Glenwood needs victory over Tuscaloosa Friday

Glenwood enjoyed a second bye week on Oct. 11 and is now preparing for their biggest game of 2019, a showdown contest in Region 1 against Tuscaloosa Academy’s Knights in Tuscaloosa.

“We always have a close game that is usually not decided until the final quarter,” Glenwood coach Jason Gibson said about his opponents on Friday. “This is one we need to have.”

Added to that is the fact the Knights are now 3-0 in region play after a 24-0 shutout of Lee-Scott on Oct. 11. Lee Scott is Glenwood’s next opponent next week. 

The Gators have had some tight contests with the Knights the last two years. Glenwood, the underdog in 2018, defeated the Knights in Phenix City, 38-35 and then battled them in 2017 and only to lose in the final minute by one point when the extra point was missed after scoring a touchdown, 28-27. 

The Gators running attack will be front and center as Glenwood set a new mark in their victory over Southland of Americus on Oct. 4, a 49-28 victory on the road.

That is because the Gators for the first time in the school history had three varsity backs to go over 100 yards rushing in the same game. 

Kye Robichauex, who leads the team with 772 yards rushing and 13 TDs on the ground, had 115 yards. But he was second to teammate Daryl Monn, who had his best game of his varsity career, rushing with 139 yards and three touchdowns.

Jackson Griner, who also had a touchdown on a run of 42 yards, finished with 100 on the night to round out the trio of backs. For the year, Monn now has 316 yards and six TDs while Griner has 224 yards and four touchdowns.

“The offense did several things against Southland, but I could tell that we could run at them and that’s what we did in the second half and took control of the game,” Gibson said.

This past week was the second bye for the Gators. Oct. 11 was originally to be a game against region foe Kingwood Christian. However, Kingwood closed its doors just prior to the school year beginning in August of 2019.

The Gators offense is not just one-sided. The emergence of Bryce Newman as the starting signal caller for the Gators has helped to give the offense balance all year. Newman threw for 218 yards in the last Gator win and has 1,045 yards and nine TDs through the air with only four interceptions.

That gives Glenwood 35 touchdowns scored versus only giving up 13 on defense. Of those 13, six of those came in the Gators lone loss to Bessemer Academy.

“What any coach wants is balance with the passing game and the running game but in high school, winning teams have to be able to run the ball.” Gibson said.

Tuscaloosa had a region game against Lee-Scott on Oct. 11—the Gators next region opponent following the game against the Knights.

But first things first as Gibson and his team focus on the game against Tuscaloosa Academy.