Originally created 09/24/05

Rice leads 'Pack romp



Reggie Rice did it again.

The senior took over for Greenbrier on Friday night with a three touchdown performance against region rival Lakeside en route to a 25-0 Wolfpack win.

Rice scored the game's first 18 points on touchdown runs of 7, 37, and 61 yards and rushed for 214 yards on 24 carries to give the Wolfpack their second Region 2-AAAA win.

"You've got to get up for a county team," Rice said. "This is what we practice the whole year for."

Lakeside struggled early with senior Chris Drayton on the bench offensively for the entire first quarter.

In Drayton's place, senior quarterback Travis Azar took the opening snaps but completed only 3 of 12 pass attempts, including a late interception deep in Greenbrier territory.

When Drayton did enter the game on offense in the second quarter, the senior fared little better, completing none of his three pass attempts and giving up a costly fumble on his first play under center.

Greenbrier's defense rattled the Lakeside quarterback duo, with senior Erik Smith leading the way. On a single play early in the fourth quarter, Smith sacked Azar, forced the QB to fumble, then recovered the ball in Lakeside territory.

"He's the nastiest linebacker in the state of Georgia," Rice said.

The Greenbrier defense held Lake-side to only 104 yards rushing on 35 carries and 55 yards through the air.

Because of a bye week, Lakeside had two weeks to prepare for their region showdown at the Brierpatch. However, Wolfpack Head Coach Mickey Derrick's defense played like the most prepared unit on the field.

"It's unbelievable how well our scout teams prepared us for this game," Coach Derrick said. "Our scout offense and scout defense won the ball game for us."

Greenbrier did struggle on special teams throughout the game.

Wolfpack kicker Jonathan Shacker-ford's first point after touchdown attempt was blocked by Lakeside's Paul Miller.

Shackerford missed the team's second extra point attempt but found redemption after Greenbrier's Freddie Jones scored from 24 yards out late in the fourth quarter. Shackerford split the uprights on the extra point attempt to give the Wolfpack a 25-0 victory.

Greenbrier (3-2) remains atop the region standings with a 2-0 record. Lakeside (2-3) drops to 1-1 in region play.

Reach Billy Byler at (706) 863-6165 or billy.byler@augustachronicle.com.