Grovetown High School quarterback Amare Clark led the Warriors with five touchdowns in a 36-21 win over Greenbrier High School on Friday, Aug. 25.
The Warriors came into this game after a week one loss to Midland Valley on Aug. 18. The Wolfpack also loss their first game last Friday against Harlem.
Grovetown began the game with a long run by running back Jaden Howard and a three-yard rushing touchdown by Clark to get ahead early. Kicker Nathan Garza converted the extra point to make the score 7-0 with 9:39 left in the first quarter.
The Grovetown offense fumbled on its second drive but would score in just three plays on the third drive after an 80-yard pass from Clark to wide receiver Marquise Fobbs, making the score 14-0 with 2:34 left in the first quarter.
Greenbrier defensive end Elijah Chavez gave the Wolfpack some momentum with an interception, putting the Greenbrier offense inside scoring territory. Greenbrier wide receiver Vernon Guyton put the Wolfpack on the board after catching a 26-yard passing touchdown from quarterback Brayden Stevens. A failed extra point made the score 14-6 with 6:53 remaining in the second quarter.
The Wolfpack would get in scoring territory once again but failed to score.
Clark pushed the Warriors further ahead before the end of the first half with a 15-yard passing touchdown to wide receiver Jacquez Ivey. Grovetown failed the two-point conversion but converted a field goal with 20 seconds left in the second quarter, making the score 23-6 at the half.
Clark began the second half with a 65-yard touchdown pass to Fobbs. Garza missed the extra point, but the Warriors still had a 29-6 lead.
Greenbrier didn’t give up and began the fourth quarter with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Stevens to Guyton. The Wolfpack converted the two-point conversion and cut the Warriors lead to 29-14.
Just a few plays later, Grovetown fumbled the ball and gave Greenbrier all the momentum. After a long pass to Guyton, Stevens rushed in a 10-yard touchdown, and the game was cut to one possession with the Warriors leading 29-21.
After a hard-fought effort from the Wolfpack, Clark secured the game for the Warriors with his fifth touchdown of the night, rushing the ball in the end zone for a three-yard score.
Grovetown (1-1) earned its first win of the season but will have another tough matchup against Thomson (1-1) at the Brickyard on Sept.1. Greenbrier (0-2) will look for its first win at home against Evans (0-1) also on Sept. 1.
Christopher Rickerson, an Augusta University graduate, has covered area sports for Augusta University, The Augusta Press and Augusta Good News. Subscribe to the Augusta Good News newsletter here.
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