Mario Cusano gained 374 yards and accounted for six touchdowns as he broke the Greer High School career passing record held by his quarterback coach during a 48-14 win over Southside Friday night at Dooley Field.
The Yellow Jackets clinched the Peach Blossom Conference championship and improved to 9-0 overall, 6-0 in conference play, while Southside, which had lost only to Emerald, fell to 7-2 and 4-2.
A date at Blue Ridge next week is all that stands between back-to-back undefeated regular seasons for Greer.
“I’ve been able to see the all-time rusher (Quez Nesbitt) since I’ve been here, the all-time passer (Cusano) and the all-time reception leader (Dorian Lindsey),” said Greer coach Will Young. “It’s kind of cool to be able to see those things. I would like to see 2015 on the water tower.”
That would signify the state championship.
Last year’s unbeaten streak ended early in the playoffs, but Cusano said this year feels different. Greer, ranked No. 3 in Class AAA, will kick off the 2015 playoffs Nov. 13.
“We’re really focusing on who is the upcoming opponent as opposed to last year, when we were so focused on what could be,” he said.
He completed 19 of 24 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns against Southside while rushing for 72 yards and two touchdowns.
His 5,729 career passing yards break the school record held by Mazzie Drummond.
“I’m just so blessed to be a part of this community,” Cusano said. “They’ve got my back, and I’m very thankful. To be able to break my own coach’s record, there’s really nothing better.”
“I’m just blessed to coach him,” Drummond said. “I love him. He’s underrated. He has the biggest heart I’ve ever seen. He has a lot of skill. People don’t realize the runner that he is. I think he’s one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in our state.
“Hopefully we can keep rolling.”
Alex Syphertt led Greer with 6 receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown. Lindsey caught four passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.
Adrian McGee caught a 40-yard pass for a touchdown while rushing for 93 yards and another score. He has 997 rushing yards on the year.
Nick Roberson, Greer’s all-time extra-point leader, booted the 200th point-after kick during the night.
Jawun Prince and Neje Washington led Southside’s attack. The duo combined for a 26-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
The Tigers’ Quavian White added a 27-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
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