’Dogs again get chance to avenge earlier loss
Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 12:02 pm
Round 2 has more than one meaning for Gleason.
The Bulldogs are in the second round of the TSSAA state playoffs for only the second time in school history and will be looking for a first-ever quarterfinal berth.
Almost as important in the Gleason camp could be the team’s shot at redemption for the second consecutive week.
Gleason will travel to Atwood to play West Carroll in the 1A playoffs. Kickoff Friday is 7 p.m.
For the Bulldogs, the game marks the second time in as many weeks the team has a change to avenge a regular season loss. Last week, Gleason knocked off South Fulton 19-12 in the opening round. Both SF and WC took advantage of subpar Gleason play to win their respective regular season games.
“We played our two worst games against South Fulton and West Carroll,” Gleason head coach Noah Lampkins said. “We got our shot at South Fulton and prevailed. We now get a chance to get redemption against West Carroll.”
Gleason’s win last week was its third straight, improving to 6-5.
“The keys have been playing with emotion, senior leadership and better preparation in practice,” Lampkins said. “I believe our kids finally understand the level of intensity and focus it takes to win a game, and that has to start in Monday’s practice.”
Both Lampkins and his War Eagle counterpart, Josh Fronabarger, say both teams are better now than when they met earlier in the season
“We are playing a lot more physical on both sides of the ball, and we are playing consistent football for the first time all year,” Lampkins said. “West Carroll has improved as well. They are playing much better defensively and have become more diverse in their option attack.”
“We’re playing better than we were then, and Gleason is, too,” Fronabarger said. “We’ve played better defensively in the second half of the season.”
The Eagles have fine-tuned their hybrid wing-T triple-option offense and become more aggressive defensively over the course of a 10-week season.
Senior fullback Carson Suite leads the ground game with 988 yards and six touchdowns on 139 carries, while junior quarterback Jamal Glenn has 535 yards and nine TDs on 91 carries.
Jacob Wynn, a sophomore wingback, has 475 yards and six scores. Glenn gives the Eagles a passing option with 469 yards and six TDs.
Published in The WCP 11.10.11