After three years as a reserve and special teams contributor, senior defensive end Luc Greene emerged as an unlikely force to be reckoned with for the York Cougars, who finished as S.C. AAAA Division II state runners-up in their first state championship appearance since 1986.
York football coach Bobby Carroll said Greene was a pleasant surprise, but acknowledged his efforts.
“Without Luc Greene, no way are we a 12-2 team playing for the state championship,” said Carroll. “He listens, works hard and developed into a key member of our team. We will definitely miss him next year.”
Not an imposing figure at 6-foot, 185 pounds, Greene displayed intangibles and effort in key wins for the Cougars. He had two interceptions, a sack, a forced fumble, fumble recovery and 14 tackles against perennial state power Gaffney.
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“That was one of my best games ever,” said Greene. “Especially against a team like Gaffney, it really felt special to help my team win the game.
Against Irmo, Greene recorded 12 tackles, two forced fumbles and a sack.
Greene was not a household name for the York Cougars, but his commitment, dedication and fearlessness left an impression on his coaches, teammates, classmates and community.