Glencoe looks to halt Indian advance


 Colbert County (10-1) at Glencoe (8-3)

Last week’s results: Glencoe 49, Hanceville 35; Colbert Co. 42, Plainview 14

Last meeting: Colbert Co. 27, Glencoe 6 (2000)

Series record: Colbert County leads 2-0

By Gene Stanley/Sports Correspondent

Glencoe already got one break for this game – it is being played in Glencoe instead of Leighton, one of the toughest places in the state for opposing teams.

“We tend to play better at home,” Yellow Jackets coach Lee Ozmint said. “We’ve been on the road the past two weeks, so it’s a welcome thing to have a home game. That’s just the way the cookie crumbled this time.”

While the state playoffs have really just started, Glencoe has been in a “must-win” situation since Week 6.

“Our guys have known that if we lose, we go home,” Ozmint said. “It’s been that way since the sixth week.”

That hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“They’re really hot right now,” Colbert County coach Dale Jeffreys said. “They’ve been in survival mode for awhile and they’re still around, so that says something about them.”

Colbert County used offense and defense to beat Plainview. The Indians rolled up 448 total yards while allowing 205.

“We’re going to line up and do what we do,” Jeffreys said. “We do a lot of stuff like Auburn does, but we run, run, run. We usually throw about 10-15 passes a game.”

What the Indians do is usually done correctly.

“They’re very athletic and they don’t make many mistakes,” Ozmint said. “There’s a reason they’re in the top 5 (Col-bert County is ranked fourth in Class 3A). It’s no secret that they’re a great team. They’ve got good playmakers and a good line.

“If we play like we can, this game is going to be a matter of who’s tough enough and which team makes the plays down the stretch.”

Teamwork will be key for Glencoe, because the individual matchups favor the Indians.

“If you look at us one on one against them, there’s no way we can win,” Ozmint said. “But if we play like a team and play at the highest level we can, we have a shot.”

Last week against Hanceville, Dylan Stone was 9-for-13 in passing for 254 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 21 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. 

Thomas Ozmint finished with 159 rushing yards on 21 carries.  

Pace Ozmint had four receptions for 135 yards, while Hunter Nunnally caught three passes for 46 yards. 

Taylor Daugherty led the Yellow Jackets in tackles with 17, including two for a loss.

Mason Brown and Houston Word each had 16 tackles, followed by Pace Ozmint with 10 and Grant Griffin with nine. 

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