When Daishun Scott, the Planters Bank Player of the Week, joined the Greenville Christian School football team a few weeks ago, head coach Jon Reed McLendon said he knew instantly that Scott was a good football player. But after just two games, Coach McLendon has already realized what a true difference maker Scott can be.
Last Friday, in the Saints’ 18-3 road victory against St. Aloysius, Scott, a 6-foot-4 playmaker, dominated both sides of the ball. On offense, Scott had 106 receiving yards on six receptions. He also also had a touchdown reception from GCS quarterback Josh Martin. On his TD, Martin threw the ball up in the air and Scott out jumped his smaller St. Al defender in the endzone.
On defense, Scott, a transfer from O’Bannon High School, is a physical linebacker who requires opposing offenses to plan against him. In the Saints’ win last Friday night, Scott caused havoc the entire game, ending the night with six solo tackles.
“We had done some 7-on-7 scrimmages against O’Bannon so I already knew what kind of an athlete he was,” Coach McLendon said. “But, he has definitely exceeded our expectations. We were planning on using him mostly on defense, but he is such a weapon as a receiver that we have to play him on offense too.”
Scott is just one of a number of newcomers on this year’s GCS team. After the public schools in the county announced that they would not play football this fall, many of the top players playing in public schools have switched over to MAIS football. Along with Martin, a Greenville High product, Scott’s former O’Bannon teammates Daric Campbell, Amarion Jones and Cordayl Grant have also transferred to Greenville Christian this season.
And, last Friday night it was announced that the Saints had added even more fire power when Greenwood High School star quarterback Deandre Smith tweeted that he was transferring to Greenville Christian School. Smith, who has offers from Southern Miss and Arkansas State, is expected to be available for the Saints when they play their next game against rival St. Joseph on Sept. 11.
The St. Joe Irish have had Greenville Christian’s number the last five years, including a 44-12 Irish victory last season.
“This is definitely a great time for a bye week,” Coach McLendon said. “With so many new players, we have a lot of things we still need to work on.”