By Ronald Frazier
Glenwood’s game against visiting Deerfield-Windsor had just about everything you could imagine in a first meeting between the two teams from Georgia and Alabama. Unfortunately, it was a three-point loss for the Gators, 13-10, in their first game at home for 2018.
Glenwood has played Deerfield-Windsor in the past in both basketball and baseball but this was a first meeting on the football field. It may well be remembered as the game played without a scoreboard as recent storms had lightening knocking out the scoreboard at Sammy Howard field. It also rained in the first half and early in the third period but there were no lightning delays.
Officials had to keep time on the field and the only working clocks were the 25-second play clocks in each end zone.
Down 13-10 in the fourth period, the Gators drove to the visiting Knights 22 yard line and looked like they might pull out another win like the victory last week against Lakeside. However, Glenwood could not convert a fourth down play and the ball went over to Deerfield-Windsor in the waning moments of the game and preserved the win.
“Our defense played an outstanding game because their quarterback (Jack Kimbrel) is a good passes and their tight end and wingback are college prospects,” said Coach Jason Gibson after the game.
“We limited the ground game in the first half and didn’t let them hit the long pass play that hurt us in our last two games,” Gibson added. “But we didn’t hit the big play when we needed to although I felt we moved the ball pretty well.”
“It also hurt that we had three touchdowns called back due to penalties and you can’t make that many mistakes against a well-coached team and win,” he finalized.
The Gators got on the scoreboard first on a 39-yard field goal by Garrett Hall in the second period to make it 3-0. Glenwood had its first TD nullified in that same drive on a long pass play to Ben Bankston that was nullified by ineligible lineman downfield. The Knights got the lead back when Kimbrel avoided the rush by Glenwood’s Allandis Boyd and hit Joe Morgan for a 25-yard TD to make the score 7-3 at halftime.
Trevor Crisco then gave the Gators a lift when he grabbed the opening kickoff of the second half and raced 50 yards before stepping out of bounds in Knight territory.
Eight plays later, Glenwood had the lead back when Bryce Valero threw to Mason Hurd from 11 yards away and Hall’s extra point made it 10-7. The drive also had a TD run by Valero nullified by a holding penalty at the one but Valero’s passing TD overcame the missed opportunity.
Valero also had a second TD run nullified by a holding penalty in the second quarter but Hall’s second field goal try just before halftime was no good.
Deerfield-Windsor got the lead back when Kimbrel threw his second TD in the third period, an 11-yard pass to his favorite receiver Gordon Shenker.
Kimbrel was sacked six times by the Gator defense and but was still able to pass for 213 yards and two touchdowns as he threw 26 times and completed 14 of those throws.
Valero had 111 yards passing and a TD with one interception but failed to gain positive yards rushing after having 103 yards the previous week. Darryl Monn had his best rushing game of the year with 74 yards to lead Glenwood in that category.
Valero’s favorite target was Crisco, who also played in the defensive secondary. He caught seven passes for 50 yards for the Gators along with the long kickoff return.
This was the third straight non-region game by Glenwood against a ranked opponent. Glenwood (1-2) will remain at home on Sept. 7th as they face familiar foe Bessemer Academy. The Rebels are also 1-2.
“I was disappointed because I felt we could have won the game against them and we let it get away,” remarked Gibson of Friday’s contest. “We just have to learn from this and get ready for Bessemer because this counts. There was no lack of effort on our part, we just need to execute.”
Both teams have faced a mutual foe, Monroe Academy. The Senators downed Glenwood in the first game of the year and then defeated Bessemer, 18-16 on Aug. 31 to remain unbeaten in 2018.