Game of the Week: Bessemer Academy at Glenwood


The Glenwood Gators gear up for a rematch against the AISA Class AAA defending State Champion Bessemer Academy Rebels, who topped the Gators last season 49-22 for the title.

“Everybody is eager, excited. We were excited last week,” said senior running back Kye Robichaux. “It’s carried on to this week and is going to carry on the rest of the week. Just ready to play.”

“They’re just very well coached. They’re bringing back their entire team but three players,” said fifth year Glenwood Head Coach Jason Gibson. “That’s going to be a difficult task. This may be one of the most talented teams I’ve had since I’ve been here. That’s saying a lot because I’ve has some great, great teams.”

Glenwood rosters 22 seniors, including veteran running back Robichaux. The senior’s offseason training will make him a force to fear.

“Worked on his speed. I think he’s the best shape he’s ever been,” said Gibson. “Last year he played the whole time injured, and he still did over 1,500 yards.”

The Gators are excited to play on their home field, “The Swam”, Friday night. What is normally a packed stadium will look slightly different this season. Fans must wear face masks and social distance, unless they are near people from their same household. For week one their is no limit on fan capacity, but to help with social distancing it might be a good idea to bring a lawn chair.

“Seeing everybody up in the stands like my family, I mean Glenwood really is a family,” said senior defensive lineman Trent Edwards. “It’s a great feeling to know that everybody is out here and cheering you on.”

Edwards leads the Gators on defense. Expect Glenwood to cause some havoc up front this season, but it will take some time to strengthen the team chemistry.

“Even though we haven’t been around each other a lot because of the circumstances right now, but everyone is on the same page,” said Robichaux. “The energy is just there.”

The highly anticipated matchup is a little overshadowed due to COVID-19.

“Think everyone is still so caught up in school just starting and what’s going on,” said Gibson. “The game’s going to be here Friday night, and when you see the two uniforms it will start to sink in.”

The WLTZ Game of the Week at “The Swamp” is set for Friday at 8 p.m. EST. Bessemer Academy holds the all-time series lead with a record of (10-17-1).

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