MARLIN PRIDE: Brundidge, Greer and Wilbur make the grade on the gridiron

Tina Harbuck
This week's Marlin Pride selections from left are Nick Greer, Jamison Brundidge and Griffin Wilbur.

 Jamison Brundidge, Nick Greer and Griffin Wilbur each excelled on the football field last week in the Destin Marlins 42-20 victory over cross-county rival Bruner.

The trios efforts were noticed and they have been selected as this week’s Marlin Pride recipients.

Each week, the Destin coaching staff will select an offense, defense and special teams player that will be featured in The Log.

OFFENSE: Jamison Brundidige

Thirteen-year-old Brundidge plays quarterback for the Marlins and is the son of Pam Kane and Ken Brundidge.

Although he’s been playing football for about eight years, this is his first-year at the helm of the Marlins and he’s liking the quarterback slot.

“I like that I get to touch the ball every play,” Brundidge said.

And the thing he likes best about football is “it’s a contact sport.”

But his overall goal for the season is to “put my team on top.”

And after last week’s stats of 198 yards rushing for three touchdowns, Brundidge is on his way.

“Jamison did an excellet job,” said Destin Coach Daniel Griffin.

“He took command of the game, after the second drive on. He took what the defense gave him. He did a good job at reading out his assignments and obviously getting north and scoring as quickly as possible.”

“Overall he executed very well. But the leadership he showed in the huddle was probably the most impressive for a guy who’s only played quarterback for two games.” 

DEFENSE: Nick Greer

Greer, 13, plays strong safety for the Marlins and is the son of Sue and Michael Greer.

He’s been playing football for about eight years and plays both offense and defense. However, his defensive efforts are what shined though against Bruner with an interception returned for a touchdown.

“I like to keep them from scoring,” Greer said. “And it’s fun to hit.”

Looking ahead, his goals are offense related.

“I’d like to be all-county running back,” Greer said.

“Football is my favorite sport and I hope to play in high school and college.”

Coach Griffin had good things to say about his defensive efforts against Bruner.

“He did a great job at setting the corner,” Griffin said. “We ask a lot of him … to set the corner and turn things back inside for us.”

And against Bruner he did just that.

“Consistently all night, if he didn’t make the tackle he was turning the ball carrier back in, so the line backers and defensive lineman could make the tackle.”

“He made some big plays, the biggest being the pick-six in the second quarter.” 

SPECIAL TEAMS: Griffin Wilbur

Wilbur, 13, is the kicker for the Destin Marlins and is the son of Connie and Jason Wilbur.

Wilbur, a soccer player, played some football in his younger years, but this is his first year on the middle school team.

And coach is utilizing his soccer skills in the kicker position.

“I like deciding where to kick it and make sure my team can get to it,” Wilbur said.

As for his goals this season, he said, “I’d like to kick off into the end zone and kick the extra points when I’m needed … help the team out.”

He’s already helped the team out.

“We asked him to do a squib kick during the game, and he’d never done one in a game. But for us to be able to do an adjumstment like that during the game, and execute it like we wanted, and they weren’t able to get any return yardage,” Griffin was pleased.

“He kept a short field for our offense all night … helping to get them in and out on defense.

“Soccer has obviously helped him in his kicking,” Griffin said.