- By Michael Cooper Contributing Writer
It’s no secret who’s getting the football for the Shawnee High School football team.
Since the beginning of the season, Braves coach Rick Meeks has said junior Robie Glass would be featured in Shawnee’s spread offense, including seeing time at multiple positions — quarterback, running back and wide receiver.
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The do-it-all junior showed his athleticism again Friday night with four total touchdowns, including three on the ground, as the Braves beat Thurgood Marshall 30-17 .
“I’m glad he’s on our team,” Meeks said with a smile after the victory. “He’s our guy. He’s going to be all over the field — defense, offense, receiver, quarterback, returning kicks. He’s such a good athlete we can’t not have him on the field. He’s obviously risen to the occasion.
“When I don’t do my job very well sometimes he makes me look good.”
In the first quarter, the Cougars’ All-Ohio kicker Rolando Perez made a 48-yard field goal to give Thurgood an early 3-0 lead.
From that point forward, Shawnee took control.
Glass scored on a 12-yard run, then found sophomore Drew Mitch on a 15-yard TD pass to make it 14-3. After the teams traded interceptions, Glass scored again on a 13-yard run.
Shawnee junior kicker Andi Meeks hit a 30-yard field goal to give Shawnee a 24-3 lead at the half.
Glass opened the second half with another 14-yard TD to extend the lead to 30-3.
“Offensively, in the first half, I thought we played OK,” Meeks said. “In the second half, that’s when we started imploding with penalties and guys losing their cool. It got us off schedule and they started making some plays.”
That’s when the Cougars started to mount a comeback.
Cameron Smith scored on a 2-yard run to open the fourth quarter and scored the two-point conversion, cutting Shawnee’s lead to 30-11.
With four minutes remaining, the Cougars’ Ayyoub Muhammad scored on a 7-yard run to make it 30-17. It appeared the Cougars recovered the ensuing onside kick, but they were forced to re-kick because of an inadvertent whistle.
“It would’ve given us some momentum to get us back into the game,” Thurgood Marshall coach Brian Carter said. “It kind of killed our momentum.”
The young Cougars never gave up in the second half, Carter said. The team is young up front with a total of 16 offensive lineman that includes just two upperclassmen.
“The future is bright, but we’ve got to go through some of these growing pains,” he said. “With a young team, it’s a lot of growing pains, a lot of corrections to be made.”
Thurgood Marshall struggled with three turnovers in the first half, including a bad punt snap that gave Shawnee the ball deep in Cougars territory. They’ve had about 15 turnovers in the first three weeks of the season, Carter said.
“It’s really, really hurting us,” he said.
The Braves improved to 2–1. Shawnee travels to Indian Lake (0-3) next week. Thurgood Marshall (0-3) hosts Winton Woods next week in its first home game of the season at Dayton Welcome Stadium.