Gleason looks for rematch to be repeat
Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012 12:00 pm
Gleason would prefer a repeat of earlier this season than one from last year.
The Bulldogs will play Halls in the opening round of the playoffs, marking a rematch of their Sept. 7 game won by Gleason 27-6.
A duplication of that result would certainly be better than Halls doing this year to Gleason what the Bulldogs accomplished last season against South Fulton. The 2011 ’Dogs suffered a loss to SF in the regular season then gained a measure of revenge with a win in the first round of the playoffs.
Gleason (6-4) comes into this year’s postseason with a No. 4 seed in the fourth quad, while Halls (5-5) is the fifth seed.
Kick-off from Parks Edwards Field will be 7 p.m., and ticket price for all fans is $8. Game time and ticket price are set by the TSSAA.
The winner will earn a trip to No. 1 seed West Carroll (8-2). The War Eagles defeated Gleason 21-6 on Aug. 31 and then knocked off Huntingdon 30-24 two weeks later.
The other half of the western quad has No. 3 seed Huntingdon (8-2) hosting No. 6 Lake County (5-5) with the winner traveling to second-seed Union City (7-3) in the second round.
Both come into the playoffs hoping for some stability following roller-coaster regular seasons.
Gleason’s up-and-down ride, which did not see the team post two consecutive wins until the end of the season with a 53-21 win over Scotts Hill and a 40-0 verdict over Bruceton, is a direct result of the caliber of its opponents.
In six wins, the Bulldogs have played teams with a combined record of 12-48, outscoring those teams on average 34.5 to 7.8. Halls, with its. 500 mark, had the best record among that group.
The four losses, meannwhile, came to teams that combined for an overall mark of 25-13. West Carroll, Huntingdon and Dresden have all been ranked in the Associated Press polls all year, Dresden reaching No. 1 late in the season. That threesome is 25-5, while McKenzie (2-8) is the lone sub-.500 team in that foursome.
Gleason’s offense has developed into a four-pronged attack led by Ian Legens, Chase Ezell, Kyle Williams and Will Clark. Chris Copeland has also shown flashes of big-play potential, while quarterback Tanner Trevathan is looking to become more consistent in the postseason.
The Tigers’ have been inconsistent in posting their 5-5 record, also a creation of the squad’s schedule.
Five wins have come against teams with a combined 10-38 record, that total aided by a somewhat surprising 17-12 win over Lake County (5-5) in the regular season finale last week. The five losses, meanwhile, have come against teams with a 32-18 overall record.
— Union City and Trenton both 7-3 and Gleason, Trinity Christian and Humboldt all 6-4. Published in The WCP 11.1.12