As we move into week nine of the regular season, only one football team – Greene – has the opportunity to play beyond this weekend.
The Trojans completed a perfect 8-0 regular season this past Saturday at Whitney Point. It is the first unbeaten regular season for the Trojans in 42 years, and the most wins for a Greene team since an 8-1 mark in 1994 while playing an independent schedule.
This is also the Trojans’ third straight year in the playoffs, the first two ending in Class C semifinals losses to Lansing in 2006 and Unatego a year ago.
This reporter asked Greene head coach Tim Paske when he began his preparation for this season. We pretty much knew the answer, but the question was in need of asking. “Come on Pat, you know the answer to that one,” Paske said.
Paske was back to work the day after his two-touchdown loss to the Spartans a year ago. While Paske kept himself busy coaching junior varsity basketball in the winter, his thoughts rarely strayed far from his love of coaching football. “Our coaching staff and the players have put a lot of time and hard work into the program,” Paske said. “We hope that the hard work pays off.”
The initial pay-off would be the program’s first postseason win since the advent of state playoff system in 1993. The first four trips to the Section IV playoffs all ended in first-round defeats. The difference this year is that Greene is not only unbeaten, but carries the role of top seed and favorite. “We don’t talk about (our number one seed),” Paske said. “Now that we’re number one, we have to prove why we are there.”