Photo: West End’s Marty Wooten (right) breaks up a pass intended for Glencoe’s Braylen Smith during the Yellow Jackets’ 48-28 victory in high school football on Nov. 3 at Glencoe. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)
Glencoe ended its season on a winning note with a 48-28 victory over Etowah County neighbor West End on Friday, Nov. 3 at Glencoe.
The game was tied at 28 after three quarters when the Yellow Jackets score three straight touchdowns to put the game out of reach.
The victory snapped a four-game skid for the Yellow Jackets, who finished the year with a 3-7 record.
Aaron Mann rushed for 169 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries for Glencoe.
The Patriots (5-5) opened the scoring at 10:11 of the first quarter on Rock Sainsbury’s 13-yard touchdown run. Jace Golden pushed through the first of his four extra points of the night.
Glencoe responded later in the period with Mann’s 1-yard TD run to draw within 7-6.
Mann then scored from 28 yards out 12 seconds into the second quarter, while Brady Kitchens’ 24-yard TD pass to Jayden Patton made it 21-7 in favor of the Yellow Jackets.
With 20 seconds left in the first half, West End pulled within seven points via Marty Wooten’s seven-yard TD strike to Triston Chaney.
On the first possession of the second half, Mann reeled off a 13-yard scoring run to pushed the Glencoe lead to 28-14, but Wooten’s one-yard touchdown run a few minutes later and his 33-yard touchdown pass to Chaney with 18 seconds left in the third quarter tied the game at 28.
The Yellow Jackets took the lead for good in the next offensive series when Mann ran it in from six yards out. Seth Jenne’s touchdown run at 8:35 of the fourth pushed the lead to 41-28, and Jordan Haney’s one-yard score with five minutes left provided some insurance for Glencoe.
Kitchens was 8 for 17 in passing for 108 yards. He also gained 42 yards on seven rushing attempts. Patton had five receptions for 95 yards. Braylen Smith caught two passes.
For the Patriots, Sainsbury rushed for 120 yards on 18 carries. Wooten was 6 for 12 in passing for 115 yards and gained 54 yards on 11 attempts. He also had an interception on defense.
Chaney had four receptions for 81 yards, while Jackson Mayo caught two passes for 34 yards.
West End travels to Fyffe on Nov. 10 in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs.