BY TATE RUSSELL
SUN SPORTS WRITER
The South Greene seniors got one more chance to play on Rebel Hill Friday night and they made the most of it, blowing out Hancock County 61-0 in Region 1-A action.
The game was originally set to be played in Sneedville but a scheduling error by Hancock County (0-10, 0-6) forced it to be moved.
"This is great bunch of seniors and it's great for them to be able to go out like this," South Greene head coach Shawn Jones said. "It's still bittersweet to not be able to go to the playoffs with these guys."
"It's really special for those guys to have a performance like that and it's something that they'll remember for the rest of their lives."
Tim Lightfoot was effective from all over the field for South Greene as he accounted for 202 all-purpose yards and three total touchdowns.
"I knew this would be the last time I got to play as a senior, and I just wanted to come out and give it my all. I feel like I did that tonight," Lightfoot said. "All the seniors just wanted to finish with a win and have a good game our last time out, and the underclassmen wanted to play hard for us seniors. Manny Alcantara told me before the game that he was going to play his heart out for me and they helped us have a real good night."
Lightfoot was the favorite target of Hunter Waddell, who threw for 178 yards and three touchdowns while running for another 49 yards and a score.
Jones said before the game that it was important for his squad to get off to a fast start, and it would have been hard for them to start any quicker than they did.
On the first play from scrimmage, Hancock County quarterback Dakota Blevins fumbled the snap and the Rebels pounced on it.
Lightfoot took a handoff around the left end on the Rebels' first offensive snap and score a 27-yard touchdown.
Jones said, "That's what we felt like we needed to do. We thought that if we could get up on them real quick, this kind of score could happen. We got off to a quick start and that is exactly what we wanted."
The Rebels' defense set up their second score with a fourth down stop in the Indians' territory. Waddell put South Greene up 14-0 when he found his big tightend Austin Hoyle dragging across the back of the end zone.
Preston Shuffler scored his first of two touchdowns to put the Rebels up 21-0 with a minute left in the first quarter. The three-yard score came after a big time catch from Lightfoot that flipped the field on a 48-yard gain.
Waddell ran in the Rebels' next score and followed with a slot screen to Lightfoot that put them up 35-0.
On the Indians' first play of the ensuing series, running back Jacob Baker was stuffed at the line of scrimmage and fumbled the ball while going down. Shuffler swooped in from his linebacker position and scooped up the loose ball before taking it 35 yards for a score.
With time waning in the first half Waddell and Lightfoot made their final connection of the season a memorable one. Waddell found his speedy target on a post pattern that resulted in a 66-yard catch and run for a touchdown.
The second half was sophomore Nolan Gilliam's time to shine as the back picked up two touchdowns and 84 total yards in reserve action.
Gilliam's first score came on a middle screen from Justin Casteel that he took 36 yards through heavy traffic to put South Greene up 55-0.
He set up his second score when he received the pitch on an option an took it 32 yards down field. Two plays later he went straight up the middle and blew by the defense for a 20-yard touchdown.
"That contribution from the younger guys in the second half was really good and I think you saw we have some players that can be special in the next couple of years," Jones said.
As a team, South Greene amassed 420 yards of total offense while their defense held Hancock County to 145 yards and forced five turnovers.