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FOOTBALL: Tigers try to take down Scotties

November 14, 2011
Bardstown High School

By Peter W. ZubatySports Editor

The last time Bardstown and Glasgow met in the playoffs was 2001, a 21-0 Tiger victory on the way to the school’s fourth state championship

But the two teams — both ranked in the top 10 in Class 2A — have met more recently than that. Some 14 months ago, a very good Scotties team traveled to Bardstown and put a 34-0 beating on an injury-riddled Tiger squad, with then-senior Tavion Parrish gouging the Tiger defense for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

“That won’t happen again,” said senior Donshais Calbert, one of the anchors of a proud Bardstown defense that holds opponents to about 12 points per contest.

Glasgow coach Rick Wood agrees with the Tiger linebacker, and says the results of last year’s game hasn’t even been a topic of conversation among Scottie players and coaches.

“It’s just a totally different year, a different game, two different teams,” Wood said. “It should be a great matchup.”

The Scotties are ranked as high as No. 2 in Class 2A, and come into the game with a sparkling 11-0 record following a surprisingly easy 63-6 blowout of Washington County last week. The Tigers have just one blemish on their record, a 21-16 loss to district rival Christian Academy – Louisville, a game Bardstown led for all but the final two minutes and change.

As stingy as Bardstown has been on defense, Glasgow has been even more so, allowing just 75 points all season, an average of 6.8 points per game.

Bardstown senior wideout/defensive back Anthony Myrks said a must for the offense is for the line to hold its blocks for four seconds, and it has been a focal point in practice.

“If they give us four seconds, we feel like we’re going to get a good play,” he said.

On offense, Tiger coach David Clark has stressed ball control and balance.

“We just want to be balanced, not only on run v. pass, but on who gets the touches, where they get the touches,” Clark said. “Spread the field out and try to use all areas vertically and horizontally. Those stretches put a bind on the defense.”

Glasgow scores at a 44 point per game clip, and has eclipsed 55 points or more in six of 11 games. Wood said his offensive philosophy is to strive for that balance as well. The Scotties have rushed for more than 2,500 yards on the season, most of that coming from Jalen Sublett, who has tallied 1,405 yards and 21 scores on the ground. But they’re not without an aerial arsenal, as wideout LaJuan Smith and tight end Hunter Bowles — who has committed to Louisville — are the favorite targets for quarterback Parker Cash, a versatile signal-caller who Wood said fills a similar role to that of Bardstown’s Jordan Brewer, who has combined for more than 2,100 yards and 26 touchdowns passing and rushing.

“It’s a big advantage,” Wood said of having a versatile quarterback.

Myrks said the Tigers have drawn sharp focus on stopping Sublett and the rest of the Glasgow ground attack.

“Contain their running backs and make them throw the ball,” he said.

“We’ve got to be aggressive against their offense,” Calbert added. “We’ve got to wrap up and tackle. Our D-line’s got to get real physical, because they’re real big.”

Clark said another key to slowing the Glasgow offense is for the Tigers to be efficient on their offensive possessions.

“Their offense is very explosive, so we feel like if we can have nice, long drives, shorten the game and limit their touches, that’s going to put our defense in a better position to be successful,” Clark said. “Ball control and field position are so critical in these types of games.”

Kickoff tonight at Glasgow’s Royse Stadium is 8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central. Clark said he doesn’t worry about how his team will handle a tough road game.

“They’re a veteran group and they’ve played in hostile environments,” he said. “I feel confident that they’ll definitely be ready to play.”

And an added motivator is a chance for the Tigers to make it to the region championship game for the first time since 2007, and to reach 11 wins for the first time since 2006.

“We need to put (Bardstown) back on the map,” Calbert said.

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