Asked if his players should ignore the previous results of this week’s gridiron opponent, Glasgow head coach Billy Lindsey replied: “Oh, yeah, most definitely.

“The last time we played down there it was a really close game.”

The Scotties travel to Scottsville to play the Allen County-Scottsville Patriots tonight at 7:30 p.m. In 2003, the Scotties blew a 20-0 first-half lead, then scored a game-winning touchdown with under 30 seconds to play.

The Patriots enter tonight’s game 0-2 after two lopsided losses to start the season. Meanwhile, Glasgow has gritted out two victories over bigger, physical ball-control offense teams.

“I don’t think they’re going to be quite as big as what we’ve seen, but offensively, they’re going to run that veer (offense) and option with the quarterback.” Lindsey said. “We’re still going to have to be real disciplined on defense and be sure we have our assignments. They also will spread it and throw it quite a bit.

“Their formations pretty much dictate what they are going to do.”

The Barren County Trojans, whom Glasgow edged last week, 17-14, run the same basic offense as the Patriots. Barren County head coach William Howard was an assistant at Allen County in 2003 when Glasgow won, 35-28, with 11 seconds to play on a 5-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Dakota Elmore to receiver Lank Graves.

Graves will be the quarterback this time when the Scotties travel 30 miles down Hwy. 31-E, replacing Elmore, who was lost to graduation.

Graves made his own game-saving play last week when he intercepted a pass to preserve Glasgow’s win.

“I think our guys have a sort of refuse-to-lose attitude,” Lindsey said. “We know when we play anybody in this area they (will) bring their ‘A’ game against Glasgow. We’ve just got to go over there and play.”

The coach said the Patriots will not be as bad as their losses indicate, but that they do have a reason they’ve struggled.

“They’re playing a lot of young guys and they’ve had a lot of turnovers. I’m sure they’re not as bad as their scores have indicated,” Lindsey said. “I’m sure they’ll play really well against us.”

Allen County has certainly struggled the first two weeks of the season. They opened with a 40-12 loss to Westmoreland, Tenn., and a 28-0 loss to Monroe County.

While the Patriots have struggled to stay in the games they’ve played, the Scotties have struggled in the first half of both of their wins this season.

“No doubt we want to play well every quarter, but most of the time if you’re playing well at the end, you’re going to win,” Lindsey said. “The big thing is we’ve been able to win, but we want to be consistent all the way through the whole game.”

He said halftime adjustments have helped, along with the winning attitude displayed late against Barren County.

“We didn’t plan on coming back in the last minute and winning the game,” Lindsey said with a laugh. “I think (the) adjustments we make at halftime have a little bit to do with playing better in the second half.”

The Scotties took a 10-7 lead in the third quarter of last week’s win, but then the Trojans scored a go-ahead touchdown with 5:58 to play in the game. That forced Glasgow to respond with a touchdown drive to get the winning score with 2:18 left.

The week before against Garrard County, the Scotties trailed, 12-7, at halftime before winning the game, 31-12.

Lindsey said there would be wrinkles added to the offense this week, but that much of the work through Wednesday had been done indoors.

“We’ve been in the gym and we haven’t been able to get outside until today,” the coach explained Wednesday afternoon.

Storms Monday and the remnants of Hurricane Katrina which blew through the area Tuesday forced the football team off the practice field.

“All we’re going to do is what we’ve been doing every week. Coach (Jerry) Eubank will add a play or two or maybe a new formation,” Lindsey said. “We try to do something (slightly) different (each) week.”


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