Originally created 09/12/98

Pack too much for Statesboro

Greenbrier's 41-7 demolition of Statesboro was a game to savor for the Wolfpack -- at least for an appetizer, as the Pack stalks bigger and better things in Region 3-AAA.

"That was our best game -- for right now," Greenbrier center Harley Smith said after the Pack's 349-yard offensive explosion that buried the Blue Devils Friday night at the Brier Patch.

"Now we're looking forward. We're looking to go as far as we can," the senior center said, a statement as decisive as Greenbrier's lopsided victory.

Led by fullback Tony Smith's school record 205 rushing yards, Greenbrier sent a message to the other nine region squads: Any team wishing to claim the region crown will have to beat the Pack.

It didn't take long for Greenbrier to assert its dominance over the Blue Devils. Tony Smith took the first play from scrimmage 50-yards, sparking a six-play drive which culminated with his 2-yard touchdown run.

Greenbrier's next possession ended with another score, a 39-yard field goal by Adam Wise. Smith closed the next short drive with a 60-yard romp, as the Pack took a 17-0 first quarter lead.

Greenbrier simply beat the devil out of Statesboro. In the second quarter Smith scored again, while Ryan Paquette and Anthony Sweat also added TDs. The Pack scored on every possession of the first half, running to a 31-0 advantage.

"It looks like we wanted it more than they did," said Smith, who shattered his own school rushing record of 144 yards -- he tallied 170 in the first half alone.

"I give all the credit to my offensive line. I just waited for them to open the holes. Once I got through the line, then I could pick up the extra yards," Smith said.

The Greenbrier defense also manhandled Statesboro, limiting the Blue Devils to 103 total yards and only five first downs. The Devils avoided a shutout when linebacker Chris Williams scooped up a Smith fumble and carried it in for a 14-yard score late in the second quarter.

"I think maybe we were quicker on defense than they were on offense," Greenbrier coach Terry Holder said. "We just caught them at the right time. They weren't ready to play up to their capabilities tonight. Statesboro's got a quality team, but we just started off well and things kind of snowballed on them."

The Pack gave the Devils a rude introduction to Region 3-AAA football, as Statesboro was playing its first region game after dropping a class from Quad-A this season. The Blue Devils began the season at No. 7 in the Class AAA polls, but are now 0-2. The Wolfpack is currently unranked, but that may soon change with Greenbrier improving to 2-0.

But rankings don't concern Greenbrier senior Tony Smith -- the competition, and rising to the challenge is all that matters in Region 3-AAA.

"Every team in this region will be a good test. Every Friday night we're going to give it all we've got," Smith said.


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