Gleason can’t overcome many errors
Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
A big game by McKenzie running back Christopher Allen, coupled together with some mental and physical mistakes on Gleason’s part, led to McKenzie getting and 31-14 victory and its first win of the season.
Gleason had problems all night long containing the Rebels’ speedy little tailback as he scored on a 61-yard run in the second quarter and finished with 172 yards on 22 carries.
When Allen was not running the ball, the Rebels’ Hunter was. He ran the ball 12 times for 102 yards.
It was mistakes on both sides of the ball that hurt Gleason’s chances in the game throughout the night.
“It was a combination of both mental and physical mistakes and a little bit of effort kind of mixed in,” Gleason head coach Noah Lampkins said. “The mistakes made are very correctable. It is not an ability problem. It is just a doing-it-right problem right now.”
The mistakes began for the Bulldogs after they stopped the Rebels on a fourth and two inside the red zone at the 17. A holding penalty on a second and eight backed the Bulldogs up to their own 12. Kyle Williams fumbled as a pass after a 12-yard gain and that gave the Rebels another chance deep in Gleason’s territory at the 23.
Allen took the ball in from nine yards out to give McKenzie its first score with 3:28 to play in the first quarter.
Things got no better for the Bulldogs on their next possession with the running game losing yardage on two consecutive plays.
The Rebels forced the Bulldogs to punt and, with a short punt, the Rebels found themselves once again in excellent field position at Gleason’s 35.
It took one play for the Rebels to score with quarterback Ty McClain connecting with Austin Chapman for a 35-yard TD. The extra point was good, giving McKenzie a 14-0 lead with 1:43 to play in the opening frame.
Missed tackles and blown assignments plagued the Bulldogs on defense most of the night with the Rebels taking every opportunity the Bulldogs gave them.
McKenzie had eight plays that went for 10 yards or more, and four of them went for more than 25 yards.
“We play a 3-4 on defense, and we could have very well been playing with six or seven instead of 11,” Lampkins said. “That is what we were getting at times. We picked the worst times possible to blow assignments. We would have the guy bunched up inside the tackles and he would bounce it outside.”
Bouncing it outside is what Allen did when he saw the cornerbacks and safeties sucked inside.
Gleason got on the scoreboard in the second quarter after a botched punt by the Rebels put the ball at the Gleason four-yard-line. Tanner Trevathan found Ian Legens in the end zone from five yards out to pull the Bulldogs to with a touchdown with 8:59 to play in half.
After a couple of three-and-outs by both teams, the Rebels and Allen went back to work.
Allen took a hand-off to the right at the McKenzie 39, cut back to the left after he got past the line of scrimmage and then back to the right for a 61-yard score with 6:23 to play in the half.
“They have got a kid (Allen) over there that has real good speed, and if he gets out on the edge, it is over,” Lampkins said of the McKenzie running back. “One time they did that and it was third and 15, we got sucked up in there and he bounced it. There was nobody out there to contain him. It was kind of a story of that all night long. They big-played us when they scored.”
Neither team could score in the third quarter with neither teams able to sustain any drives.
The Rebels had a drive going as the quarter ended and finished it in early in the final quarter with Allen scoring from two yards out with leap over the top of the line. Gleason appeared to have him stopped, but a second effort by Allen enabled him make the TD with 9:45 left to play in the game to give the Rebels a 28-14 lead.
A 20-yard pass from Trevathan to Legens set up a 37-yard TD run by Williams to put the Bulldogs to within two scores of the Rebels with 6:45 to play. However, runs of 18 and 27 by Allen set up the Rebels for a 19-yard field goal by Seth Jeffery to put the game out of reach with 3:08 to play.
Gleason finished with 225 yards of offense, 126 of that on the ground. Williams led the Bulldogs with 42 yards on six carries. Blake Taylor added 34 on 11 carries. Legens had five receptions for 60 yards, while Trevathan went 9-for-24 in passing for 99 yards and three interceptions.
Gleason now sets at 2-2 on the season and 0-2 in District 13A. McKenzie is now 1-3 and 1-1 in the district. Gleason will be on the road to take on South Fulton (2-3) Friday in a non-district game. Published in The WCP 9.18.12