In his first season, head coach Casey Selfridge led a senior-laden Greenhill squad to the program’s first SPC championship game in almost two decades. As challenging as that was, an encore performance might be even more impressive.
The Hornets lost several playmakers from that runner-up team to graduation, including quarterback Jake Webster and receivers Xavier Bryant (who signed with Sam Houston State for basketball) and Kassidy Woods (who signed with Washington State). Leading rusher Christian Benson transferred to Parish Episcopal.
(ABOVE: J.T. Herrscher is a standout at linebacker for Greenhill, as well as the team’s top returning receiver. Photo: Rob Graham)
Plus, Greenhill is moving up to the conference’s large-school classification alongside perennial powers such as Houston Kinkaid and Bellaire Episcopal, and faces a schedule filled with extensive travel.
Still, Selfridge is optimistic that Greenhill can maintain its momentum behind an experienced defense and a handful of talented newcomers.
“It’s been positive to be around for an entire offseason,” Selfridge said. “We’re trying to fine-tune what we’re doing here.”
Greenhill should benefit from the return of 12 starters, led by two-way standouts J.T. Herrscher — a hard-hitting linebacker and sure-handed receiver — and Carlton Collins. The offensive and defensive lines will be experienced with three-year starters Brennan Brown and Kevin Hoare.
“I’m looking forward to building that depth,” Selfridge said. “That’s something we need to be really intentional about.”
The starting quarterback competition features last year’s sub-varsity signal-callers — junior Angelo Drossos and sophomore Jack Quinn. Selfridge said both likely would see action early in the season.
“We’re going to look tremendously different,” Selfridge said. “Our goal is simply to be better tomorrow than we are today.”