GREENVILLE – The Wave football team dropped a GWOC American North game to the Troy Trojans on Senior Night at Greenville’s Harmon Field while giving the playoff bound visitors all they wanted and more in first half play.
“I’m just proud of the way our kids played and continued to fight – all heart and effort and desire,” said Greenville coach Aaron Shaffer. “That is a really good football team and sometimes in a game like that where you’re a decided underdog and you play well for a half, it fires them (Troy) up (for second half play).”
Greenville took an early 6-0 lead with Tyler Beyke hitting Marcus Wood on a 50 yard touchdown strike.
Troy battle back to score three first half touchdowns on the running of Jaydon Culp-Bishop to lead 20-6 before Greenville would close out first half scoring with a pass from Beyke to Wood with 00:04 on the clock sending the teams to the break with Troy holding a slim 20-12 lead.
“Troy is a really good football team,” Shaffer stated. “I’m sure there weren’t many people out there that thought we would be able to stand in and fight with them for a half. I am just really proud of them.”
The second half had Culp-Bishop carrying for three touchdowns leading Troy winning to a 48-12 win.
Greenville won the passing game on the night with Beyke completing an impressive 15-22 passes good for 196 yard and two touchdowns.
“Tyler (Beyke) has been battling through some … had to show some toughness the last few weeks and battle through some things physically,” Shaffer noted. “He’s feeling good again. I was proud of the way he goes. He is really starting to figure it out as he continues to grow and get better in that position. A lot of bright spots for him tonight which will hopefully turn into a really bright future for him next year. Really proud of the way he played – he played pretty good tonight.”
Marcus Wood led GHS with eight catches good for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Rounding out pass receiving for the Wave: Di’Maurye Ewing two receptions for 21 yards, Tony Sells two catches for three yards and Colton Zumbrun a 38 yard catch.
“He’s slippery and he definitely plays with a lot of effort,” Coach Shaffer said of Wood. “He’s a tough kid. For a small guy he packs quite a wollop sometimes. He has good balance and a lot of toughness and desire – he’s pretty dang good.”
“About every time you talk to an opposing coach before the game, they talk about how good Marcus is,” added Shaffer. “He’s just a special player. His personality is unreal. He’s an energy kid, he’s a relatively quiet kid until you get him between the lines, but it’s the right kind of noise to his teammates. To watch that kid make plays, he’s really something special and it’s fun to watch. He’s a really talented neat kid.”
Troy quarterback, Brayden Siler was 3-6 good for a total of 14 yards passing.
The Trojans rushed for 411 yards on 40 carries while Greenville was good for 50 yards on 36 carries.
Culp-Bishop rushed for 399 yards on 28 carries, scoring six Trojans touchdowns.
GHS quarterback Tyler Beyke led the Wave in rushing with 22 yards on 12 carries.
“I am proud of the way they come out and played,” said Shaffer after coaching his last home game for the Green Wave. “Senior night, the last chance for 11 kids to come out and play here.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Greenville junior quarterback Tyler Beyke throws one of his 15 completions in GWOC game with Troy. (Gaylen Blosser photo)