Summarizing the 2008 gridiron accomplishments begins with the outstanding season turned in by the Greene Trojans.
Greene won its second division title in three years, and set a team record with nine wins in advancing to the Section IV, Class C championship game. Over a three-year period, the Trojans have lost just one home game, and have made the playoffs three straight times – five overall since the onset of sectional playoffs in 1993.
The Trojans head up our 20-person all-star contingent with eight selections. Leading the way is three-time all-star Nate Whittaker, one of the premier athletes in the area.
Elsewhere, Bainbridge-Guilford posted its third straight winning campaign under head coach Tim Mattingly, while qualifying for the Class D playoffs.
We’ve encapsuled each team’s highlights, and on today’s sports pages are photos and summaries of each all-star selection:
The Bobcats had a proven commodity in 1,000-yard rusher Dustin Ross, but had plenty of question marks that could have offset Ross. “Obviously, Justin Pepper came in at quarterback and filled a huge void,” Mattingly said. “He played well for us, and Brad Hurlburt played big and improved. I would have to say the biggest thing was our young line coming along and exceeding expectations. There was a question mark as to how well they would jell, and they improved by leaps and bounds.”