Glenwood’s offense scored more than 40 points for the second straight game and Daryl Monn had his best scoring game of his Glenwood career as the Gators captured their sixth win of the season with a 49-28 conquest of Southland Academy in Americus.
Monn scored on runs of 35 yards in the first half and 21 and 33 yards in the second half as he also went over 100 yards rushing for the first time in 2019.
“He ran really hard and Southland’s defense could not get him to the ground,” said Glenwood coach Jason Gibson of his back’s performance. “It was his best game.”
The victory improved Glenwood’s record to 6-1 on the year and the Gators will now enjoy a second bye week before their big game on then 18th against Tuscaloosa Academy. That will be the Gators third region game of the year as they are 1-1 in region play while the Knights are 2-0.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Gator offense as in previous games, the Gator defense has been the sparkplug to victory. The lead in the game changed no less than three times in the first half of the see-saw battle before Glenwood took charge in the second half.
“We were able to run the ball so we ran right at them and controlled the line of scrimmage,” said Gibson. “We had the backs to do it and we did.”
“I was also pleased that at least five different guys scored touchdowns. When you have people making plays throughout the lineup, it is hard for the defense to stop you. They were also running a cover zero so the pass plays where there,” he added.
“Mason Hurd and Trevor Crisco caught big passes for us in the passing game.”
The Raiders’ Caleb Law gave Southland their first lead on a 45-yard field goal but Monn got that back on his first TD run and the Gators led 7-3.
Southland’s Law brothers hooked up for the Raiders first TD of the game when Landon Law hit Luke Law on a pass and that went for 76 yards and a score to give the Raiders back the lead.
Back and forth the game went as Bryce Newman hit Trevor Crisco on a 45-yard touchdown. Southland then countered with an 11-yard run by Hunter McCain to retake the lead.
Glenwood retook the lead for good with two straight touchdowns, the first on Jackson Griner’s 42-yard touchdown run and Newman threw for his second score, this one to Hurd for 16 yards and a 27-16 Gator halftime advantage.
Southland’s star running back Clay Owens scored two touchdowns in the second half for the Raiders, one on a 59-yard run and the other of five yards but the Raiders, who missed a two-point conversion in the first half tried two more times and were unable to convert.
“We just missed tackles but he (Owens) is a one-man show. He was a good back and did make some impressive runs for them,” reported Gibson of his opponents.
Monn countered Owens’s two TD runs in the second half with two of his own as the Gators focused on running the ball and took command.
He Gators Kye Robichauex also got into the act as well as he scored his 13th running TD on a one-yard plunge and also added a two-point conversion on the night as well.
“Our defense has been great all year and despite giving up 28 points, they did the job. I thought Cade Morris did a good job of being steady and we stopped Southland when we had to.” Said Gibson
“Our seniors are coming along and we are playing as a team. Now we head into two big games in the region the next two weeks (after the bye week) that will determine what happens for us as far as the playoffs are concerned and both of these games are on the road,” said Gibson.