GREENSBORO — Former Watauga safety Jackson Greene used his skills as a quaterback in his final game as a prep football player.
Greene helped the West All-Stars convert a touchdown with a two-point conversion instead of an extra point by tossing a scoring pass. Unfortunately for the West, the East All-Stars walked away with a 20-8 in the game, which was played in front of 5,724 fans at Jamison Stadium on the Greensboro Grimsley High School campus.
Greene was one of the West’s starting safeties for the game. He was credited with just one tackle, but did not play as much as anticipated since the team’s offenses struggled at times. Greene was also on the kickoff coverage team, but both times the West kicked off, the ball was kicked out of the end zone.
The West, which punted seven times and lost a fumble and an interception, was limited to minus 36 yards rushing and minus 15 yards of total offense. The East, which punted six times and lost a fumble, gained 276 yards in total offense.
“I didn’t get much action since the offenses weren’t that good,” Greene said. “I was also the PAT holder.”
It’s not surprising that Greene would be asked to pass the ball, even from his position of holding the ball for West place kicker. Greene tossed his two-point conversion pass to Monroe’s JahTwan Stafford after the Wests’ Kenneth Washington returned an East fumble 69 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. The two plays gave the West an 8-7 lead that lasted until the East scored on a Kentreaz Coston 20-yard interception return later in the first.
Greene said it was an honor for him to be in the game and to be able to face the type of competition.
“It was a good experience for me,” Greene said. “Being able to know I could compete with all-stars around the state.”
Greene turns his attention to his football task at hand, which is to prepare for the Appalachian State football season. Greene is a walk-on with the Mountaineers, who begin fall camp on Aug. 1. Greene said he’s not necessarily nervous about starting fall workouts, but he has some feelings of anticipation.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Greene said. “I’m a little nervous, but it’s here. You have to be ready for it.”
That is what Greene has been doing since graduating from Watauga. He said there is a difference from getting ready to play a high school season to getting ready to play college football.
“It’s a lot more intense,” Greene said. “I’m definitely getting bigger, faster and stronger, which is a good thing.”