Glenwood Gators play themselves back in region race

Glenwood Gators play themselves back in region race

By Ronald Frazier

Glenwood accomplished three big goals last week after a resounding 49-20 victory over region foe Morgan Academy at Sammy Howard Field. 

First, they got themselves back into the region race with their first victory in Region 1. Second they beat Morgan Academy, who has won three of the last four previous contests and third, they assured themselves of not having a losing season with their 5th victory against one defeat. 

It was also a bounce-back win for the defense, which allowed 20 points but two of those touchdowns were in the second half against a defense that Glenwood Coach Jason Gibson had liberally substituted to get new and fresh players on the field. And the first TD, the Senators lone score in the first half was on a kickoff return after the Gators had countered their first score of the night.

“I felt we had a pretty good scheme,” said Gibson after the Morgan win. “We ran the ball well and the offense had a good tempo and our defense came back with a good performance after last week.”

Glenwood was to play on the 27th at home but Unity Prep of Georgia cancelled their entire season which left the Gators with a bye week. That may have been a blessing in disguise as temperatures during the weekend were to hit 100 degrees from Friday to Sunday.

“It’s good to have a mental break,” added Gibson. “We have played six weeks in a row.”

After a 4-0 start on the season, the Gators had their worst game of the year against Bessemer Academy on Sept. 13th, a 44-15 loss. That loss gave them a 0-1 record in the region so the game against Morgan at home was important. The Gators responded to the challenge.

“It was a good win for the seniors. We worked hard in practice Monday and Tuesday so by Wednesday, I felt good about our team’s effort,” said Gibson.

On defense, Gibson has not named an outstanding player overall but there was no denying the play of Justin Jackson against the Senators. He intercepted two passes and ran them in for touchdowns, including a one-handed grab at the three following Glenwood’s only turnover of the game, a fumble at the one.

“It was amazing the way he picked it off in the air, just a great individual play,” Gibson said.

New starter Bryce Newman at quarterback has replaced two-year starter Bryce Valero and the offense has not missed a beat. He has throws for 827 yards in six games with seven touchdowns and two two-point conversions with only three interceptions. He has run for a touchdown and 99 yards as well.

At running back, Kye Robichauex has been averaging 8.5 yards a carry with 657 yards on the ground and 12 touchdowns. He has also caught passes for 233 more yards two more touchdowns.

Trevor Crisco leads the team in catches so far this season with 17 receptions for two touchdowns and a two-point conversion while. Mason Hurd and newcomers Marco-West Sanchez and Tony Maple have also caught TD passes and had several key receptions. Tight end Kody Krebs has caught only three passes but two of those were for six points. 

The Gators have four games remaining on the schedule, two of those are region contests and two of those are non-region games. Tomorrow night, they will meet Southland Academy in Americus and then enjoy a second off week before returning to action in two key region games on the road, the first against Tuscaloosa Academy on the 18th and Lee Scott on the 25th. The final game will be Nov. 1 at home against defending AISA class AA champion Autauga Academy.