Malcolm Green knew he was a playmaker.
What he wanted to do Friday was prove he still had it on the offensive side of the ball.
The Tigers senior receiver caught a pair of touchdown passes from teammate Mykal Moody and returned a kick 91 yards for a touchdown, helping Conway breeze past Georgetown 42-25 in the season opener for both teams.
“We wanted to come out and make a statement in this game and show everybody that we’re back,” Green said. “Conway’s ready for action and all of this have one goal. And that one goal is the state championship.”
They weren’t going to win it against the Bulldogs, but it was a solid showing for a team that has yet to win a playoff game since Moody took over as a freshmen.
Like Green did when he played offense as a sophomore, he was again a spark for a team that can always use more. After Georgetown scored its first touchdown of the game in the opening quarter, Green returned the ensuing kick 91 yards for a touchdown. Then, in the second quarter, he caught a pair of touchdown receptions from Moody.
Those scoring plays pushed the Tigers to a 25-point halftime lead and allowed coach Chuck Jordan to sit Moody for the entire second half.
The combination between the two seniors didn’t need much more proof. Along with freshman Bryan Edwards – who caught a 32-yard touchdown in the opening quarter – Conway’s offense did pretty much what it wanted for the majority of the time the starters were in the game.
“The numbers will tell,” Moody said of Green’s impact after spending a year on the defense. “With him over there, it’s a lot easier. We’ve got a freshman over there who is going to do big things like Malcolm. That makes it a lot easier for me to make plays this year.”
By no means was Moody hardly noticeable. In one half, he was 10-of-12 for 182 yards passing. In the process, he eclipsed the 3,000-yard mark for his career.
He also ran for 42 yards.
Still, it was only the beginning of his senior year.
“He wasn’t crisp, but that will come,” Jordan said after moving into sole possession of 12th place in state history in coaching victories (251). “He’s knocking some rust off. We haven’t run very much in the scrimmages because we haven’t needed to, so tonight was the first time he’s had to carry the ball.”
For as bad as the score looked at times of the night for Georgetown – and despite the fact that it lost its fourth straight game – the Bulldogs certainly weren’t without some redemption.
Quarterback Caleb Hughes, who last season set the school’s single-season passing mark with a little more than 1,300 yards, completed 20-of-31 attempts for 251 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran in a 22-yarder in the third quarter.
His primary target, senior Alvin Walker, racked up 11 receptions for 131 yards.
The Bulldogs also didn’t turn the ball over, a great sign as the season goes on. They simply couldn’t keep up with a team from the state’s top class.
After the game, Moody then echoed his teammates thoughts.
“We wanted to make a statement to the state that we have a good squad,” he said. “We came out kind of sluggish. We’ve got a young line and everything. The second drive, we got it going.”