Greenbrier pulls off upset over Thomson
Web posted September 20, 1997
By Jimmy DeButts Augusta Chronicle Staff Writer
Lamar Leverette waited long enough for his time for redemption.
The junior linebacker got his jaw broken a year ago in Greenbrier's 30-13 loss to Thomson. Leverette made his presence known Friday night as the Wolfpack (2-0) defeated the Bulldogs (0-2) 17-9 at Greenbrier.
``Lamar worked hard for 11 months, he's been looking forward to this,'' Wolfpack coach Terry Holder said.
Leverette was ready to even the score against the Bulldogs.
``It was a real emotional game for me because last year I got hurt,'' he said. ``It was a little redemption. The team dedicated this game to me and I really appreciate that.''
The Wolfpack jumped out to an early 14-0 lead as junior runningback Tony Smith pounded Thomson's defense. James Shanks ran in from five yards out for Greenbrier's first score, capping an eight-play 75 yard drive.
Smith busted the game open when he took the ball 46 yards to pay dirt after Shanks intercepted an errant Quincy Jackson pass. Smith rushed for 94 yards on eight carries in the first half.
Thomson's Rod Wiley was the only man between Smith and the goal line. Try as he might, Wiley could not bring down the junior runningback and fell after 15 yards of running with Smith.
It appeared Greenbrier might run away with the game as they took a 14-0 lead with 6:38 left in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs couldn't take advantage of what could have been two costly fumbles by Greenbrier. Larry Luke dropped the ball on the Wolfpack 24-yard line and Thomson's Andy Knox fell on it. Greenbrier got the ball back when Lamar Leverette pressured Bulldog quarterback Quincy Jackson who lofted a lame duck in the air.
Steve Vasquez hauled the ball in and the Wolfpack took over on the 25.
Wallace Brinson returned a fumble by on a failed reverse 55 yards for Thomson's only touchdown score. The Bulldogs were able to convert a fumble by Smith on the Greenbrier 38 into three points. Jackson found Mike Thomas for a 30-yard reception on third and six, giving the Bulldogs a first and goal from the four.
Thomson had to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Adam Wilcher for their only score of the first half. The Bulldogs were held to 14 yards of offense in the first quarter and 51 for the half.
Thomson coach Butch Jacobs said his team needs to get out of the gate faster.
``We kind of let the thing get away from us in the first quarter. We gave them two easy touchdowns in the first quarter,'' Jacobs said. ``Two weeks in a row we've dug ourselves into holes that we haven't been able to get out of.''
The Wolfpack responded when Adam Wise's 39-yard field goal attempt was good with 1:01 left in the third period to give Greenbrier a 17-9 advantage. Wise broke is own school record for longest field goal, besting his 23 yarder last season.