Glenwood jumped out to a 31-0 lead and then withstood a Macon East comeback to hand the Knights a 45-21 loss Thursday night in region 1 AISA play.
The Gators will now face Tuscaloosa Academy next Friday in their final region game.
Glenwood’s offense was scoring TD’s on a short field in the first half and the Gators led 21-0 at intermission. In fact Glenwood had an additional TD called back on a holding penalty or it could have been worse.
The difference in the game was based on Macon East’s poor punting and three fumbles that set up Glenwood and take advantage the Gators did.
Undriel Copeland opened the Gator scoring with a 19-yard TD run after a fumble recovery by Logan Lake. Then a 12-yard punt set Glenwood up on the next series for a short 34 yard drive. Lawson Humphries hit Mikey Starke for a 24-yard TD pass and a 14-0 lead. Humphries one-yard plunge with three second to go before the half on the final first half drive made it 21-0 and Glenwood never looked back.
The Knights fumbled again on their opening drive of the second half and Starke hut a 42-yard fields goal to make it 24-0. Copeland then got his second TD, a 1-yard run when the Knights had a 13 yard punt from their own 5.
Macon East scored a TD on the final play of the third quarter on a six yard run by Jem Stubblefield as the Knights tried to rally and scored two more times in the fourth quarter.
But Glenwood was also up to the challenge as Anthony Davis had his longest run of 2013, a 70-yard TD and Humphries hit Dylan Denny on a 71-yard TD to counter the Knights two scores.
Thursday night at Sammy Howard field
Macon East 0 0 7 14 – 21
Glenwood 7 14 10 14 – 45
G-Undriel Copeland 19 run (Mikey Starke kick), 0:33
G-Starke 24 pass from Lawson Humphries (Starke kick), 4:16
G-Humphries 1 run (Starke kick), 0:03
G-Starke 42-yard field goal 7:00
G-Copeland 1 run (Starke kick), 2:57
ME-Jem Stubblefield 6 run (Daniel Lee kick), 0:00
G-Anthony Davis 70 run (Starke kick), 10:27
ME-Peyton Whittle 33 run (Lee kick), 9:10
G-Dylan Denny 71 pass from Humphries (Starke kick), 6:58
ME-Whittle 15 run (Lee kick), 6:19