Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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August 18, 2012

Ready?

Glasgow opens season with Todd County Central

GLASGOW — Rick Wood, the head football coach at Glasgow High School, has been in the business a long time. He’s coached in a lot of big games, but he readily admits that he still gets a little nervous when the season opener comes around each year.

The Scotties will open the 2012 season on Saturday against Todd County Central in the T.J. Samson Healthcare Career Bowl at Barren County High School and Wood said he’s starting to get that little feeling.

“You’re always anxious heading into the first game of the season, if not every game. I would say anxious is a better word because you want to make sure you have everything covered,” Wood relayed. “You want the kids to feel comfortable and be able to do everything you ask them to do. You never feel ready, but I think everyone goes through that.”

Glasgow’s opponent Saturday, Todd County Central, poses some unique difficulties for the Scotties, a young group that returns only two starters on each side of the ball.

“We feel like we’ve gotten better over the last couple of weeks,” Wood explained. “I think it really started to count for us at camp in the first week of August. And I think since then, I’ve been able to see more and more progress.

“Todd County Central, they’re tremendously athletic and everyone will see that Saturday. Coach Jones has done a tremendous job getting athletes in that program. We won’t face any wideouts the rest of the season that will be as physically imposing as Todd County’s.”

Junior quarterback Bryce Shanklin, who Wood said is dangerous with his arm and his feet, will consistently try to find TCCHS receivers Jailyn Henry and Deontray Johnson.

“They’re very good, Johnson and Henry,” Wood said. “Johnson is 6-3, 170 pounds and Henry is 6-4, 200 pounds. And they can fly.”

Wood said because of Todd County’s overall team speed, wrapping up and tackling well will be very important on Saturday.

“We have to understand they throw the ball a lot, they run the spread and they do a lot of open field things,” Wood said. “And that makes you have to tackle in space. Any time a team runs a spread, it is vital for you to be able to tackle in space. And if we don’t make the tackle in space, it is a homerun.

“It comes down to blocking and tackling and turnovers. And if we block better than them, tackle better than them and keep our turnovers to a minimum, we have a good chance to win.”

Ryan Hinkley will get the start at quarterback and Wood will start Quentel Bradley at tailback. However, you may see some other players taking their turns in the backfield.

“We’ll rotate tailbacks. Quentel Bradley will start on Saturday. He’s had a tremendous preseason,” Wood said. “Marquez Trigg will also get carries. Then our wide receivers, Gary Settles and Milas Norris. We feel good about them.”

And leading the Glasgow attack will be Hinkley calling the signals. Wood said he’s sure Hinkley is ready to go.

“If Rayn plays like he did in our scrimmage against Russellville, we will be fine. He was accurate, he took care of the ball,” Wood said. “He made great decisions and he gained positive yardage. I am sure he’s a little anxious to start, but we have full confidence in him as our quarterback.”

 

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