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Greenville Indians take the field

GHS football is rip roaring and ready to get into an action-packed season of football. An enthusiastic team of coaches is helping to align the Greenville players and goals for the season.

Returning head coach Dave Keller starts his 10th season working with the team. “GHS has made the playoffs each of the previous nine seasons, including four trips to the Division 6 semifinals,” said coach Keller. “In 2018, GHS was second in the nation in total offense and first in California. It was fifth in tackles in the nation, and first in California.” Keller adds, “The defense recorded four shutouts.”

Coach Keller is joined by assistant coaches Harvey Merino and Gerald Hitson. Both coaches are returning for second seasons for GHS. Merino coaches the offensive and defensive lines. Hitson coaches punting and kicking.

Returning lettermen include quarterback Andrew Putnam, fullback, defensive end Harlan Savala; halfback, linebacker Garrett Miille; tight end, defensive end Kyle Hitson; defensive tackle, guard Anthony Joseph; split end, linebacker Trevor Barr; split end, cornerback Dawson Reed; split end, cornerback Wade Neer; guard, tackle Harvey Merino; and guard, tackle Malcolm Henry.

Newcomers to the Indian team include guard, tackle Jake Smalley; center, defensive lineman River Joseph; split end, cornerback Westin Lawson; split end Cayden Taddei, split end, cornerback Presley Sordi and split end, cornerback Connor Barr.

“Anytime you have 10 returning lettermen, most of them starters from the prior season, you are in a good position to start the season. On offense, we have experienced skill positions players and experienced linemen,” said Keller. “Similarly, on defense, we have a lot of experience as well. We may add a player or two as the season progresses, and that will be helpful as well.”

Tristin Clark was the starter for more than two seasons and has graduated. Keller says he has complete confidence in Andrew Putnam at quarterback. “As a backup quarterback for two seasons, Andrew took a lot of snaps in games and gained a lot of experience in that position,” said Keller. “Plus, he is highly intelligent, and that is just as important as athleticism when you’re talking about quarterbacks.”

Greenville football schedule

9/5 at McCloud 6 p.m.

9/13 at Butte Valley 6 p.m.

9/20 at Herlong 6 p.m.

9/27 at Princeton 6 p.m.

10/5 at Loyalton 11 a.m.

10/12 at Mercy 1 p.m.

10/18 Burney 6 p.m.

10/25 Westwood 7 p.m.

11/1 at Chester 6 p.m.

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