When Tuscaloosa Academy and Glenwood get together, you can count on a close game that will not be decided until the final moments. This time, four quarters were not enough as the Knights came through in overtime with a two-yard touchdown run to defeat Glenwood 21-14 in overtime.
“Our whole defense played lights out. We had a break in coverage on one play but otherwise, everyone did their job,” Glenwood coach Jason Gibson said, following the loss. “Our defensive coaches put together a great game plan and it was executed and offensively we outgained them by over 150 yards.”
“We had our chances but just could not put them away when we had the opportunity (to do that). We are going to have to clean up some mistakes and play better,” he added.
The defense held Tuscaloosa to 140 yards passing and 52 yards rushing and intercepted one pass, caused and recovered two fumbles and had four sacks.
Gibson could not designate one specific player as leading the defense but was pleased with newcomer Tarik Maple getting that interception for the defense, his first. His brother Tony plays split end on offense.
Although 6-2 on the year, the Gators are 1-2 in Region 1, Class AAA and have one region game remaining against arch rival Lee-Scott on the road tomorrow night.
The Warriors are 4-4 overall and also 1-2 in region play. Win or lose on that date, the Gators will have to go on the road for the first round of the playoffs Nov. 8.
“We will play either Macon East or Morgan Academy as it stands right now,” reported Gibson.
The past two years, the Knights and the Gators split two games with the results not decided until the final minute of play. After four quarters in 2019, the game score was 14-14 and the Knights got the first possession.
Phil McDuff for the Knights scored on a two-yard run in overtime and made it 21-14 so the Gators had four chances to tie the game. After four plays, Glenwood’s final pass was knocked down at the goal line and Tuscaloosa preserved the win.
This year’s game was only 7-0 at intermission as the lone touchdown of the game was a Kye Robichauex two-yard run and Garret Hall’s extra point kick.
Robichauex was the leading rusher in the game as he had 141 yards on the ground on 25 runs and scored both Gator TDs. He also caught three passes for 11 yards.
Glenwood had a chance to put more points on the board just before the half but the Knights blocked Hall’s field goal effort to keep the margin at 7-0.
The Knights took a 14-7 lead and got all of their points in the third period. Mayes White caught a 60-yard TD pass on the Gator defense only breakdown on defense and got the second touchdown on a 30-yard interception return of a Bryce Newman pass. Newman had his worst day of the 2019 season throwing as he completed only eight passes out of 20 for a mere 56 yards and an interception with no touchdowns. He did run for 31 yards but had a fumble that also stopped a Gator drive.
Daryl Monn, who had a breakout game against Southland Academy, was held to 38 yards rushing, nearly 100 less than two weeks ago.
Robichauex evened the score at 14-14 when he broke free on a 51-yard touchdown jaunt in the fourth period for his second touchdown and that set up the overtime.
Although the Knights are only 6-3 on the year, they are now 3-0 in the region and clinched first place and a home game for the playoffs with the win over Glenwood. The Knights can go undefeated in region as they will end the year with their last region game against Morgan Academy, who is 3-6 overall and 0-3 in region play.