EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of previews of area high school football teams. Sunday’s edition will feature the Bluffton Bobcats.
Ahmad Green didn’t flinch when asked about the possibility of being the starting quarterback at May River High School. Instead, he smiled and said he’s confident and eager to lead the Sharks.
Though he’s mature and shows a ton of mental toughness, fans may have to wait for the freshman to develop physically. If you ask him, however, he’s ready to be the man at the offensive controls.
“I keep working every day,” Green said. “I put that possibility in my mindset. I just kept believing that I could be the starter.”
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Green made the transition to quarterback a couple years ago after playing running back. Though there’s so much of his game that needs to develop, Green believes he can be a leader in the huddle.
“I have learned not to panic when I get into bad situations,” he said. “I try to be in command.”
May River is entering its second season. As a relatively new program, it is still looking for answers on both sides of the ball. The freshmen-laden team has high hopes of making it back to the playoffs but with a few more wins than last year’s total (2).
Despite a lack of production offensively, head coach Rodney Summers is confident spring and summer ball was extremely beneficial.
“It’s been a complete turnaround from last year,” Summers said. “They’ve been here a whole year now and during the spring. They’ve been around the system for a year now and we actually had a true spring practice.
“It’s been a pleasure to see us go out and have an organized practice.”
You can’t talk about May River football without mentioning crosstown rival Bluffton. Both squads will square off against each other twice this season to fulfill a home and away contract. Last season, the Sharks went 0-2, with the Bobcats scoring a combined 127 points.
“Bluffton is always the biggest game of the year,” Summers said.
Green knows it will be a tall order to even the series.
“I hope for the best and prepare for the worst,” Green said.
Green hopes the Sharks will become known as a postseason team.
MAY RIVER SHARKS
Region: Class 3A, Region 8
Coach: Rodney Summers
2016 Record: 2-9
Playoffs: Lost to Gilbert in the 3A playoffs in the first round.
Gabe Long — center
Connor Kovacs — RG
Joseph Whiteaker — LT
Vance Summers — WR
Jordan Barrow — LB
Hunter Singletary — DL
Roderick Grant — DL
The Sharks are so young in many key areas that it could take a couple more seasons before they turn the corner. With many questions on both sides of the ball ue to inexperience, only time will tell if the Sharks will be able
to handle another tough season in 3A ball. Still, if QB Ahmad Green can mature quickly and become a dual threat, the Sharks could steal a couple games away from teams that underestimate them.
Aug. 18 — Hanahan
Aug. 25 — Bluffton
Sept. 1 — at Whale Branch
Sept. 8 — Hilton Head Island
Sept. 15 — Beaufort
Sept. 22 — at Manning
Sept. 29 — at Bluffton
Oct. 6 — Ridgeland-Hardeeville
Oct. 20 — at Battery Creek
Oct. 27 — Wade Hampton