The Greenville Lions will play host for the Wildcats Football Team in a zone game with playoff implications Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Cotton Ford Stadium in Greenville. For the fifth year, the Greenville Head Coach is Darren Duke, who took over from his mentor, Marvin Sedberry Sr., in 2016. Coach Duke said his goal is to have opponents not look forward to see the Lions get off their bus either at home or on the road. Last year, the Lions made the playoffs for the first time since 2003. Coach Duke wants making the playoffs to become a Greenville tradition. He said when a program is down, the players find it hard to know what it takes to make the playoffs. Coach Duke said his current team now knows what it takes. He said they have confidence and know they can play and compete, even in a tough district. Coach Duke said the Lions this season returned a lot of players on offense. He added he had to fill some holes on defense where two all-state players and a total of three college bound athletes graduated. Coach Duke said it took a couple of games for his defense to work the kinks out. On offense, the Lions have a third year player at quarterback, senior Brandon Stephens, who Coach Duke said is a great leader. The Lions are scary fast at the skill receiver positions. They feature senior big play guys Miles Denson, Shawn Brown and Caleb Johnson. Coach Duke said defensive standouts include senior inside linebackers Carlos Belteton and Davian Wallace. The secondary includes senior Kenton Anderson. Defensive line standouts include an all district selection last year in junior defensive tackle Dyshaun Grigsby and junior defensive end Mike Surface. Wildcats Coach Greg Owens has mentioned that Greenville and Sulphur Springs always seem to meet with a playoff spot on the line. Coach Duke agreed saying the important games add to a rivalry where the teams get up more for each other. He said it adds to the fun. The team that wins this last zone game will move into the playoffs while the other will be left behind.
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