Offensive line, unsung players big keys to Greene’s success

The focus in the headlines and in the box scores for Greene remains star quarterback Nate Whittaker, and his key stablemates in the backfield, Garrett Hickey and Dan Carlin. All three are in the 200-plus-yard rushing category, and receivers Josh Clink and Brendan Kinne balance the attack.

All along, though, head coach Tim Paske has pointed toward the offensive line as the key to the success. “It’s starts up front, and they do all of the dirty work that doesn’t show up in the statistics,” Paske said.

Anchored by Tyler Kehl at center, and joined by Austin Euchenhofer, Evan Engler, Nic Puglisi, and Alex Kenyon, the Trojans are Chenango County’s top scoring team at over 40 points a game. It’s lowest point total was a 36-22 win over Tioga, and Paske was subbing out his first-team unit midway through the third quarter.

The offensive line is getting due credit here, and so, too, should dutiful blocker Brian Day. Day, a situational running back who occasionally gets a carry, lines up as an end just off the line of scrimmage. “He’s doing a great job of blocking for us on the corner,” Paske said. “He’s a guy who is behind the scenes, but is doing a great job.”

On the defensive side of the ball, it is the team’s smallest defender (in weight) who is coming up big. Junior Nick Wilcox, he of three straight Section IV wrestling titles, is averaging over 10 tackles a game. Junior Tyler Beckwith, who is also a sectional wrestling champion, is picking up nearly double-digit tackles as well. Mind you, neither player is seeing full-game time as the Trojans have had all three games well in hand by the fourth quarter.

That comfortable fourth-quarter feeling may take a week off tonight when Windsor invades Trojans territory. “I’m worried about slowing them down,” Paske said.

The Black Knights were derailed a week ago against Waverly suffering their first loss, while the Wolverines posted their first win. Still, Windsor sports a multi-dimensional attack that features the run and the pass.

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