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September 9, 2011

PREP FOOTBALL: 'Feels pretty good'

Last-second 32-yard Glasscock field goal lifts Cullman over bitter region rival

JASPER — After the ballgame Thursday night, a barn is still burning somewhere in Jasper.

Cullman High managed to eke out a 17-14 victory over Class 5A, Region 6 foe  Walker, on the strength of a 32-yard field goal by Collin Glasscock as time expired.

It didn’t take long for the senior to describe his emotions immediately after the game.

“It feels pretty good,” he said.  

"I was just taking deep breaths, trying to relax," Glasscock said. "I was real nervous, but concentrated on taking my steps correctly and just kicking through the ball."

It was Glasscock's second field-goal attempt of the game. He missed a 28-yarder in the first half, pushing it wide left.

"I think I was probably more nervous on that one," Glasscock said. "It was only my second try of the season."

Glasscock is now 2-for-3 in his first year as the varsity kicker.

His missed field goal wasn't the only offensive problem of the first half, as the Bearcats (3-0, 2-0) got into the red zone twice and had a couple of other scoring opportunities missed.

"We were moving the ball (in the first half), but couldn't finish," running back Garrett Crider said. "We were putting it all together but making mistakes at critical times.

“We were determined to finish our drives in the second half.”

Walker (1-2, 1-1) was also having first-half finishing problems, but the Vikings weren't coming nearly as close to the end zone as Cullman was.

The half ended in a scoreless tie.

As intermission was ending, the offensive players were talking on the sidelines about the need to pick up the slack.

“Our defense played a great game,” running back Drew Johnson said. “We just had to get things together and do what we can do.

“(In the second half) our offensive line was pounding their defensive line and we just ran behind them.”

It appeared the second half might go the same way, as Andrew Winfrey picked off a Carson Roberts pass on the third play of the third quarter, only to see the offense bog down in the red zone, turning the ball over on downs at the 5-yard line.

Putting the Vikings deep in their own territory paid off, however. Walker went three-and-out, with a short punt giving Cullman the ball back at the 30.

After a flag on first down, the Bearcats took care of business, with Zac Crocker competing a 28-yard pass to Mason Jones that was followed by a 13-yard touchdown run by Wesley Hendrix. Glasscock's PAT made it 7-0 with 5:01 to go in the third quarter.

When the Vikings got the ball, the drive looked much as Cullman's earlier ones did, stalling out as a 26-yard field goal was missed.

However, Walker tied the game on its next possession.

Six plays later, the Bearcats were back on top, after Crider scored from 8 yards out. He was hit at the line of scrimmage but twisted his way past and dove into the end zone. A 38-yard Crocker-to-Hendrix pass and a 24-yard run by Crider were the big plays on the drive.

Not to be outdone, the Vikings retied the game on their ensuing possession.

“That was a rollercoaster of a game,” Cullman coach Mark Britton said. “Coach (John) Holladay and I both find out a lot about the character of our teams in this kind of games and I saw a lot to be pleased with.

“I'm proudest of the way the kids kept fighting back, no matter the situation.”

It looked like the Bearcats might score the winning touchdown earlier, but a fumble was covered by a Viking at the 6-yard line.

Then Cullman almost won on a safety as a second-down snap rolled past Roberts and was grabbed on the 1/2-yard line. A Walker punt put the Bearcats with 40 yards between them and victory.

A pass interference call aided the cause greatly, helping set up Glasscock's heroics.

“I don't think either team had anything left in the tank at the end,” Britton said. “I'm not sure how many overtimes either of us could've played.”

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