Every day is a long day for Greenville High School senior Jamarrion Humphrey. Every day is filled with hard work in the classroom, on the football field and at his job.
Humphrey, the Planters Bank Player of the Week, wakes up at 6 a.m. each morning to wake his twin little brothers up and drive them to school.
Then, it is a full day of classes at Greenville High School before football practice begins at around 4 p.m. After practice, it is a time for a quick shower before he arrives at his part time job at the McDonald’s by the Greenville Mall, where he works as the shift leader from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.
“Even when I am tired, I still have to go to work. I don’t have a stopping point,” Humphrey said.
Humphrey has no complaints about his grueling schedule, which also includes taking classes in Indianola to get his welder’s license. Whatever it takes to be a success, he is willing to do it.
“I want to get out of Greenville,” he said. “I am a kid who likes to keep moving. If I feel like I am tired, I still got to go to work. I do not have any stopping point.”
Greenville High School football coach Quintarus McCray said he admires Humphrey’s hard work ethic. As a football player, Humphrey has been providing steady leadership for the Hornets over the last three seasons.
Humphrey, a strong safety, had, perhaps, the best game of his career last Friday night when he helped Greenville defeat Greenwood 26-16. It was the Hornets’ first game of the season because of COVID-19 issues, and it was the first time the Hornets had defeated the Bulldogs in years.
Humphrey registered seven tackles, seven assisted and two sacks in the game.
“We get kids like Jamarrion all the time,” Coach McCray said. “I came back to coach at Greenville High because I see a lot of myself in these kids, and they want an opportunity to get out of Greenville. Greenville is a special place for all of us, but, in time, Greenville will eat you up and spit you out. My job is to try and get them out of here. Jamarrion has a story, and a lot of them have a story. They think that our kids are rowdy kids, but our kids are hard working and humble. They want to get out,” McCray said.
McCray said his team’s victory over Greenwood was a testament to the players’ hard work and belief. Greenville has a bye this Friday, and the team’s next game is Sept. 24 at Lake Cormorant. The Hornets played just four games last year because of the pandemic.
“It wasn’t about the Xs and Os. It was about determination,” Coach McCray said of his team’s win. “We have been behind the eight ball for so long, and the kids were just hungry. We had the will to win.”
“Our team is gritty and we will fight. All I ask them is to fight and to never give up. We were up the whole game but Greenwood made some plays.”
Along with Humphrey, McCray singled out the play of quarterback Jeff Davis and wide receiver Xavier Titus who both helped the Hornets hold onto their lead against a Greenwood comeback.
Titus finished the game with five catches for 137 yards, and he also caught a second quarter touchdown that helped put Greenville up 14-0 going into the half.
“We were up the whole game, but Greenwood made some plays to get back in it. The biggest play in the game was a 30-yard pass that Jeff Davis threw that really sealed the deal.”
For Humphrey, his senior year is a chance to start a new tradition of winning at Greenville High School.
“We are not the old Greenville anymore,” Humphrey said. “Every day we are working on winning. It is a mindset, and we are changing it to success.”