EASLEY — Fresh off its fourth straight victory over county rival Pickens, the Easley Green Wave are set to host powerhouse D. W. Daniel this Friday as the Lions open the 2014 campaign.
This will be the first home game of the season for Easley (1-0, 0-0) following a season-opening 52-7 thrashing of the Blue Flame in the annual Food Fight Bowl, converting turnovers to points and putting the game away early.
When it comes to Daniel, Head Coach Grayson Howell is just hoping to avoid a repeat of last year when his team made the short trip to Central.
“Coming off the season they (Daniel) had last year, making a run to Columbia, we hope to just give them a better game than we did up there last year,” Howell said. “We played awful. They had a lot to do with that, with all the talent on the field, but we’re hoping to make it a game this year.”
The Lions, who have yet to take a snap in anger, have yet to deal with opening night jitters on the other hand.
“It’s important we get off to a good start because it’s different when you turn the lights on for that first game,” Daniel Head Coach Randy Robinson said. “We’ve had some scrimmages and jamborees but that’s different, now we’re going to find out if we’re going to execute or make mistakes.”
Though Easley’s offense and defense played well in the season opener, Daniel has had one extra week to prepare before opening up and the question may be what effect that will have on the game.
“Us having a week under our belt last year didn’t help us, so we’ll put all the pressure on them,” Howell said with a chuckle. “For us, we’ve got those opening game jitters out of the way I just hope we don’t get too overconfident after the Pickens game.”
Robinson doesn’t know what effect it has but tries to avoid scheduling in that first week to help prepare.
“Not playing the first week gives us a little more time on the fundamentals,” Robinson said. “We try to avoid scheduling for week zero. We need to be worried about them throwing the ball all over, accounting for their wide receivers, and keeping the quarterback in the pocket.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.