Greiner takes on task on reviving Rock North
NEWTOWN >> Once one of the heavyweight programs in the area, the Council Rock North football team has fallen on hard times with just three wins over the last three seasons.
In that sense, you could say first-year coach John Greiner is stepping into a good situation because the only direction remaining for the Indians to go is up.
“Council Rock has a program that is steeped in tradition and we want to get back to that,” said Greiner, who did an excellent job guiding Bristol over the previous four years. “Our players are very excited at the opportunity to turn things around.”
With 52 players coming out for the team and a solid off-season, Rock North will begin improving on its recent win totals. On the other hand, you just don’t flip a switch and turn everything around right away in a league as tough as the Suburban One National.
“We don’t want our players to overthink things and try to do too much,” said Greiner. “When you do that it can be paralysis by analysis. We just want them to keep it simple.”
Offensive players to watch include senior quarterback Jack Owens, senior running back/linebacker Tim Gibson and senior split end Yaz Baroucki. Senior linebacker Dillon Sheehan and senior defensive back Sean Berlin will also contribute on both sides of the ball.
Among the linemen are junior Brendon Hardy, Luke Molden (6-4, 230) and Blake Koch along with seniors Hayden Brick and Cole Persinger.
Junior Amarre Mayo gives the team a good target at split end and will also play in the secondary. Noah Summers and Noah Kapusta are two of the top sophomores who will be counted on to contribute.
Council Rock North 2019 Schedule
Date Event Time/Results Venue Council Rock North vs West Chester East 7 - 41 West Chester East Council Rock North vs Wissahickon 27 - 6 Wissahickon William Tennent vs Council Rock North 35 - 10 Council Rock North Neshaminy vs Council Rock North 48 - 31 Council Rock North Council Rock North vs Pennsbury 7 - 37 Pennsbury Harry S. Truman vs Council Rock North 49 - 20 Council Rock North Council Rock North vs Abington 7 - 35 Abington Souderton vs Council Rock North 41 - 0 Council Rock North Bensalem vs Council Rock North 8 - 43 Council Rock North Council Rock North vs Council Rock South 7 - 14 Council Rock South
Greiner is fully aware what Rock North needs to do most of all is toughen up its defense. That and reestablish a winning attitude.
“We have put together an excellent coaching staff,” said Greiner. “We want to get back to the roots of the program and play tough, smart football.”’
This will take some time, but Greiner has already shown he has the ability to produce winning teams and make the most out of the available talent.
By Rick Fortenbaugh, MediaNews Group