Scotties Roll Wolves, Keep Pace In Conferece
By Joseph Terry Courier Sports
Published: Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
After a brutal start to the season, the Glasgow football team has positioned itself for the playoffs, controlling their own destiny with just one game left on the schedule.
The Scotties put themselves in a spot to extend their season by blowing out Wolf Point on Senior Night on Friday, earning their second win in conference and keeping themselves on pace with Plentywood. Glasgow will get a shot to take the No. 2 spot for good when they travel north this weekend for a de facto play-in game with Wildcats.
The Scotties kept themselves on track by playing extremely strong defense at home on Friday. Glasgow held the Wolves to 218 yards of total offense, including just 31 yards rushing, and caught four interceptions in the game.
The first interception broke the game wide open for Glasgow. After the offense marched down the field in just three plays to take a 6-0 lead, junior linebacker Greg Fewer picked off a pass from Wolf Point's Easton Copenhaver and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown. The Glasgow defense held Wolf Point to -8 yards in the Wolves' first three possessions, taking a 21-0 lead before the Wolves got back into positive yardage. Glasgow won the game 48-14.
“This is what we're capable of doing,” head coach Dan Dale said. “We got up on them early and caught them in some tough situations and took advantage of it. But we've got to be able to put four good quarters together.”
The Scotties were getting big hits all game, and finished with eight sacks, the loudest by junior linebacker Andy Gardner on a crushing hit in the fourth quarter.
“Even on special teams I was hearing some pads popping, which I haven't been hearing much,” Dale said. “They're starting to fly around and of course good things happen when you get a little confidence.”
Senior running Chaz Gordon continued his strong second half, scoring three touchdowns on the ground against Wolf Point, rushing for 82 yards on 12 carries. He also had the highlight of the game, returning the opening kick of the second half 84 yards for a score.
In total, the Scotties rushed for 167 yards on 33 carries, moving the ball when they needed to.
“That's the type of thing that we need to be able to do when we've got a lead,” Dale said. “We've got to be able to run the football. We've got to have that killer mentality and finish.”
The Scotties will have to finish strong this weekend in order to make the playoffs. Plentywood, which is ranked No. 7 in Class B, brings a ton of speed to the matchup and will challenge the Scotties with their height on the outside. The Wildcats boast two 6-foot-4 receivers, Cody Lindblom and Pres Harris, and an experienced quarterback who has gotten them the ball all season.
The Scotties have played well on the road this season and will look to get a jump on the Wildcats before their raucous crowd begins to take over.
“We always seem to play better when we can jump out and do something,” Dale said. “Our kids are going to come in with a lot of confidence. We've got to put four good quarters together. Our seniors stepped up big and we're going to need them to step up again.”
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