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Greenbrier entering season with hopes high

Posted: August 21, 2013 - 12:10am
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Greenbrier head coach Kevin Hunt, will lead the Wolfpack for the second year. Greenbrier went 2-8 last season but Hunt thinks the experience his players gained with serve them well this season.
Greenbrier head coach Kevin Hunt, will lead the Wolfpack for the second year. Greenbrier went 2-8 last season but Hunt thinks the experience his players gained with serve them well this season.

Coach: Kevin Hunt

Offensive Coordinator: David Barnes

Defensive Coordinator: Cresswell Curtis

Region: 2-AAAAA Subregion A

Last year: 2-8

Key returners: Jamal Richard, SR-RB; Travis Martinez, SR-RB; T.J. Borders, SR-OL/LB; Josh Smith, JR-LB; Malcolm Thomas, SR-DL

Schedule

(Games at 7:30 p.m.)

8/23: at Cross Creek

9/06: vs. North Augusta, S.C.

9/13: at Jefferson County

9/27: vs. Jones County

10/4: vs. Evans (TV)

10/11: at Warner Robins

10/18: at Lakeside

10/25: vs. Northside, Warner Robins

11/1: at Grovetown

11/09: at Houston County (Saturday-2 p.m.)

Hope and potential are the words buzzing around the Greenbrier High School football program this year.

The Wolfpack enter the 2013 season having lost 19 seniors from a team that finished 2-8 a year ago. They enter Friday’s season-opener at Cross Creek with an upbeat outlook.

“We’re very optimistic,” said Wolfpack head coach Kevin Hunt. “We’ve got a young team but the kids are working hard and I feel like we have some key players that we can lean on. We have some experience in some of those players, so we’ll go to work every day and do what we can do to improve and get better every day.”

One of those experienced players is senior offensive lineman T.J. Borders, who will be called upon to open holes for running backs like junior Jamal Richard, who scored a team-high 12 touchdowns in 2012.

“I think we’ve got a lot more potential than we did the past years,” said Borders. “People here are focused, they want to do what they came here to do, which is play football. I think we have a great chance to make something out of our team.”

In his second year of building his program, Hunt thinks that the team is not that far away.

“If you look at last year’s schedule, and look at some of the games, we finished 2-8 but were 10 plays away from finishing 5-5,” Hunt said. “Sometimes people really look at that end result, and that does matter, but we were in a lot of football games.”

Driving the offense early on will be quarterback Allen Walls, a junior who transferred in from Atlanta.

“He’s working hard and we’re trying to make sure our system fits him,” Hunt said. “It’s so he doesn’t feel like he has to go out there and win football games for us. Just manage the game and make good choices and good decisions.”

To keep the pressure off Wall and the rest of the offense, the Wolfpack will have to be better defensively after allowing almost 28 points pergame in 2012. Hunt believes that some of the pieces are already in place.

“Malcolm Thomas, he was a great player for us last year and he’ll be in there at defensive tackle some for us and Josh Smith will be a key player for us.”

The Wolfpack have fewer players than last year, but competition for positions is just as intense.

“We have a very core group of players that if they want the spot, they’re going to fight for it,” said senior running back Travis Martinez. “Like last year we might have had the numbers, but we just didn’t have the dedication like we do this year.”

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