“We survived this one.”
For the first time in five games, No. 7-ranked Saks Wildcats found themselves trailing an opponent, courtesy of Glencoe’s Thomas Ozmint’s 56-yard touchdown run during the third quarter. The Yellow Jackets’ lead of 28-27 stood heading into the fourth quarter with Glencoe (3-3, 1-3 in Class 3A, Region 5) having the momentum.
It wasn’t until 8:25 remaining in the game that Saks (6-0, 4-0) retook the lead for the final time as cornerback Roc Green took an interception 81 yards for a touchdown.
The touchdown return appeared to take the fight out of Glencoe. The two teams traded possessions, then Saks running back Calvin Figueroa took a handoff from Tre’ Smith and went 77 yards for a touchdown with 1:37 remaining, essentially putting the game out of reach.
“We needed a game where we face a lot of adversity. We faced a little last week, but had a lot more tonight,” Miller said. “That’s good for our guys, and hopefully, it’ll help our team grow and get better for the second half of the year.”
Through the first half, Saks never delivered the knockout punch to put Glencoe away.
Smith opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 41-yard scramble. However, on Glencoe’s next possession, quarterback Dylan Stone found Logan Guest for a 37-yard touchdown reception.
Smith tossed his own touchdown pass as he connected with Devin Harris for a 21-yard score to put Saks ahead in the first quarter. Once again, Stone answered by hooking up with Pace Ozmint for an 8-yard score.
With the game tied 14-14 coming out of halftime, Smith drove his team down the field and found Harris again, this time for a 22-yard scoring reception. As it was in the first half, Glencoe answered with an 8-yard run by Thomas Ozmint to tie the game.
On the first play of their next possession, Harris took a handoff and went 65 yards to put the Wildcats on top until Thomas Ozmint’s touchdown run that gave Glencoe its final lead.
“The good thing for Tre’ is having a lot of good skill players around him that are good players and can do something with the ball when they get it,” Miller said about his offense.
Smith finished with 117 yards and two touchdowns through the air, and 58 yards with a touchdown on the ground.
For Glencoe, in the fourth quarter, the Yellow Jackets had back-to-back touchdown plays called back because of penalties, which could have extended their lead to 10 at the time.
“It’s hard having to explain to kids about fairness and playing with class when we have two touchdowns called back on penalties,” Glencoe head coach Lee Ozmint said. “Saks played a great game, and I don’t want to take anything away from them.”
Thomas Ozmint shinned brightest for Glencoe as he finished with 162 yards and two touchdowns.
“You have to give a lot of credit to Glencoe. They played their tails off, and gave us everything we wanted,” Miller said.