Greenwood and Glasgow took entirely different approaches to Friday’s game.
Glasgow opted to throw the ball 51 times. Greenwood attempted five passes and rode the run game to victory.
The Gators (5-1) took an early lead and withstood Glasgow’s rally and a rash of penalties, powering their way to a 28-12 home win.
“I love the run game,” Greenwood senior running back Noah Pillow said. “We run the veer, and it’s just amazing to watch. It’s fun to pound against people and beat them physically.”
Glasgow (3-3) outgained Greenwood 342-321, but the Gators opened a 14-0 advantage in the first half and answered when the Scotties clawed within two points in the third quarter.
Greenwood also overcame 13 penalties for 140 yards.
It maintained control with its run game, rushing for 310 yards on a wet and windy night.
Pillow ran for 120 yards and a touchdown, and sophomore quarterback Jackson Adams carried the ball 20 times for 147 yards and two scores.
“I was really pleased with our kids, the way they continued to battle and the way they responded to the adversity that they were put through,” Gators coach Chris Seabolt said. “There were a lot of things that I know a young man that’s 15 to 17 years old might look at and say, ‘That’s not fair. I’m going to throw my hands up and quit.’ We didn’t do that.”
Greenwood took advantage of opportune field position for its first score.
Glasgow opted to go for an early fourth-and-2 at its own 28, and sophomore running back Kyle Nickson was stuffed at the line.
Two plays later, Gators sophomore Xezayier Snorton broke through the middle of the line for a 24-yard touchdown at the 3:59 mark of the first quarter.
Greenwood came into the game with one interception on defense this year, but it forced Glasgow junior quarterback Dessi Austin into two first-half picks in the wet conditions.
Between those interceptions, Adams ran for a 6-yard touchdown with 7:10 left in the second quarter to make it 14-0.
The Gators didn’t even have to be on the field to pick up one penalty. The team was flagged for a delay of game during halftime for failing to return to the field in time for warmups.
Once Greenwood got back on the field, Glasgow started its aerial assault.
“We got the flag coming out for delay of game,” Pillow said. “I’ve never even heard of that, but I guess it’s there. They got it going against us. We opened up holes for them, and they hit them.”
Austin went 20 of 39 passing in the second half and quickly found junior receiver Ben Hughes for a 28-yard touchdown less than two minutes out of halftime.
About six minutes later, Austin hooked up with wide-open sophomore receiver Gavin Burd for a 5-yard TD, bringing Glasgow within 14-12. The Scotties went for the tying two-point conversion and failed.
“I was proud of the effort the boys gave tonight,” Glasgow coach Jeff Garmon said. “I thought they battled. I told them, as a former Glasgow Scottie, those boys played hard tonight. They brought it. This gave could’ve went either way. We battled back, and we had Greenwood worried.”
Greenwood responded with a 26-yard touchdown run by Pillow on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Glasgow drove all the way to the Gators’ 15-yard line on the long ensuing drive, but Greenwood senior DeMonte Bell broke up Austin’s pass on fourth down.
Adams broke free for a 43-yard touchdown run with 2:44 left to give Greenwood a cushion.
“Dessi Austin’s a really good quarterback, I think,” said Seabolt, who noted that his team overcame a poor week of practice. “The defense played their butts off. They were on the field way too much in the second half, the fourth quarter in particular.”
Austin finished 28 of 51 passing for 266 yards and two touchdowns with two picks.
Garmon said he was unsure if the 28 completions or 51 attempts were school records, but he said the Scotties took what Greenwood’s defense gave them.
Austin connected with six different receivers, led by junior Jasper Mundy’s eight catches for 58 yards.
Glasgow enters district play next week at Green County.
“We’re getting better, and that’s the bottom line,” Garmon said. “We’re going to get into playing teams our size and our same limitations that we have. We’ll see how it all plays out.”
Greenwood, off to its best start since 2012, also opens district action next week at Barren County.
GLA 0 0 12 0 — 12
GRE 7 7 0 14 — 28
GR – Snorton 24 run (South kick), 3:59
GR – Adams 6 run (South kick), 7:10
GL – Hughes 28 pass from Austin (kick blocked), 10:40
GL – Burd 5 pass from Austin (conversion failed), 3:34
GW – Pillow 26 run (South kick), 11:52
GW – Adams 43 run (South kick), 2:44