• John Macon Gillespie

Eiland Leading Way For Philly

Philadelphia High School ended the 2014 season with a loss to Tylertown in the second round of the playoffs. Their 11-2 record marked the sixth season in a row the Tornadoes won double digit games.

Junior offensive lineman Greg Eiland towers over the defense at 6-7, 330-pounds. He is big and strong but even more importantly, he is agile.

Eiland says he can’t complain about how things went this past year.

“I felt that we all gave it our best to get as far as we could,” Eiland told SES.

Eiland says he has taken pride in the success Philly has been able to find in the running game over the past few seasons. In 2013, the Tornadoes racked up over 3,400 yards on the ground. This past season, they boasted a 2,000-yard rusher in senior Donterrius Poe.

Along with making running lanes for his backs, Eiland says that there is something special about being a part of the Philadelphia team that means more to him than just winning. “I love blocking for my guys,” Eiland expressed. “It's become a part of my life for the past five years but being able to have a strong bond with all the players and being able to do something that I love is what means the most to me.”

Eiland will have a busy winter and spring as football is not his only sport. As for the upcoming 2015 football season, the big guy says that maybe…just maybe it will be the year they finally break through and bring the gold home to Philly. “I will be playing baseball and working out as much as I can and then next season, hopefully after all these years of getting so close, everything will go our way and we can make it to State.”

**Photo by Cheryl Mars

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