Greenville High School and Big Valley meet Friday, Aug. 24, on the football field for the fist time since the 2015 season when the Indians were eliminated in the first round of the Northern Section playoffs. Since 2004, when the Northern Section was realigned, GHS and Big Valley have played each other eight times, with the Greenville Indians winning three of the competitions.
From the town of Bieber, the Big Valley Cardinals are the defending Northern Section Div. 6 Champions as they take the field for the Greenville opening game at 7 p.m. The Cardinals have won three of the past four Northern Section titles and appeared in all four championship games.
Since its 12-0 winning season in 2017 when the Big Valley team left the field on a 23-game streak, many changes have taken place for the Cardinals. Eight players graduated. Head coach Bryan Gerig, with a four-season 41-5 record, will be guiding the 11 returning players and new additions to the team.
Greenville finished their 2017 season 8-3, advancing to the Northern Section semifinals and winning the California Conference South championship. The Indians have 13 returning players and aim to improve on last season’s campaign.
Leading the way are senior quarterback Tristin Clark and receiver Colton Lawson. Last year Clark threw more than 1,000 yards with 13 touchdown passes. He rushed nearly 1,200 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. Lawson was on the receiving end of 13 passes to score six touchdowns and nearly 400 yards. Clark and Lawson combined for 163 tackles and five interceptions.
Junior Isaiah Hilpert is also returning to play for the Greenville Indians. In 2017, he rushed 1,460 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. He brought down opponents with 129 tackles and six interceptions.
Other returning players include Anthony Joseph, Harlan Savala, Kyle Hitson, Andrew Putnam, Lloyd Roath, Rodney Meyer, Harvey Merino, Nick Lal, Malcolm Henry and Trevor Bar. Newcomers for the Indians are Garrett Miille, Matthew Mobley, David Washoe, Dawson Reed and Wade Neer. Greenville’s returning coach is David Keller (49-35).