Jackets fall to Spartanburg Vikings, 49-20


Storm delays push game into Saturday

By Derik Vanderford - dvanderford@civitasmedia.com



Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Union County wide receiver Montray Feaster is congratulated by his teammate Douglas Brannon after scoring a touchdown Friday night.


Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Loyal Yellow Jackets fans stayed throughout the game, which included several lightning and rain delays.


Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Union County Head Coach Steve Taneyhill leads the team from the sidelines.


By Derik Vanderford

dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Yellow Jackets fell short to the Spartanburg Vikings in a game that ended around 2:25 a.m. due to lightning and rain delays.

Spartanburg defeated Union County in a final score of 49-20, technically on Saturday morning.

With a rule in place that games must be delayed at least 30 minutes after a lightning strike, a combination of both rain and lightning caused two delays that lasted a total of more than three hours.

Spartanburg put seven points on the board during the first quarter, and just after the second quarter began, lightning struck and a two-hour delay took place. When the game resumed, Spartanburg scored again on a 44-yard reception, but Union County answered back with a touchdown pass of their own when QB De’Arrius Smith connected with a 17-yard pass to Montray Feaster on 4th down.

Spartanburg scored again, with a 21-7 lead going into halftime.

Another lightning delay occurred during halftime, which extended the intermission to around 90 minutes.

Two unanswered touchdowns from Spartanburg in the 3rd quarter gave Spartanburg a 35-7 lead.

In the 4th quarter, Union County wide receiver Shi Smith scored twice — on 17-yard and 65-yard receptions — but Spartanburg also scored two additional touchdowns, finishing the game 29 points ahead of Union County.

The Yellow Jackets look to improve their 0-3 record as they go on the road to Greer this Friday for another non-region contest.

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Union County wide receiver Montray Feaster is congratulated by his teammate Douglas Brannon after scoring a touchdown Friday night.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Feaster.jpgDerik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Union County wide receiver Montray Feaster is congratulated by his teammate Douglas Brannon after scoring a touchdown Friday night.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Loyal Yellow Jackets fans stayed throughout the game, which included several lightning and rain delays.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_DSC_1147.jpgDerik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Loyal Yellow Jackets fans stayed throughout the game, which included several lightning and rain delays.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Union County Head Coach Steve Taneyhill leads the team from the sidelines.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_DSC_1150.jpgDerik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Union County Head Coach Steve Taneyhill leads the team from the sidelines.
Storm delays push game into Saturday

By Derik Vanderford

dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or dvanderford@civitasmedia.com.

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