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Glasgow stops Commanders in football playoffs for second-straight year

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By Brandon Mattingly

 

Washington County football’s season came to an end on Friday night, as the Commanders (2-9) fell 49-0 on the road to Glasgow (9-2).

Washington County met the Scotties in the first round of last year’s Class 2A playoffs, when Glasgow advanced to the state championship game, and the Commanders were sent home with a first-round loss again last week.

“Glasgow’s a really good football team,” said Washington County Head Coach Eric Sagrecy. “We felt we had some opportunities against them and we showed spurts of that, but we knew we couldn’t turn the ball over and make mistakes and that’s what we did.”

For the second-straight week, the WC defense was tagged in the running game, allowing 322 yards and five touchdowns on 47 Glasgow carries. The Scotties added 155 yards and two touchdowns through the air.

Washington County accumulated 108 yards on the ground, while junior quarterback Morgan Churchill passed for 60 yards.

The Scotties used a pair of big plays in the first quarter to jump out front and they never looked back from there. After converting a fourth-and-one to keep the opening drive alive, quarterback Ryan Hinkley hit Garry Settles for a 41-yard pass, setting up a one-yard touchdown run by Hinkley a few plays later.

Churchill set the Commanders up for a chance to respond with a 25-yard run, followed by a 14-yard carry by senior Tyler Loving to get WC to the 15-yard-line, but an interception by Glasgow’s Marquez Trigg snuffed out the scoring opportunity.

Running back Quentel Bradley found a running lane for a 74-yard touchdown moments later.
Looking to extend the lead late in the opening quarter, Hinkley was picked off by Commander junior Tylyn Byas in Washington County territory, but the Scotties got the offense moving again in the second quarter.

Milas Norris took a reception 45 yards down the sideline before he was tracked down at the one-yard-line early in the second. Trigg pounded the ball in from there to extend the lead.
The Commanders had the ball moving in the right direction again in the second quarter, with Churchill connecting with senior Alex Marshall for a 20-yard completion. However, a batted pass on fourth-and-seven was picked off, resulting in WC’s second turnover of the game.
A 47-yard run by Trigg set up a 17-yard touchdown by Bradley on the next possession, and Glasgow added a 13-yard touchdown pass to Norris to put the game well in hand going into halftime.

The Commanders fumbled away possession on the first play of the second half, leading to a 33-yard touchdown grab by Bradley, and they rounded out the scoring on a 38-yard touchdown run by Trigg with 3:23 to play in the third quarter.

Glasgow moves on to host Bardstown this Friday after the Tigers beat Metcalfe County 42-19, while the Commanders look toward next year, when they’ll hope to build on a year of experience.

“Experience is invaluable to guys and we’ve got a big junior class, so them getting an opportunity to play and go through a season showed them what it’s going to take to compete and win,” Sagrecy said. “We had the same opportunity going into the 2010 season and those guys had some experience and ended up going 9-2.”

As for this year’s team, although he wanted to see the season extend further into the playoffs, Sagrecy said the team made strides throughout the year.

“There in the middle of the season we started playing good football,” he said. “A lot of these kids were playing their first varsity football and they always came back with great attitudes and I was really proud of them. They were a fun team to coach.”