Did you catch any of the midnight scrimmage this morning? Even if you got a football fix in the witching hour, you'll want to read on for number 27 on our countdown as we continue today with what a committee thinks are the 50 greatest games — so far — to have been played in Bearcat Stadium, because on Sept. 1, the stadium will open its gates for its 50th season.
For number 27 we have a field goal deciding the battle of Highway 10, 10-7, in 1991.
Why was this game chosen? If it seems like Greenwood is the subject of a lot of these, it's because they are. This is another one of those Bearcat Stadium mystique games where, on paper the Bearcats were supposed to lose, and on paper, they did. Game was played on the hallowed turf however.
What do I remember? John Weaver was huge with a pair of fumble recoveries that led to the 10 Bearcat points in the 10-7 win. I also remember that the Bearcats were precariously close to having started 0-2, surviving 20-19 on the road at Hunsville the week before after opening with a loss to, oh never mind who.
What does the John Schlinker remember? My memory is terrible remembering plays unless it's the ones I screwed up on. What I do remember about that game at halftime though is John Weaver saying 'Boys, we've never been beat by Greenwood and we sure ain't going to at our place tonight!'
What happened? The first play of the game was a fumble. Weaver recovered it. Schlinker did not screw up, as he put it, when the ball was at the 1. He scored and James Lee kicked it to 7-0.
The Dogs got a break when a punt hit Sean Maxwell in the head and Greenwood was at the Bearcat 33-yard line but Steve Leonard was later separated from the football and Weaver was there again.
With the ball at the 50 and 1:28 let in the half Randy May picked up 40 in just two carries and Lee kicked a 27-yad field goal to make it 10-0 at the half.
The third quarter saw the chains moved, other that because of a punt, exactly one time but Greenwood went 71 yards in only 2:25 of the final quarter to get within 10-7 on a 17-yard Leonard touchdown run.
The Dogs burned their time outs and made a stop to force a punt to threaten to win it but a Tracy Blankenship interception of Leonard took care of that.
Tomorrow we’ll own Logan County for number 26.