Greenwood’s Purser reflects on historic season

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Greenwood was the last team remaining in the Texas high school football playoffs from the Permian Basin.

The Rangers (14-1, 6-0) were eliminated in the State Semifinals last Friday. The Pleasant Grove Hawks (14-1, 4-0) defeated Greenwood 48-20 to advance to the 4A, Division II State Championship game.

Despite falling short of the ultimate goal, Greenwood still had one of its best seasons in school history. The 2002 Rangers were the only other team to advance farther in the postseason.

It was also a memorable year for first-year head coach Rusty Purser, who played for Greenwood as a student. His parents were both heavily involved with the school’s athletic department.

Purser’s mother, Patti, served as a longtime volleyball/track coach. His father, Bob, spent many years as the school’s athletic director/head football coach. He was also the head coach of the 2002 team, which finished as State Finalists that year.

In 2014, the Rangers home football field was named in their honor.

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