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By Gwendolyne Honrud
The Courier 

Starting Off On The Right Foot

Scotties Notch First Victory


September 11, 2019

Jeremy Donaldson / The Courier

Quarterback Alec Boland hands off the ball to Jesse Lee during the season opener for the Glasgow Scotties on Sept. 6. The Scotties gained their first victory, defeating Conrad 48-6.

"This will be a good year." If the season opener for the Glasgow Scottie football team is any indicator, those words from Assistant Coach Levi Sugg may prove to be an understatement.

The boys in red and white ended their first game in Conrad with a final score of 48-6 on Sept. 6. "It went fine. It went ok," said Patrick Barnett, head coach. "It was a good win for us."

The coach was not hesitant to name junior Jesse Lee as the stand-out player of the game, though he quickly followed up with a veritable roster list of star players. Lee racked up 225 rushing yards over the game and scored two touchdowns in the commanding victory.

The first visit to the end zone came courtesy of senior Alec Boland with 6:22 left in the first quarter. The two-point conversion attempt failed though, putting Glasgow on the board 6-0. With Conrad taking possession, the Scottie defense took to the field. They shut down the Cowboys' offense in back-to back-plays.

Lee notched his first TD of the season on a three-yard rush, putting the visitors up 12-0. Conrad answered on a run play, getting the home team on the big board, 12-6. Boland and Lee didn't wait long to give Glasgow some breathing room. Boland took the pigskin 9 yards for the touchdown carry. Lee bumped up the score on a two-point conversion to 20-6.

Conrad went back on the offensive, but Boland decided he wasn't ready to share possession. He snatched the interception on the first play, decided he could share and tossed the ball to junior Tel Aune. The score went to 26-6 as Glasgow failed to convert on another two-point attempt.

The Glasgow offensive line continued to provide impressive blocking and Lee once again took advantage of his teammates' strength. He carried the ball 10 yards into the end zone and added two more points to that six with a successful conversion play. Glasgow took a 34-6 lead after the first half of play.

Heading into the home stretch, Colten Fast, junior, got his team down the field with some solid catches, setting up the field for senior Cordell Younkin to carry the ball into the end zone for another Scottie touchdown. Junior Loden Idler claimed the last touchdown of the game late in the fourth quarter. The final two-point conversion attempt was made good with a run by Nik Burke.

Glasgow stepped off the grid iron with 48-6 score and a 1-0 record to start the season. On the defensive side of play, junior Mayson Phipps and seniors Kristian Price and Dexter Monson had noteworthy performances. Phipps had 10 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss. Price recorded two sacks in the game and Monson had an interception, bringing the team total to three with Boland's two snags.

"They look good, though we made some mental mistakes," said Barnett. "We have good players. In my second year in the program, the older guys know what they're doing, what we're asking of them." Barnett said the team is giong to work hard this week, looking at the mental mistakes and seeking to correct them, though he exudes a confidence in his players, "We're going to keep doing what we're doing."

Glasgow faces Baker at home this Friday, Sept 13. "They'll be good. It'll be a tough game again. They've been a powerhouse in the past." Coach Barnett hopes to see the stands filled for the first home game. "The more the merrier. The players like it and it creates a winning atmosphere."

Kickoff against the Baker Spartans will be at 7 p.m. at Scottie Field.


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