Antoine Cross: Greer's Little Big Man

The Greer Yellow Jackets stand at 6-1 and appear to be one of the frontrunners for the AAA state championship. They can thank their smallest player, Antoine Cross, for a lot of their success this season. A year ago he ran for almost 1900 yards and he's on pace for another big year in 2006.

The saying goes, "Don't judge a book by it's cover." That sentiment is oh so true about the about Greer High School's running back Antoine Cross. The diminutive Cross stands 5'5 150 pounds but he's one of the state's leading rushers currently with 1172 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season. This coming on the heels of a junior season in which he ran for 1890 yards and scored 21 touchdowns so it appears Cross is headed for another stellar year.

The speedy and shifty Cross has run rampant on the competition that often loses sight of him behind his offensive line due to his small size. The young man has taken what many view as a negative and made it into a huge positive. In a world of recruiting where too many times there are players overlooked because they don't fit the mold or desired size now Cross can only hope that college recruiters will take a chance on him. Some people would put Cross in the Warrick Dunn mold because of the size and speed. The lack of size is deceiving because while Cross usually beats you with his speed he's not shy of contact either as he's averaging over 8.3 yards per carry right now.

The Yellow Jackets have relied heavily on Cross again this year but they've got some other pieces of the puzzle as well. Off to a 6-1 record on the year they've managed to pull a minor upset of last year's AAA state runner up Clinton in a thrilling 27-26 OT game on the road. Their lone loss on the year came at the hands Byrnes (41-6) who's won the last four AAAA Division 2 state championships. Their next game against J.L. Mann could be their toughest test remaining in the regular season. With a growing passing attack look for the lanes to open somewhat for Cross but you can bet opposing defenses will still key on trying to send a slew of defenders to try and contain him.


Antoine Cross tries to take it outside versus the Byrnes defenders


Cross attempts to outrun the Byrnes linebacker late in the game


This sight gave the Greer faithful a huge scare as Cross went down with a sprained ankle


Cross and the Yellow Jackets would fall to powerhouse Byrnes but have won every other game this season


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