Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Sports

August 30, 2012

Getting better

Scotties looking to keep streak alive against BCHS

GLASGOW — The Glasgow High School Scotties are currently perfect on the 2012 football season. The Scotties routed Todd County Central 60-22 in the season opener and followed that with a 28-7 victory over Bullitt Central last Friday night.

For coach Rick Wood, the game of football is about the process and the ability of his players to get better today than they were yesterday. The Scotties want to win every game, but the focus is to strive to do what they do, do it well, and good things will happen.

The philosophy will be put to the test this Friday when Glasgow hosts crosstown rival Barren County. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. start.

“We know we have to improve, we have to get better. Even though we won last week against Bullitt Central, our film, especially the first half, was a horror show,” said Wood. “We had a lot of mistakes and there are a lot of things we have to get cleaned up.

“The kids had good effort, but we just had a lot of missed assignments. Bullitt Central gave us a lot of different looks we hadn’t seen and we didn’t do a good job of adjusting in the first half. I think after the half, we settled down and played a lot better.”

Wood is hoping the Scotties will play well from the opening kickoff on Friday because Barren County, currently 1-1 on the season, could pose matchup problems for Glasgow.

“We’re definitely a little leery of Barren County. They played a solid game against Warren East for over two quarters last Friday,” Wood explained. “It was only 6-0 in the third quarter, and we know Warren East is pretty good.

“And we are concerned about how big Barren County is up front. Josh Durham is a nice quarterback and he does a good job of running the ball and throwing it. We have a lot to prepare for there. And I think, defensively, they played very well for the first half last week. So, we’re going to have to play well to beat them.”

Wood said even though Durham is obviously the Trojans’ team leader, he said the Glasgow defense will have to watch out for running back Derek Gossett and receivers Chad Eaton and Dalton Bush. Wood said Barren County has “a lot of good, skilled kids.”

The Trojans come into the annual crosstown battle a little fatigued. Barren County shut out Metcalfe County 28-0 in the season opener, but the Trojans lost 32-0 to Warren East last Friday night after holding the Raiders to only six points through the first 2 ½ quarters. That, Wood said, is enough to know the Trojans can play good defense.

“They have played solid on defense, so there aren’t a lot of holes,” Wood explained. “We want to be balanced on offense. We’ve got so many new kids we’re trying to get involved in the offense. We’re still searching for our own identity with all of these new players.

“Offensively, we’re going to get the ball out to our tailbacks. We feel like Quentel Bradley and Marquez Trigg compliment each other very well in the backfield. And we will try to throw the ball to Milas Norris and Gary Settles. We’re still trying to find ourselves and I knew it would be like this with all the new people. We feel like we’re still a work in progress.”

The Scotties will be going for their fourth consecutive victory over the Trojans in the series.

Over that time period, Glasgow has outscored the Trojans 131-46. Barren County’s last victory over the Scotties came in 2008 when the Trojans slipped by with a 14-13 victory.

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