Glencoe High School’s powerful running attack stoked the Yellow Jacket to 21-0 lead last Friday night as Coach Lee Ozmint’s team rolled into the AHSAA Class 3A state football playoff semifinals with a 49-19 win over Colbert County.
Thomas Ozmint, son of the head coach, gained 203 yards and scored four touchdowns on 23 rushing attempts and teammate Dylan Stone also had 194 yards and three scores on 16 carries as Glencoe grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for round three of the playoffs. The victory avenged last year’s 45-44 overtime setback to the Indians in round two of the playoffs and improved Glencoe’s record to 13-0 for the first time since the Yellow Jackets won the Class 2A state title in 1973.
Both running backs are well over 1,000 yards on the season as Glencoe heads into this week’s Class 3A semifinals at home against two-time defending state champion Madison Academy (12-1).
Glencoe’s tradition is rich – sporting a 490-380-25 record dating back to the first season in 1922. In 1926, Coach Clair Strickland’s Jackets produced the school’s first unbeaten season (8-0). The next one came in 1938 with Coach Dewitt Dunn’s squad finishing 8-0-1. Coach Lyle Darnell, who coached the 1973 state championship team, led the Yellow Jackets to a 9-0-1 record in 1970 and a 12-1 season in 1979.
Ozmint, in his ninth season as head coach, is 68-34 overall and ranks third in the school’s all-time coaches’ wins list. Darnell and E.C.Wilson rank ahead of Ozmint with 97 and 93 wins each.
The 2014 team has scored a school-record 525 points in 13 games (40.4 per game) and yielded 171 (13.2 points per game) overall.
Glencoe’s big win edged out several top performances, including Austin Stiefel’s 264 yards rushing in a 49-21 win over Tanner and a last-second field goal by eighth grader Matthew Quinn as Spanish Fort nipped McAdory 24-21.
Stiefel had 21 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Red Devils (13-0) beat the defending Class 2A state champion Rattlers. His TD runs covered 1, 80, 12 and 78 yards. He added a fifth TD with a 27-yard pass reception and finished with two catches for 68 yards and totaled 364 all-purpose yards. Fyffe hosts
Quinn kicked an 18-yard field goal as time expired to give the Toros a 24-21 Class 6A playoff win over previously unbeaten McAdory. The victory sends Spanish Fort into the semifinals for the fourth time in the last five years. Quarterback Javon Brown also completed 18-of-21 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 88 yards on 18 carries in the win.
Other highlights reported:
JAMARIUS HENDERSON, DALE COUNTY: Rushed for 270 yards and four touchdowns and had three receptions for 88 yards in the Warriors' 48-21 win over Montgomery Academy. He is now 18 yards shy of 3,000 heading into the semifinals Friday versus Gordo.
ART SMITH, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The Cougars’ workhorse had 20 rush attempts for 223 yards and three touchdowns as Clay-Chalkville (13-0) beat Decatur 38-10 to move into this week’s Class 6A state semifinals. His scoring runs covered 1, 15 and 66 yards.
KAMERON DAVIS, FLORENCE: Ran for 124 yards on 12 carries and scored once in a 49-14 Class 6A playoff victory over Gardendale.
TROY DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT: Totaled 191 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 21 carries in a 49-19 Class 4A playoff win over Straughn.
DERRICK DUNNIGAN, BILLLINGSLEY: Anchored the Bears’ upset of previously unbeaten Brantley (12-1) with 102 yards rushing on 18 carries in the 20-14 Class 1A playoff triumph. His go-ahead touchdown with 1:48 to go sealed the win.
PEYTON WATES, MARION COUNTY: Ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns (21 and 2 yards) in the Red Raiders' 56-22 Class 1A win over Cedar Bluff.
TYLER GURLEY, MADISON COUNTY: Rushed for three touchdowns, passed for a fourth and had an interception on defense as the Tigers beat East Limestone (12-1) in the Class 5A quarterfinals 28-7.
CHADARIUS TOWNSEND, TANNER: Returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD in a 49-21 Class 2A playoff loss to Fyffe. On offense, he carried 17 times for 147 yards for Tanner, the state champions in 2012 and 2013. The setback snapped a 12-game playoff winning streak for the Rattlers.
JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 11-of-26 pass attempts for 227 yards, two touchdowns (4 and 49 yards) and passed for two 2-point conversions in the Tigers' 56-22 loss to Marion County.
COLE SPENCER, MAPLESVILLE: Completed 12-of-16 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns (43, 6 & 8 yards) and rushed for two additional scores in a 42-22 Class 1A quarterfinal playoff win over Notasulga.
DEMARCUS WILLIAMS, JACKSON: Passed for 213 yards and two TDs with a 12-of-16 passing performance as the Aggies beat Greenville 30-7 in the Class 5A quarterfinals. He also rushed for 119 yards and one TD.
KEITH WASHINGTON, PRATTVILLE: Was 10-of-15 passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns as the Lions moved into the Class 7A state finals with a 42-17 win over Foley. Washington also ran for another score.
AARON POLLARD, MARION COUNTY: Completed 10-of-23 pass attempts for 158 yards and a 33-yard touchdown and rushed for two more scores (1 and 2 yards) in the Red Raiders' 56-22 Class 1A playoff victory at Cedar Bluff.
D.J. CHAPMAN, CEDAR BLUFF: Caught eight passes for 172 yards in the Tigers' 56-22 Class 1A loss to Marion County.
GRANT BARBER, UMS-WRIGHT: Caught four passes for 174 yards and a touchdown in a 49-19 victory over Straughn.
NOAH ARD, CORDOVA: Caught four passes for 101 yards and added one rushing touchdown in a 35-16 victory over Class 4A, Region 5 rival Haleyville.
BLAKE EDWARDS, ELBA: The Tiger wide receiver threw a 72-yard touchdown pass on the game's first play and caught two short passes and turned them into 70-yard and 21-yard scoring receptions in Elba's 33-10 Class 2A playoff win over G.W. Long. He finished with three receptions for 93 yards.
KERRYON JOHNSON, MADISON ACADEMY: Blocked a punt and returned it 36 yards for one TD, intercepted a pass and set up another TD with a 65-yard kickoff return as the defending 3A state champion Mustangs (12-1) moved into the semifinals for the fourth straight year with a 56-8 win over Walter Wellborn. He also rushed for two touchdowns on offense.
ADAM MITCHELL, LEEDS: Intercepted three passes in a 62-0 Class 4A playoff win over Munford.
PATE SMITH, G.W. LONG: Had 17 tackles in a 33-10 Class 2A loss to Elba.
KE’JUAN FEAGAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in a 26-0 Class 5A playoff victory over previously unbeaten Guntersville (21-1). He also rushed for two TDs on offense.
BLAKE JOHNSON, ELBA: Recorded 12 tackles, including three for losses, in Elba's 33-10 Class 2A win over previously unbeaten G.W. Long as the Tigers (13-0) held the Rebels (11-1) to 41 points below their season average.
TAMAURICE SMITH, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had two interceptions in the Saints’ 38-0 Class 5A playoff win over B. C. Rain. The St. Paul’s defense finished with six picks on the night.
CHANCE DUNCAN, GLENCOE: Had eight tackles, including four for a loss, and three sacks in the Yellow Jackets’ 49-19 Class 3A win over Colbert County.
CADE ADKINS, CORDOVA: Managed three quarterback sacks and caused a fumble in the Blue Devils’ 35-16 Class 4A playoff win over Haleyville.