Athlete of Week: Green means go for Seahawks

The Myrtle Beach High football team in the midst of an amazing midseason turnaround, and the Seahawks can thank about six guys named Jermani Green for helping the team turn the corner.

There’s Jermani Green the running back, Jermani Green the quarterback, Jermani Green the wide receiver, Jermani Green the linebacker, Jermani Green the defensive back, and Jermani Green the kick returner. Oh yeah, and after nearly 300 total yards (193 rushing, 90 receiving), four touchdowns and eight tackles during the Seahawks’ current two-game winning streak, there’s also Jermani Green the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week.

“He’s definitely versatile, and the situation we were in he’s had to play both sides of the ball,” said Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson said of the 5-foot-8, 175-pound junior jack of all trades. “He can play so many different positions – running back, receiver, take wildcat (rhino) snaps, play defensive back and linebacker, return kicks – he can do so many things well that it’s hard not to play him all the time.”

With the Seahawks struggling to a 1-3 start that saw the defense surrender 50 points or more in their three losses, Green was pressed into double duty on the defensive side of the ball. But the added burden didn’t seem to slow him down on offense, where he leads the team in rushing yards (415), touchdowns (five). He is third on the team in receiving yards (208) and tackles (34).

“I just like being on the field,” said Green, who also plays on special teams, plays basketball for the Seahawks, and plans to take his services to the baseball diamond this spring. “I like offense the best, and I really like running the rhino when we need to score a touchdown. But I like playing defense too. I’ll play wherever my team needs me to play to help us win.”

The Seahawks desperately needed someone to step up following their 51-34 loss to Socastee that dropped them to 1-3, and Green answered the call in his three-TD performance in a 35-14 victory over Carolina Forest. But the big challenge came in last week’s matchup with rival Conway, then the No. 5-ranked team in Class 5A. His game-winning touchdown allowed Myrtle Beach to retain the Victory Bell with a 13-12 upset of the Tigers. The win also allowed the Seahawks to even their record headed into region play and gave them some much-needed momentum before the real season.

“It was a really tough time for us, but we rallied around each other, practiced hard and worked hard on our assignments,” Green said. “We knew we had a good defense, we just needed to work together better and play hard for each other. If everyone does their job, we can win.”

Even if you have about six jobs, like Green.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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