Last Updated: Thu Jun 30, 2022 - 7:18PM
When it comes to making big plays, Conlan Greene is the player you want on your team. Whether it’s a game-sealing sack or a crucial touchdown pass, Greene answers just about every time he is called upon.
He not only makes big plays but he also made a big decision last week as the P-T pass rusher recently made his commitment to continue his career at Temple University.
“It’s a little bit of a relief,” Greene said. “All of this is a little stressful, but I'm definitely excited about it and confident that it’s the right decision and I’m pumped for it.”
Greene’s confidence in his decision was solidified after visiting Temple several times this year. Despite the distance from Harrison City, Greene said he felt at home at the university in Philadelphia.
“Just being down there, talking to the coaches and players you can really tell it’s family. That’s one big thing I was looking for whenever I wanted to make a decision, being able to feel at home even though I’m not going to be at home.”
Greene and his teammates embodied the idea of a family last fall on their way to capturing Penn-Trafford's first ever WPIAL and PIAA championships. In the state final against Imhotep Charter, the Warriors came into the matchup as underdogs, but they were able to use that mindset to their advantage heading into the contest.
“I think we fed off that underdog mentality,” Greene said. “We didn’t think we were the underdogs, we thought we had to go out there and show them what it’s all about. I think we used that mentality to feed our energy into that game.”
It was in that matchup against Imhotep Charter that Greene’s play making ability shined the most, as he surprisingly entered the game at quarterback and tossed the game-tying touchdown pass to Jack Jollie and also secured the game-clinching sack.
But in typical Warriors fashion, he gave full credit to his teammates and his football family for putting him in those positions to succeed.
“Obviously, the defensive backs... without them that sack wouldn’t of happened,” Greene said. “The line, receivers all of them drawing them on that jump pass play. It was a full team effort and I would never take full credit for either of those plays because without my teammates none of that would’ve happened.”
This year the team will be without two key players that were a critical part of that championship run. Running back Cade Yacamelli and quarterback Carter Green have graduated, and they have left big shoes to fill offensively and defensively.
Greene has faith that there are players on this year’s team that will step up in more ways than one.
“It’s definitely going to be tough this season but we have a bunch of young guys who are ready to step up and I think we will have people to fill those spots. It’s going to be a different kind of season this year but I have full confidence in all of my teammates that we have a shot and we are going to make a run again."
Greene figures to see time at quarterback this fall. He is no stranger to the position, as he gained some experience taking snaps this past season for P-T, and he’s open to doing it again this year.
“I’ve been repping it at practice a little bit,” Greene remarked. “Whenever the season comes, coach (John Ruane) is going to make his choices, and wherever I fit that’s where I’m going to play and do the best for my team.”
Greene and his teammates are hungry to get back to action this fall when the season begins. The thought of repeating as state champions has crossed his mind numerous times, but he knows it’s going to take a lot to get back to that point this year. For now, he has set out some early season goals for his team to achieve that he feels will be key in helping the Warriors repeat.
“Definitely the success we had last year,” said Greene. “Hopefully, instead of having those two losses early in the season we can start the season off like we did after those two losses. That would be big for this year.”