Glencoe rebounds with 17-14 win over Century
Perfection is unattainable, so while you can never truly expect to be perfect, limited imperfection should be your goal.
Glencoe wasn't perfect Friday night, but Century was far from it — and that was the difference in the game.
The Crimson Tide defeated the Jaguars 17-14 Friday, Oct. 25, at Hare Field, and ultimately it felt a little about what Glencoe did, and a little more about what Century (2-6, 0-3) didn't; which was capitalize on opportunities, limit mistakes, and catch the football when it mattered most. But when push came to shove, the Tide made plays, got stops, and rebounded from what was a bad loss at McMinnville last week to the Grizzlies.
"Yeah, I feel like we did a great job bouncing back and really put that loss behind us," Glencoe running back and safety Royce Fasel said. "And this was a new week, and we wanted to get things turned around, and we did."
Fasel finished with 56 rushing yards and a touchdown offensively, and defensively led a physical Glencoe squad with 10 tackles, including a handful of crushing blows to Jaguar backs in the hole.
"I think we did a good job taking what we saw on film and executing on the field," Fasel said. "We knew what we had to do, and they made some adjustments, but so did we. We were expecting them to run outside a lot, kind of like what McMinnville did. But we had a pretty good week of practice and we shut that down."
Shutting them down may have been a stretch, after-all the Jags did rush for 198 yards on 28 carries, and totaled 341 yards offensively. But Glencoe did make plays when it mattered most, turning the Jags over twice on downs, and forcing a crucial Century fumble that secured the Tide lead just before halftime.
Trailing 3-0 with just under a minute remaining in the second quarter, Century appeared ready to take the lead when quarterback Zachary Boehler ran through the middle of the Glencoe defense and stretched the ball for the goal line. Unfortunately however for the Jags, the ball would come loose just before the junior quarterback got it across the line. It shot free, tumbled into and through the end zone, resulting in a Century turnover and likely the biggest momentum shift of the game.
Glencoe (5-3, 2-1) started the scoring when sophomore kicker Zack Schlottmann connected on a 39 yard field goal with 11:56 remaining in the second quarter. The Tide tried another field goal — this one from 36 yards — on their next possession, but Schlottmann's kick fluttered a bit and landed short, setting up Century's fateful drive to end the first half.
The Tide appeared to put their stamp on the game on the opening drive of the second half, using a pass and five running plays — four by Fasel — to march 50 yards, the last of which was a 5 yard Fasel score to put Glencoe ahead 10-0. Reynoso pointed to the running game as one of the keys to their success, but spoke more to their overall consistency as something they improved upon this week opposed to last week versus Mac.
"I think we did a good job running the ball tonight, but thought we were more consistent than we've been the last couple of weeks, and that was nice to see."
The game sat mostly idle for the remainder of the third quarter, but Century turned the Tide over on downs deep in Jaguar territory on the opening drive of the fourth, then marched 75 yards with a nice mix of pass and run, culminating with a 5 yard fade to receiver Chance Sparks to pull the Jags to within 10-7 with 5:42 to play.
Like any good team however, Glencoe answered, going 72 yards in eight plays, capped by Carson Wilson's 2-yard plunge to go ahead 17-7 with 1:46 on the clock. Wilson had the key play of the drive, running 47 yards up the gut after the Tide were gifted a first down on fourth and two near midfield when Century was called for a neutral zone infraction, causing a Glencoe offensive lineman to move from his stance. The mistake was one of a number of self-inflicted Century blows on the night, errors that included a handful of dropped passes, at least a couple of which would've gone for big yards.
Nonetheless, the Jags didn't quit, moving swiftly down the field and pulling within 17-14 when Boehler sliced through the Glencoe defense on a 13-yard scoring run. But, it was for not as the Jaguars comeback was thwarted when the Tide recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran the clock out for the win.
Next Glencoe travels to Newberg for their regular season finale with a good Tigers team that's 6-2 and fresh from a 21-0 win over McMinnville.
"Newberg is a good team," Glencoe quarterback Carson Wilson said. "We just need to prepare like we have all season and go play our game."
Reynoso — like everyone else — knows what Newberg will do, too.
"We know what they're going to do, everyone knows what they're going to do because they do it so well," the coach said. "It's on us to make sure we're up for it."
And Century? They're getting there. After starting with three consecutive routs to start the season, the Jags have posted two wins and have been competitive in each of their last three defeats. But it's a process, and they need to find a way to limit the mistakes that have cost them dearly in each of their last two games in order to get over the hump that they presently seem stuck atop.
The Jags will host Century in their season finale next Friday, Nov. 1, at Century High School.
Century was led by Anthony Ha who rushed for 81 yards on 13 carries. Chance Sparks had 10 catches for 99 yards and a score, and Ernesto Alvarez led the Jags with 11 tackles, one for a loss.
Wilson finished with 113 yards on 11 of 16 passing attempts, while rushing for 98 yards on 16 carries.
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