Billy Cannada Staff Writer
September 11, 2013
EASLEY—As the scoreboard ticked down Friday night, the Easley High football team had one last chance to put points on the board, but that attempt was wide right.
The Green Wave suffered its second straight loss to a visiting Seneca team, which escaped with a narrow 7-6 win.
Easley found itself with numerous opportunities down the stretch, including a 45-yard touchdown pass from Dalton Black to Deandre Gamble with just about four minutes remaining on the game clock that was called back due to an illegal block.
“Dee (Gamble) makes a great play on a tipped ball and a block behind the play gets it called back,” Easley coach Grayson Howell said. “It was just another senior working hard trying to make a play. Hopefully we’ll learn from it.”
Easley’s final opportunity came on a 42-yard field goal attempt from Ned Butts in the final 10 seconds. The kick had the distance, but was wide right.
“Hopefully we’ll take away what we need to from this one,” Howell said. “We’ll make plays here and there, but we’ll shoot ourselves in the foot with penalties and turnovers. Right now we’ve just got things to learn.”
Easley’s star running back and Clemson commit CJ Fuller had another tough outing, rushing 17 times for 42 yards. Fuller also caught two passes for 17 yards on the evening.
“We’re having a hard time,” Howell said. “We’re banged up. CJ (Fuller) is banged up. We’re running people in and out at running back. We’ve got some injuries, but we have to be a little more consistent.”
Howell said the whole team is struggling to get on the right track, not just Fuller.
“This doesn’t have anything to do with (CJ),” Howell said. “One guy can’t do (everything). It takes 11 guys to make it all happen. I know he’s disappointed, but we’re all disappointed right now. It’s about winning games and not stats. CJ is going to be fine.”
Deequon Arnold carried some of the load on offense for the Green Wave, rushing five times for 26 yards. Black managed to go 11 for 22 on the evening with 129 yards. Black was also sacked three times by the Bobcats defense. Landon Segee and Gamble rounded out a tough offensive performance for the Green Wave, with both recording 40 or more yards receiving.
Easley will travel to Wren this Friday night to try to put an end to the two-game skid. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
“We’ve just got to continue to be consistent in practice,” Howell said. “We have to make sure our effort is there. We’ve got two weeks to get ready before we start region play, and that’s what we’re focusing on.”