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Darren Duke in His Fourth Year as Greenville Head Coach Has Lions In Playoff Hunt

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The Wildcats host the Greenville Lions Friday night (October 25) at The Prim. The Greenville Head Football Coach, Darren Duke, is in the fourth year as Head Coach for the Lions. He replaced his mentor Marvin Sedberry Senior in 2016. Sedberry hired Duke four times as his Defensive Coordinator, twice in Greenville and also at Bryan and Dallas Carter. All told, Duke has been a football coach in Greenville for 15 years. Coach Duke says he is proud of his kids this year and how hard they have played. Entering Friday the Lions are in fourth place in district holding down the final playoff spot. He says if the Lions continue to play at a high level, they have a chance to earn a playoff spot. Coach Duke acknowledges the rivalry between the Wildcats and the Lions. He says the teams have played for years and district games have resulted in more being on the line. The Lions are led on offense by junior quarterback Brandon Stephens. Coach Duke says Stephens learned a lot having to play last year. He says senior running back Lester Turner is powerful and speedy. He says his wide receivers are made up of the Lions successful sprint relay track team. Coach Duke says his undersized offensive line is playing better as the season goes along. On defense, the Lions are led by eight seniors. Defensive Lion standouts include tackle Davoya Washington and end Jeremiah Abrego. Coach Duke says his inside linebackers, Tucker Momon and Carlos Belteton, are having big years. He says cornerback Tyrecus Davis has been a big play maker. Coach Duke says he believes the Lions will need to win two of their last three games to assure a playoff spot.

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Author: Matt Janson

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