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CLASS 2A REGION 2 PLAYOFFS: Tigers can't answer Scotties' comeback

November 28, 2012
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CLASS 2A REGION 2 PLAYOFFS: Tigers can’t answer Scotties’ comeback 

By Peter W. Zubaty, Sports Editor

GLASGOW — Donshais Calbert played the game of his life Friday.

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Bardstown’s Donshais Calbert hurdles Glasgow’s Connor Glass (12) on a second-half run. The Tiger senior ended his career with a monster game, rushing for 118 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort.

The Bardstown senior rushed for 118 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s second-round Class 2A Region 2 playoff matchup at Glasgow, but the senior’s valiant effort proved to not be enough as the Tigers could not answer a furious Scottie comeback, falling 42-33.

“He was the dominant player on the football field — dominant player,” Bardstown coach David Clark said. “I’m just disappointed that his run’s ending. He’s been a team captain, he’s been a leader, a hard worker. He’s been an emotional leader of the team, and he showed it tonight through his play.”

Calbert, who played through nagging back and ankle injuries during the season, got healthy in time to deliver when it counted most for the 11-2 Tigers, carrying the ball 51 times for 370 yards and eight scores over the final four games of the season, producing a fat 7.25 yards per carry.

Bardstown raced out of the opening gate, taking advantage of a blocked punt and a fumble recovery and turning it into Calbert’s first three scores as the Tigers took a 20-0 lead at the 2:24 mark of the first quarter. They looked to be in shape to pile on more after senior Dee Yocum’s interception in the final 30 seconds of the frame, but the Scotties (10-2) shifted momentum dramatically by recovering a Tiger fumble to open the second quarter and scoring a couple plays on the first of Marquez Trigg’s three touchdowns during a 109-yard night, cutting it to 20-7.

“Momentum’s a tremendous thing in high school sports,” said a breathless Glasgow coach Rick Wood. “We just tried to stay positive” after falling behind so much so fast.

A few plays later, those positive vibes paid off when the Scotties’ Devante Buford tipped an onside kick back in bounds by the Glasgow sidelines, allowing his team to recover it at the Bardstown 48 and a few plays later Trigg got in from 5 yards out to trim the Tiger lead to 20-14 at the 7:24 mark of the second quarter.

Calbert struck again a minute later with an eye-popping 37-yard run up the left sideline breaking several tackles and hurdling another would-be tackler to steady the reeling Tigers, 27-14.

That proved a bump in the road for Glasgow, however, as they were able to mix up the pass and run game and score twice more by the end of the half to send Bardstown into the locker room stunned and facing a 28-27 deficit. The hole that could have been deeper had Marcus Cosby not grabbed an interception at the Tiger 15 with 26.4 left to end another Scottie threat after they had recovered a Tiger fumble on a short kickoff.

Bardstown opened the second half with a strong drive of smashmouth football, with Yocum (93 yards) featured heavily, but two costly penalties pushed the Tigers back from the Scottie 8 to the 29, where they turned it over on downs. The Tigers got it back after forcing a Scottie punt midway through the third quarter, taking over on their own 23, but Milas Norris intercepted Bardstown quarterback Keanu Young an returned it all the way for a 35-27 Glasgow lead.

“We felt like we moved the ball well,” Clark said. “They got some key big plays.”

Yocum and Calbert gashed Glasgow for multiple first down runs to get into the red zone on the next Bardstown drive, but the Scotties held up on defense, forcing a 37-yard field goal try by Trey Heiskell that just missed wide left with less than two minutes to go in the third.

A couple plays later Glasgow quarterback Quentin Bradley — who accounted for 290 yards and two scores through the air and on the ground — broke several tackles on a 68-yard touchdown run to put his team up 42-27 with 6.7 seconds left in the third quarter, capping off a stretch of 28 unanswered points by the Scotties.

“We stayed within ourselves and did what we do,” Wood said. “Bardstown’s a great football team. We never did truly stop them.”

Bardstown had one last, late chance to mount a rally, forcing a Glasgow punt midway through the fourth quarter and scoring a couple plays later after back-to-back Yocum runs of 27 and 28 yards pulled the Tigers within 42-33. Clark then rolled the dice and went for two to try and trim the deficit to seven, but Calbert’s outstretched-arm effort was denied at the half-yard line.

Glasgow was able to burn the clock the rest of the way to set up a region championship meeting with DeSales (8-4), who topped Christian Academy-Louisville 21-16 Friday.

The Tigers’ 11 seniors finished off a remarkable turnaround that saw them go 20-4 over the past two seasons, ending a stretch of four straight losing seasons for Bardstown.

“They’ve got a lot to be proud of,” Clark said. “We’re holding our heads up high.”

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