Glencoe survives, beats Hanceville 49-35

Glencoe’s Pace Ozmint scores a touchdown as Hanceville’s Jose Orozco trails the play during a first round game of the Class 3A state high school football playoffs in Hanceville on Friday night. (Photo by Marc Golden | Gadsden Times)


HANCEVILLE — It was somewhat of a mantra this week for Glencoe: Survive and advance.

The Yellow Jackets did just that, knocking off Hanceville 49-35 Friday night in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.

“They’ve talked all week about making plays to survive and advance, and we just made enough plays to advance,” Glencoe (8-3) coach Lee Ozmint said. “Both teams played really hard, but we just made a few more plays tonight.”

One of his biggest playmakers was quarterback Dylan Stone. The junior signal caller completed 9 of 13 passes for 254 yards and four touchdowns to go along with a rushing score and help the Yellow Jackets advance to next week’s second round game against Colbert County.

The Ozmint brothers — Thomas and Pace — also had big nights. Thomas Ozmint ran for 162 yards on 22 carries and scored twice on the ground and once on a reception, while Pace Ozmint had four catches for 135 yards and two scores.

The Stone-to-Pace Ozmint connection got the Yellow Jackets on the board first, as on their first play from scrimmage they hooked up for a 49-yard score.

Thomas Ozmint put Glencoe up 13-0 with a 31-yard touchdown run on the Yellow Jackets’ next play from scrimmage.

Then Hanceville (9-2) got going with touchdown runs from Brontae Harris and Carlos Chacon to put the Bulldogs up 14-13.

Glencoe struck back with Stone’s second touchdown strike to Pace Ozmint at the 8:45 mark of the second quarter.

Harris put another score on the board as time expired in the first half, catching a 2-yard pass from Jeremy Hurst to give the Bulldogs a 22-20 halftime lead.

The teams traded touchdowns in the third — Glencoe scored on a 3-yard pass from Stone to Thomas Ozmint and Hanceville crossed the goal line on Torrey Green’s 13-yard run — to send the game into the fourth quarter tied at 28.

That’s when the Yellow Jackets pulled away, outscoring the Bulldogs 21-7 and 14-0 after the game was tied at 35.

Thomas Ozmint had a 32-yard touchdown run, and Stone added a 2-yard run. Stone also found Andrew Willis for a 70-yard game-icing touchdown with less than 2 minutes remaining.

Glencoe’s Taylor Daugherty and Mason Brown had big nights defensively. Daugherty made 16 tackles in the game, while Brown added 15 stops for the Yellow Jackets. 

Houston Word also had 16 tackles, while Pace Ozmint added 10. Andrew Lang intercepted a pass.

For Hanceville, Hurst went 16 of 29 for 221 yards and two scores.

For the game, Glencoe outgained Hanceville 439-347.