Greenfield improvement seen in quality of all-league selections
Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 9:05 pm
By MIKE HUTCHENS
In looking back at his first season at the helm of the Greenfield High School football program, Don Pitt had reason to smile when recalling that the Yellowjackets broke a 15-game losing skid.
In looking ahead, Pitt sees more promise.
Two of three players who earned All-District honors in 14A will return next season with the recent announcement that running back Austin Pence and wide receiver Miles Cavitt were named to the league’s glitter unit.
They were joined by teammate Joseph Pope, a senior center and defensive lineman for the ’Jackets this past season.
Pence, a junior running back, rushed for 176 yards when G’field beat Bruceton 25-21 in Week 5 for its first win since 2010.
For the season, he accumulated 880 yards on the ground with 12 TDs in 190 carries. He was also in on 47 tackles with a pair of interceptions in his defensive secondary duties.
Cavitt, moved to wide receiver in 2012 after starting at quarterback as a freshman the year before, was the Yellowjackets’ top pass-catching threat this past season.
He ended up with 436 receiving yards with seven touchdowns. Defensively, he was credited with 38 stops.
“Austin is a hard-nosed kid who always seems to make things happen and be around the football,” Pitt said of Pence. “He’s a good athlete, and I’m certainly glad he’ll be back next season. He’ll be important in a lot of things we want to do on both sides of the ball.
“Cavitt is just a playmaker. He’s going to be our best athlete again the next two years.”
Pope anchored Greenfield’s offensive line in the middle and was a team captain.
A two-way lineman, Pope also made 49 solo tackles with six sacks and two forced fumbles on defense.
“I wish I could have him for another year. He was a great leader, and he really rallied the kids around me when I was hired,” Pitt said of Pope. “Our goal next season is to make the playoffs and we’re working hard each day to reach that. Having some positive experience back is key to that.”
District champion Trenton rightfully dominated the all-league team with 10 selections — including Most Valuable Player Tavarian Barnett and Defensive Player of the Year Ty Fields.
Barnett rushed for more than 2,000 yards while helping Peabody dethrone two-time champion Humboldt and go unbeaten through its 14A schedule. Fields was a linebacker who led the Tide in tackles.
First-year Trenton skipper Joe Gaddis was voted by his peers as Coach of the Year.
A complete all-district list — along with superlatives — is on page 11. Published in The WCP 12.6.12