Glenwood's quick-strike offense overran Crenshaw Christians' deliberate ball control offense as the Gators outscored the visiting Cougars, 55-31, Friday night at Sammy Howard Field in a battle of playoff bound teams.
The Gators scored four touchdowns on plays over 70 yards and were able to throttle the Cougars ball control offense. Leading the way was Isaiah Bettis on a 95-yard touchdown run, Michael Swann on an 82-yard pass reception and Dylan Denney on runs of 71 and 72 yards.
Meanwhile, the Cougars ground it out and scored on four drives but each drive was time-consuming effort. The Glenwood defense finally stiffened in the final period and shut the visitors out and added a defensive strike on Alryk Perry's 35- yard fumble recovery.
The Gators opened the game on Swann's TD, the second play from scrimmage. Each team traded scores and Glenwood led 21-14 at the end of the first period, and the scoring barrage was on. The Gators added a Denny 71 yard run and Luke Dougherty's 1-yard plunge, all in that first period.
Crenshaw added a one-yard sneak by Trent McGough and an 11-yard run by Chris Wooten.
Glenwood finally got the Cougars to punt the one time in the second quarter and forged ahead with Denny going 72 yards and Bettis' 95 yarder from the wildcat. Crenshaw could only manage a single TD and trailed 35-21 at halftime.
The Cougars did tighten the game up in the third when Steele Jackson capped the opening third-quarter drive with a 17-yard TD pass to Dalton Weeks and after a blocked punt, placekicker Gunnar Glenn added a 33-yard field goal to make it 35-31.
That's when the Gators turned it on as Bettis broke another run of 24 yards for a score and quarterback Brandon Daley surprised the Cougar offense with a 10-yard TD run and widened the margin back to 48-31. Perry's fumble recovery for the score sealed the deal.
Denny had his biggest night rushing and had over 200 yards for Glenwood with 220 yards on 13 runs and Bettis added 153 yards on 4 carries. Wooten had 131 yards on 15 carries for the Cougars. Both teams are the three seeds in their region and will be in the first round of AISA playoffs. Glenwood will open on the road against Fort Dale Academy in Greenville, Ala.
Friday at Sammy HowardGlenwood 21 14 6 14--55
Crenshaw 14 7 10 0--31First Quarter
G-Michael Swann 82 pass from Brandon Daley (Jake Wilson kick), 11:06
C-Chris Wooten 11 run (Gunnar Glen kick), 8:48
G-Dylan Denny 71 run (Wilson kick), 8:24
C-Trent McGough 1 run (Glenn kick), 1:31
G-Luke Dougherty 1 run (Wilson kick), 0:04
G-Denny 72 run (Wilson kick), 9:03
C-Shaun Lewis 4 run (Glenn kick), 5:33
G-Isiah Bettis 95 run (Wilson kick), 5:07
C-Dalton Weeks 17 pass from Steele Jackson (Glenn kick), 7:26
C-Glenn 33-yard field goal, 3:27
G-Bettis 24 run (run failed), 1:32
G-Daley 10 run (Wilson kick), 8:07
G-Alryk Perry 35 fumble recovery return (Wilson kick), 1:47
Records: Crenshaw 6-3, Glenwood 6-3. Next: Glenwood, at Fort Dale, first round of AISA Class AAA state playoffs, Friday, 8 p.m.