GC Sports Corsicana December 2018 - Page 13

DISTRICT 7-3A DII Blooming Grove LIONS Head Coach Lawrence Williams Jr. 2018 record: 5-5 Last Playoff Appearance: 2015 Glasco ran for 273 yards on just 40 carries (6.8 average) and five touchdowns and had a 100-yard night, and he also caught 18 passes for 291 yards. Those num- bers go along with Glasco’s main job -- stopping the other guys. He made 109 tackles, including six for losses and was over the field on defense, running down opponents all night long. BG had plenty of talent in Ste- phen Carroll, an All-District and All-Golden Circle receiver who caught 28 passes for 578 yards (20.6) and nine touchdowns, and John Shaw, who caught 14 passes for 210 yards and three TDs, and also filled in at quarterback and completed 17 of 44 for 332 yards and four touchdowns. Both were first-team All-District picks. BG’s bread-and-butter back Noah Garcia led the Lions with 518 yards and six TDs on the ground, and QB Carson Rucks had a big year, throwing for 1,056 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Lions finished the sea- son at 5-5 after going through a tough district schedule that included state powers Buffalo and Edgewood, and they won one of their biggest games of the year when they beat Mildred 36-26 near the end of the season. It was their first win over their rivals since the Lions went unbeaten in the district race in 2015. 2018 SCHEDULE Cross Roads  at Kerens     Italy    Edgewood *  at Rice *    at Scurry-Rosser *  Buffalo *    Gateway Charter*  Mildred *    at Palmer *   W 60-14 W 43-6 W 40-18 L 40-19 L 56-24 L 42-18 L 37-0 W 23-20 W 36-26 L 44-12 *District Game LION BLOOMING GROVE – The message from Blooming Grove coach Lawrence Williams Jr. was loud and clear back in the heat and humidity of August. “We’re going to be more physi- cal,” he said. “We’ve got to be more physical.” That sound you heard from the Lions in August was just as clear. It was the sound of some hard hitting. That’s the way the Lions came into the 2018 season, and it showed right away in big-hit games early as they blew out Cross Roads (60-14), ripped Kerens on the road 43-6 and beat up neighboring Italy 40-18. The Lions, who were winless in 2016 and went 4-6 in 2017, had their best season since winning the district title in 2015. They weren’t just more physical. They were faster and had weapons all over the field. Kenya Glasco was one of the best players in the Golden Circle and was named the Iron Man of the Year as the GC two-way player. Glasco is a one-man wrecking crew on defense and down the stretch Williams added Glasco to his backfield, where he was a force. “He was our best defender,” Williams said, “and we put him in our backfield at the end of the season and he was our best run- ning back.” G C F O OT B A L L 1 8 |   C O R S I C A N A DA I LY S U N | D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 13