2012-09-11 / Front Page

CHS Grad Greg Ellis Playing For Semi-Pro West Central Wildcats

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer

After taking his talents from Cloverdale High School to the gridiron of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, defensive back Greg Ellis figured his playing days were over after accepting his current job with the Indianapolis Power & Light Company. That was until he and a friend attended a tryout for a semiprofessional football team, the West Central Wildcats, based in Terre Haute.

Ellis joined the Wildcats at his familiar position, defensive back, for the 2011 season – the same season the Wildcats clinched an Interstate Football League Championship.

“I played running back and defensive back in high school, then I went to Rose- Hulman and played there for two years and graduated in 2008 with a degree in mechanical engineering,” Ellis said. “This is my second year playing for the Wildcats; it was something I always enjoyed doing and had a real passion for. Once I got back in the area, a friend of mine who I played with at Rose-Hulman told me he had found a semi-pro team, so we went to tryouts.”

Not only was the championship sweet in his ‘rookie’ season, Ellis and the Wildcats clinched the title on his old high school playing field.

“It’s fun being back down in the locker room getting ready for the game and coming out on to the field, it brings back a lot of memories of my days in high school,” he noted. “I’ve always been a little more geared toward defense, it’s a little bit better position for me and I’ve always enjoyed it. I really enjoy playing the game; it’s kind of like playing when we were younger. It’s more about fun and everybody is there because they want to be. I’m getting to be a part of that team atmosphere again.”

In his time with the Wildcats, the 2004 CHS grad has remained undefeated (3-0) on his old high school playing field.

Then 8-1 on the season, the team was scheduled to take on the Kentucky Xtreme this past Saturday, September 8, in playoff action. The Wildcats kicked off at 6:00 p.m. at CHS for a shot to play in the championship contest on Saturday, September 15.

“We’ve only lost one game and we avenged that loss earlier this year, but we play them again in the first round of the playoffs this weekend,” Ellis added. “Everybody on the team has full-time jobs and most of the guys have families, so it’s a different atmosphere. We don’t practice every day, but we bring in all kinds of talent levels. We’ve got guys who haven’t played since high school, all the way up to guys who played at Indiana State. It should be a really good game.”

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