Glasgow sophomore JaMarion Long sprints downfield with the ball during Friday night's game against LaRue County in the Scottie Bowl.

Scotties keep Hawks grounded after slow start

GLASGOW – Coach Jeff Garmon’s team came into the 2019 season hoping to build off of a solid 2018 campaign.

With a lot of core pieces from a team that went 11-2 last season, Class 3A Glasgow has plenty of reason for optimism.

On Friday night, Glasgow got off to the start they wanted with a 35-13 opening week victory over LaRue County in the second game of the Scottie Bowl.

Big plays were there for Glasgow, though the first half was somewhat sluggish.

After taking the opening kickoff all the way back to the LaRue County 25-yard-line, the drive stalled — actually it went backwards and ended with a sack all the way back at midfield to turn it over on downs.

After the teams traded scoreless drives, it was Class 3A LaRue County who struck first after a 12-play drive that ended with a quarterback roll-out keeper by Connor Baker for a touchdown.

The Scotties would stall again on their next drive. On fourth down, Glasgow quarterback Tanner Abernathy took matters into his own hands scrambling 48 yards to get Glasgow on the board.

Nick Mitchell then broke loose for 40 yards himself. Then after a couple of big runs, he scored again. And then again, and what was a very slow start for the Glasgow football squad turned into a rout. Once trailing 6-0 and stumbling early with penalties, the Scotties took a 28-6 lead into the fourth quarter after 28 unanswered points and never looked back.

While the offense improved as the game went on, it was aided by a steady defensive effort all night long. Aside from the 12-play scoring drive the LaRue County offense was stymied essentially at every other point in the game. They plugged holes to stop the run and got steady quarterback pressure. Multiple three and outs allowed the offense to stay on the field for much of the second half.

Following a turnover on downs, Mitchell put the exclamation point on this game with his fourth score midway through the fourth quarter on a 31-yard score. Mitchell finished the night with more than 200 yards on the ground to go along with the four scores.

The Glasgow defense didn’t allow a single first down in the second half until a minute and a half left. After the outcome was already decided, the Hawks managed to break a 68-yard touchdown run to round out the scoring.

Glasgow (1-0) goes on the road next week to take on Russellville. LaRue County takes on Taylor County in their home opener.

In the first game of the Scottie Bowl, it was all Elizabethtown as they scored early and often en route to a 42-0 win over Allen County-Scottsville. Camran McNeil was the star of that show with four scores on the night; two of which were on the ground, one receiving, and one on a long fumble recovery return. Panthers (1-0) take on North Hardin in week 2.

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