The Greenbrier Bobcats moved to 2-2 in Region 5-4A after defeating the Montgomery Central Indians 21-0 Friday night.
Sophomore D.J. Jackson blocked a punt in the first half that was caught in the air by senior Stoney Smith on his way into the end zone to open the scoring. Sophomore quarterback Braxton Laney found the end zone with his legs on a quarterback sneak to extend the lead to 14 before halftime.
Senior Kelby Steele broke a 65-yard run in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
Head coach John Elmore knew the game was going to be physical and was thrilled with his team’s effort and execution.
“I was obviously very pleased with how things turned out and how the guys did,” Elmore said. “It was of course a very physical game. Our region always is. Whoever you play, it’s going to be physical.”
Greenbrier played well in all three phases of the game, but any time a team can keep its opponent off the scoreboard, it’s special. Head coach John Elmore credits the shutout to his team’s ability to keep everything in front of them.
“We were able to keep them from hitting big plays on us and tried to make (Montgomery) Central drive the ball down the field,” Elmore said. “We were able to get key stops at important times.”
The defense has played consistently well all season, giving up an average of 11 points per game to opponents. If the Bobcats can keep their opponents out of the end zone, they could be headed back to the playoffs for the first time since 2017.
In order to do so, GHS must finish in the top four in Region 5-4A. They are currently tied for third with WH Heritage, while Springfield and White House still remain on the schedule. Every team in the region can be competitive with any other team, and that means every region win is vital to the standings.
“Any team could win any night in our region,” Elmore said. “That’s how tight things really are. I mean that literally. The games we have lost in the region, if we played again, we may win. The games we won, we may lose if we played again. That’s how tight it really is, how balanced the region really is.
“It makes for exciting ball games because you better be ready to play each and every night.”
The Bobcats head to Cheatham County Central for a non-region matchup Friday night. They will also play Northwest (Clarksville) before wrapping up the season with region opponents Springfield and White House.