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Pirates Poised to Reverse Record


August 26, 2010 by wcobserver


By Susan McCarthy

Greenland- Head football coach Lee Larkan started practice last week with a single word…relentless.  The team practiced in relentless heat every day last week in sweltering temperatures that topped 100 degrees.  The team was relentless when it knocked helmets at midnight on a well-lit field last Wednesday night.  And Larkan says the Greenland Pirates will be relentless this season as they try to put their 2-8 record last football season behind them.

“The way to fix it is you work hard and have a great attitude,” said Larkan.  “I think we’ve gotten better.  I think the attitude has been pretty good.”

Larkan has been tapped as head football coach after a two year hiatus; he was the head coach for five years previously.  He will be flanked by assistant coaches Jason Rojas, the team’s defensive coach, and Josh Holloway who will work with special teams and assist Rojas on defense.

The Pirates lost very few seniors in May and Larkan says the team is a good mix of all grades.  He’s also feeling positive about his line-up this year.

“All positions are up for review,” he said.  Larkan expects to finalize his team’s roster next week.

“We’ve got really good competition in every spot, two people for every spot and both are close,” said Larkan.

Greenland quarterback Jordan Larkan, right, hands off to Anthony Giddens Wednesday during a scrimmage at the teams midnight madness practice in Greenland.

While no decision has been made, it is expected that Jordan Larkan will take the starting quarterback slot.  “It’s hard, but at some point you have to get experience and he’s (Jordan) got more of it than anyone else,” Coach Larkan said.  “He’s bigger and stronger than last year; he’s not even the same person as last year.”

Also in Larkan’s arsenal are seniors Anthony McCool, who is vying for the tailback position and Salvador Rojas who played safety last year.

Greenland’s seasonal opener will be on Friday, Sept. 3 at Union Christian.  Their first home game will take place the following week on Sept. 10 against Mansfield.

When asked about his coaching philosophy is, Larkan doesn’t hesitate; “Relentless.  That’s me.  We’re going to play hard.”



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