Series record: Glencoe 1, Cleveland 0
Last meeting: 1950 Glencoe 13, Cleveland 6
Last week: Saks 35, Glencoe 21; Cleveland 10, Weaver 7
By Gene Stanley/Messenger Sports Correspondent
“When we can get these kids to hate to lose, we’ll have something special.”
Those were the words of Glencoe coach Lee Ozmint.
“I want to see them do the little things consistently for four quarters. When we do that, we win,” he added. “Had we done those things, we would’ve won last week and we would’ve won the week before.”
The little things that Ozmint is looking for are responsibilities such as pursuing to the ball on every defensive play and take better care of the football on offense. Just fundamentals.
This week, the Yellow Jackets try to snap a two-game losing streak at Cleveland.
“(Cleveland) is very well-coached,” Ozmint said. “They run that double wing, run some option, fullback sweep, that type of stuff that if you’re not prepared, they’ll run right by you.”
The Panthers are coached by Danny Adams, who coached at Winfield for eight years, making the playoffs seven times. Winfield won at least 10 games in a row for five straight years and lost to Oneonta in the 3A state championship in 2004. Glencoe is now in a three-way tie for third place in Class 3A, Region 5, along with Weaver and Susan Moore. Barring upsets, the Yellow Jackets can keep the upper hand with a win over Cleveland, as Susan Moore plays Piedmont tonight. Glencoe has already defeated Weaver and next week, plays Susan Moore.
Last week against Saks, Hunter Nunnally completed 7-of17 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. He also led the Jackets in rushing with144 yards on 16 carries.