Glencoe takes 29-12 victory over Westbrook Christian


Glencoe's Thomas Ozmint scores a touchdown as Westbrook Christian's Stephen Blackstock tackles him at the goal line during Friday's game in Glencoe. (Photo by Marc Golden | Gadsden Times)


 

The debut of Glencoe’s up-tempo, no-huddle spread offense was a success. 

The Yellow Jackets piled up 392 yards of offense, Thomas Ozmint rushed for three touchdowns and new quarterback Dylan Stone accounted for 282 total yards as Glencoe defeated Westbrook Christian 29-12 in a matchup of Etowah County rivals Friday night.

The new offense had the intention that Glencoe coach Lee Ozmint intended. 

“We’re NASCAR from the first whistle to the last,” he said. “It’s kind of a scorched-earth offense. We ran 70-something plays. That works to our advantage.”

paid off in spades.

The replacement of returning starter Hunter Nunnally at quarterback with Stone in the offseason may have seemed strange, but it appears to have 

“It’s not slight to Hunter Nunnally, because he’s one of the best slot receivers in the state,” Lee Ozmint said. “Dylan was our best receiver and our best quarterback last year, and this way we get to get the ball to Hunter catching and running it.”

It wasn’t always pretty — the teams combined for 11 turnovers, six by the Warriors — but the Glencoe coach will take it.

“There’s no such thing as an ugly win,” Lee Ozmint said.

An interception by Glencoe’s Pace Ozmint of Westbrook’s Jake Kilgo at the Yellow Jackets’ 46 set up the first score of the game. A five play drive was capped with a 10-yard scoring run by Thomas Ozmint with 5:39 left in the first quarter. The extra point was no good, leaving the score 6-0.

A Kilgo fumble on the ensuing drive was covered by Will Parker at the Westbrook 38. Three plays later, Thomas Ozmint scampered for an 11-yard touchdown with 4:33 left in the opening quarter. The two-point try was no good to leave the score 12-0.

Westbrook countered with a big play. On third-and-11 on the following possession, Kilgo found Brien Welch for an 81 yard touchdown pass to cut it to 12-6 with 3:09 left in the first quarter. The extra point try was blocked.

Kilgo finished 12 of 32 for 191 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions.

Glencoe countered late in the first half. A six play, 46-yard drive was finished with a Stone 1-yard plunge on fourth-and-goal with 2:38 left until halftime. Joseph Bright’s extra point made it 19-6, which was the score at the half.

There were four turnovers in the first 3:30 of the second half. The last, an interception of Stone by Chris Underwood, led the final Warrior score of the night. The Yellow Jackets managed to force a fourth-and-16 at its own 26-yard-line, but Kilgo found Noah Hunt in the back of the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown pass with 5:50 to go in the third quarter. The extra point try again was blocked, leaving the Westbrook deficit at 19-12.

Glencoe took control for good on the following drive. An 8 play, 67-yard march ended with Thomas Ozmint’s third scoring run, this one from 3 yards out. Bright’s kick made it 26-12 with 3:21 left in the third.

Westbrook had the ball at the Glencoe 30 early in the fourth quarter, but a Cisco Lopez fumble was covered by Parker with 10:47 left in the game. The Warriors did not threaten again.

Bright added a 27-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter.

Stone rushed 18 times for 155 yards and completed 9 of 21 passes for 127 yards. Thomas Ozmint rushed 23 times for 82 yards.Despite the win, the team is far from a completed product, according to Lee Ozmint.

“We’ve got some things we’ve got to work on,” he said. “We had five turnovers. We look like we’re gonna go in for a score, we fumble the ball. In another situation, that really hurts. You improve the most between Week 1 and Week 2, and we’ve got a lot of improving to do. Despite all the mistakes, this group is a joy to coach. It makes my job a lot more fun.

“I can tell you this, our kids are in good condition. They were fresh. They played hard, Westbrook played hard. It was a hard-fought ball game.”

Glencoe opens Class 3A, Region 5 play at Weaver while Westbrook begins 2A, Region 7 action at home against defending region champion and No. 5-ranked Fyffe on Friday.