The Green Bobcats fell to Harvest Prep Saturday night in Canal Winchester 42-8, but the Bobcats first playoff appearance since 1990 and the season leading up to their week eleven contest is one that should not be forgotten anytime soon says Green head coach Ted Newsome.
“The atmosphere was fantastic and everything you would hope for” said Newsome, “We had more fans in the stands than they did, and it was on their home field. That says a lot about the support we get and about the support our community has for our school system and our athletic groups that we travel that well it being two hours away.”
Out of the group of seniors that will graduate from Green this season, the two that really gave everything they had for the Bobcat football program were James Laber and Steve Smith.
“Two seniors in particular have really been there for four years. They’re our only four year guys and that’s Steve Smith and James Laber. Those are two guys that play up front and have started all four years for us. They’ve been through the rough times as freshmen and sophomores who weren’t really ready to play varsity football on Friday nights but were thrown into it in a tough situation. They never complained and battled every week. James went through his entire career, 41 games, and never missed a game. Started most of those games two ways for us. He was just a steady hand that never misses practice, never misses a turn in the weight room. Just one of those guys that you can hang your hat on and not have any worries about. He’s going to be a tough one to replace for a lot of reasons. Steve had a huge year for us on the offensive and defensive lines for us, playing center, playing nose guard. We missed him the last three ball games where he was out with injury, but the first eight games he was really dominant for us. He’s another kid that’s a hard worker and you could always count on him doing the right things and being there in the offseason and making that commitment. He put so much into his senior year, it was tough to see him have it cut short like it was, but he got all out of it that he could for those eight games.”
Newsome went on to appreciate the hard work and effort from his other seniors from this season’s 8-3 team. “Garrett Daniels was with us for three years, also played up front for us. He was a guy that we were able to move around at tackle and at guard for us throughout the last several years and played some defensive line. He was another guy who was a real steady force for us up front. One of our three seniors that moved into our district in the last couple years is Tyler Roberts. He’s a kid that gave all he had and was just a great teammate who was always there for us when we needed him. He always worked hard and took every chance he could to get better. And Mackie Kingery who moved into the district last winter, he was able to have a huge season for us on both sides of the football. I think Mackie had 12 touchdowns and was able to do a little bit of everything for us. And also, Bryce Pond who moved into our district two years ago and played two years of football for us. He’s one of those guys we had to move around a lot from defensive line to defensive end, offensively he played tight end, wing, and wide receiver for us. Did some punting and did some kicking, he was really a jack of all trades. He’ll be a tough one to replace just because he was such a versatile athlete for us.”
Newsome believes now is the time to continue to expand the Green football brand and take advantage of the forward momentum the program has for the first time in a long time. “We have to really take this and make the most out of it. The guys we have coming back, our junior class which will be our senior class, we have a lot of really good leaders in there. We have a lot of really hard workers. The good thing we have going for us in next years juniors and seniors, they’re your blue collar guys. They’re weight room guys, locker room guys. They’re our guys that enjoy each other and really want to work together. As good of an offseason as we had last year, my expectations are really through the roof in terms of the preparation we’re going to get from these guys from the leadership we have coming back from our team. And with the excitement and the expectation we have for the coming years, in 2019, I expect to have a very productive offseason.”
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