Welcome to the 68th season of the Times-Tribune Athlete of the Week program. And welcome to our new sponsor, Coordinated Health.
Our first recipient is Rheyse Green. The Scranton High School senior running back carried 19 times for 252 yards and had touchdown runs of 22, 25, 76 and 70 yards in a wild, 58-48 season-opening victory over Wyoming Valley West. Green also recovered a fumble and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown and had 3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack and 1 batted pass on defense.
Here’s more from his interview:
Other sports I play: Track
Favorite teams: Washington Huskies in college football; Philadelphia Eagles How did you become a Washington Huskies fan? Watching their defensive backs Sidney Jones, Kevin King and Budda Baker made me start liking them.
Athletes I admire: Saquon Barkley. How he runs the ball and his attitude on and off the field. He’s a good role model.
Favorite food: Pizza
Superstitions and rituals: Before a game, I go on the field, grab the turf a little bit, put it in my hands and play with it a little bit.
How were you able to run for as many yards as you did against Wyoming Valley West? At the start, I wasn’t running that well. But my coaches told me to stay patient and it will open up. I kept my feet moving, just like all the drills we do in practice, and it actually worked. I got to the end zone. Blocks were real good, too.
The team led, 39-7, in the middle of the third quarter. Then the game got kind of crazy. Yeah, our defense was on the field for a long time. Our offense would take like two plays to score, so our defense was really tired. We’ve got to work on that in practice and condition more. It was good to learn that in a win, though.
Three people I’d like to have dinner with: Saquon Barkley, Cam Newton, my late grandmother
Post-graduation plans: I want to go to college and play football. I want to study sports management and minor in education.