Earlier this week, Tony Sullivan put all of his players on a line at practice.
He asked them to raise a hand if they were a part of last year’s winless season. Most of the players on the 28-man roster obliged.
“I told them ‘We went 0-10 with you. We can do the same thing without you. It’s time to get it going,’” The Green Sea Floyds football coach said. “Hopefully this is the year things are going to click.”
Exactly what that means is up for interpretation.
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On top of the Trojans going 0-10 in 2014, they’ve won just one game in the past two seasons and only four during Sullivan’s three years on the sidelines. Last year’s struggles, though, were about as glaring as it gets.
Green Sea Floyds averaged nine points per game, fourth lowest in Class A. Had it not been for a 26-point outburst against Lake View, that figure would have looked even worse. The Trojans were shut out four times, with two of those coming inside region play.
From start to finish, it wasn’t a fun season, and one that the players hope time will help erase.
“One thing you’ve always got to remember is the past is the past,” junior lineman Jacob Springs said. “Every year, you have a new team. I think that helps some. That helps get rid of it.”
As for eliminating offensive woes from last year, the Trojans hope a full conversion to a double-wing offense does the trick.
Without the weapons to muster much of a passing game, Sullivan is going to put seven different running backs and his offensive line to the test. If the team is going to start scoring more points, it’s going to be because of them.
“Our best defense is going to be our offense,” Sullivan said. “That’s what we’ve been focusing on, ball control, time of possession. We brought the game closer to us. We’re trying to grind it out and keep the clock rolling.”
The inside-out approach may not be the most explosive offense on the Grand Strand, but some improvement should be expected. The Trojans, after all, are returning nine starters from offense.
Jacquez Geralds and Riley Lovett are competing for the starting quarterback position, and their coach said he wouldn’t be against platooning the two of them based on matchups or success.
It’s part of the change at Green Sea Floyds that Sullivan believes could produce some positive results.
That, unlike his lecture on Monday, has been the more consistent topic of conversation.
“We know what it’s been the last two years,” Sullivan said. “We know it. We don’t spend a lot of time on that.”
This is the first installment of a 12-day series previewing the area’s high school football teams. Saturday: Carvers Bay.
Coach: Tony Sullivan (4-26 in three seasons at Green Sea Floyds and overall)
Last year: 0-10, 0-5 Region VIII-A; missed Class A playoffs
Returning starters: 9 offense, 7 defense
Strengths: One quarter of the Trojans’ roster includes players listed at running back. And with a renewed focus on the position this year, that gives Green Sea Floyds plenty of options if someone isn’t getting it done. Sullivan said they’re all going to get opportunities, reducing the need for any one player to be spectacular.
Weaknesses: Sullivan wanted to let his youngsters continue to fight as they learned the game via experience. The problem with that, though, is the Trojans have lost more games than the previous season in each of the coach’s last two years.
Three players to watch
Jacquez Geralds, Sr., QB: The two-year starter is getting a bit of a push from junior Riley Lovett, but Geralds and his experience stands to be on the field either way.
Randy Bellamy, Sr., OL/DL: The Trojans’ tackle could be one of the keys to helping the team get the running game going on a more consistent basis.
Jacob Springs, Jr., OL/DL: From his spot at the guard position, Springs’ push off the ball gives the squad opportunities to run up the middle.
at Lake View
at Carvers Bay
at Creek Bridge
All times 7:30 p.m.