GLASGOW — Glasgow seniors Nick Mitchell and Tanner Abernathy were expected to lead the Scotties this season, and they have yet to disappoint.
The duo combined for six scores Friday and the Scotties separated themselves from Class 2A Monroe County in the second half for a 57-14 home win to stay perfect this season.
Abernathy completed 10 of his 12 passes for two touchdowns and 152 yards, while Mitchell picked up 118 yards on the ground and four touchdowns.
Monroe County pulled within two scores just before halftime, as Abernathy said the Scotties got off to a slow start Friday. But Glasgow's defense shut out the Falcons in the second half while scoring 27 points of their own.
"The kids we've got this year really like getting out there and playing football. They're football players, and I think we're going to keep getting better and better as the season goes on," Abernathy said.
Monroe County (1-2) punted to the Class 3A Scotties after being unable to gain a first down on the initial drive of the game.
Class 3A Glasgow (3-0) quickly marched 64 yards down the field following long runs by Abernathy, Hunter Scott and Kynarious Flynt.
Mitchell finished the drive with a two-yard touchdown run with 10:21 remaining in the first quarter.
On the next drive, Monroe County faced a third down and long from deep in its own territory. Quarterback Curtis Petett connected with Wade Thompson on a deep route along the sideline to pick up the first down and move the Falcons down to the Glasgow 20-yard-line.
But Abernathy got the Scotties out of trouble when he picked off a pass in the back of the end zone to give the ball back to Glasgow.
"I just read the ball in the air and I went up and got it," Abernathy said of the pick-off.
Glasgow couldn’t gain a first down on its next possession, and trouble with the punt snap resulted in Monroe County taking possession at Glasgow’s 19-yard-line.
Petett lobbed a pass over the Glasgow defense on the first play of the drive and Jameson Pruitt jumped to haul in the football for a Monroe County touchdown.
Leading 7-6 when they next got possession, Glasgow marched 50 yards for another score. Mitchell scampered in from five yards out for his second touchdown of the night, and Glasgow took a 14-6 lead late in the first quarter.
Glasgow’s defense forced a Monroe County safety on the next drive when Petett was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone.
Glasgow received the free kick and took control of the game, as Mitchell again found pay dirt with an 11-yard touchdown run, his eighth of the season, with 1:32 remaining in the first quarter.
Abernathy recovered a Monroe County fumble on the next drive and the Scotties set up a shot at the Falcons’ 42-yard-line.
Denzel Wood sprinted around the left side of the line after receiving a pitch and picked up 23 yards. Abernathy then hit Scott with a 19-yard touchdown pass on the next play and Glasgow took a 30-6 lead with 10:20 to play in the second quarter.
But the Falcons fought back before the end of the half to keep within striking distance.
Just before the half, Petett and Thompson connected on a 27-yard touchdown pass that put the Falcons at the Glasgow one-yard-line.
Petett snuck in on the next play to cut the Glasgow lead to 30-14 at the half following a successful two-point conversion.
Glasgow coach Jeff Garmon said he thought the Scotties played well in the first half, but a few penalties and the blunder on special teams kept it close.
"It was a hot and humid night, and it was a battle to get through it," he said. "You're not going to play perfect all year-round, so you just have to battle and get through it."
Monroe County rolled the dice and recovered an onside kick to start the second half, but Glasgow held and forced a punt that was downed at the Scotties’ one-yard-line.
On the first play of the drive, Mitchell exploded through the Monroe County line for a 50-yard gain to move the Scotties out to midfield.
A pass from Abernathy to Flynt moved the ball inside the Monroe County 20-yard-line. On the next play, he again connected with Scott, this time for a 17-yard score that gave the Scotties some breathing room.
Julian Austin sealed the win for Glasgow on the next possession when the senior cornerback intercepted a pass and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown.
Mitchell added his fourth touchdown run of the game on the Glasgow series, giving him his ninth rushing score of the season a week after the Scotties beat Russellville 57-0.
Freshman Zachary Poore scored a late touchdown for Glasgow to give the Scotties their highest points total of the season.
Garmon said it's important for a team to have seniors like Abernathy and Mitchell to lean on when they take the field.
"I thought both of them played extremely well," Garmon said. "They're both seniors and they've been through the battles and the wars, and it's nice to know you can count on them and know they're going to show up on Friday night."
Glasgow travels to Allen County-Scottsville next week while Monroe County will host Barren County.