FFN Countdown Day 18: Greenland Pirates

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Coach: Lee Larkan
Conference: 3A-1
2012: 8-4, 5-1
Returning Starters: 2 OFF/4 DEF

2013 Schedule
Sept. 6    Magazine
Sept. 13  at Mansfield
Sept. 20  at Pea Ridge
Sept. 27  at Melbourne
Oct. 4      Yellville-Summit
Oct. 11    at Mountain View
Oct. 18    Marshall
Oct. 25    Green Forest
Nov. 1      at Elkins
Nov. 8      West Fork

Last year the Greenland Pirates made school history, winning two playoff games for the first time.

Now those seniors are gone. Out of 22 starters, Greenland has six coming back in 2013.

“The good side of that is we have a lot of people competing for jobs who are about the same,” said head coach Lee Larkan. “So it’s not like we have a bunch of guys who are way above everybody else. The lack of returning starters gives us a chance to work on our depth.”

Greenland won its first conference title in seven years last season. That group of seniors was the most decorated in recent history.

“We’re going to try and beat it,” said senior running back Calvin Giddens. “We’re going to try and make it to the fourth round of state, or whatever it takes.”

Giddens rushed for nearly 1,300 yards and 18 touchdowns last year. Now that he’s a senior, with all the play-makers around him having graduated, he’s going to get the ball. A lot.

“As much until he gets tired,” said Larkin. “As long as he can keep running, we’ll keep giving it to him.”

“I think Calvin is one of the best running backs in our conference,” said senior lineman Nathan Watkins. “If our offensive line produces and does real well he’ll do real well and we’ll have a great year.”

Last year Greenland was an offensive team with all-state quarterback Darian Froud and all-state wide receiver Evan Johnson. This year they expect to rely on the defense.

“We’re just powerful on defense this year,” said senior nose guard Paul Stubblebean. “We hit hard and go hard.”

Greenland has won 26 games the last three years. This group of seniors can give them four straight seasons of eight or more wins.