GREENVILLE — Greenville Yellow Jackets football coach Dave Moore begins his 12th season in charge of the program.
During the 11 seasons prior, the Yellow Jackets have made the postseason four times, won nine games twice and a district title in 2005. Moore is Greenville’s all-time winningest coach with a mark of 55-50, but are coming off a disappointing 2-7 season in 2013.
The Yellow Jackets 2014 schedule features four homes games against Belding, Comstock Park, Forest Hills Northern and Northview. It’s the second consecutive season with just four home games for Greenville.
The Yellow Jackets open the season at Legacy Field against longtime rival Belding. The Redskins stunned the Yellow Jackets a year ago with a dominating 47-14 victory. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Yellow Jackets against their rival.
In all, Greenville is 9-2 against the Redskins under Moore. Greenville and Belding have met to open the season every year since 1991.
Greenville travels to Kenowa Hills in game two, a former O-K White rival. This will be Greenville’s fourth season in the O-K Bronze.
The Knights have won four straight regular season games against the Yellow Jackets dating to 2008. Kenowa won a year ago 14-7. Greenville’s last win against Kenowa Hills was in the first round of the 2010 playoffs, which the Yellow Jackets won 46-21.
Greenville will face Comstock Park in week three at Legacy Field, which will also serve as the induction day for the Greenville Athletic Hall of Fame.
Comstock Park has increased its win total from nine to 12 games the past four years and has gone an amazing 42-9 during that time. A year ago, the Panthers went 12-1 with its only loss in the Division 4 state semifinals against Grand Rapids South Christian.
Greenville last faced the Comstock Park in 1969 as members of the Tri-River Conference. Greenville won 34-20 and are 2-0 against the Panthers since 1950 (according to michigan-football.com).
The Yellow Jackets then play back-to-back games against Wayland Union and Wyoming (first conference game). It will be the first meeting against the two teams in school history, although Greenville faced Wyoming Park (merged with Wyoming Rogers to form Wyoming) in 2007. Greenville won that game 37-0.
Greenville faces FH Northern on Oct. 3 for homecoming. The Yellow Jackets are 2-2 all-time against the Huskies, but have lost the past two games, including a 26-0 loss last year at Fifth Third Ballpark. Northern went 7-3 last year to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Forest Hills Eastern (4-5 in 2013) is next on the road. Greenville is 1-1 against the Hawks, but lost last year 27-21.
Greenville’s last road game is against Cedar Springs in week eight. These two teams have met 21 times since 1968. The Red Hawks closed out 2013 with a 24-14 win over the Yellow Jackets.
The Yellow Jackets finish the regular season at home on Oct. 24, which will serve as Lights Out (the annual marching band event) against Northview.
These two teams have met every year since 2003 when the Yellow Jackets joined the O-K Conference. Greenville won the first five meetings, but have won only one of the past six for a 6-5 series advantage. Northview (4-5 last year) beat Greenville 23-14 in 2013.