Photo: Glencoe’s Conner Montgomery tackles Plainview’s Trey Rutledge as Jaxson Wigley (16) looks on during the Yellow Jackets’ 35-7 loss in high school football on Sept. 22 at GHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)
By Donna Thornton/Southern Torch Media
Plainview and Glencoe came into last Friday’s game with identical records: 0-2 in Class 3A Region 6 and 1-2 overall. Both teams were looking to rebound – Glencoe from a 47-7 loss to Hokes Bluff and Plainview after falling to Piedmont, 24-13.
The Bears roared back in fine fashion, handing the Yellow Jackets a 35-7 loss to claim Plainview’s first regional victory.
The Bears took the lead for good after connecting on their first drive, a 73-yard push that ended with quarterback Trey Rutledge finding daylight on the left side of the line. He took the ball in for the score with 5:39 left in the first quarter.
Brayden Lingerfelt’s point-after was good for a score of Plainview 7, Glencoe 0. That score would hold to the end of the quarter.
The Bears scored midway through the second quarter on a 71-yard drive capped by a 15-yard pass from Rutledge to Owen Hope. The PAT missed the mark, but Plainview extended its lead to 13-0 with 7:48 left in the half.
It continued to be the Bears’ game in the second half. With 6:40 left in the third, Brody Hodges scored from eight yards out on an option pitch left. Plainview made the two-point conversion to bring the score to 21-0.
The Yellow Jackets spoiled the shutout with a fourth-quarter touchdown run by Aaron Mann. The extra point brought the score to Plainview 21, Glencoe 7.
Plainview responded with its fourth score of the game when Hodges found room on the left side and took the ball into the end zone. Lingerfelt’s point-after connected to make the score Plainview 28, Glencoe 7 with 6:08 left to play.
Gage Brown later added to the lead in taking the ball up the middle on a 46-year run and then rumbling into the end zone from a yard out. Lingerfelt’s PAT was good, taking the score to Plainview 35, Glencoe 7 with 3:18 left in the game.
Glencoe visits Holly Pond on Sept. 29 for a non-region contest.
Additional reporting provided by J.R. Hamilton