Playoff fate rides on winning two of last three games
By Ronald Frazier
Noxubee County shut out Glenwood for the first time in 2018 as the Tigers took a 32-0 win over the Gators in a non-conference match-up Sept. 28 played at Birmingham Southern’s football field.
“We had to fill the schedule and they were available to play,” said Glenwood football coach Jason Gibson about the contest.”They were the not the 2017 state class 4-AAAA champions in their state for no reason.”
“They had speed to burn and had lots of depth,” Gibson added.”I honestly don’t believe there is a team in AISA that could defeat them.”
Now the Gators are into their home stretch of the season and the next three games, all in region 1 AISA will determine their fate at the end of October.
The first contest is a road game against Kingwood Christian, a new member of the region, who stands at 5-2 on the year and 1-1 in region play. The Lions also lost their last game a 35-7 defeat at the hands of Chambers Academy on Sept. 28. The game will be at the Lions home field in Alabaster, Ala.
“We have to focus and get ready for this contest. Our defense has played well all year and now it is time for our offense to step up and do the job,” Gibson added. “Our team needs to work on this game.”
Despite an overall record of 1-5, the Gators do have a chance to make the AISA playoffs with the current schedule. Following the game with Kingwood, the Gators will host Tuscaloosa Academy for their second region game before playing arch-rival Lee Scott at home on Oct. 19.
“Because of losing several teams on our schedule, we wound up with only four home games but after the Kingwood game the next two region contests are at our place,” Gibson pointed out.
And with that region-heavy schedule at the end of the year, the Gators must win two of those contests to qualify for a playoff position. Glenwood has already lost two region contests, one to Morgan Academy and the other to Bessemer.
Glenwood has faced five of six teams so far with winning records and the non-winning record was Noxubee County, who has won their last two games and is 3-4.
“I believe we were rated as having the third toughest schedule to play in AISA.” said Gibson of 2018.
“I think we have a good team and we have been in every game but the first actually played Noxubee County very well and had our chances, but we made some critical mistakes at the wrong time against them and good teams take advantage.” Gibson said of the game against the Tigers.
It was the Kris White show for Noxubee. White, the Tigers’ junior quarterback threw for two touchdowns and 202 yards and caught a pass for a on a 60-yard trick play for the Tigers first score.
White has had a tough year with interceptions and has nine pickoffs on the season but was able to pass to Keymarcus Jackson and Maliek Stallings for his two scores against Glenwood.
“They are only up 6-0 and we get down to the three but have a penalty and then try a field goal that we miss, and there goes another chance. If we score on that drive, the game is 7-6 or 6-3.” Gibson pointed out.
The defense was led by Randy Bell and Justin Jackson. Bell led all Gator tacklers with 11 total stops including two tackles for losses against the Tigers.
“I was proud and disappointed at the same time,” said Gibson. “I was proud of our effort out there. Our team did not quit. But I was disappointed that we made those errors that kept us from getting on the board.”
“We have to generate more production out of our offense,” Gibson added.
The Gators were held to 62 total yards by the Tigers with only 36 of those on the ground.
“To win at this level, you must be able to run the football,” Gibson finalized.