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Glencoe hosts Ashville seeking playoff spot


Glencoe’s Mason Brown tackles Cleveland’s Trevor Yates during a game earlier this season. (Photo by Marc Golden | Gadsden Times)


For the Glencoe Yellow Jackets, it boils down to one simple phrase — win and in.

As in, win and get in the playoffs for the fifth straight year.

Glencoe hosts Ashville on Friday night in the Class 3A, Region 5 closer for both teams.

The Yellow Jackets have won two straight and four of their past five. They’re 5-3 overall and 3-3 in region play, while Ashville enters the game 1-7 overall and 1-5 in region play.

Saks already has clinched the region championship, while the winner of Friday night’s Piedmont-Weaver game will be No. 2. Currently, Glencoe and Cleveland are tied for the No. 4 spot, but even if they both finish 4-3, the Yellow Jackets hold the tie-breaker by way of their 28-26 win over the Panthers in Week 7.

If history, as well as the teams’ overall bodies of work in 2013, is any indication, the Yellow Jackets should be the heavy favorite at Wilson-Darnell Stadium on Friday night. Glencoe has beaten Ashville four straight times and holds a 7-2 mark against the Bulldogs.

Ashville’s only win this season came against Susan Moore in Week 6, but the Bulldogs are allowing 35 points per game this season and have reached double digits in scoring in just half of their games. Glencoe, meanwhile, is coming off a 42-14 win over Susan Moore and really appears to be clicking on offense.

A lot of that has to do with dual-threat quarterback Dylan Stone. The junior has rushed for a team-leading 976 yards and 10 touchdowns. He’s added nine touchdowns through the air.

Junior running back Thomas Ozmint also has had a solid season, rushing for 859 yards and eight touchdowns. His younger brother, Pace Ozmint, leads the team in receiving and has three touchdown receptions. Pace Ozmint also is one of the top defensive backs in the area, and he’s picked off four passes this season, returning one for a touchdown.