Crimson Tide rolls along
Football and boys soccer teams among the highlights for Glencoe at the halfway mark
In Steve Jones first year as Glencoes football coach, the Crimson Tide struggled, going 2-8. Heading into his second season, Jones laid out three cornerstones for the programs success: athletes, coaches, and a willingness of the players to buy into the program.
You need athletes and kids that are willing to do the work to become great athletes, Jones says. Weve had that. Then you have to have buy-in from the kids from the standpoint of how we play football and our philosophy. We need those kids to be selfless and be willing to sacrifice for the team. As easy as that sounds, thats a hard thing for kids to do. Weve got that component this season. Then, you need coaches who are excited and care about the kids.
We have all three ingredients now.
Those three ingredients have translated into a successful start to the season for Glencoe.
The Crimson Tide is 4-1 overall. Their 2-1 league record has them tied for third place behind Tualatin and Tigard.
Glencoe opened the season by rattling off two convincing victories. The Tide defeated Liberty 40-13 and then beat North Salem 64-33.
Glencoe then came up against league power Tigard. The home field advantage did the Tide little good. The defense was solid, holding Tigard to 21 points, but the offense could not generate any momentum, scoring just seven points.
The Tide was able to bounce back with two more strong victories, though. They beat Newberg 36-13 and then blew out Hillsboro 50-7.
Overall, Jones is pleased both with the results on the gridiron and how his team ranks offensively and defensively compared to other 6A teams in the state.
Our offense, right now, is fourth in the state for scoring, Jones says. We have what we call a three-headed monster in the backfield in Ryan Spalding, Dwayne Morgan and Ryan England. And our defense is eighth in the state as far as giving up points. Its been a huge turnaround from last year to this year, to say the least.
Whether or not the turnaround is complete will be tested over the Tides next four games when they will take on teams who defeated them soundly last season.
Were going into playing four teams who beat us really, really badly last year in Forest Grove, Century, McMinnville and Tualatin, Jones says. All four of those teams really took it to us last year.
We have to prove that we can play with those guys and play well against them.
Glencoes girls soccer team has struggled a bit this preseason. The Crimson Tide (2-4) have a strong defense, which has held opponents to 10 goals. The offense has struggled mightily to score goals, though. In six matches, Glencoe has scored only four goals.
The Tide began the season with a 1-0 victory over Aloha. They then suffered consecutive losses, falling 1-0 against Thurston and 2-1 against Putnam. They were able to bounce back against Woodburn, though, earning a 2-1 victory. The Tide are 0-2 in their last two matches, though. They lost to Grant 3-0 and then lost to Sherwood 2-0.
The Crimson Tide has complied a 6-1 record during preseason play. While the Glencoe offense has been solid, it is the Tides defense that has been the strength of the side. Over seven matches, Glencoe has pitched four shutouts and given up a total of five goals.
The Crimson Tide began the season with three consecutive wins. They defeated Thurston 2-0 in the opening game.
Against Benson, Glencoes offense found a rhythm and put in six goals while holding Tech to one goal. Glencoes defense again kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory over West Linn.
The Tide suffered their only loss so far against Woodburn, falling 3-1. Glencoe bounced back, though with three more victories. The Tide beat Cleveland 1-0, then overcame Sherwood with a 2-1 win.
They had their most decisive victory of the season against Parkrose, winning 6-0.
The Glencoe volleyball team has struggled so far this season, compiling a 3-6 record. However, with a 3-5 mark in league, they remain in third place in the Pacific Conference behind Century and Forest Grove.
Glencoe opened the season with a 3-0 loss to Tigard. The Crimson Tide then earned all three of their wins this season in consecutive matches. They beat both Newberg and Hillsboro 3-0 and then defeated Forest Grove 3-1.
Since then, Glencoe has not been able to buy a win, losing its last five consecutive matches. Glencoe has fallen to Aloha 2-0, Century 3-0, McMinnville 3-0, Tualatin 3-1 and Tigard 3-0.