The super season just keeps getting better for Greenville’s super Saints.
A day after Greenville Christian’s tough 37-22 road loss in Georgia to Collins Hill High School, one of the top-ranked teams in the nation, it was announced on Saturday that GCS had added a game against Oak Grove, which is ranked as the top ranked public school in the state of Mississippi. Greenville Christian will travel to Hattiesburg to play Oak Grove on Thursday, Sept. 16.
The game between the two highly-ranked squads gives Greenville Christian School coach Jon Reed McLendon and his Saints another chance to show off their incredible talent on another big stage. It will also give them a chance to silence any doubters that remain.
“Our goal has been to constantly to give our kids the best competition that we can find,” Coach McLendon said. “I know a lot of people are wondering just how good are compared to the best public schools. Oak Grove is a 6A school and is ranked as the best team in the state. We see it as a great challenge, and we don’t think we have anything to lose.”
McLendon described his team’s road trip to Georgia last week as a complete joy. The only thing that somewhat spoiled the trip was the final score on the scoreboard in the Collins Hill victory.
Behind an all-star level performance by wide receiver Christopher Bell, a Souther Miss commit, the Saints went toe to toe with the Eagles for three quarter. GCS trailed Collins Hill just 9-6 at halftime and just 16-14 at the end of the third quarter. Bell finished the game with five catches for 109 yards.
“Our defense played really tough for three quarters, but we just did not do enough to sustain our drives on offense,” McLendon said.
Highlight the coach’s point was that the Greenville Christian defense held Collins Hill’s Travis Hunter to just four catches for 28 yards. Hunter, a Florida State commit, is ranked as one of the top players in the nation.
“The defense did great,” the GCS coach said. “We may not have come out with the victory, but the experience was great. The kids got to taste the college. They got to see what it was like to go on a bus and to stay at a hotel. This experience gave us memories that will last forever.”
Before the Saints (3-1) travel to take on Oak Grove next week, they will play their first home game of the season this Friday when they host Hillcrest Christian (1-3).
“It is great to finally have a home game and to give our fans a chance to see us,” Coach McLendon said.