The 2023 Glasgow High School Scotties and Coach Jeff Garmon are looking to bounce back from what can only be described as a disappointing season in 2022. Glasgow lost to Hart County in 3A District football action after starting the season 4-0. The Scotties finished at 6-5.
Coach Garmon and company hope to improve on their overall record and also improve in the revamped 3A District 2.
3A District 2 now includes Butler County and Franklin-Simpson. Hart County, Glasgow and Adair remain in District 2.
The Glasgow Scottie football team got a taste of playing against good competition ahead of their season opener when they hosted the 6A Daviess County Panthers in a scrimmage. The Scotties had played in some 7-on-7 passing competitions before the scrimmage, but the players enjoyed hitting and being hit by some different bodies.
Both sides were feeling their way out with some new personnel at key positions. The Panthers are coming off a 7-5 season (3-3 Class 6A). They defeated North Hardin in the state playoffs before losing to Central Hardin in the State Football Finals to end their 2022 season.
Coach Matt Brannon brought his squad to Glasgow on a warm Friday afternoon and both teams had a few players cramp-up during the scrimmage. Each team received 11 plays on offense and first downs were awarded to give each team a feel for real football action. Officials were there participating also to give the scrimmage a game type atmosphere.
Among the key players returning for the Scotties are quarterback Easton Jessie, running back/linebacker Gavin Neal and wide receiver Rico Crowder.
Sophomore Cameron Bulle made some nice runs in the scrimmage. Coach Garmon utilized many of his players on both offense and defense, for his and the players benefit. Garmon and his coaching staff substituted often keeping the scrimmage upbeat. Coach Brannon also substituted often until late in the scrimmage when nearly every player saw some action for both teams.
Coach Garmon will be depending heavily in 2023 on some solid offensive and defensive linemen including Frankie Cianci, a name you heard often on the loudspeaker last season. Cianci will not be by himself. Names like Rad Gentry, Cam Johnson, Ryne Randall, Cash Wells, Jacob Brunson and Luke Simmons will anchor the offensive or defensive line.
Mason Arms returns to help lead the defense from his linebacker position. Arms led the team in tackles or was one of the top tacklers in many games last season. Davey Williams and Logan Starr return at the other linebacker slots and, like Arms, will be among seniors that Coach Garmon will expect to lead his defense.
Senior Wesley Travis will return to handle the kicking duties for the Scotties.
The Scotties hope to improve their passing game in 2023. They have receivers with talent and their “O” line should be able to give Jessie more time to find that talented group of pass catchers.
If the Scotties want to improve their won-loss record in 2023 and advance to and win in the state playoffs, they will need to have a more balanced attack.