By: Billy Cannada Staff Writer
September 20, 2013
PIEDMONT — Golden Hurricane fans were rocking Friday night after Wren High’s 21-14 win over cross-town Rival Easley.
The Wren High football team took advantage of several big-play opportunities in the second half, pulling away from the Green Wave in the fourth quarter.
Wren coach Jeff Tate said his guys were excited to get such a big non-region win.
“This young group has got a great resolve,” Tate said. “They’re very competitive, they’re very coachable and we’ve got some guys that can make some big plays. That’s what you need to be successful.”
The game, which was featured by MaxPreps as part of a rivalry series, began with a quick score from Easley’s Deandre Gamble registered the game’s first points late in the first quarter, scoring on an 18-yard pass from quarterback Dalton Black.
Wren would even the score before the half, however, tying the game up at 7-7 at the break.
The Hurricanes used a huge third quarter to pull away, scoring two more times to give Wren a 21-7 advantage. The Wren offense then drained the clock in the fourth, holding off an Easley comeback.
“There are so many things that had to happen for us to win,” Tate said. “We had to play great defense, which we did. Our offense also had to find a way to move the football consistently. We were able to mix some run and pass and give them some different looks. They’re a good football team. I know their record might not indicate it, but they’ve got some good football players.”
The Hurricanes spent some time leading up to the game preparing for Easley’s Clemson commit CJ Fuller. Tate said his guys did a nice job defending the standout running back.
“Going into a game against Easley, you’re going to have to be able to stop them from running the football,” Tate said. “When they’ve got a guy like CJ Fuller, you had better get a lot of hats on him, wrap up, hang on and hope that the cavalry is coming. Thankfully, tonight we did a pretty good job. For the most part we were able to contain him, and that was the difference in us having a chance to win this game.”
Tate said the win will provide confidence going forward.
“We haven’t had much success against these guys recently, but this win was certainly good for our school, our community and our young football team,” Tate said. “Getting this win will give us confidence going forward.”
Wren will host Emerald this Friday in the team’s first region game of the season. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.