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Tiffany Grady-Hudgins|Daily TimesThe bleachers at Union County Stadium were packed Friday as football fans gathered to see the Union County High School Yellow Jackets take to the field against the Spartanburg Vikings. The Vikings ended the night with a 51-21 victory over the Yellow Jackets.
Tiffany Grady-Hudgins|Daily TimesThe bleachers at Union County Stadium were packed Friday as football fans gathered to see the Union County High School Yellow Jackets take to the field against the Spartanburg Vikings. The Vikings ended the night with a 51-21 victory over the Yellow Jackets.
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UNION — Union County took a couple of chances on offense to carry a 21-14 lead into intermission of Friday night’s season opener before going stagnate in the second half and falling 51-21 to Spartanburg.


On the opening series, Union County picked up 30 yards before hitting a snag and turning the ball over at mid-field. Quarterback Ben Beck lined up at wide-receiver to start the drive. Matt Barnett took the first snap of the game and connected with Beck on an eight-yard pass that put the Jackets on their own 29. A 12-yard pass to Braylin Brown moved the chains before a 1-yard carry and an incomplete pass forced Union County to send out the punt crew. The kick was faked and a nine-yard pass to Demarcus Brown brought the offense back out but Union County turned it over on downs three plays later.


Spartanburg’s Austin Scott reached the end zone on a quarterback keep from two yards midway through the first quarter and Tavien Feaster slipped in on a hand-off to give the Vikings an early 14-0 advantage. Union County opened the second frame with a 52-yard hookup between Matt Barnett and T.J. Foster to put the Jackets on the board but Blake Berry’s point-after kick was blocked for a score of 14-6.


The Union County defense came up with a stop on the next series and the offense went to work from its own 20-yard line. On third down, the Jackets found the end zone on a 72-yard reverse pass from Foster to Jordan Spencer and the successful PAT made it a 14-14 ballgame.


Shi Smith reeled in a 30-yard touchdown pass from Beck and the PAT put the Jackets on top, 21-14.


A QB sac by Cameron Queen on third down forced Spartanburg to kick it away and Union County set up the offense from the 25-yard line. Barnett hit Foster with a 35-yard pass that put the Jackets on the 32-yard line before missing his target on the next two attempts. Beck re-entered in the QB slot and picked up five yards before Spartanburg took over on downs. The Vikings worked methodically down-field but were stopped at the goal line when Kennedy Beatty snagged an interception to end the first half.


Spartanburg opened the third quarter with a QB keep that knotted the game at 21-21. A couple of defensive turnovers cost the Jackets a pair of TD’s in the second half and Spartanburg’s Feaster reached the end zone twice for the 51-21 final.

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