T.L. Hanna played Greenville in a jamboree Thursday night in Easley. This was a match up that showcased at least five possible Shrine Bowl selections.
The two quarter face off was won by Greenville 7-0. Greenville's only score came on a screen pass to Travil Jamison in which he took 80 yards for the score. Jamison was held in check on the ground all night long as Hanna's defense led by junior defensive tackle Ben Alexander dominated the trenches. The Greenville running back had one carry of 17 yards, but was stopped for minimal gains on his other attempts.
Greenville quarterback Jordan Sorrells started the night red hot completing his first five passes. His most impressive play came on a third and eight. Sorrells rolled to his left and the south paw threw a strike to the sidelines to junior wide out Marcus Boswell for the first down.
Sorrells slowed down after the good start. Hanna's ability to stop the run really hampered Sorrells' passing attack.
The game plan for the Hanna offense gave a lot of respect to Greenville defensive end Nathan Pepper. Although Greenville often had nine players in the box, Hanna would still double team Pepper. The plays were constantly designed to take the ball carrier away from Pepper. He made a great play on a screen set up by Hanna. Pepper got a quick read off the snap and made a great open field tackle on junior running back Ameer Salahuudin saving a possible big play.
The juniors were the story of the night. Greenville WR Marcus Boswell was the most dangerous offensive player on the field for the Red Raiders. He consistently split double coverage to get open. Hanna defensive tackle Ben Alexander was unblockable. He drew double teams so that played a big part in allowing the linebackers to get through and stop Jamison at the line. Hanna's Ameer Salahuudin had a nice night.
Hanna senior QB Brent Copeland was hurt by dropped passes. Copeland had two passes dropped that were sure touchdowns, and Hanna was unable to score after either. Greenville will play in another Jamboree Friday night as they will travel to Byrnes and play Independence High School for one quarter, and then play Byrnes for one quarter. This will give the three division prospects a chance to shine against one of the nations premier high school programs.