Yellow Jackets wary of improved White Plains squad


White Plains (1-2, 0-2) at Glencoe (1-2, 1-1)

Series record: Glencoe 4, White Plains 0

Last meeting: 2011 Glencoe 42, White Plains 7

Last week: Piedmont 49, Glencoe 7; Weaver 20, White Plains 14

By Gene Stanley/Messenger Sports Correspondent

In Class 3A, Region 5, they just keep on coming.

One week after playing Piedmont, Glencoe faces White Plains, a team that Yellow Jackets coach Lee Ozmint calls “much improved.”

The Wildcats won only three games last year, but Ozmint certainly isn’t counting them out of being a playoff contender.

“After Piedmont, which is a juggernaut, the rest of the region is pretty well balanced,” Ozmint said. “I don’t think that any of us can claim to be second best at this point. We’ve got to continue to try and improve and be the best we can be.”

White Plains comes in with some good skill players. Quarterback Demetrius Reddick and tailback Johnny Bynum get most of the carries and “with good reason,” Ozmint noted.

“Reddick may be the fastest runner we’ve faced all season, and they’ve got a big lineman (Roderick Young) who lines up at tight end sometimes. He’s the most athletic big man around. Their linemen stay on their blocks well and it results in a very good running game.”

As for Glencoe, Ozmint said there’s still a lot of work to be done but he’s pleased with the effort and attitude, even following last week’s big loss.

“We’ve had good practices so far this week,” he said. “We’ve got to put what we did Friday – or what we didn’t do – behind us and move on. Nothing we’ve done in the past will help us this week. That’s just the way of the game.”

Last week’s loss put Glencoe in a four-way tie for second place in the region along with Weaver, Susan Moore and Ashville. The Yellow Jackets hold the tiebreaker over Weaver. 

Against Piedmont, Tho-mas Ozmint rushed 14 times for 86 yards and a touchdown.

Hunter Nunnally completed 5-of-12 passes for 78 yards.

Mason Brown and Houston Word had 10 and nine tackles, respectively. Brown also had a sack.  

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