(The following is part four of a series of excerpts essaying the 1989 Glasgow/Allen County-Scottsville football game. Please read the first three articles.)
Scottie Junior Fullback Kevin Baldock was a bulldozer with ample speed. Stopping him was such a key that linebackers Kyle Stinson and Doug Vernon adopted that as their mantra during practice week. They ate, breathed and slept stopping Baldock for five days. And while it was a noble and necessary exercise, the tenacious and aggressive Baldock chewed up oncoming tacklers like Popeye downed spinach. The more he ate, the stronger he got.
Baldocks talents were well suited for the trap that Glasgow mixed in with Quarterback Joey Inman’s Quarterbacking skills, and his one yard plunge at 6:35 capped a 63 yard, 11 play drive in the first quarter.
Tinius knew Glasgow would move the ball, however the ease in which they did it concerned him.
Even more disconcerting to the second year coach was Tooley’s fumble at the end of a 12 yard run two scrimmage plays later (was the “Mystique of Glasgow” at it again?) followed by Michael Darst’s 5 yard run that capped a 5 play, 26 yard scoring drive only two minutes and 15 seconds after the first Scottie score.
The confidence shaking didn’t end there. The Patriots converted a fourth and one from their own 44 on the sixth play of the ensuing drive, however the play was nullified by a motion penalty and forced a punt. The nightmarish first quarter fittingly came to an end with a Patriot 15 yard late hit infraction that set the Scotties up with a first down at their own 40 yard line.
The swagger of the Patriots had turned to a stagger and the Scotties continued to break off chunks of yardage in the opening minute of the second quarter.
Inman broke containment and scrambled for 12 yards on the first play, then hit 6’6” Michael Bowles on a quick hit for 11 yards.
On first and ten from the Patriot 38, Baldock hit the middle as if shot from a cannon and went untouched until twisting away from a tackle at the six yard line. The perfectly executed trap finished off an 82 yard Glasgow drive with 11:08 remaining in the half.
A Glasgow failed extra point and failed two point attempt were the only positives for a Patriot team with many expectations, but a disheartening 19-0 deficit only thirteen minutes in.
“This can’t be happening”, thought Patriot receiver and defensive back Darren Shipley.
Tinius had told his team in pre-game that “Glasgow had been beating them their whole life; and for most of their parents life.” Tinius metaphorically implored his outstanding senior leadership to “change the past”. But nothing was changing. AC-S was still on the short end and by the normal decisive margin.
By now, the Gatlin Brothers had sang the national anthem and Candlestick Park was packed with 62,038 rabid Giants and/or A’s fans. Dave Henderson had already staked Oakland to a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning and the business of baseball was customary again; well, as customary as possible after the shift of the San Andreas Fault had tragically claimed 63 lives and left the Bay Bridge as concrete pancakes.
But the escapism of sports, much as it did in New York City in September of 2001, helped the folks in California resume a semblance of normalcy, something they craved after 10 days of dust and heart-wrenching images.
And while the two can’t be compared in any fashion, that normalcy was much too prevalent three quarters of a country away on a southern Kentucky football field; another year, another Scotties thrashing of Allen County-Scottsville. While no one condoned disbelief in the Scottsville kid, everyone certainly empathized with the notion that another trip back down 31E with Patriot tails tucked looked inevitable.