GREEN, PHILLIPSBURG OFFENSIVE LINE GRIND DOWN FRANKLIN
Joe Green looked really fresh.
Given that he had just gashed Franklin for 133 yards in the second half alone of Phillipsburg's47-13 win over the Warriors at Maloney Stadium Friday, the Stateliner running back should have looked at least a little worn down, a tad tired, a bit bushed.
Quite the contrary.
"I could go out and play four more quarters right now," Green said.
There's a scary thought for future Phillipsburg foes.
Green ran for 157 yards total and touchdowns of 20 and 58 yards, and many of his yards came on hard-earned slogs with half the Warrior defense on his back. He should have showed some weariness.
"I think I am a second-half player," Green said. "I felt really good in the fourth quarter. The line had a really good push in the second half. They really pounded Franklin."
The Stateliners took the game over in the second half, scoring 26 unanswered points, thanks in no small part to Green's legs and the line's physicality.
"We decided in the second half, if we were going to run, we were going to go double tight-ends," Phillipsburg head coach Frank Duffy said.
So the all-senior line of center Patrick Sharpe, guards Nick Josselyn and Zach Leong, tackles David Capitini and Jaleel Boothman, and tight ends Sean Morroand Jevon Boothman took it to Franklin. On Green's 58-yard burst, the Stateliners sliced open Franklin's defense like Moses parted the Red Sea.
"I have seen green grass like that maybe once or twice," Green said. "It was a pleasure to see."
It's something Joe Green may see a lot this fall -- and maybe in the first half once in a while, too.
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