The latest round of SPC realignment has not been kind to Greenhill, which suffered through a winless season in its first year in the conference’s large-school classification.
The timing was unfortunate for the Hornets, who came within one win of an SPC title in the small-school division two seasons ago, then lost a strong senior class to graduation.
“It opened our kids’ eyes to the level of competition that we were facing with a tougher schedule,” said third-year Greenhill head coach Casey Selfridge. “We spent the vast majority of our offseason talking about culture.”
Greenhill’s rebuilding effort started with what Selfridge terms an offseason “culture shift.” The Hornets have boosted participation in the program by 25 percent but have only seven seniors on the roster.
“It’s been fun to watch this summer,” Selfridge said. “I feel really good about the steps we’re taking as a program.”
“It opened our kids’ eyes to the level of competition that we were facing with a tougher schedule.” -Coach Casey Selfridge
Greenhill scored seven or fewer points in seven of its 10 losses. However, Selfridge is confident in the improvement of returning quarterback Angelo Drossos, who was resilient as a junior while facing plenty of pressure.
“He took all the important snaps last year, which is a testament to his toughness,” Selfridge said. “I’m excited to see his growth and maturity.”
Other offensive weapons include receivers Matias Henry and Johnny Thompson, and sophomore running back Emilio Garcia. They will play on both sides of scrimmage, along with standout linemen Will Barron and Malcolm Taylor, a 300-pound behemoth who holds the school record in the bench press.