Cooper Kingdon goes back in the pocket during Greenville’s playoff game against Butte Valley on Nov. 8. Butte Valley won 59-42 to edge Greenville out of the running. Photos by James Wilson
Greenville’s football team was bumped out of the playoffs by visiting Butte Valley last Friday in a back-and-forth game that ended with a 59-42 loss. The Bulldogs took a lead early on, but Greenville resiliently continued to catch up until close to the end, when Butte Valley pulled too far ahead.
The loss ended the season for the Indians in the first round of the Division VI playoffs. Greenville won seven of its games this season with only four losses.
Despite losing, Greenville made multiple big plays that put some major points on the board. Contributions came from all over the roster, demonstrating the Indians’ range of talent.
“We played as hard as we could and fought to the end,” commented Greenville’s coach, Justin Allan. “It was an even game and in the end the size advantage they had might have been the difference.”
Cooper Kingdon excelled as quarterback, connecting with his receivers 13 times for 249 yards and five touchdowns. Kingdon wasn’t shy about keeping the ball either, gaining 51 rushing yards for the Indians off seven carries. Defensively, Kingdon brought down eight players.
Logan Carmichael led the Indians in rushing with 141 yards on 19 carries. Walker Meyers contributed 52 yards rushing and 52 yards receiving. Meyers also took his turn in the pocket, tossing a 21-yard pass to Darian Potts. Potts received once more for a 9-yard reception.
James Martinez led in receiving as Kingdon’s go-to man on the field. Martinez received for a total of 129 yards, including a touchdown reception right before the half that put Greenville ahead for a short time. Martinez also rushed for 52 yards.
Jacob Henry brought the power of Greenville’s defense to the field with 13 tackles. Brent Washoe covered the field as well, tackling eight Butte Valley players.
“I am proud of my team and confident that we are on our way toward a championship in the future,” said Allan.