He’s racked up 314 yards the last two games, but he’s not sold on his own abilities.
“I wouldn’t call myself elusive; sometimes I think I get pretty lucky,” said the humble running back. “I have to give it to my offensive line first, because I wouldn’t have any yards without them.”
All Saints senior Merritte Greene has led the Trojans to back-to-back victories after a winless start, averaging 9.3 yards per carry in the process.
“Everyone thinks that I’m really fast, but I run a 5.0 (forty),” he said.
Greene’s coach, Mike Hall, looks at it in a different way. Greene may not be a track star, but he’s fast on a football field.
“He’s a quick football player and he plays with good football speed,” Hall said.
Whatever the velocity, Greene and the Trojans have gone full speed the last two weeks to turnaround a season that started dismally.
All Saints was 0-3 heading into its rivalry game against Bishop Gorman, which Greene said is his favorite game of the year, when the senior decided he had had enough losing.
“I’ve been here four years and I was just kind of tired of sitting back and losing,” Greene said. “I was like, let’s get it done tonight, so that’s what I was telling the team.”
The team responded.
Greene rushed for 178 yards and caught the game-winning touchdown with 1:35 left to send the Trojans past rival Gorman 29-27.
“The team did really well,” Greene said. “The offensive line was amazing. I owe it to them for the game I had.”
All Saints carried the momentum over to its home opener last week, rolling past Union Hill 55-0. Greene made the most of six carries to the tune of 91 yards and two touchdowns.
The Trojans are now flying high heading into Friday’s homecoming game against Dallas First Baptist.
“We knew we could be this good but we look like a new team,” Greene said. “I think it’s all about attitude; everybody’s got the right mind now.”
For the year, Greene has 389 yards and five touchdowns running, averaging 7.1 yards per rush and scoring every 11 carries.
But Greene doesn’t play to build stats, he’s playing to help build the All Saints football program. For him, the big win over Union Hill wasn’t a game to pad personal numbers but the type of game that convinces Trojans players to keep working to become better football players.
“I think it just brings them more motivation to come back next year and do even better,” Greene said. “I’m excited for them.”
Greene has earned the respect of his peers having played through the ups and downs of All Saints’ football program since he started as a freshman.
“He brings good leadership,” Hall said. “He leads by example.”
With Greene’s leadership the Trojans hope to continue their upward swing and even their record with a homecoming win Friday.
“Everybody’s got to stay healthy and Friday night we’ve got to stay focused on the football field,” Greene said. “We definitely didn’t meet our potential but we’re getting there and we still haven’t and we’re still getting better.
“I think we finally realized how good we can be and we’re just on the up-rise now.”