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The Indians are ready. Photo by Anna Lawson

Greenville football recap

The final football game for the Greenville Indians was against the Redding Christian Lions.

Greenville head football coach Dave Keller used two quarterbacks in the game, senior Andrew Putnam and junior Garrett Miille.

Sixteen of Putnam’s 25 passes were completed for a total of 232 yards, averaging 14.5 yards per pass. Two touchdowns resulted from Putnam’s sharp aim to junior Trevor Barr.

Miille threw one pass, which was caught by Putnam, to pick up 27 more yards for Greenville.

Trevor Barr had a great night with eight receptions for total of 131 yards, including the two he carried into the end zone. Neer caught five passes for 71 yards. Savala caught two for 27 yards. Miille caught a pass for a 3-yard gain.

Senior Harlan Savala made three carries for 71 total yards rushing and scored a touchdown in the process. Miille carried the ball twice for a total of 97 yards. Putnam carried the ball two times for 18 yards. Sophomore Wade Neer had a single carry for 11 yards. Junior Kyle Hitson and senior Anthony Joseph also carried the ball for GHS gains.

Savala led in all-purpose yards, 144, adding a total of 46 yards with four kick returns. Putnam made a kick return of 8 yards and Anthony Joseph picked up a kick return for 5 yards.

Putnam’s total yards for the game were 277, Barr 131 and Miille 127. Savala totaled 98 yards and Neer 82.

Playing defense, Neer was king. With nine solo tackles and six assists, Neer racked up a whopping 15 total. Savala evenly mixed seven solo tackles and seven assists for 14. Savala managed two quarterback sacks. Miille also mixed evenly with six solo tackles and six assists. Trevor Barr had six solo tackles, three assists with a quarterback sack in the mix. Putnam, freshman River Joseph and freshman Conner Barr all totaled eight tackles each. Kyle Hitson landed four solo tackles and two assists. Anthony Joseph had a total of four tackles and four quarterback hurries. Junior Harvey Merino offered an assist. Hitson punted twice for 82 yards total.

“I am happy with the team’s performance this season,” said coach Keller. “For the eighth consecutive season, we made the playoffs. We’re one of the few teams in Northern Section to accomplish this feat.”

The Indians finished their 2019 season with an overall record of 6-5. They finished the California–South (8-man) league 4-3.

The Chester Volcanoes are among the seven teams sharing the league with Greenville.

The league teams are Chester, Burney, Princeton, Greenville, Herlong, Loyalton and Mercy, finishing the season in that order.

Chester won the final section championship this week with an undefeated season record of 13-0.

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