EASLEY—After a convincing win over Pickens in the season opener, the Easley High football team took a bruising in a 41-9 loss to Daniel Friday night.
The Lions stepped on the gas from the get go, and Easley found itself facing an insurmountable lead in the late minutes of Friday night’s rivalry.
“Things just kind of steamrolled in the second half,” Easley coach Grayson Howell said. “That’s a good football team. We’re disappointed, but we’ll have to go back to work on Monday.”
Daniel coach Randy Robinson said he was pleased with the win.
“I’m happy with the win,” Robinson said. “Our kids came out here and fought hard. Week one is just that, week one, but we’re happy with the win.”
Daniel quarterback Andy McCall led the effort for the Lions, passing for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Stud running back and Clemson commit Jae’lon Oglesby rushed for 123 yards and a score on the night.
After falling behind early, Easley got the second quarter started with a 91-yard touchdown pass from Dalton Black to Deequon Arnold. The Green Wave defense forced a safety later in the second to narrow the Daniel advantage to 10-9, but Easley would not score again.
“We were just never in it,” Howell said. “We made one play all night. We couldn’t run the ball last week and we couldn’t run the ball this week. If we don’t get that fixed, we’re not going to be very good.”
The Lions reeled off a string of consecutive unanswered scores to seal the season opening win.
“It’s nice to win in the county. That’s a big deal.” Robinson said. “We’re building towards something. We’ve still got some things to clean up.”
Robinson said he hopes to have an even better outing next week.
“Defensively, we’ve got to get some guys healthy. That sure would make life a little easier,” Robinson said. “Offensively, we just need to get with the speed of the game. Execution wasn’t what it needed to be.”
Howell said his team has a lot to improve on as well.
“You can’t have the defense on the field the whole game,” Howell said. “Offensively, we’ve got to get the ball moving.”
Easley will look to bounce quickly, as it hosts Seneca this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Daniel will host Greenville at 7:30 p.m., as the Lions search for a 2-0 start