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Senior laden Lee-Scott and Glenwood battle for Class AAA Championship

Central Al Scoreboard

Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher

Photos courtesy of Lee-Scott Academy and Glenwood School

CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE – With the departure of defending Class AAA champion Pike Liberal Arts and last year’s runner-up Tuscaloosa Academy to the greener and more competitive pastures of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, it was a guarantee that this season a new champion was going to be crowned. Lee-Scott – who hasn’t won the big one since the OJ Simpson chase was breaking news – looks poised to step into that role. But, of all the games they’ve played this season, only one team has been able to somewhat hang with the unbeaten and offensively prolific Warriors; their championship opponent Glenwood.

“We are taking the same approach that we take every week and control what we can control,” said Glenwood Coach Ryan Nelson. “We have a process and our process has not changed all year. We are going to try our best to prepare at a high level and do everything we can to give our football team the best chance to play our best game Thursday night.”

Glenwood Gators

The Gators won back-to-back championships in 1991 and 1992 defeating Landmark Christian (GA) the first year and then Wilcox the next, scored more points than anyone else against Lee-Scott this season, 16. The Warriors have given up 50.

“I feel that we match up well with Glenwood,” said Warriors Coach Barry Daniel. “We both have a lot of good athletes and are both good at what we do. I’m looking for a very competitive and hard-fought game.”

Lee-Scott utilizes the ground game to attack opposing defenses. In an October win over Fort Dale, the Warriors ran for just shy of 200 yards. Earlier in September, the Warriors ran for 349 and 20 first downs. In those two games combined Lee-Scott’s passing attack was complimentary, combining for around 200 yards.

“I feel like our guys are at the top of their game,” said Daniel. “We’ve had a good season so far and I feel like our semifinal game against Valiant Cross helped us a lot. They were able to expose some things we needed to work on.”

Lee-Scott defeated Valiant Cross 41-0.

“Our seniors have been leaders all year,” said Nelson. “It started at our off-campus fall camp to start the year. They are all leaders on and off the field. They lead by example and with their voice. They will be dearly missed.”

Glenwood, to advance to the Class AAA championship game, defeated Morgan Academy 42-8.

“I think our team has been playing its best football of the season the past month and we have improved tremendously throughout the season,” said Nelson. “Our kids have really worked hard trying to get better every day and have grown together as a team.”

After falling to 2-3 with losses to Pacelli (Georgia), Brookstone (Georgia) and the Warriors, the Gators took a week off and returned chomping at the bit. Glenwood knocked off Valiant Cross, Monroe (a shutout), Autauga, Morgan and Chambers to finish the season 5-0, 6-0 counting their win over Morgan in the semifinals. The Gators – this season – have outscored their opponents 407-190.

Nelson: “We have 18 seniors on our football team and they really understand the importance of (the words) ‘Team’ and ‘Leadership’. I cannot honestly single out just one or two players because they all lead our football team every single day. We have a special senior class and it has been so fun watching them grow and have such a special bond with each other.”

Lee-Scott Warriors

The Gators are the antithesis of Lee-Scott’s ground-and-pound attack. In the win over Monroe, the Gators threw for 241 and rushed for 83. Quarterback Dallas Crowe threw for 137 yards and a score on a 6-for-6 passing night. Running back Jermerkest Best rushed for 43 yards and a score.  Against Fort Dale, Glenwood passed for 167 and ran for 275 with Crowe throwing for 2 scores on 12-of-16 passing.

Kickoff for Friday’s Class AAA State Championship game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., but is the nightcap to end a day where the Class A and Class AA state champions are to be crowned. 

Founder/Publisher of Central Alabama Scoreboard. Former sportsguy, and managing editor.

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