Kenowa Hills presents football challenge for Greenville

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 1:39 pm on Thursday, August 30, 2012

Greenville’s Levi Helms brings up a cloud of rubber pellets while making a tackle on Belding’s Neil McCully during Friday’s season opening game at Legacy Field.

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Yellow Jackets and Kenowa Hills Knights are ready to renew their rivalry on the football field tonight in Grand Rapids.

The two schools last met in 2010, when the Yellow Jackets defeated the Knights in the first round of the playoffs at home 46-21. Prior to that they met for seven straight seasons from 2003 to 2009, with Greenville winning five.

Greenville and Kenowa Hills were conference rivals in the O-K White from 2003 to 2007.

The Yellow Jackets opened the season last week with a 43-12 victory over Belding. The win came from a good all around performance from the Yellow Jackets.

“I think we played real well last week, but there is always improvement needed, especially after game one,” Greenville coach Dave Moore said. “You’re never as good as you would like to be early in the year.”

Kenowa Hills defeated Traverse City West last week 16-12. After 10 straight losing seasons (1998-2007) they have been to the playoffs the past four years.

“They are good. They are tough, very physical and a good running team,” Moore said. “They have good lineman and real good linebackers that run down hill and hit.

“They are big, well coached and disciplined,” he added.

As always, the key for the Yellow Jackets will be running the football. If Greenville can run the ball it opens up the rest of their offense.

“We have to be able to run the ball, which will open our play action passing,” Moore said. “Defensively, we have to keep them from the big play, especially the long pass.”

The Greenville freshman team lost to Kenowa Hills 20-12 on Wednesday, while the junior varsity team won 38-14.

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