Greenbrier's 36-12 win at Lakeside in an annual Columbia County rivalry wasn't exactly rocket science.
"We felt like our athletes at the receiver positions were better than their secondary, so we tried to take advantage of that," Greenbrier first-year coach Scott Chadwick said.
Four quarters and 254 passing yards later, Greenbrier's game plan was a proven success. The Wolfpack came out on top in the rivalry for the third consecutive season, and Chadwick had his first win as Greenbrier's head coach.
Junior quarterback Nick Richards, who was picked off by the Westside secondary five times last week, found his footing in his second high school start. He made only three of his first eight passes, but those completions totaled 138 yards.
Although the junior quarterback ended the night with four completions of 40 yards or more, none of the deep passes were touchdowns. Instead, Greenbrier tailback Freddie Jones spent the night finishing drives. The senior totaled 96 yards and had three touchdowns.
Lakeside, coming off a win in its season opener, hung with the Wolfpack for most of the first half and actually led to start the second quarter. A Greenbrier reverse near the end of the first quarter backfired after the second exchange was fumbled.
Lakeside junior Ross Furguson scooped up the loose ball and took it 22 yards untouched into the end zone for a 6-0 lead.
Greenbrier tied the game on its next drive with the first of Jones' touchdown runs. The Wolfpack scored 23 more points until Lakeside finally found the end zone again in the fourth quarter on a touchdown pass from quarterback Chad Chandler to Jay Price.
Greenbrier finished the game off with a final drive that drained the game's final seven minutes and ended with senior Jamal Madison in the end zone with a 4-yard score.
The 13-play, 51-yard drive put Greenbrier over 400 total yards of offense on the night. Lakeside was held to only 64 yards of total offense.
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GREENBRIER 36, LAKESIDE 12
PLAYS OF THE GAME: Greenbrier tight end Dylan Turner's first of three receptions came on the first play of the third quarter. With the Wolfpack backed up on their 14-yard line, Turner made a catch over the middle and rumbled for 48 yards. The gain led to Freddie Jones' 38-yard touchdown run on the next play for a 19-6 Greenbrier lead.
WHY GREENBRIER WON: The Wolfpack air attack controlled the game. Junior quarterback Nick Richards only completed four of 13 passes in the first half, but those four receptions went for 140 passing yards.
WHY LAKESIDE LOST: Lakeside's secondary allowed the Wolfpack receivers to slip behind them all night long.
STAR OF THE GAME: Jones paced the Wolfpack ground game with 96 rushing yards and three touchdown runs.