For two quarters worth of time Friday night, it looked as if fourth downs would be the Glasgow Scotties' downfall.
In the second and third quarters, Garrard County converted them and scored, while the Scotties' drives died on termination downs. Then, on one play, everything changed.
The Golden Lions led 22-12 with 3:52 to play in the third quarter when quarterback Ryan Hinkley connected with receiver Milas Norris on a 53-yard touchdown pass. Norris caught the ball, juked a Lion defender, then stayed in bounds after being pushed from behind near the sideline. Patrick Adkins nailed the extra-point kick and Glasgow was within 3 at 22-19.
"We just wanted to give (Norris) the wide side of the field," Glasgow head coach Rick Wood said. "We knew he was matched up one-on-one. We want to get our athletes into space. He made a big play.
"All of a sudden, we make that play and you could just feel the energy on our sideline improve."
The play sparked a 34-0 run that led to a 46-22 win.
The Scotties stopped the Lions on their drive after Norris' score, forcing them to punt. Glasgow took over at its own 45. Five plays later, Hinkley powered in from Garrard's 1-yard-line and the Scotties took the lead for good. The PAT failed and Glasgow led 25-22 five seconds into the fourth quarter.
An early official's whistle negated another big play for Glasgow when Garrard lost a fumble on the pooch kick off. That negative turned into a positive on the re-kick. Adkins punched the ball deep, Garrard's Jacob Smith fielded it near his own 2-yard-line, returned it to the 4 and was tackled there. He fumbled the ball, but the Golden Lions recovered it -- this time.
Two plays later, Noah Williams, who ran over the Scotties for two quarters, lost the ball and it was recovered by the Glasgow's Brayan Guzman at Garrard's 4.
On the first play following the turnover, Quentel Bradley slithered four yards for the touchdown. Adkins' PAT made the score 32-22 with 10:45 left in the game.
"Momentum is a funny thing in high school football," Wood said while standing in the press box at Admiral Field in Danville following the win. "Our defense stepped up and made the plays we knew they were capable of. Garrard County has a good football team and I'm sure they had a lot to do with why we struggled" before late in the third quarter.
Guzman struck again on Garrard's next drive when he recovered a fumble by the Lions' quarterback at GC's 34-yard-line. Five plays later, on fourth-and-goal from the 2, Marquez Trigg powered over the goal line for a touchdown. Another Adkins PAT put the Scotties ahead 39-22 with 5:56 left in the contest.
Trigg also scored his team's final touchdown on a 66-yard run with 3:10 to go. The PAT was no good and that set the final score of 46-22.
Before the second-half rally, the Scotties had a hard time stopping the Golden Lions or converting on offense.
Glasgow struck first in the second game of the Bob Allen Classic, but trailed at halftime, 16-12.
The Scotties' first score came on a 12-yard run by Bradley with 7:45 showing in the first quarter. Adkins' PAT attempt was blocked and Glasgow led 6-0. The score was set up when Garrard County was unable to handle a low snap on a punt attempt, then the punter was tackled after picking up the ball and trying to scramble.
Glasgow took over on Garrard's 12 and one play later Bradley scored.
On the ensuing kick off, the Scotties attempted a pooch kick to the right side of the field. The Golden Lions' Mike Redmon returned the ball more than 60 yards for the game-tying touchdown only 10 seconds after Glasgow took the initial lead. The two-point conversion attempt was stopped and the game was tied 6-6.
The Scotties responded with a 94-yard drive that was capped by a four-yard run by Trigg. This time the PAT was off target and Glasgow led 12-6 with 2:19 to play in the first quarter.
The second period belonged to Garrard County. On fourth-and-1 two minutes into the quarter, Keegan Penman broke a 33-yard touchdown run. The PAT was good and the Golden Lions took the lead, 13-12.
The Scotties had two drives end on downs in Lions' territory and the second led to a 66-yard drive that ended with a 23-yard field goal as the halftime horn sounded. On that drive, Garrard converted a fourth-and-2.
Then in the third quarter, the Golden Lions stopped Scotties on downs after they had marched to Garrard's 30-yard-line. Williams ripped a 52-yard run on his team's first play of the drive. Trigg caught him from behind to save the touchdown.
The Lions pushed the ball to the 1 and on fourth down, Williams powered in for the score. Glasgow blocked the PAT, which held Garrard's lead at 22-12 with 3:40 left in the third quarter.
That set the stage for Norris' big play and the Scotties' big comeback. The victory improved Glasgow to 2-0 on the season. Next Friday they will play across town at Barren County High School at 7 p.m.
Hinkley was named the game's most outstanding player.