|Greenville’s Jacob Henry breaks a tackle as he runs the ball in for a touchdown. Henry scored one of Greenville’s two touchdowns during its Oct. 19 game against Princeton. Photo by James Wilson|
Greenville High School hosted the Princeton Eagles on Oct. 18 for the Indians’ homecoming football game. In a tough defensive game, Greenville lost, 22-16.
The first quarter entailed one long drive for Princeton. As the clock ticked away, Princeton slowly inched its way up the field.
With two minutes left in the quarter, Princeton finally made its way into the end zone. Princeton ran the ball in for two points after touchdown.
Greenville’s James Martinez received the kickoff and carried the ball to Princeton’s 49-yard line. The quarter ended with Princeton ahead, 8-0.
Greenville started the second quarter with a bang. Andrew Fairbanks carried the ball into the end zone. Greenville ran the ball in for an extra two points to even the score, 8-8.
During the play a flag was called on Brandon Meza for unsportsmanlike conduct. Meza, who averaged 92 rushing yards per game, was no longer able to play in the game. This call was devastating to the Indians.
To add insult to injury, Princeton returned the kickoff 72 yards for a touchdown. With the two-point conversion Princeton was once again ahead by eight.
Possession of the ball kept turning hands throughout the second quarter. Finally, with four minutes left in the half, Tony Rogers recovered a fumble to start Greenville’s last successful drive of the game.
Greenville quickly made its way up the field. In six downs, Greenville moved the ball a total of 68 yards. In the final play of the drive, with just over a minute left in the half, Jacob Henry caught and carried the ball 37 yards for a touchdown.
After scoring a two-pint conversion, Greenville ended the half tied with Princeton, 16-16.
The second half was mainly a defensive game. Greenville wasn’t able to score again, and Princeton made one touchdown to win the game, 22-16.
“It was a tough defensive battle,” commented Greenville’s coach, Justin Allan. “I think we fought hard, but we just couldn’t get the points we needed.”
Greenville is now 3-1 in league play and 5-3 overall. It hosts Loyalton, the top team in the league, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.