GLASGOW — Greenwood coach Chris Seabolt says quarterback Jackson Adams is a “very, very team-oriented player” who at times has been hesitant to keep the ball in the Gators’ veer offense and make plays on his own.
“I feel like early in the year he was struggling a little bit with making sure people didn’t think he was selfish,” Seabolt said. “... He worries about including everybody and making sure everybody feels important in our offense.
“I had to have a little talk with Jackson and say, ‘Listen, that’s fine, but you’re good enough ... to pull it and go run.’ ”
Adams did that Friday night at Glasgow, running for scores of 8, 14 and 30 yards in Greenwood’s 45-12 win against the Scotties at Hank Royse Stadium.
The junior QB also threw for touchdowns of 31 and 16 yards as the Gators – ranked No. 5 in Class 5A – moved to 5-1. The Class 2A, No. 8 Scotties dropped their first game of the season, falling to 4-1.
Greenwood has now won two straight games since dropping a 24-20 thriller at home on Sept. 9 to Franklin-Simpson. That defeat refocused the Gators, Adams said.
“This is the game we played with our most potential since (the first half of Greenwood’s 17-16 win Sept. 2 against South Warren),” Adams said. “We came out, had a good week of practice like South Warren week and dominated both halves, which we hadn’t done so far.”
Adams ran the ball 28 times for 256 yards and the three TDs. The third-year starter also completed 2 of 4 passes for 47 yards, both of which went for touchdowns.
After kicker Tanner Dawson hit a 29-yard field goal to put Greenwood up 3-0 early, Adams scored back-to-back TDs on the 8-yard run and 31-yard pass to tight end Riley Sadler. The second score put the Gators up 17-0 with 10:28 left in the second quarter.
Glasgow then reeled off 12 straight points to get back in the game. Scotties QB Dessi Austin hit receiver Ben Hughes for a 9-yard touchdown and running back Trayjan Bradley for a 13-yard score. The second TD cut Greenwood’s lead to 17-12 with 2:21 left in the second quarter.
The Gators answered that rally by marching 63 yards for a touchdown in less than two minutes. Adams capped the drive with a 16-yard TD strike to Malcolm Johnson with 41.7 seconds left in the half, putting Greenwood up 24-12 at halftime.
“We knew that we had to go score,” Adams said. “To be honest, we did something we’d never done before and that was score in two minutes. Our offense is designed for five-, six-minute (drives) and we got it done in two. So that was really exciting.”
Fullback Xezayier Snorton struck a big blow early in the third quarter, breaking a tackle and running 73 yards for a TD to put the Gators up 31-12.
Adams tacked on two more rushing touchdowns as the Greenwood defense kept Austin hurried in the pocket and recorded a second-half shutout.
“I thought it was probably the most complete game we’ve played all year because we played for four quarters,” Seabolt said. “I thought all three phases of the game, we played very well.”
Greenwood starts Class 5A, District 2 play at home Friday against Barren County. Glasgow also starts play in Class 2A, District 3 on Friday, hosting Green County.
Playing a bigger school like Greenwood can help prepare the Scotties for district games, coach Jeff Garmon said.
“We’ve had games here for awhile where we’ve been playing 4A, 5A schools and like I said, for us to take on Greenwood, it was going to be a great challenge,” Garmon said. “... We’re the only 2A school going and playing those boys.
“We knew it was going to be an uphill battle, but we like to challenge our boys and see where they’re at. I think they’re going to get better from this experience.”
Greenwood 10 14 14 7 — 45
Glasgow 0 12 0 0 — 12
Greenwood — Dawson 29 field goal, 6:45
Greenwood — Adams 8 run (Dawson PAT good), 5:26
Greenwood — Sadler 31 pass from Adams (Dawson PAT good), 10:28
Glasgow — Hughes 9 pass from Austin (Howard PAT no good), 8:21
Glasgow — Bradley 13 pass from Austin (Austin 2-pt run failed), 2:21
Greenwood — Johnson 16 pass from Adams (Dawson PAT good), :41.7
Greenwood — Snorton 73 run (Dawson PAT good), 9:24
Greenwood – Adams 14 run (Dawson PAT good), :37.7
Greenwood — Adams 30 run (Dawson PAT good), 4:46