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October 12, 2013

PREP FOOTBALL: Bearcats playoff bound after 50-21 win vs. Red Devils

MOULTON — Tyler Glenn threw for 178 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 14 completions in the first half to lead the Cullman to a large lead as it cruised to a 50-21 win over Lawrence County in Class 5A, Region 8 action Friday night.

The Bearcats (6-1, 5-0) got on the board early and often, scoring on each of their first three possessions en route to a 36-0 cushion before the Red Devils (2-5, 0-5) could muster any offense at all on homecoming.

Glenn was dead-on accurate all night with his arm, giving Lawrence County all it could handle from his position. Cullman coach Mark Britton was quite pleased with the play of his senior signal-caller.

“Tyler does a great job in our offense. There was a lot of inside pressure. We hit some bubble screens and had some success,” he said. “He was really good against pressure tonight, moving in the pocket. He was able to see downfield, and our receivers did a good job catching the ball.”

Glenn connected on a 22-yard touchdown pass to Auston Neal in the first quarter and another to L.J. Patterson on the Bearcats’ final drive of the first half.

Garrett Crider opened the scoring when he plowed into the end zone from 2 yards out on the Bearcats’ first possession. The score capped an 11-play, 60-yard drive.

Crider scored again later on a 7-yard run.  The bruising running back finished the game with 65 yards on 12 carries but only played one possession in the second half.

The Bearcat defense got in on the scoring action as well when Justin Patterson tackled Lawrence County’s Donivan Wheeler in the end zone for a safety. Two possessions later, Sam Calligaris picked up a Red Devil fumble and raced 50 yards for a touchdown.

Lawrence County put points up with just seconds remaining in the second quarter when quarterback Dallas Keenum hit Tristan Smith on a post pattern for a 37-yard touchdown. Keenum battled a shoulder injury all week, and Lawrence County coach Rich Dutton was pleased with the way he battled.

“Dallas was accurate, even though he was still hurt from last week,” Dutton said. “His mind’s right, and he knows what we’re doing. I’ve got a lot of confidence in him.”

Keenum was 6 for 10 passing for 84 yards, a touchdown and an interception on the night.

The second half saw Ross Crocker replace Glenn at quarterback, and the freshman was picked off twice in the first two possessions. Crocker answered, however, with a 20-yard strike to Maison Goodwin in the back of the end zone for a touchdown in the third quarter. Crocker finished 7 for 10 with 113 yards through the air.

The Bearcats gave up two fourth-quarter touchdowns to Lawrence County. Garret Marsh broke loose for a 44-yard score on the ground and caught a touchdown pass from freshman backup quarterback Austin Livingston.

Despite clinching a playoff spot with the win and sitting one region victory away from hosting rights, Cullman still has some work to do. The Bearcats will host Athens next week, travel to Muscle Shoals Week 9 and welcome Center Point in their season finale.

“I’m excited with our development. We didn’t play very well early, and we’ve seen steady progress,” Britton said. “We’ve got three really tough ballgames ahead of us. But we’re ready to finish strong.”

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