By Tommy Keeler Jr. -- firstname.lastname@example.org
FRONT ROYAL -- For the last couple seasons Timmy Green has patiently waited for his turn in the spotlight. The Warren County senior was the backup running back behind Gage Steele, who graduated in June and now plays at JMU.
This season Green is the Wildcats starting running back and is shining brightly as he has led the Wildcats to a 5-0 start.
"It definitely feels a little different," Green said. "A, because I'm a senior and, b, because I have been living in the shadow for about three years. And it's taken a lot of hard work to get out of it, and a lot of hard work to get where I am today."
Green and the rest of his running back teammates have shown this season, that even though Steele is gone the Wildcats ground game is as effective as ever.
Green leads the team and is third in the area in rushing with 561 yards on 73 carries and has six touchdowns.
However, Green leads in a lot more ways than just on the field. Warren County coach Tony Tallent puts together a coaches council every season, each class has several players on the council. The council reports back to Tallent if there are any problems, or concerns the team might have.
Green has been on the council since eighth grade.
"It's the highest honor he could ever give me to be part of the [council]," Green said. "To include me in the small very important decisions that we go through weekly. I couldn't ask for any more.
"To be part of the council means a lot because the council is given to people who show a lot of maturity. It's not so much on the field, but in life. Are you mature enough to make good decisions? Can he trust you?"
Green said he loves being a leader, and has always tried to be good role model for others. Green's family life plays a part in his leadership qualities.
His family is currently separated. Green's mother and his two sisters recently moved to Wilmington, N.C. due to a job, while Green and his father stayed behind. Green said his father will eventually join them.
Green said he talks to his mother every day, and when he scores a touchdown his family is the first thing he thinks about.
"I love my mom, I love both my sisters," Green said. "I do my best to call them and ask them how their day was. If I'm there physically for them and at least mentally know that I'm still willing to listen. I'm still trying to stay current on all things going on down there. They should do the same."
Green said his mom has had to do a lot of traveling, and that has helped make the transition easier, and will help him next year when he plans to enlist in the military.
His father has also played a big role in his desire to play sports. Green said his father is always giving him advice after games, and helping him to get better.
"He's just the base for everything I've ever really learned," Green said. "He's one of the biggest influences in my life and in football."
Part of what makes Green successful as a running back is his ability to do a little bit of everything. He can block and he can run. Tallent said his ability to see down the field has really improved this season.
"He gets the ball where it needs to be," Tallent said. "He's well aware of where the first down markers are, and he makes sure he gets that yardage before he's trying to do anything else."
Green also plays at defensive end, where he's started for two seasons now. Green might appear to be under-sized for the position, but he makes up for it with his speed. Green has one sack and one fumble recovery this season for the Wildcats.
Green said he's played a lot of different positions on defense, but he really enjoys being at defensive end.
"I love defensive end because of the physicality of it," Green said. "There's a lot of hitting. There's a lot of speed, and you're always really close to the action."
The Wildcats are off to another great start, but the Evergreen District season starts today. The Wildcats will play at perennial district powerhouse Liberty at 7:30 p.m.
Warren County lost in the first round of the playoffs last year, and Green said the goal is for the team to keep improving and to try to go further this year.
"We're trying to use last year as a stepping stool so we can get further," Green said. "We want to make it back to regionals, definitely. And we want to use our prior playoff experience that we gained the last few years to be able to aid us."
Green said for him personally, he'd like to rush for 1,000 yards. However, he said he knows the team goals are what's most important.
Knowing it's his last year of high school also makes this year even more important for Green.
"I see my season slipping away very fast," Green said. "And I look back and it's already week seven. It makes me realize that when I look back on my season I want to be able to see that I did my best. It just pushes us. The further we get into the season the harder we push ourselves to get better."