Gators welcome Warriors to AISA R1, 42-8

Gators welcome Warriors to AISA R1, 42-8
Glenwood’ s Tony Maple leaps high to pull in a pass during his team’s 42-8 victory over Valiant Cross at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl on Saturday night. The Gators improved to 4-0 with the victory over the Warriors who were playing in their first AISA AAA Region 1 game in school history. Glenwood will be at home this week to play Springwood in a non-region contest.Tyler Melton

Glenwood’s winning formula of a great running game, backed by a stout defense and adding the big plays by sophomore all-purpose player AJ Harris, have led the Gators to their fourth win in a row as they trounced Valiant Cross Sept. 12, 42-8, at the Cramton Bowl.

The Gators return home tomorrow to Sammy Howard Field and will host Springwood, who is 2-2 on the year for a non-conference game. The Wildcats won their last game, 40-14. It was the second game in a row that the Gators forced a running clock.

“We had only 37 plays on offense and scored 42 points,” Glenwood coach Jason Gibson said, after the game. “A good running game and good defensive play is how you get to play for championships.”

Harris said that Glenwood is on track as the defense stuffed the home Warriors on their first possession and he took the punt and went 57 yards for Glenwood’s first touchdown.

“That’s AJ’s third game in a row scoring on a kick return. I don’t know if I have ever had that before with a team I have coached,” Gibson said of his defensive back who also is used as a receiver on offense.

Harris did have three kick returns for scores in the last three games but did have one of those, one against Lee-Scott called back for a holding call.

On the second series, again, Valiant Cross was stopped and Harris scored on the first play from scrimmage by Glenwood on a long pass play. However, that score was called back on a penalty, the third time Harris has had that happened in 2020.

No matter, on the next play, Harris grabbed Jackson Griner’s screen pass and followed his blockers for a 45-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead that Glenwood would never relinquish.

From there the running of Griner and halfback Kye Robichaux dominated the first half and gave the Gators a 35-0 intermission lead.

Robichaux scored two touchdowns in the first half and added a third on Glenwood’s first possession of the second half to finish with 139 yards on nine runs. It is his second straight contest of scoring three touchdowns for the Gators.

Griner was right behind as he had 10 runs for 107 yards and a score and also passed for 109 yards and a touchdown. The passing yards were a season high for Griner who also plays on defense.

“Our offensive line was opening the holes and our defense was keeping them contained,” Gibson said. “They did not score until the fourth when we used our younger players and had the running clock.” 

Gibson mentioned the play of senior DJ Jones as well as Cam Carpenter who had the Gators interception in the game. Glenwood’s defense also had four tackles for loss and a sack and two recovered fumbles.

For the year, Glenwood has only given up 46 points in four games by the first string defense and only 61 points total while scoring a whopping 154 points.

Even the loss of Glenwood’s dependable kicker, Garrett Hall, who did not play did not deter the Glenwood offense. Freshman Griffin Montroy suited up for his first varsity game and was 6-of-6 on PATs for the night.

Valiant Cross’s Sarion German did pass for a 21-yard touchdown in the fourth and ran for a two-point conversion but also had the first half interception. That was the Warriors only bright spot on offense.