Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman senior running back Jared Green IS fast.
With a combination of speed and experience, Green continues to pile up the yards by dodging opposing defenders this season.
"I have always been a running back," said Green. "Since I started playing football when I was 4 in Blue Earth, I have always wanted to run the ball."
MAKING THE CUT — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman running back Jared Green (right) runs a drill with Jaguar head coach Lee Dallager and a teammate during practice on Tuesday in Granada. Green’s rushing has played a key role in the Jaguars compiling a 4-1 start this season. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
His offensive success has been a big key for the Jaguars as they have surged to a 4-1 record heading into Friday night's homecoming game against Alden-Conger in Granada.
"He brings fantastic running ability to our offense," said Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman head coach Lee Dallager. "If he sees a lane and he's got the ball, with his speed, I know he'll get a lot of yards. And he can makes cuts and do those things well normally, but with his ankle injury this season, it's amazing how many yards he's getting mainly just going straight ahead."
Green ranks third in the Southern Confederacy League in rushing, running 86 times for 695 yards, including for a season-high 300 yards against the Madelia Blackhawks in the Jaguars' 26-16 win on Sept. 13.
"His work ethic on game night is unexplainable," said Dallager. "He goes out and gives it everything he has, and then when we ask for more, he gives us even more. The aches he deals with on Saturdays, a lot of kids wouldn't come back after that."
Last season, Green ran 117 times for 672 yards and four touchdowns, but with the help of a senior group of linemen, has already surpassed that mark.
"We are pretty senior heavy this year. Most of these guys I have played with for a really long time, so we play together really well," said Green. "The line is also giving me great holes to run through and making it easier for me to run."
In addition to his 8.1 yards per carry average, Green has scored seven touchdowns and ran for five 2-point conversions.
"After spraining his ankle, he missed one game for us, but now he is back and he has been instrumental in all of our wins," said Dallager. "He is physical and keeps grinding it out every day at practice and in games."
In addition to his offensive efforts, Green has made 38 tackles this season after making 37 last year with one interception.
With a senior-heavy lineup the Jaguars are excited about their success so far, but know that with undefeated Nicollet heading to Granada next Friday, that they still have work to do.
"I'd say we are pleasantly surprised with how our season has gone so far. We knew we had some athletic guys, but the whole team is so competitive, even if we make mistakes they refuse to lose," said Dallager. "But we aren't looking ahead, we are taking it one day at a time, one game at a time."
Green also understands that as a top runner for the Jaguars, his success in games is necessary for the team to come out on top.
"I think teams come in knowing that we are pretty run heavy," said Green. "For me, as long as I hit the hole and my line keeps doing a good job, then I can run over a defender or two to get yards. But even though we have good wideouts, they still expect us to run, and that's tough."
For now, the Jaguars are focused on Alden-Conger and trying to run by the rest of their opponents and secure a home game for the Nine-Man playoffs.