Jackets lose region opener


Game played Thursday due to weather

By Derik Vanderford - dvanderford@civitasmedia.com



Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Union County QB De’Airrius Smith runs the ball.


Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times The Union County Recreation Department Stinger and Flag Football teams escorted the Yellow Jackets onto the field Thursday. Pictured are several members of the Dairi-O Dolphins Stinger team.


By Derik Vanderford

dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Yellow Jackets suffered a three-point loss in their region opener on Thursday.

The Yellow Jackets’ Region III-3A opener was moved from Friday night to Thursday night because of predicted storms. The Yellow Jackets went into the game with a 1-4 record after five games of non-region play, while South Pointe came in with a 4-1 record.

The Yellow Jackets took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, and after an 83-yard touchdown pass from QB De’Airrius Smith to Demarcus Brown, Union County led 14-0 early in the third quarter.

South Pointe answered back with a touchdown of their own, decreasing Union County’s lead to 14-7. Then, at the beginning of the fourth quarter, South Pointe scored on a 12-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 14.

In the final minutes of the game, Union County took the ball to South Pointe’s 6-yard line, but could not make the score. South Pointe then missed a field goal from 43 yards out, but Union County received two penalties — one for running into the center (which Coach Steve Taneyhill said is a rare call) and another for a player using profanity. This gave South Pointe another chance for a field goal from 23 yards out, which gave them the 17-14 win.

This makes the Yellow Jackets’ record 1-5 (0-1 in region play). Taneyhill said he thought Union County’s defense played really well, and even if the record may not show it, his team is a good football team. He also said the students were forced to come out and play a night early, and they responded well.

The Yellow Jackets g0 on the road to face Broome next Friday.

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

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Union County QB De’Airrius Smith runs the ball.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_DSC_0011.jpgDerik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Union County QB De’Airrius Smith runs the ball.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times The Union County Recreation Department Stinger and Flag Football teams escorted the Yellow Jackets onto the field Thursday. Pictured are several members of the Dairi-O Dolphins Stinger team.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_DSC_0008.jpgDerik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times The Union County Recreation Department Stinger and Flag Football teams escorted the Yellow Jackets onto the field Thursday. Pictured are several members of the Dairi-O Dolphins Stinger team.
Game played Thursday due to weather

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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