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Greene – Preseason Playbook

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The Greene Trojans are moving to eight-man football this season.

GREENE (WBNG) -- With the first game of the season two weeks away, the Greene football team has some big adjustments to make.

This season, the Trojans will be suiting up with eight men on the field, instead of 11.

Head Coach Dave Gorton said the decision to move to eight-man football was made after school enrollment started to decline over the last few years.

"For the 11 man rules, you need 16 on the sidelines before the game starts," said Gorton. "We were in the Section IV championship game a couple of years ago with only 16 players for that game. We're just battling the numbers all of the time."

Gortson said playing eight-man football plays into the Trojans' skill set.

"We have a lot of kids who are very quick, who are fast, who can make the plays in the open field," he said.

Senior offensive guard Quintin Pezzino said it will take some time for the team to adjust to this new way of playing.

"I'll probably have to do different things, just mostly guard," he said. I won't have to tackle anymore. As a guard, I'll probably pull less and I'll have to relearn a whole bunch of plays."

Senior running back and middle linebacker Tristan Austin said switching to eight-man will make the game easier.

"You got a bunch more field to work with," said Austin. "Less players on the field, I think it'll be good."

"We're excited about the opportunity to compete in a new game in a sense, but certainly the old game of physical football as well," said Gorton.

Regardless of how many Trojans are on the field, winning is on their mind.

"We've made the playoffs four years in a row," said Gorton. "Even though there might not be playoffs this year, we certainly want to set us up that if there were playoffs, we'd be eligible to play."

"I hope to have a winning season with the team. We have a bunch of younger guys this year so it would be good to get them used to it," said Austin.

Greene opens the season at home on Friday, March 19 against Unadilla Valley at 7 p.m.

Robyn Hearn

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