Longtime Greenwood coach sits on Rebels' side

It might seem a bit strange to see Leonard Scotten and his family at tonight’s Greenwood-Roncalli Class 4A sectional semifinal football game.

Oh sure, the former coach is a fixture around local football fields, especially at the home of the Woodmen, where he spent 27 years as head coach and even longer as an administrator.

What’s unusual is that Scotten will be positioned on the visitor’s side, where he will watch grandson David Holtkamp and the Rebels take on his former team.

“I am excited about it both ways,” said Scotten, who retired as coach of the Woodmen in 1997, when his grandson was just a toddler. “Roncalli is coming home to play against a quality team.

“Win or lose, I am going to be for David.”

It might turn out that Scotten’s grandson has a great deal to do with who wins tonight. Holtkamp, who has played running back in the early part of the season, is now a key player at cornerback, where he will try to shut down the Woodmen’s high-powered offense.

“David is just a very good all-around athlete,” Rebels coach Bruce Scifres said, saying Holtkamp has been a leading rusher and receiver and has even thrown a touchdown pass. “He is one of our fastest players, jumps well and has one of the best sets of hands. He has become a utility player.”

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