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September 7, 2012

Physicality

ACS to test Glasgow up front

GLASGOW — Friday night’s football game between the Glasgow High School Scotties and the Allen County-Scottsville Patriots could be one of the bigger games of the year.

Glasgow coach Rick Wood heaps praise and respect for every team the Scotties face. And this week, with the Patriots coming to town, Wood is not just being nice. The Patriots are a dominant force in Class 4A, District 2, an annual participant in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association State Playoffs, and the ACS talent level in 2012 is just as high as it has ever been.

“Allen County always plays a very physical brand of football,” said Wood, who guided his team to a 14-0 victory over the Patriots last season in Scottsville. “They’ve done a very good job of developing their program and you know they’re going to play hard against us.”

Kickoff for Friday’s contest is 7 p.m.

“They run the veer and they do a really good job of running the option,” Wood explained. “Connor Ross is a veteran quarterback. They’re going to make you play disciplined football and you know you can’t make any mistakes.”

Besides Ross in the Patriot backfield, the Scotties will have to keep an eye on Ross’ teammates Charlie Trapp and Austin Napier.

“It is assignment football when you defend the option,” Wood explained. “Certain positions are assigned to the fullback, certain positions are assigned to the quarterback and certain positions are assigned to the pitch. You have to be very disciplined.”

And Wood said Ross is not afraid to put the ball in the air.

Offensively, the Scotties will put the ACS defense to the test with the speed of Quentel Bradley and Marquez Trigg, and the arm of quarterback Ryan Hinkley.

The Scotties come into the contest with a perfect 3-0 record. Glasgow has averaged 38 points per outing, while allowing only 37 total points in three games for an average of just over 12 points per outing.  Trigg has rushed for 359 yards for an average of 8.6 yards a carry, while Bradley has rushed for 343 yards for an average of 9.5 yards a carry. Trigg has seven touchdowns and Bradley has four.

“Defensively, Allen County will play a couple of different looks. They will come out in a 50 look and a 44 look,” Wood said. “The thing you have to remember about them is they’re going to be very physical.

“The big thing for us is we have to quit turning the ball over. We had three turnovers in the first half of each of the last two games. If we’re going to get better, it starts with elminiating turnovers. And there are no excuses for it. If you make excuses, it will just keep happening. We have eliminate it.”

And though Bradley and Trigg are getting a lot of attention for their great running ability, Hinkley may be the key that turns the Glasgow engine.

“Ryan has had some good runs for us and he’s throwing the ball well,” Wood relayed. “We think he will be much better by the end of the year. We want to just keep him moving in the right direction.”

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