first score.

Grovetown extended the advantage to 10-0 after a Corey Stone field goal in the second quarter. Crain made it 16-0 on a 7-yard run a minute into the fourth quarter.

That's when Greenbrier's plan of abandoning an ineffective run game started to pay dividends.

Senior quarterback Scott Reeder led the charge, finishing 13 for 23 for 128 yards.

His 14-yard touchdown strike to Will Price brought the Wolfpack within 10 with nine minutes to go.

About fout minutes later, Trey Lawhorn took a swing pass from a scrambling Reeder and ran 40 yards for a touchdown.

Hardrick completed the scoring minutes later.

Crain was the Warriors' offensive leader on the night, carrying 18 times for 91 yards.

He also completed a pair of passes for 35 yards and threw an interception.

Grovetown coach Rodney Holder said he expected nothing less from a rivalry game.

"Guys are everywhere, and they're battling to get back in the game," Holder said of the players' competitiveness on opening night. "I tip my cap to them. They made a few big plays on us at the end to give them a chance to win, and they pulled it out."

Greenbrier 20, Grovetown 16

PLAY OF THE GAME: With the Wolfpack trailing by 3 with less than 3 minutes remaining, Jahvon Hardrick scampered 24 yards for the winning touchdown.

STAR OF THE GAME: Greenbrier's Scott Reeder led the comeback, completing eight of 12 passes in the second half. He finished the night 13 for 23 for 128 yards.

WHY GREENBRIER WON: The Wolfpack ditched an ineffective run game and went to the pass.

WHY GROVETOWN LOST: In the first half, the Warriors loaded up the box and stopped the run, but the Wolfpack passing game took over in the fourth quarter.

NEXT: Grovetown at Evans, Sept. 3; Greenbrier vs. Richmond Academy, Sept. 3.

Stat Wrapup

Greenbrier 0 0 0 20 -- 20

Grovetown 7 3 0 6 -- 16

First Quarter

GV--Xavier Crain 40 run (Andrew Lynn kick), 8:21

Second Quarter

GV--Corey Stone 29 FG, 8:21

Fourth Quarter

GV--Crain 7 run (kick failed), 11:06

GR--Will Price 14 pass from Scott Reeder (pass failed), 9:03

GR--Trey Lawhorn 40 pass from Reeder (Bradley Hodge kick), 5:32

GR--Jahvon Hardrick 26 run (Hodge kick), 2:43

 GRGV
First Downs118
Rushes-Yards23-5637-123
Passing Yards12835
Comp.-Att.-Int.13-23-02-11-1
Fumbles-Lost1-12-1
Punts-Yards5-33.24-31.2
Penalties-Yards13-11011-85

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--Greenbrier: Jahvon Hardrick 16-80, Trey Lawhorn 4-2, Scott Reeder 3-(-24). Grovetown: Crain 18-91, Travon Biggers 2-(-3), D.J. Tyson 10-16, Jamal Cummings 5-14, Devin Coursey 2-5.

PASSING--Greenbrier: Scott Reeder 13-23-0 128. Grovetown: Xavier Crain 2-11-1 35.

RECEIVING--Greenbrier: Ricky Wiebe 2-11, Sean Morris 3-25, Lawhorn 4-48, Hardrick 3-30, Will Price 1-14. Grovetown: Biggers 2-35.

 

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