Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

October 25, 2012

Wood: Panthers better than record

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Glasgow wraps its regular season Friday night with a trip to Elizabethtown. Like the Scotties, the Panthers are a traditionally strong football school. This season hasn’t been a traditional one for E’Town, but Glasgow has maintained.

The Panthers enter their senior night game at 1-8, while the Scotties are 7-2.

Glasgow head football coach Rick Wood agreed Elizabethtown should not be judged by its record.

“They’ve played a really tough schedule,” the fourth-year Scottie coach said. “They’ve got some really good seniors. It’s surprising they haven’t won more.”

The Panthers’ lone win came in their season-opener against Fort Knox. Their eight losses have been to teams with a combined record of 46-28.

“Our kids have been able to watch them on film and see they have a lot of speed,” Wood said. “They have a running back they play at quarterback named Josh Williams. He’s one of those kids who can take it the distance on any play.”

The Glasgow coach said in order for his defensive players to combat the speed, they will have to “tackle well in space.”

He added Elizabethtown also has a good wide receiver and that the speed will be a good test as the Scotties ready themselves for the first round of the playoffs next week.

“We want to go into the playoffs playing good football,” Wood said.

Glasgow has been playing well late in the season with a team comprised mostly of juniors who were backups last season when the Scotties made a run to the Class 2A state title game.

“We told them after the fifth or six week, we no longer have that we are young excuse,” Wood said. “The players have really come along and that nervousness is gone. We are making plays more naturally now.

“We just feel like we’ve gotten better as the year has gone along. I really like the way we’ve been practicing really well lately.”

The Scotties’ two losses this season came against Monroe County, a one-loss 3A team, and Somerset, which is ranked No. 2 in Class 2A.

Wood said those losses exposed some weaknesses with the squad the coaches and players have worked to strengthen.

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