After going 0-2 in their first Class 3A, Region 5 games, this was a much-needed win for the Jackets.
For White Plains, the loss dropped the Wildcats to 2-2, including 1-2 in Region 5, but head coach Heath Harmon remained optimistic.
“It’s still early,” Harmon said.
Harmon said he wants to focus his team on executing plays efficiently and making less mental mistakes.
“It wasn’t any one thing. All four quarters we had problems executing on the field,” Harmon said. “Our guys will show up Monday ready to work.”
The game had a slow start with both teams struggling offensively and going four and out on each of their first possessions. Late in the first quarter, a high snap led to a botched punt for the Wildcats putting the Jackets in White Plains territory.
Stone moved the ball towards the end zone but was unable to secure a touchdown. Junior Joseph Bright stepped in and kicked 22-yard field goal putting the Jackets up 3-0.
The Wildcats held Glencoe to their three-point lead until late in the second. Glencoe recovered a punt past midfield. On the following down, junior tail back Thomas Ozmit caught a 25-yard pass on the 5-yard line and trotted in for the first touchdown of the game.
White Plains answered immediately with junior running back Ryan Hanson catching a 25-yard pass that resulted in a 40-yard touchdown seconds before halftime. The extra point, however, was no good.
The Wildcats received to start the second half. Despite a 20-yard carry into Jackets territory by tight end Rod Young, and a first down on fourth-and-five, White Plains was unable to score and surrendered a turnover on downs.
Glencoe went on to drive down the field for another touchdown.
Taylor Daugher pushed it into the end zone for a 17-6 lead.
Early in the fourth quarter, White Plains tailback Johnny Bynum took a reverse handoff and ran for a 50-yard gain. The next down, Rod Young took the ball in for the Wildcats’ final touchdown of the night. Young attempted the 2-point conversion, but was stopped short of the goal line.
Stone scored again late in the fourth with a quarterback keeper resulting in a 25-yard touchdown rush.
The next possession for the Wildcats was cut short when defensive back Will Parker intercepted a Hail Mary pass, securing the Jackets’ victory.
Regardless of the win, Glencoe coach Lee Ozmit said he feels there is room for improvement.
“I’m never satisfied,” Ozmit said.
“We got a long way to go, but if we can continue to show this effort, I think the plays will come.”
Ozmit said he’s still working with a young team. This is Dylan Stone’s first year as Glencoe’s quarterback.
“I’m pleased with the effort, but we’ve got little things we’ve got to get better at.”
Next Friday, the Wildcats face off against Pleasant Valley, while Glencoe will play host to Hokes Bluff.