Many of the faces may be new on the Greenville Christian School football team, but Friday night in their 18-3 road victory over St. Aloysius, the Saints proved that they don’t plan to wait long for the victories to start piling up.
Josh Martin, a transfer from Greenville High School, threw three touchdowns in the Saint victory which moved the GCS’ record to 1-1. GCS receivers Daishun Scott, Vamario McGee and Eric Kingdom each caught a first-half Martin touchdown.
“We had a really great week of practice. Josh had some really great moments. He played even better than the score indicates. We left four touchdowns on the board,” Greenville Christian School coach Jon Reed McLendon said.
Martin is one of about 20 players for Greenville Christian who are new to the school. Many of these players transferred to GCS after area public school systems announced that they would not play football this fall. Along with Greenville High, new GCS players are also from Riverside, O’Bannon and South Delta.
“Of the 27 players on our team, I would say about 18 or 20 of them are new,” GCS head coach Jon Reed McLendon said.
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.
“Deandre is going to be a good addition to our team, and I think he can really help us,” Coach McLendon said. “But, we have a long way to go. We had a good week of practice this week. We have an off week now, so we are going to have to have another two weeks of great practice before we play St. Joseph.
St. Al (0-2) had less than 100 yards of total offense for the second game in a row.
“We have to decide on what we’re going to be on offense,” St. Al head coach Stacy Sizemore said. “We have to focus on one thing and get better at it.”
“We’re still searching for our offensive identity,” the St. Al coach added. “Whether we’re a spread team, an I-formation team, a pistol team, what have you. We have to sit down as coaches and figure that out.”