Regional Champions: 27 years in the making

Twenty-seven years ago Greenwood football won a title that would not be redeemed until this year: Regional Champion.

After a 7-5 season in 2016, the football team made a new name for themselves in 2017 with an 11-3 record. The team also snatched the Sectional and Regional title in tournament play. This season was history making and has been recognized by the community, coaches and players.

“Our football season as a team was amazing. We didn’t get to state as hoped, but we also haven’t been as close as we got in 27 years, so we went down in history,” senior Brandon Rosado, running back, said.

Junior Isaiah Drew agreed.

“The season was an overall success. We were able to do something that Greenwood hasn’t done in over a decade and then some,” Drew, cornerback, said.

GHS showed spirit as an entire community by hosting a community pep rally to celebrate the team’s Regional title while also wishing them luck in Semi-State.

“As a player, I had one of the best football seasons of my entire life, and it wasn’t because of just football. It was because of all of the family and friends that came together and most importantly, the men that fought with me on the field,” Rosado said.

The team fell to East Central in the Semi-State championship. Though just short of a possible State title, the team would not redo a single thing.

“If I could do it all again, I wouldn’t have done one thing differently. I have no regrets from my senior season,” senior Tim Johns, outside linebacker, said.

Rosado concurred.

“There’s not much I would have done differently. I gave it my all every single game, and I know my teammates did the same,” Rosado said.

With half of the starting lineup being seniors, the Class of 2018 has made an impact on GHS football.

“The seniors were tremendous. They set a goal for us, and we achieved it. They pushed us to be better, and it definitely helped that they were super good. They were really good leaders, and they were definitely a huge part of our success,” Drew said.

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