High School Football

New coach hopes commitment breeds confidence in Green Sea Floyds Trojans

Before he could worry about game plans or depth charts, new Green Sea Floyds coach Joey Still had other priorities to tackle in taking over a program that has struggled both in players' commitment to football at the school and consequently in its results on the field.

So he worked the hallways, trying to convince athletes from other sports to give football a try. All the while working the mindsets of the players returning to the program, making it clear to everybody that expectations were changing - that they had to change.

"I think the kids are committed," he said. "They understand what I'm going to ask of them, and it's going to be a lot different."

The Trojans finished 2-8 last season while losing their final seven games.

But Still, who arrives after serving as the head coach at Barnwell the last five seasons, is focused on a different number.

"We have 36 kids dressing out on Friday night," he said last week in advance of the CNB Kickoff Classic. "We opened camp with 36 kids, and we ended camp with 36 kids. And I think that's a great thing for our community."

As for the team itself, seniors Tevin Jenerette and Lasan Reaves have some experience as running backs, while sophomore Holden Clark projects as the starting quarterback.

But as far as Still is concerned, this team has no returning starters.

Everything starts anew this season.

The Trojans will introduce a wishbone offense, simplified for the time being as the players adjust to the new system.

Defensively, the team will employ a 3-3-5 stack and hopefully, with its youth and lack of size, be creative enough in its approach to catch teams off guard at times.

"We're going to bring people from everywhere," Still said. "We're not just going to sit back and play base defense."

It's a work in progress.

But while the team is sure to endure some growing pains as it transitions into what Still hopes will be a new era of Trojan football, he doesn't want to limit expectations for his players this season.

"We're not going to go in there and say that we're going to win two or three games," Still said. "What I've told the kids was we're basically forgetting everything that's happened in the past. We're starting over new, and a new tradition. ... We're going to basically put the bad memories in the past behind us, and start fresh."