Eagles, Jackets meet up for 70th time

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Glencoe (4-0) at Hokes Bluff (2-2)

Last week: Glencoe 31, Piedmont 28; Sardis 49, Hokes Bluff 21

Last meeting: 2013 -Glencoe 40, HBHS 20

Series record: Glencoe leads 40-29-1

By Gene Stanley/Sports Correspondent

Glencoe vs. Hokes Bluff. Need we say more?

Actually, there is plenty to discuss. 

The Class 3A No. 4 Yellow Jackets are coming off a very emotional win – one that coach Lee Ozmint said can be tough to come down from.

“It’s as poisonous for people to pat us on the back and tell us how great we are as it is for them to tell us we’re sorry,” he said. “It’s nice to enjoy the moment but then you’ve got to move on.”

Meanwhile, Hokes Bluff is trying to stay afloat in the playoff race after a Class 4A, Region 6 loss last week.

“We didn’t tackle last week,” coach Mike Robertson said. “We did better in the second half, after the coaches made some minor adjustments. I’m proud of the kids for not giving up, though.”

Ozmint is more than aware of the potential for an upset, too. After all, this is a backyard rivalry – one that the underdog has won on more than one occasion.

Even with last week’s big win, Ozmint still sees room for improvement. The Yellow Jackets fumbled twice in the red zone last week.

“We’re definitely not hitting on all cylinders yet,” he said. “We’ve still got a way to go to get to our peak.”

For Glencoe last week, Thomas Ozmint finished with 193 rushing yards on 26 carries.

Dylan Stone ran 21 times for 172 yards while adding 32 yards through the air.

Mason Brown led defensively with 11 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. Austin Bush and Chance Duncan each had seven tackles.

For Hokes Bluff, Landon Johnson completed was 8 for 14 in passing for 175 yards and three touchdowns.  

Noah Click had 19 tackles, while Fisher Simmons finished with 10. 

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