By Zach Gregory
JAMESTOWN — The veteran Rams have areas that need work, but they will rely on the experience they have at key positions to help give them the edge in each game.
“We have got a lot coming back and the kids have been working really hard, so we are hoping it’s going to be a good season,” said fourth-year coach Neal Kasner. “Every game is important. With the way our schedule plays out and being in Division V, we have to win them all or pretty close, to make the playoffs. So, every game is important.”
Four-year starter Chance Frye will take snaps and run the spread offense for Greeneview, one of his many roles on the team. Kasner has high expectations for Frye this season and knows the senior QB will provide leadership to keep the team on target.
Frye will be handing the football to junior Logan Reed, who is coming off injuries. Kasner said Reed is anxious to get back in the action and expects him to do well. Senior Kyle Gilliam will also see action at that position.
Greeneview’s biggest question mark coming into the season is at the wideout position. They lost their two leading receivers from last season, but have a group of kids competing for the spots. Seniors Tristan Saunders, Colten Pfeifer, Klay Partin and Alex Blakely are competing at wide receiver, along with sophomores Ethan Bradds and Alex Music, and junior Logan Test.
The defense has looked good in practice, but Kasner said they’re still working some of the kinks out.
“Defensively, we wanted to get a little better. Especially defending the run, that’s been a point of emphasis,” he said. “As we go forward and get tested we’ll see, but I think we have some good ideas and the kids are buying into the program, and they’re being coachable. We’re definitely more physical up front than we were a year ago.”
Seniors Adrian Harding and Kyle Gilliam solidify the middle as the inside linebackers. Pfeifer is another standout linebacker on the outside for the Rams.
Partin and Frye will help defend the secondary as the safety positions along with Saunders and Blakely at corner.
Isaiah Harding and Corey Clark are the anchors in the defensive line.
Sophomore Bryce Wilson will take over as place kicker for Greeneview.
“We actually got him on loan from the soccer team, he’s looked really good. He needs to develop some consistency in his kickoffs, but I think he’s going to be a real fine kicker,” said Kasner.
Partin will return punts and share kickoff returns with Frye.
KEY GAMES - Being at a smaller school, Kasner put emphasis on the importance of every game. Being the Ram’s coach, however, he did have a certain game that caught his eye.
“Obviously when you’re at Greeneview, Cedarville is the most important one. That’s circled on our calender for sure,” he said.
Greeneview has experience in the positions they need to and healthy competition to fill spots that need work. Kasner said his team is taking to the coaches’ instruction and looks forward to the upcoming season.
“I think we’re strongest in how we approach the game,” he said. “We go out in practice and we try and work hard and get better every day. To reach your potential, that’s the attitude you have to take.”