For the Glasgow High School Scotties, the 2013 football season has come to be the part of the year that is truly most important. When you play for Glasgow, you play with an expectation each year that you will advance into the playoffs and make a run at the state title.
For the Scotties, that run begins Friday night when they host the Washington County Commanders at Royse Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
“We believe playoffs are what you will be remembered for,” said Glasgow coach Rick Wood. “No matter what you do in the regular season, you’re going to be remembered for what you do in November. But at the same time, we tell our kids that it still comes down to blocking, tackling and ball security. Just because we’re in the playoffs, we still have to do what we do, play hard and play together. This is the time of the year to be excited.”
And the Commanders are certainly enough to get the Scotties excited. Washington County comes into Friday’s contest with a 4-6 slate, counting victories over LaRue County, Thomas Nelson, Shawnee and Fort Knox.
Their losses have been to Green County, Elizabethtown, DeSales, Christian Academy of Louisville, Bardstown and Marion County.
The Commanders’ offense is geared around quarterback Tylyn Byas, who was moved from running back to quarterback this season. Morgan Churchill leads the attack from the backfield and Marcus Wright is Washington County’s top receiver.
“Their skilled kids are much better than a 4-6 team. Tylyn Byas has been moved to quarterback and he has to be one of the fastest kids we will play all year,” Wood said.
“With the film we have, he has some big 50 or 60-yard runs. If he pops a big one, you’ve got some major problems.
“Byas is not a traditional quarterback. He’s more of a running back playing quarterback. Having said that, he can throw the ball. It isn’t the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen, but even though you have to pay so much attention to his running ability, you have to remember he can throw it.”
The Scotties go into Friday’s contest with a 9-1 slate, riding a five-game winning streak. Over that period, the Scotties have beaten Monroe County, Seneca, Green County, Metcalfe County and Elizabethtown. Glasgow’s offense is centered on the Scotties’ running game of Marquez Trigg and Quentel Bradley. Trigg has rushed for 1,283 yards and 19 touchdowns, while Bradley has six touchdowns, with 778 yards.
Glasgow quarterback Ryan Hinkley has thrown for 1,234 yards and 15 touchdowns. However, Hinkley has also been very efficient this year, throwing only two interceptions.
“We felt like going into the year, this was going to be one of our toughest schedules. We played 6A Seneca, and I knew Barren County, Allen and Monroe County were going to be pretty good, too,” said Wood. “We feel like we’ve gotten better over the course of the year and we feel like we’re playing our best football going into the playoffs.”