Greenwood allowed Grayson County to take an early lead Friday night, but that lead was short-lived.
The Gators (7-1 overall, 2-0 Class 5A, District 2) outscored the Cougars by 47 the rest of the way, notching their fifth straight win with a 54-14 victory at GHS.
“It’s tough to take that many days off (after a bye week) and not miss a beat,” Greenwood coach Chris Seabolt said. “I think it took us a little bit of time to kind of get back in the groove, particularly on defense, and truthfully even on offense.
“I know we had a good night on paper, but we had a couple of things that weren’t as clean and crisp as I would’ve liked them to been. But overall our kids did a good job. They got it cleaned it up quickly and progressed from there.”
Greenwood outgained Grayson County 501-198 and racked up 392 yards on the ground.
Sophomore quarterback Jackson Adams led the rushing attack with 152 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Adams also completed 3 of 8 passes for 109 yards and two scores to sophomores Jake Sanson and Blake Barker.
Senior running back Noah Pillow ran for 129 yards and two TDs on 10 carries, and freshman running back Triston Wilson had 93 rushing yards on eight attempts.
Greenwood’s defense was equally as dominant and forced five turnovers, including four fumble recoveries. Junior defensive back Malcolm Johnson recovered two of those fumbles and snagged the interception to go along with eight tackles.
GHS also forced a safety in the third quarter shortly after senior kicker Tanner South hit a 36-yard field goal.
“Malcolm, he’s our best defensive player, I think,” Seabolt said. “If he’s playing well, our defense is playing well. We put him in a position in what we do defensively to either make us look really good, or we’re not going to look very good. Luckily for us, he played well tonight.”
Greenwood stays in district action next week to host Bowling Green.