Greenback's offense has been an impressive sight, averaging 35.4 points per game and securing a 4-1 record halfway through the regular season.
The tone-setters for the offense have been the team's offensive line.
"We're not huge, but we've got kids who play really hard and I think they play really hard for (offensive line) coach (Dustin) Lyles," Greenback head coach Jason Hicks said. "I think the kids really bought into his style of coaching and what he's trying to get them to do and it's been huge. It makes it easy to hand the ball off behind that offensive line when they're playing like that."
Hicks said the line has come a long way since the start of practice in late July and credits Lyles, who is in his first year coaching at Greenback, with making a lot of that happen.
"They really stepped up and welcomed me with open arms," Lyles said. "I really look forward to working with them each week. They've come a long ways. When I first got here they were eager to learn and willing to try new things."
The success of the group up front goes beyond the starting five. Running and up-tempo offense, and with some players putting in time on both offense and defense, conditioning and depth has been vital to the unit's execution.
"As soon as somebody goes down we've got to have somebody step right back in," senior offensive tackle Lucas Titlow said. "We've got Ian (Millsaps) and we've got (Michael) Thacker; we really need them. I have to play both ways; Kory Davidson, he plays both ways. We need some rest sometimes and I can really count on those guys to back me up."
Titlow said the cohesion of both the offensive line and the backfield has made a big difference in performance as well.
"We've never gotten compliments before from the backs and stuff," he said. "These backs and quarterbacks are really behind us this year and I think that's why we're improving as a team."
Quarterback Samuel McCloud is a prime example, crediting the players around him at every turn.
"Every time I go to take a snap I know that I'm going to have all the time in the world," he said. "I feel so comfortable back there because I have an amazing offensive line, and to go with that I have amazing skill players around me. I have an amazing team around me and it starts with the offensive line."
Hicks said the offensive line is a big piece to the puzzle, and this season the team has more pieces than ever.
"We're able to do more things this year than we've ever been able to do," Hicks said. "I think a lot of that's credit to the kids and how hard they work. We've had some kids that have emerged and are able to make plays this year. This year we're able to be a little bit more multiple on offense, and as long as the offensive line keeps playing the way they are, I feel like we can have some success."
Hicks said the success up front in the team's up-temp offense began well before the season.
"The effort can be there, but if you're not conditioned to do that it's not going to matter in the fourth quarter," he said. "We've taken a lot of pride since January in our conditioning. Everything has been directed at that up-tempo on offense. The kids have bought in and we're in pretty good shape. We're continually trying to do better at that. You combine that with the effort our kids play at and we have a chance to be successful."
And it hasn't been just one player up front. Titlow said the entire unit must play in sync to enjoy success.
"I can really just look to my left and know my guard's got my back," he said.
Greenback's first game out of its bye week is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rockwood.