In the movie it was: “Play it again, Sam.” But tonight the refrain will be play it again Glasgow and Catholic — maybe for the last time — when the game kicks off at 7:30.
The proposal to separate the state’s public and private high schools for postseason competition passed Thursday at the annual delegate assembly of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.
If Proposal 20 is sent by the 18-member KHSAA Board of Control with a positive recommendation to the Board of Education, it could then be enacted after review by the General Assembly.
What does that mean? The rivalry that has grown between Glasgow and Catholic over the last six years could be gone for good because the two schools would compete in different leagues.
Since 1999 when the Aces moved into Class AA, District 2, the No. 1 spot in the standings has been decided by the game between them and the Scotties. That will be true again, at least for Owensboro Catholic.
With only tonight’s game against Glasgow and a game next week against Hart County left on the Aces’ schedule, all they have to do is win and they’ll be the top team in the district. The situation was the same last year for the Scotties, but they went to Owensboro and lost, 21-14.
“It’s come down the last few years, whoever wins (this) game is going to win the district. I think our guys feel like we can take this, we’ve just got to come back and play a lot better than we did last week,” first-year Glasgow head coach Billy Lindsey said.
The Scotties had been rolling along before a trip to Elkton last week. They defeated the Todd County Rebels, 21-7, but the win was ugly.
“We got a little complacent. We had some guys that got banged up and then we maybe didn’t keep attacking as much as we should have,” he said. “We just got to where we were trying to get it over with.”
The win did improve Glasgow’s overall record to 7-1 and its record in the district to 4-0. Catholic also is 7-1 and 4-0 which means, as usual, the winner of this annual game will be in control in the district.
The Aces may have lost their ace-in-the-hole from last season — quarterback Zach Barnard, who signed with Marshall — but that they have not lost a step, primarily because of the offensive line.
“This guy can throw the ball, but I don’t know if he’s as good as the guy they had last year,” Lindsey said. “They have some good receivers, but we feel like if we can cover their screens and stop the run, we can win the game.
“That means we’re really going to have to have good open field tackling.”
Two years ago when Catholic came to Glasgow and won 49-14, it was the running game that hurt the Scotties.
Last year it was the passing game.
“I just know we’re going to have to play 48 minutes of solid football. We can’t have let downs because they are the type of team that if you let down, they can score from anywhere,” Lindsey added.