No. 8 Colbert County tops Glencoe in OT


Glencoe’s Dylan Stone runs for a touchdown as Colbert County’s Alexander Aday, left, and Lorenzo Madden, right, try to catch him in Friday night’s Class 3A playoff game in Glencoe. (Photo by Marc Golden | Gadsden Times)


 

GLENCOE — The tears on the faces of the Glencoe players, cheerleaders and fans told the story better than anyone could.

The Yellow Jackets’ dream of a state championship came to an end in heartbreaking fashion Friday night, as they lost to No. 8 Colbert County 45-44 in overtime in the second round of the Class 3A state high school football playoffs.

After Glencoe (8-4) rallied to tie the game with just seconds left in the fourth quarter, each team scored a touchdown in the extra period. However, Joseph Bright’s extra point sailed wide left by mere feet to end the game in sudden and disappointing fashion for the Yellow Jacket faithful, who stuck around in the stands to cheer the team off the field as they went to the locker room for the final time in 2013.

 

Glencoe coach Lee Ozmint took full responsibility for the defeat.

“We fell short and that’s my fault,” he said. “I gave it (going for a two-point conversion) a thought, but I was confident in my kicker and I’m still confident in my kicker. Joseph is a good kicker.”

The fourth quarter saw five combined touchdowns, as each team refused to give in. Dylan Stone completed a 69-yard touchdown pass to Logan Guest on the third play of the quarter to tie it up at 24.

From there, the teams traded touchdowns, then Tyler Jefferys hit Tobias Qualls on a 24-yard touchdown pass with 4:50 left in regulation to put the Indians (11-1) on top 38-31.

Glencoe put together one last march to keep its season going a bit longer. 

The Yellow Jackets went 63 yards in 13 plays, including converting a fourth-and-1 on the Colbert 40, and tied the game with just 18 seconds to go on a 4-yard touchdown dive by Stone.

The junior quarterback finished 12 of 20 for 190 yards and four touchdowns while rushing 15 times for 95 and a pair of scores. 

Thomas Ozmint carried the ball 18 times for 131 yards for the Yellow Jackets.

“We have two great backs in Dylan Stone and Thomas Ozmint,” Lee Ozmint said. “They did very well, and when they (the Indians) put eight in the box, Dylan was accurate enough to throw some very, very good, catchable balls. 

“There were some questionable pass interference calls that they could have called but didn’t, but we overcame that adversity, too. I was proud of how our kids continued to fight and didn’t lose their composure. We proved week in and week out how much heart we have. We played well enough to win tonight.”

After a Stone 45-yard touchdown scramble, Glencoe led 17-3 with 5:44 to go in the second quarter. However, Colbert rebounded with two touchdowns, including one returned for a score by Edwin Gonzalez off a blocked punt, to tie the game at 17 at the half.

Ryan Carpenter’s 12-yard touchdown rumble in the third quarter accounted for the only points in the period and gave the Indians a 24-17 edge going into the fourth.

Carpenter had a monster game, rushing 36 times for 374 yards and four touchdowns.

Lee Ozmint singled out his seniors — Tyler Johnson, Houston Word, Jamon Phillips, Luke Betterton, Samuel Swann, Garrett Pentecost, Branton Schomburg, Chase Livingston and Logan Guest — as being especially important to the program and the success of the season.

“This group of seniors is one of the best group of seniors I’ve ever coached,” the coach said. “They do everything asked of them, they overcame adversity, they led us through some tough times this year. I can’t say that about every senior group I’ve coached, but this group was really special. Whatever success we have next year — and we are going to have some, we have a lot coming back — we’ll owe a lot to this senior bunch. They were everything you love about a football team.”