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Gleason’s best play comes right on time

Gleason’s best play comes right on time
Gleason has apparently saved its best for last.
The Bulldogs posted back-to-back victories for the first time this season, the second of those wins Friday — a 33-6 triumph over Bruceton — earning Gleason a playoff berth and a third seed in the Class 1A West quadrant.
The Bulldogs (5-5) will now get a shot at redemption for an earlier 35-6 home loss to South Fulton with a rematch vs. the Red Devils — again at home — in Round 1 of the playoffs. SF will bring a 4-6 record into that contest.
Conner Verdell did a little bit of everything for Gleason in its convincing victory over Bruceton in Friday’s regular season finale.
Verdell ran for touchdowns on two of his three carries, completed an eight-yard pass to David Spellings for a third TD and returned an interception 55 yards for a fourth score.
The Bulldog defense was also impressive, holding Bruceton to just 91 total yards and six first downs.
In other highlights from Week 10 Friday:
Westview 38, So. Gibson 27
Collins Alexander ran for 158 yards and three touchdowns as the Chargers won their third straight and earned a sixth seed in the Class 3A state playoffs.
Westview (6-4) will play at No. 3 Camden (8-2)  in Round 1 of the postseason this week.
Quarterback Ryne Vinson had a pair of one-yard TD runs for the Chargers, and Wesley Grimes kicked five PATs and a 27-yard field goal to aid the Martin cause.
The loss spoiled a brilliant individual effort by SG quarterback Carlos Walden.
Walden threw for 291 yards and four touchdowns — three of those to his brother Quincy, who had four catches for 153 yards.
McKenzie 28, West Carroll 14
Matt Eaton had 12 tackles and ran for two TDs as the Rebels bounced back from consecutive losses to earn an automatic playoff berth in Class 2A.
McKenzie (6-4) will host Dresden (8-2) in its first round game, a rematch of an earlier game the Rebels won 19-7.
West Carroll (6-4), which earned a No. 2 seed and first-round bye in Class 1A, actually outgained McKenzie (229-205), but fumbled twice in the first half that allowed the Rebs to take a 21-7 lead.
Trenton 42, Greenfield 0
Tyler Gadlen ran for two touchdowns as Peabody sneaked into the Class 2A playoffs.
Peabody, which won three of its last four to improve to 4-6, will play at No. 3 Booker T. Washington (7-3) of Memphis as the sixth seed in Round 1 of the postseason.
Lake Co. 47, Halls 12
Nick Price threw three TD passes — one each to Rafael Tyler, Caleb Bledsoe and Ricky Boyd — and the Falcons locked up the No. 1 seed in the Class 1A West quad as that bracket’s lone automatic qualifier.
LC (7-3) gets a first-round bye and will face the Union City-MAHS winner in Round 2.
Devon Jones ran for 87 yards and two scores and also had a pair of pass receptions for 75 yards for Lake County against Halls.
Crockett 34, Gibson Co. 13
Jonathan Jurnett ran for 172 yards and two touchdown and caught a pass from Donovan Mayfield for a third score as the Cavaliers (3-7) ended a disappointing season with back-to-back wins.
The loss completed a third straight winless season for the Pioneers and was the last in the two-year tenure of coach Lee Adkins, who announced his resignation earlier in the week.
Reidland 42, Fulton City 6
The Bulldogs’ only touchdown came on an 11-yard pass from Bubba Kirby to Devon Jackson in the first three minutes of the game.
Bryan Johnson rushed for 68 yards while Jackson had 82 receiving.
Fulton City (1-9) will still make the playoffs, traveling to Louisville Holy Cross (9-1) for a Round 1 game.
Published in The Messenger 10.31.11

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