It was quite a Friday for Robert Green, to say the least.
Green committed to play college football at Army early in the day. Then, he book-ended an already emotional day with a dominant performance on the field later that evening.
The senior linebacker racked up seven sacks in John Ehret’s 39-8 District 8-5A victory over West Jefferson in one of the West Bank’s most storied rivalries.
After the victory, which catapulted the Patriots into a tie with Landry-Walker for second place in the district heading into a showdown with Chalmette with first place on the line, a stoic Green described his performance.
“I wanted to go into Army real strong and show them what I can really do,” Green said. “This felt really good.”
With the seven-sack performance, Green increased his season total to 17, which puts him six shy of the Ehret school record.
Green has been chasing the record each year he’s been a starter on the Patriots defense. As a sophomore, he notched 14 sacks. After switching to nose guard last season, he mustered nine.
At 17 with three more regular-season games left on the schedule, Green knows he’s close, but won’t let that slow down his motor.
“This feels really good because I’m been working toward this since I was a sophomore,” he said. “It feels real good, but I know I have still have to work hard.”
Green, who’s 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, often gets overshadowed by the other members of the Patriots linebacking corps, which includes SEC-committed teammates Michael Divinity (LSU) and De’Jon Harris (Arkansas).
Still, even the most underrated linebacker on Ehret’s defense drew scholarship offers from the likes of Tulane, Colorado and Louisiana Tech.
None stacked up what Army can offer, though, Green said.
“I liked the education,” he said. “I like how prestigious Army is and how hard they are on their students. They don’t accept mediocrity … they don’t accept it at all.”