Glencoe stings Hokes Bluff 49-20 in rivalry game


Glencoe’s Dylan Stone tries to evade Hokes Bluff’s Zach Robertson during Friday’s game at Wilson-Darnell Stadium in Glencoe. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times)


 

 

GLENCOE — Glencoe coach Lee Ozmint didn’t dwell too much on last year’s loss to Hokes Bluff leading up to Friday’s game.

All he did was show the last play of the game, with Hokes Bluff winning it in overtime and the Eagle celebration that followed.

“We did not want the same feeling after this game,” Yellow Jacket quarterback Dylan Stone said. “We weren’t going to let that happen again.”

Sure enough, they didn’t. In a big way.

Stone led Glencoe to a 49-20 victory over rival Hokes Bluff on Friday night in The Gadsden Times’ Game of the Week, turning the Backyard Brawl into the Backyard Blowout.

The score made some history, as according to the Alabama High School Football Historical Society it’s the largest margin of victory for either team since 1987. The 69 combined points also is the most scored in the history of the rivalry, which dates to 1944.


A big reason for the win was Stone’s performance. The junior rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns and completed 8 of 12 passes for 108 yards and two more scores.

“We were fired up,” he said. “We had been ready for this game all week. I can’t do anything without my team. 

“I just try to put our team in the best position to win and just go 100 percent the whole game.”

That’s what Ozmint saw from his entire team.

“They played hard,” said Ozmint, whose team improved to 3-2 on the season. “In spite of some failures along the way, they continue to work hard. I’m proud of their effort, I’m proud of their intensity and I’m proud of their focus. 

“That’s a tribute to this community, these boys and these families.”

Glencoe rolled up 404 yards rushing and 512 yards total. Hokes Bluff managed 271 yards of total offense.

“We couldn’t tackle them and we couldn’t block them,” Hokes Bluff coach Mike Robertson said. “Give them credit — they had a good plan and executed well. They just lined up and whipped us. We couldn’t tackle their quarterback.”

Thomas Ozmint, the coach’s oldest son, also had a big game, rushing for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Younger brother Pace Ozmint returned a punt 55 yards for a score.

Coach Ozmint said their efforts made him proud, but it’s their off-the-field performance he takes the most pride in.

“This is just gravy to watch them enjoy themselves on the football field,” he said. “It’s a part I get to share with them that’s real special.

“And I’m more proud of them when they make good decisions off the field. I question myself sometimes being their coach and their dad, how they perceive me. Am I more proud of them when they score a touchdown, or when they make a good decision. 

“And I’m more proud of them when they make a good decision off the field. I’m a dad first, but it does make my heart sing when I see them happy and making plays and doing things that bring them joy and passion. It’s a blessing.”

It was the Ozmint & Ozmint Show early on, as Thomas Ozmint got the scoring started on an 11-yard touchdown run after Grant Griffin blocked a Hokes Bluff (0-5) punt.

Pace Ozmint then returned a punt 55 yards for a score late in the first quarter, and then Thomas Ozmint scored again on a 55-yard run.

Hokes Bluff got on the board with 7:26 remaining until halftime on Cole Williams’ 39-yard pass to Phillip Ward.

Then Stone took over, running for touchdowns of 20 and 56 yards before finding Hunter Nunnally on a 16-yard pass with just a few seconds left in the second quarter for a 42-7 halftime lead.

Stone played just one possession in the second half, and he made it count, finding Jamon Phillips for an 11-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter.

Hokes Bluff added touchdowns late in the third quarter and with 8:53 remaining in the fourth. 

Williams connected with Ward again for a 46-yard scoring strike, and Williams ran straight ahead for a 23-yard touchdown to cap the scoring.

“I thought our guys hung in there in the second half,” Robertson said. “They didn’t quit, and I appreciate that.”

Williams ended the night completing 6 of 14 passes for 166 yards and the two touchdowns to Ward — who had four receptions for 148 yards.

Glencoe was able to hold Chase Beggs — one of the county’s top rushers heading into Friday night — to 70 yards and no touchdowns.

“To me, this kind of game is a character game,” coach Ozmint said. “It wasn’t about a win or a loss, and I mean that when I tell them that. 

“I just want to see them play at their highest and best level — and they did that tonight.”