The Greenville Yellow Jackets were up against a tough challenge. Facing a state ranked (8th in Class B) Forest Hills Eastern team, the Yellow Jackets needed to play flawless volleyball to win their match on Thursday night at home.
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Football is in the blood of Greenville’s Eric Plate. After all, four members of his family have played Division I football. His father Rick played for Central Michigan University, uncle Scott for the University of Iowa and Todd for the University of Michigan. A cousin of the three, Troy, also played for Michigan.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets didn’t play its best game of the year, but it was enough to advance in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 district soccer tournament. After a slow start, the Yellow Jackets adjusted to the synthetic surface at Cedar Springs and was able to score once in each half of a 2-0 victory over the host Red Hawks.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets needed to play the perfect game. On Friday, the Forest Hills Northern Huskies, ranked No. 7 in Division 3 and defending O-K Bronze champions, visited Legacy Field in what many thought would be a convincing victory over the Yellow Jackets.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets will have its toughest challenge of the season on Friday when the Forest Hills Northern Huskies visit Legacy Field. The Huskies are defending O-K Bronze champions, a perfect 5-0 this season and ranked No. 6 in Division 3 in the latest Associated Press prep football poll. Greenville, on the other hand, enters the game 4-1 overall. Both teams are 1-0 in the league.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets were in attack mode. Unfortunately, Wyoming Wolves goalkeeper Jesse Flores was in defense mode. Flores, a senior, made save after save on Tuesday night as the Wolves held off a late Greenville surge for a 2-1 victory in an O-K Bronze soccer match.
Greenville coach Dave Moore said the Yellow Jackets needed to stop the running game of the Comstock Park Panthers. It took a half, but the Yellow Jackets did just that. Trailing 16-14 at halftime, Greenville held the Panthers scoreless in the second half and pounded out three touchdowns of its own for a 37-16 victory on Friday night at Legacy Field.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets were coming off a dominating 6-1 win over the Lowell Red Arrows in its last game. With a 3-2 record, the Yellow Jackets were off to one of their better starts in recent seasons. On Tuesday, perennial powerhouse Northview made the trip to Greenville, which would be a great game to gauge how good these Yellow Jackets really were.
It didn’t take long for the Greenville Yellow Jackets to set the tone for its annual rivalry grudge match against the Belding Redskins. Actually, it took just 18 seconds. On the first play from scrimmage, Greenville senior Eric Plate cut to the outside, he turned on the burners and raced 82 yards for a touchdown.
The Michigan high school football season begins just two weeks from today. On Aug. 28, the Greenville Yellow Jackets will host longtime rival Belding at Legacy Field. The Redskins snapped a five-game losing streak against the Yellow Jackets with a 47-14 victory a year ago to open the season.