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Cross's Green earns region superlative

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Tylik Green

Cross senior Tylik Green (12) was a force on both sides of the ball for the Trojans.

Cross High School’s top senior football player was chosen as the co-player of the year in Region 7-A.

Tylik Green, a running back and linebacker for the Trojans, shares the honor with Whale Branch quarterback Jaylen Reeves, who guided the Warriors to the region crown.

Green left it all on the field every Friday night.

“He’s one of the toughest kids I’ve ever coached,” Cross coach Shaun Wright said. “I couldn’t keep him off the field. He plays through bumps and bruises. He has the mentality of a football player. He was our kickoff guy and he would beat everybody down the field.”

Green rushed for 580 yards and scored seven touchdowns on the ground for the Trojans. He also caught one touchdown pass, returned a kickoff for a score and was the defense’s second-leading tackler with 48 stops.

“He checks all the boxes,” Wright said. “If a college coach wants to see his film, I don’t have it to cut it up. I can just send the whole game.”

More Cross football players recognized were sophomore DL/OL Amonte McCray, sophomore DB/WR Jah’Tavious Gaines and sophomore LB/RB Damion Haines.

Haines paced the Trojans defense with 51 tackles and six sacks while Gaines snagged a team-high three interceptions and recovered a fumble. Gaines also scored four touchdowns for the offense, two receiving and two rushing.

Wright was voted as coach of the year by the region’s coaches.

In volleyball for Cross, senior Taia Gattis was an all-region pick.